28 year-old Naqiuddin was an aspiring doctor, but one day in 2017, he quit being a house officer to pursue his passion for cakes. Christening his bakery business \u201cTriad of Batter\u201d, his culinary creations grace the homepage of the Instagram account (@triadofbatter) \u2014 which he uses as his calling card. Triad of Batter\u2019s IG feed reveals a man whose passion lies not in stethoscopes, but in perfecting that white swirl frosting on his Raspberry London Fog Cake.\u00a0 But where did it all start? From Russia With Love From 2010 to 2016, Naqiuddin studied at the Nizhny Novgorod State Medical Academy in Russia.\u00a0 You would imagine that his room would be a typical student\u2019s room -- filled with tonnes of books,\u00a0 unattended laundry, and study notes taped all over the wall. But Naq wasn\u2019t a typical uni student. The air in his room? Vanilla extract. His bed? A couple of trays of cupcakes. And his weekends? Cookies and frostings.\u00a0 Growing up, Naqiuddin watched his mother make all sorts of \u201ckuih\u201d and sold them. Inspired by her, he developed an early interest in food.\u00a0 During uni, he put into practice the recipes which had long been forming in his mind.\u00a0 \u201cI started baking chicken quiche and pies for my friends. It was just a hobby at the time,\u201d he said modestly. The moments where he put a smile on his friends\u2019 faces lit a fire in him. \u201cSeeing their faces light up from tasting my food made me feel so happy,\u201d he said. Naqiuddin baked and sold six types of cakes while he was still studying in Russia. His friends started engaging his talent for their birthdays and graduation celebrations. Soon, his hobby had turned into a source of side income. Being a doctor was hard Still, Naqiuddin had always pictured himself treating patients at the National Heart Institute of Malaysia. In 2016, he graduated from Moscow with a doctorate degree, and was stationed at Hospital Kuala Lumpur. Putting his white coat on, he served as a house office for two years. Naqiuddin says he did not serve the patients for himself, but for his parents whom he wanted to repay and make proud. \u201cWhen I started working, all I wanted to do was to give my parents a bit of satisfaction for sacrificing everything to send me to med school,\u201d he said. And yet the demands of his working environment took its toll on him. \u201cMy mental health was deteriorating quickly,\u201d said Naqiuddin, \u201c So I decided to leave my career.\u201d He felt regret that he could not live up to that dream he had when he first got accepted into that med school. But that\u2019s when he had a realisation. \u201cThroughout medical school, I\u2019ve always been creating recipes. So why couldn\u2019t I turn it into something profitable?\u201d Knowing he had something else he was good at, he intended to use it to his fullest.\u00a0 And that was when he made the decision to hang up his stethoscope and put on a baker\u2019s apron. Building cake tiers rebuilt his career Naqiuddin entered the Malaysian cake-baking scene in Malaysia with two cake flavours: Pistachio Matcha and Victoria Sandwich.\u00a0 \u201cI needed to make a good first impression \u2014 so I made these two flavors the best they could possibly be,\u201d he explained. His cakes, which he baked in his own home, boasted delicate layers of cream and generous raspberry toppings, arranged into florets on top of the cake. When he first drove to a nearby mosque and sold his pastries there, he could see the potential for a business forming. With the support from friends and family, his drive kept growing, and so did his menu. Triad of Batter was at its beginning. \u201cSelling cakes is the best thing that happened to me.\u201d Fast forward to seven years later, and now he bakes full-time in his kitchen, with orders flowing in fast.\u00a0 \u201cBefore, I had no confidence at all when I first started selling cakes. Now there are nearly 40 cakes on the menu!\u201d says Naqiuddin, brimming with happiness. There were challenges along the way, of course. \u201cOne of my cakes collapsed,\u201d he said, recalling one of his worst experiences. \u201cIt was a 2-tier cake for a birthday.\u201d Undaunted, Naqiuddin parked his car at a mosque nearby and fixed it with a bit of baker\u2019s ingenuity.\u00a0 Another time, he put the wrong ingredient into the recipe.\u00a0\u00a0 \u201cI mistakenly chose red rose syrup instead of red food coloring,\u201d he chuckled. \u201cThe cake was still edible but it tasted like Air Mawar.\u201d Today he faces the entrepreneurial challenge of running his home-based business all by himself. \u201cI have no staff. I do everything from restocking ingredients, baking, delivering and managing a financial account,\u201d he quietly acknowledges. When I asked him where he gets his inspiration from, he says they mostly came from Saadia Masood from La Ombre Creations and Syainim Ghazali from Brown & Sugar. The idea of a career switch can appear drastic to some, but Naqiuddin counts himself as one of the lucky ones. \u201cI did not expect I would be a cake artist,\u201d he said. \u201cI am really grateful that the people closest to me have always supported me.\u201d He may be out of medical school, but the learning never stops.\u00a0 \u201cThe most crucial thing is doing my own research, trials and experiments in baking,\u201d he said. The proof is in the pudding Prior to the interview, I ordered a Lemon Lavender cake from Triad of Batter for my mother\u2019s birthday.\u00a0 Seeing how happy she looked feeding cake to her little learners, I felt no regret at all. Until little Emmer took the last bite of the lemon lavender before I could save myself a slice.\u00a0 I knew I should have ordered a bigger cake. The icing on the cake These days, Naqiuddin dreams of becoming a world class cake artist. The springboard? A cake studio he hopes to own in his hometown, Ipoh, by 2025. The 28-year-old baker relies on his positive mindset to keep pushing, for it is crucial to make it in an industry as competitive as baking. \u201cSome of us are born with natural talent,\u201d he says. \u201cHowever with passion and hardwork, anyone can achieve what they set their hearts on.\u201d For more stories like this, read: I Was 30K in Debt And Became A Street Beggar \u2014 Now I own 5 Massage Parlours.