Fun fact. This is the third time I have started a blog. In fact, I was going to open with:
Guess who’s back
Tell a friend
Guess who’s back, guess who’s back, guess who’s back ta da da ta ta
Bonus points if you can name that song!
But then I thought that one, nobody needs to hear my singing, and two, it’s highly unlikely any of you read either of my last two blogs! So instead I’ll just introduce myself.
A quick introduction
My name is Vickii. I live with my boyfriend (now fiancée, but can’t get used to calling him that!) in Muswell Hill, London. I have been baking for many years now and have run a business called Ermioni’s Bake Shop for over six years now in varying degrees. We make mostly birthday cakes but also do wedding cakes, brownies, cupcakes and so much in between!
How I started baking
I started baking … actually, to give that story context, I think it’s important to know that I have a massive sweet tooth! I always have, from the time I was a year old and would toddle out of our flat to the flat next door to point at the dish of chocolate they kept on their table and ask for one. Fast forward many years and I was living in London, still in possession of that sweet tooth and wanted to eat all these amazing things I kept hearing about. For example, red velvet cake, which had just come to these shores and I only knew of one bakery that made it. So I started to bake, and in the interest of not quadrupling in size, I’d share my baking with friends. They started to ask me to bake for work, and for their events. And at those events, their friends would compliment my baked goods and ask if I did this professionally, I’d answer “no”. And one day, I started saying yes. And to my surprise, people started paying me to make cakes for them.
Quitting my full time job to start a baking business
Until April last year, I baked alongside a full time job, mainly on weekends and some evenings and then in April 2018, I decided to give it a proper go, and bake full time from home. It has had its ups (I baked a cake for Rachel Stevens and two cakes for Barry’s Bootcamp) and downs (I’ve run out of Country music to listen to because I’ve listened to it ALL), but I wouldn’t change a thing as I have learnt so much.
In the mean time, I thought I’d get back to one of my other loves; writing. Sharing recipes and photographs and stories and life with whoever wants to listen.