These sisters from Erdington have created an unintended sensation promoting baked treats of their kitchen, to a brand new enterprise cherished by Birmingham rapper Jaykae.
Throughout the peak of the pandemic in 2020, 4 sisters have joined the rise of influential Instagram companies throughout town which have soared to new heights.
With a love of baking in lockdown they started delivering treats to the doorsteps of household and mates – and earlier than they knew it orders from strangers had been flooding in and Traybakez was born.
Shockingly they’ve now gone from cooking of their household kitchen to a model new city-centre venue in a matter of months.
From sizzling cookie dough to premium waffles, Biscoff soften muffins to their brownie specialities, Traybakez now has nearly 5,000 followers on social media.
Sosan Abdi, 27, the primary baker stated: “Suggestions from folks saying ‘wow you’ve made my week,’ and clients sending movies of their response simply usually warms your coronary heart. We don’t know the way to run a enterprise we’re nonetheless studying as we go.”
Sosan, who can also be a full-time instructor, stays shocked on the success of the enterprise.
She stated: “I’ve had a ardour for baking. We had been baking for household and mates and leaving it on their doorstep, however they had been posting about it – social media so highly effective.
“Earlier than we knew it folks had been calling us saying: ‘can I put an order in?’ “I needed to take a step again and assume, are we set as much as bake?
“There’s a distinction between realizing the way to bake, being a superb prepare dinner and really offering a catering service.”
“Shortly we appeared on the guidelines and laws and what we truly must do to begin a catering service. We obtained our Degree Two [certification] in Meals Security and Hygiene.
“We’ve got fairly a big kitchen in our home and we simply prolonged it, arrange our space and we had been able to go. Earlier than we knew it we had been doing 30 muffins a day – it was the peak of Ramadan we actually thought it could die down afterward however it didn’t.
“My little sister is what you’ll name the sous chef. You are an accountant, an admin employee, a baker – there are such a lot of totally different hats.”
Orders could be positioned sending a direct message on Traybakez’ Instagram web page with a 50% deposit earlier than supply. The menu is accessible on the web page’s interactive highlights. Costs embody £15 vanilla sprinkle or lemon drizzle muffins, brownie trays and gooey New York-inspired cookies costing £10 for 7.
“We began experimenting with totally different flavours, celebration muffins and brownies – which by now are the preferred merchandise on our menu,” Sosan stated.
“We make a acutely aware effort of procuring native. All our packaging and meals colouring is purchased regionally.”
Because the orders piled within the sisters had been pressured to maneuver operations out of their kitchen and right into a shared rented business location within the city-centre. Generally known as a ‘ghost kitchen’ it’s changing into a rising pattern for companies to chop prices from proudly owning a constructing.
Sosan stated: “There was a lot inventory we bodily couldn’t maintain any extra meals. We had all of the packaging containers down the hallway, the entire place was engulfed in inventory.
“We’ve licensed a big unit on the town. If that proves to achieve success we are able to take into consideration branching out to our personal store unit – I do really feel prefer it’s 100% moving into that route.”
They’ve sought the assist of an array of social media influencers throughout the West Midlands together with Coventry artist Pa Salieu and Birmingham rapper Jaykae.
“We reached out to Jaykae and immediately he was responsive. We needed to swap some muffins in change for some publicity however he stated he heard about Traybakez and was more than pleased to pay.
“He truly paid additional as properly and put us up on his social media just a few instances. He’s actually supportive relating to small companies.”
With goals to take the enterprise additional, the 4 sisters humbly owe all their success to this point to their mum and migrant roots.
Sosan stated: “The rationale why it’s been so successful is as a result of we by no means began it considering to earn money, it simply occurred organically. The primary factor is having that keenness. The eagerness and love actually shines by and it interprets into the tastes of the muffins.
“The top objective is to franchise it. It’s good to have large goals however even when we don’t get there we might be very glad simply opening a store.
“What drives us is to make our mum proud. We got here to England within the ’90s after we had been very younger as refugee youngsters.
“She was in her late 20’s, coming to a international nation, not understanding something, and having to navigate one other world. Elevating eight youngsters as a single mom should not have been simple,
“She sacrificed her complete life in order that we are able to have a greater life – she is our driving power.”