This 22 year old has gone viral with his unique cakes

Vids 05/07/2016

He's the self-taught baker, whose extravagant cakes are taking social media by storm.

But Niuafe Junior Malupo's talent doesn't come from any formal training - just what his Tongan mum taught him as a boy.

The 22-year-old is an Aucklander of Tongan descent.

Mr Malupo attended Lynfield College and upon graduation he began a degree in Hospitality Management, but it wasn't for him.

"I wanted to become a hotel manager or something, because I kept thinking about money. Money was such a big issue for my family. I didn't really realise until last year that I should do what I'm really good at."

Instead, he decided to follow his true passion - baking - which he learnt by spending time with his mother in the kitchen.

"Mum used to bake all the time and I used to watch her do everything. And coming from a family of five brothers I was the one that watched Mum bake, and it turned into a passion."

He opened his business, Niu Cakery, in New Lynn last year. It took off after gaining some serious traction on social media for his otherworldly designs and his chocolate drip technique.

Right now he has around 14,000 followers on Instagram.

Inspired by Australian cake queen Katherine Sabbath, Mr Malupo says one of his proudest moments was when she posted pictures of his cakes online.

"She did share two of my cakes I think, that were inspired by her, I couldn't believe that."