About Anna

Anna Echols

I always dreamed of having a career that allowed me to utilize my creativity. While attending Meredith College, I enjoyed studying different inspiring avenues such as fashion design, interior design, and child development, but I could not seem to find my niche.

After graduating in 2006, I started baking as a hobby to fullfil my creative desires. I thought “I’m going to teach myself how to make really cool cakes”… and that’s exactly what I did.

One day I finally realized that I could turn the hobby I enjoyed into a career I would love. A couple months later, with a car full of clothes and my (then) small collection of cake pans and tools, I drove to Orlando, Florida and enrolled in Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Art to study Patisserie and Baking.

While in Orlando, I landed my first job in the cake world at Party Flavors Custom Cakes. I worked alongside a team of incredibly talented decorators and had the privilege of helping to create cakes for clients such as Tiger Woods, Kate Gossilin, and Bill Murray. Some of my cakes from Party Flavors have been featured in The Knot Magazine and on Brides.com.

In 2009, I competed on TLC’s Ultimate Cake Off and had the honor of being the youngest lead competitor to ever be on the show.

With so many cake requests from friends and family in North Carolina, I decided to move back home in 2011 to start my own business. I worked from home until my 6qt Kitchen Aid mixer just couldn’t handle the volume anymore. In September of 2013, I officially opened the doors to One Belle Bakery, specializing in custom cakes and offering a small amount of retail sweets a few days a week.

At the end of 2015 I decided to expand my retail offerings and spent three months making a huge mess and knocking down walls (the very same walls I previously paid good money to construct back in 2013 to make my original space smaller!) in order to add café seating and an extended dessert menu.

My goal was to create an inviting and comfortable environment where friends, families, and coworkers could come relax and enjoy a sweet treat! On March 1st 2016 I re-opened with 1,000 additional square feet of kitchen, production and retail space.

Once a one woman show, I now have an invaluable team of 12 individuals who add so much talent, creativity, and deliciousness to One Belle Bakery every single day.

I would be honored to make your celebration even sweeter by designing a cake or providing a dessert that exceeds your grandest expectations!

Cheers!

Anna Echols
Owner, One Belle Bakery

  • This picture was taken two weeks ago when we celebrated 5 years of business. I had so much to be thankful for then but have so much more to be thankful for now. We had some minor flooding in the front of the bakery, a major leak in the production kitchen, lost quite a bit of ingredients and supplies, and those cakes you see behind us unfortunately didn’t hold up in the humidity so they melted into messy piles of sad sugar.  But all that can be fixed and replaced so I really couldn’t care less. I’m mostly just thrilled to report that all the ladies pictured (AND the rest of my amazing crew that unfortunately missed this stuff-your-face photo op) are alive and safe despite Florence trying to destroy our home.  We’ll be closed for the rest of the week while we help friends and family clean up and move forward but I promise we’ll be back to making (and eating) sweet things as soon as we can 💪 #ilmstrong
  • When crabs become cake it’s a beautiful thing 🦀🍰 (📷: @mattrayphotography)
  • THANK YOU for celebrating our 5th Anniversary with us!  We spent most of the day entering everyone who shared past cake photos on social media into our raffle. Then we threw all the names in our mixer and turned it on high 😎 Congratulations to Pam Chewning, the winner of a $500 custom cake 🎉🎂
  • Join us tomorrow for our 5th Anniversary Party where we’ll be unveiling our new cake flavor for sale by the slice 🎉
  • You have two more days to enter our 5th Anniversary Party raffle to win a custom cake valued at $500! Post a picture of any cake or sweet we’ve created for you over the last 5 years and we’ll put your name in the drawing. Announcing the winner on Thursday! 🎉
  • Our 5th Anniversary is September 5th and we’re celebrating by giving away a custom cake valued at $500 😊 You can enter to win by either making a bakery purchase from 8/29-9/5 or posting a picture of a party cake, wedding cake, dessert bar or cafe sweet we’ve created for you over the last 5 years! We’ll announce the winner on Thursday 9/6 🎉
  • Most frequently asked question: “what’s your favorite cake you’ve ever created?” The long list includes the very first cake I ever made (a reallllly bad Weber grill), my brother’s wedding cake, Charlie Daniels’ 80th birthday cake, a seafood market, Bank of America Stadium, a Taco Bell taco, a hearse, and without a doubt...THIS BOAT...just to name a few 😎
  • A really cute luau cake for an even cuter little girl 🍍🌺🥥
📷: @katesupaa