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

  • The sweetest french macaron cake for one of our sweetest friends 💕Happy Birthday, @drewesmith!
  • A theme that never gets old, just more and more colorful every time we do it 🎨
  • We’re back from break and ready to create 😎 Looking forward to all the cake and dessert projects 2020 will bring 🚀
  • In keeping with tradition, we made sure our last cake of 2019 was a cool one! Previous years ended with a giant crab, a Christmas Vacation cake and Kenan Stadium. This year we created a miniature/edible version of a toolbox from @performanceautospecialists for their holiday party 😎
  • Decorated cookies have been restocked! We are open Friday till 6pm and Saturday from 8am-2pm. The bakery will be closed December 22-January 6th while we all take a break from cake and sweets 🎄Come stock up before New Years resolution season is upon us 🙃
  • We’re gonna have the hap-hap-happiest Christmas 🎄Come see all the fun treats we have for your family, friends, kids, neighbors, teachers...and dogs 🤶
  • A huge THANK YOU to everyone who ordered pies and other sweet treats from us this year! It’s been a busy but exciting week in our kitchen, fulfilling a record amount of orders. We recognize the fact that Wilmington has several amazing grocery stores full of awesome dessert options that are most likely less expensive and definitely more convenient to access, but we have 11 employees who are so, so grateful for your business and support this Thanksgiving as it’s allowed them to work around the clock doing what they love ❤️ We’re open till 6 today and then closing for the rest of the week!
  • You might be surprised to hear that I dabbled in some fashion design classes while studying at @meredithcollege. You might be less surprised to hear that it wasn’t a subject I excelled in. Let’s all be thankful this holiday season that I decided not to go that route or you could be wearing my creations instead of eating them 🥴But in terms of cookies, I think this tacky Thanksgiving sweater pairs very nicely with my festive fall stretchy pants 💁‍♀️