Happy 1st Birthday to Cakes & Cardies!

In the words of Barry Manilow (showing my age and squareness!), looks like we made it….through the first year in business. The official date was 8th September but just getting around to writing this now. It’s been a great year, a tough learning curve with some highs and lows. In fact, there was a moment during the summer that I was considering finishing up but after talking it through with husband and friends I decided to keep going. And since then |I have never been busier.

I am in the lucky position of having my husband’s wholehearted support and for that I will always be grateful. Without that I would not be able to do this. Running a baking business is hard work and it takes a while to get your name out there.

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My first ever cake, supplied to Bambuni, Rosewater and Pistachio

Thanks to Bambuni in Nunhead who have supported me from the start, buying my cakes and giving great feedback too. I am also now supplying The Brockley Deli and Old Spike Roastery. And most recently The Ivy House pub in Nunhead, thanks Aimi for all the orders! And in between that there have been birthday cakes, leaving cakes and cakes for BBQs.

80s Inspired Birthday Cake
80s Inspired Birthday Cake

I have learned a lot along the way and my cakes are better for all the practise and have come up with some of my own recipes (my favourite being the Espresso Martini Cake!).

Espresso Martini Cake
Espresso Martini Cake

On the Cardies side, I have crocheted bikinis, ponchos, hair slides and tops and knitted baby hats, hooded jackets and jumpers. I also set up an Esty shop to sell some of my crafts and it looks like I will be making doggie jumpers and scarves in the near future! I’m nothing if not eclectic!

Multicoloured, to say the least!
Multicoloured, to say the least!

To help with all of this I am  working part time in publishing again, this means that I can continue with the baking and knitting/crochet while having a bit of income and also a really nice job. It is good to have that balance of going to the office and doing my job there, meeting people etc and then being able to do the baking the rest of the time, best of both worlds you could say.

So here’s to the next year! Thanks to all who have supported Cakes & Cardies this year and I look forward to baking for lots of new people in the coming weeks and months!

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