That's pretty much the thought that has occupied my mind the last two weeks, as I've juggled work, sales targets, housework, baking cakes, decorating cakes, not to mention all those little day to day things that pop up. It has suddenly occurred to me (forgive me I can be a little slow on the uptake sometimes) that I am now running a business. Yikes! A business no less that is taking off at something of a pace, and I'm am equal parts thrilled and terrified. Ok, maybe more on the side of thrilled, however I am very aware that my customers are no longer just my friends, but people I have never met before. Anxiety about letting people down is creeping in, and I have had to give myself a few stern talkings-to lately, as has Gary.
May 2014 brought in 18 orders, against a forecasted 6 - June looks set to equal that, despite being on holiday for 10 days of the month. Last week I delivered my first 5 tier wedding cake, amongst several other projects, and after a hard week, seeing the bride and groom cut the cake (I was invited to the evening party) reaffirmed all the hard work, and cemented that fact that wedding cakes is where I wanted to be. I think I really needed that.
We have some fun cakes lined up this week before we hit the sun and sand of Majorca, here's a recap of what's been happening the last few weeks...
|30th Birthday and 2nd Birthday Cupcakes|
|Birthday Boy Cupcakes|
|Defibrillator Cake - for an Office party|
|Frozen Cake - all characters were handmade|
|Marmite Jar Cake|
|Mickey Mouse Cake|
|Peppa Pig and Friends Cake|
|Pigs In Mud Cake|
|Vintage Styled Cake|
|Wakeboarding Cake - the only direction I was given was the photo on the left...|
And last but by no means least - here are a few snaps of the wedding cake delivered to the Sandpiper Hotel on Saturday....
|There were 100 vanilla cupcakes, marbled to match the colour and pattern on the bridesmaid dresses. Both the frosting and the cake inside had the marble effect|
|The 5 Tier Wedding Cake|
|The toppers were handmade, to represent the bride and groom in their day jobs, him with his overalls, and her with marigolds and an apron|
|The second to top tier had an monogrammed panel with the bride and grooms initials|
|The inside of the cake was also marbled to match the bridesmaid dresses|