Cake International and Donut Eat Bakery

Hello my loves!! Apparently it’s been 2 months since my last post…and guaranteed, my next blog will be about a week or 2 after this one…when it rains it pours and all that 😉

It’s been pretty hectic here lately. I hate saying that. I prefer calm, but apparently I do chaos much better 😜

I very last minute decided to go to Cake International to get my Donut Eat Bakery brand out there a bit. And when I have my heart set on something…it takes a LOT to change my mind. I’m very strong willed and stubborn in that sense. If I have the vision, I make it happen. No and’s, if’s or but’s about it. And I believe in my product. It’s unique, totally one of a kind, it’s quality and what’s more, they look amazing and smell fantastic! So yeah, I’m beyond excited to get them out for everyone to enjoy 😍

So I booked my table, we managed to get the kids looked after and I booked a little Enterprise Van. I spent hours in the kitchen melting and pouring wax, casting resin and making beautiful candles.

I packed up the van on Thursday, and headed out to Birmingham. My GPS told me 7 hours….I finally arrived after 12. Mostly because of a wrong turn on my part…but also, the M8 was a nightmare…or was it the M6?! I still don’t think I’ll ever figure that out. All I know is the motorway is scary. Especially as I really do not like driving in the dark…on foreign roads, sandwiched between lorries, going 80mph, in lashing rain.

When I finally found my hotel, I started bringing all my boxes in, and realised I left a VERY important box at home. I was gutted. And when you’re exhausted, and starting to doubt yourself and allll the money you’ve spent on your dream…you get a teeny bit overwhelmed. And it felt like my whole world was falling apart. I slept for 3 hours before I had to be up to prepare some things I hadn’t had time to do before I left home. And then I left for the National Exhibition Centre.

The roundabouts in Birmingham are beyond comprehension. I missed the turn off twice so a 6 minute drive from my hotel turned in to a 45 minute journey. At one point, I put my hands firmly on the steering wheel and SCREAMED on the top of my lungs out of sheer frustration.

When I finally made it, I posted a wee message to my Facebook Collaboration group, and within minutes my cake family arrived to rescue me. Vicki and Sarah give THE best hugs and along with some other fantastic gals, they had me all set up and ready to go in no time. Coffee included!! I was so moved and get choked up just thinking about it. They really came through when I was feeling so alone and vulnerable. Thank you ladies. You are amazing 😍

You must go check out their pages. Sarah makes the most BEAUTIFUL wedding cakes at Eat My Muffin Bakery and Vicki from Tiki’s Bakehouse is the Queen of Collaborations. Such a beautiful woman, always taking on so much more than any of us are capable of, for her love of the craft 💕

My beautiful friend Victoria who I met in Ireland and hit it off straight away, came up from London to support me. She came up with her husband and sweet baby boy. I mean, how fantastic is that?! I really am so blessed.

So the first day went ok. But I felt unprepared, and tired, so I think that reflected…a lot. I went back to the hotel that night and slept for 10 hours. So the next morning I was feeling refreshed and so much more optimistic. And I sold much more. People were LOVING my products, and it felt GREAT! I even made it to the event in 10 minutes 🙌🏻 getting those roundabouts sussed 😉

Day 3 was quieter but I got to meet some amazing people, including Claire from http://bombshellbakes.com/ and she did some coffee and tea runs for me too. She also won an award on her cake and she’s only just started in AUGUST?!! Wonderful talent 😍

I even managed to do a wee bit of shopping. And with my Frostinator from Evil Cake Genius, I’m bound to get perfectly sharp edged buttercream cakes like PaddyCakes UK. Erm for real, those edges could cut steel! Such a great guy is Patrick and I’m so delighted to have met him. Check out his stunning work at PaddyCakes.uk

I had to get some sprinkles off my neighbours at Sweetapolita too. Beautiful gals and just so lovely. It’s the Canadian in them ya know 😉

I’m so excited to try the sprinkles on my next cake! 🙌🏻

I added 5 new fragrances to my line too…

Gingerbread

Banana Nut Muffin

Holiday Magic

Apple Cinnamon

Pumpkin Spice

And I can honestly say, I can’t choose a favourite of the 5. They’re all pretty delicious. You can order them HERE!

So, I left for home on Sunday at about 7. I had to stop at a few service stations on the way home just to make sure I didn’t fall asleep at the wheel. I got pretty cosy on my route back, and got a few kips in. Thankfully there were numerous Starbucks’ on the way, and eventually…got a bit weepy when I saw the massive Saltire 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Sign. I was on familiar territory again.

I finally made it home at 10am. Had a wonderful bath, dropped my rental van off, and then picked the kids up from School. I missed them enormously. And I missed their daddy too. So much. I fell asleep that night with the kids at 730….and slept straight through to 7am the next morning. Was it worth it? I think so. Will I do it again? Probably. On my own?! Nope. I will never do that journey alone again. I will say I’m so incredibly proud of myself for doing it. For believing in myself, for knowing that I have it in me. That I’m capable. And that I’m not going to let anything or anyone stand in the way of my dreams. Because life is too short for others to dictate how you live it. So take the chance. Do you. Because I know that I’d regret it if I never tried.

And the connections I made, the people I met. The progress I made. It was all meant to happen. The universe works in mysterious ways. I know it was all part of the plan x

Thanks for reading my loves. I’ll have a new post out shortly. Because there’s so much more to tell you that I just didn’t have time for in this post! And I’ll have Christmas Gift sets up in the next few days so watch this space!!!

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