2013 – A Review of my First Year in Business

As promised, here’s a round up of my first year in full time business as Sylvia’s Kitchen – there have been many highs, laughs, new friends, clients and acquaintances – together with a steep learning curve of life in the wedding industry. My lovely friend Clare has had her first baby, so I called upon my teenage children to help and they’ve been brilliant. This year saw the creation of a spangly new logo and website for Sylvia’s Kitchen which has been a really exciting project. The year has rounded off surprisingly for me by being shortlisted as a regional finalist inThe Wedding Industry Awards so I’m London bound in January, as I’ve also been shortlisted as Best Newcomer too, so fingers crossed, what an honour to have reached those shortlists – sometimes I’m pinching myself! My first chocolate cake course in conjunction with HB Ingredients in Lewes is now fully booked for February, so watch this space for more course dates. Here is a just a selection of my work which I hope sums up the year (so hard to choose!) picked from over 20 weddings, 20 celebration cakes, wedding fairs attended, magazine inclusions and catering not to mention the 62 carrot cakes and 47 chocolate cakes baked regularly for my local Chapter 12 Wine Bar! Cakes and catering has varied from sugar beer bottles, fairies, teddies, sugar flowers, painting buildings, macarons etc to catering picnics for 160 and feeding crews from John Lewis and Laura Ashley on photo shoots. Huge thanks to local amazing venues includingThe George in RyeThe Grand Eastbourne, Horsted Place Country House Hotel, Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club and others, and suppliers including Circa Events, Eleganza Weddings & Events for sending clients my way for which I’m very grateful. Thanks too to magazine features and blogs from Creative Brides, Doily Days, Wealden Times, Re: Magazine, Squires Kitchen, The Wealden Eye, OohMrsJames, Festival Brides – Free-spirited inspiration for your big day which have all certainly been great for me as a new business. Finally thanks to my wonderful hubby MrSK and the SKFamily for their continued support, putting up with a kitchen full of icing sugar clouds and sugar flowers, their help and of course eating left over cake! Thanks to all of you for following my progress, it helps so much having you all there too. There is hardly a day goes by that I don’t feel super proud to have named my business after my Mum Sylvia who I miss very much, but I certainly do my best to keep her spirit and inspirational creativity alive – Here’s to everyone for a wonderful and fun filled 2014…see you on the other side! Lots of love, Liz x

  • Pam Levell says:

    Really proud of your success so far and looking forward to you making our Golden Wedding cake! Uncle Peter and Auntie Pam Xxx

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