Introducing #ITGNowFeaturing, our new weekly feature series where ITG will feature a different Gourmetpreneur every week. As part of this series, ITG will showcase the gourmet food creations of the Gourmetpreneur and also let you know a little about them and their food journey to becoming a Gourmetpreneur.
We commence the #ITGNowFeaturing series with Moulded Fantasy.
Meet Karika Hirani, the Gourmetpreneur of Moulded Fantasy.
The gourmet-ful journey of this Gourmetpreneur is the best example of the saying that “Life is what happens to you when your busy making other plans!”.
Born and brought up in Mumbai, Karika always had a passion for cooking and baking right from her growing up years.
Though cooking was always close to her heart, Karika never dreamt that she would make a career out of it.
Having a creative bent of mind, Karika wanted to pursue a career in fashion design and joined Premlila Vithaldas Polytechnic SNDT, one of the premier fashion design institutes in Mumbai to pursue her dream.
She not only graduated successfully in Fashion Design but also won 3 awards for her creations. She also along side graduated in Commerce from Narsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai.
After completing her graduation, Karika dabbled in the field of fashion for a short while. However, destiny had other plans.
The gourmet-ful journey of Karika started in the year 2003, when Karika wanted to do something different for her nephew’s birth announcement.
Tired of the regular mithais and sweets, Karika decided to hand craft customised chocolates for the birth announcement in her very own kitchen.
And from there on, there was no looking back. Moulded Fantasy was born in the year 2005.
Moulded Fantasy initially only offered customised chocolates and packaging, but soon Karika found herself falling in love with her work and also started baking.
Karika has come a long way to pursue her childhood passion for food. What started mainly as a hobby of customising chocolates and packaging in the initial years has evolved into a rather full fledged home bakery offering a wide array of food creations at present.
The menu of Moulded Fantasy now offers a wide assortment of gourmet foods such as chocolates, cakes, brownies, cookies, cake pops, cupcakes, jar desserts, desserts, healthy bars, candies and confections. Moulded Fantasy also offers a range of creative and customised hampers and gift packaging options. What’s the USP of Moulded Fantasy is that not only are the food creations completely vegetarian and delicious, the creative packaging and presentation make it a winning combination.
Here’s a customised movie theme hamper she did for a birth announcement of an adorable little rockstar baby boy. Karika mentioned a funny incident that one of the recipients of the hamper happened to called her (they probably found her contact details from the sticker on the box) to say that they would have loved to gorge on more goodies in the hamper for the very reason because they found them to be mouthwateringly delicious. 😀
A strict vegetarian, Karika did not let her baking profession compromise her religious beliefs. As a result, all products on the menu of Moulded Fantasy are 100% vegetarian, eggless, gelatine free and alcohol free.
Yes, even the cake photo you see above with the alcohol miniatures are filled with iced tea and not alcohol. Hat’s off to that.
On the personal front, Karika is an extremely jovial, helpful and down-to-earth person. Besides being a very busy home-baker, Karika is also a home-maker and mother to a talented teenage daughter. Her passions besides gourmet, include music and travelling.
Over the years, Karika has been extremely fortunate to interact with a whole lot of food enthusiasts who have not only shaped her personality and mindset but also furthered her career and passion in cooking.
Here’s a wonderful carnival themed cake and dessert table set-up done by Karika for the 1st birthday party of a cute and adorable baby boy.
For this eventful journey, we can only say that “A joy shared is a joy made double!”. What started as a heartfelt attempt to make a family occasion special made Karika realise the intensity of her love for all things gourmet and Karika continues to spread joy with her gourmet creations.
What do you think of these wonderful gourmet creations and the interesting gourmet-ful journey of Karika? Let us know in the comments below.