Erivica Cakes in Hadleigh celebrates international award just 18 months after launch of business
A sweet slice of success came cake-maker Terri Newman’s way recently when she won an international award.
Just 18 months after starting her own cake-making business in Hadleigh High Street, Terri won a bronze award in the sculpted/carved cake category of Cake International held at Birmingham NEC, beating off competition from 1,800 entrants in the process.
“It’s the first time I’ve entered and it’s very unusual to win anything the first time around,” she said.
“When I found out I’d been given a bronze award, I cried.”
Terri started Erivica Cakes in August 2018 with inheritance money. She named the shop in memory of her late mum, Erica, who was a keen baker, and her late step-dad, Vic.
Terri’s award-winning cake was a two-foot high grizzly bear holding a sockeye salmon in its mouth.
It was made up of 11 layers of sponge cake with buttercream, chocolate ganache and fondant.
“I had to transport it all the way to Birmingham in my Fiesta, so Archie the bear was packaged up well in a box for the journey,” said Terri. “We made it there on a wing and a prayer.
“All the cakes have to be on show by 7am on the Friday and the judges spend a day judging them all. I came back to the hall to find an envelope with a bronze award. I was rather pleased to say the least.
“It has given me a lot of confidence in my ability and affirms my decision to open the business.”
Terri previously worked in the health service before realising her dream of owning a cake shop and her special occasions and celebration cake business.
She has made a cake for an episode of the TV programme Top Gear, a giant four-tier fake wedding cake.
And Terri, whose chief baker is her partner Karen Newman, has also started to specialise in wedding cakes.
“I am offering a 10 per cent discount on a cake to anyone getting married between July 7 and August 9,” she said.
“This is in honour of my mum and dad, whose birthdays were between those dates.”
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