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

  • 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 💁‍♀️
  • Friendly reminder that no Thanksgiving dinner is complete without PIE 🥧 Call and pre-order your mini and/or full size pies this week 🦃
  • It’s our 6th year creating a showpiece for the United States Marine Corps birthday balls and cake-curing ceremonies 🇺🇸 Always a pleasure, forever an honor. Happy 244th, Marines!
  • Time for pie! We’re offering 13 flavors this year, in both full size and minis 🥧 Check out our stories today for options and pricing info 🥧 (Thank you, @mattrayphotography, for photographing these before doing a little pre-season sampling of our menu 😎it’s a tough job but we’re thankful you’re always willing and able to do it!)
  • Every 60th anniversary should be celebrated at a local wine bar with a wine barrel cake 🙌
  • The bakery is stocked with spooky sweets! 🔪🎃
  • We wanna interrupt our regularly scheduled posts of cool cakes to recognize our amazing pastry chefs 🙌They’re masters of flavor, skilled in the making of all things sweet. Every cake we decorate or transform into a unicorn, dinosaur, Amazon box, Bojangles biscuit, etc. is baked by these two pros. Every holiday cookie and every sassy cookie starts with the dough they make. They fry every doughnut, bake every cupcake, fill every cream puff, mix every buttercream, and will prepare every pie that goes out our doors this fall. They’re extremely hard-working individuals and it’s an honor to have them on our team and watch them create pastry magic on a daily basis. Meet Monica (from Dunkirk, NY) and Marlene (from Carolina Beach) 👩🏻‍🍳👩🏻‍🍳 What’s the best thing you’ve tasted from our kitchen? We want them to know ❤️