Let ’em eat cake: Bakery orders’ boosted’ with easing COVID rules

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There are layers of planning that go into a wedding, but one of the most important – the wedding cake – has busy bakers in Prince Edward Island.

So busy, that some are no longer taking orders for 2021.

“It’s really very busy. You have clients that are from 2020 and their wedding has been postponed and it has been moved to this year,” said Kelsey Hannah, who runs KGJ Bakeshop.

Island morning6:11Bakers keep busy with delayed celebrations

When the COVID restrictions arrived, many celebrations were put on hold. Now things are opening up and people are ready to eat cake. Tony Davis of the CBC spoke to professional bakers about the rise in business. 6:11

“It really magnified the year of the wedding, and I think it will be for years to come. I think 2022 and 2023, because of that, will be great years for any type of wedding seller.”

Hannah said she works as a baker, but runs her bakery as a side business – and because she’s the only one cooking for her business – she is fully booked for the remainder of 2021.

“People not only want to celebrate their birthdays, but also the birthday they missed with their best friend or their mother,” says Kelsey Hannah, owner of KGJ Bakeshop. (Jenna Rachelle Photography)

It’s not just about wedding cakes, birthday cakes are also popular requests right now.

“People not only want to celebrate their birthdays, but also the birthday they missed with their best friend or their mom,” she said.

Courtney Van Horne, who runs Whisk and Sugar in downtown Charlottetown, said she believed the easing of COVID-19 restrictions and increased capacity limits for weddings and personal gatherings was the reason for increasing demand.

“Wedding cakes, we’re sold out,” she said. “We’ve been full for about a month. We didn’t expect it at all. We tend to book quickly, but not so quickly.”

“Right now it’s just cupcake and bar orders,” says Courtney Van Horne, who runs Whisk and Sugar, a bakery in downtown Charlottetown. (Tony Davis / CBC)

Van Horne said it was full for the summer, but will open for more bookings in September.

“Usually we need two to three weeks to book, again the wedding cakes are a bit different. We only book one to two per weekend,” she said. .

“Right now it’s just cupcake and bar orders.”

Bev Campbell says she doesn’t book too far and usually bakes the cakes fresh on the day they’re requested at In the Mix Bakery. (Tony Davis / CBC)

While busy, Bev Campbell, owner of In the Mix Bakery in Mount Stewart, said she always takes orders.

“We get orders for cakes every day. Wedding cakes, birthday cakes, birthday cakes, baby cakes… all kinds of cakes,” she said.

Campbell said she doesn’t book too far and usually bakes the cakes fresh on the day they are requested – but said she would like 24 hours’ notice if something is “too complicated”.

These cakes were set to release at In the Mix on Wednesday afternoon. (Tony Davis / CBC)

Campbell said his bakery has weathered the pandemic rather well with people keen to explore the province.

“I think with COVID a lot of people haven’t traveled off the island so they have traveled around the island,” she said.

A beluga hanging out in a nearby waterway has also attracted many businesses to the area, Campbell said.

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