However, being an Instagram celebrity was the last thing on Shivesh’s mind a few years ago. “Everyone in my school was using Instagram. I probably was the only one who wasn’t. So I joined it and started uploading random photos and if you scroll down my gallery today, you will see that I have taken some really bad pictures!” laughs the Delhi-boy who has over 134000 followers on Instagram and runs the super successful website www.bakewithshivesh.com
Currently a student of advertising and PR at Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Delhi, Shivesh’s tryst with baking began with a disastrous cake mix when he was in the 11th standard. “My maternal grandmother loved baking and my mom also used to bake for the longest time. As a kid, I would often sit on the kitchen counter and watch them bake. After my nani’s demise, I really missed the chocolate cake that she would often bake for us. Then I realised that if I wanted to eat the same cake, I had no choice but to bake it myself,” he exclaims. But the first thing that Shivesh baked was a batch of vanilla cupcakes with his cousins. “We got Betty Crocker cake mix and still managed to burn a couple of cupcakes! However, I enjoyed the entire process so much that I decided to do it more often,” he laughs.