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Defying gravity

posted 9 Oct 2016, 11:41 by Kirsty Hoyle

Anti gravity cakes are all the rage. It takes a lot of magic (and a special stand) to make these pouring marvels. Our prices start at £50 for an 8" cake with the sweets of your choice. I've experienced a few gasps when entering a room with one of these babies! So if you want a lot of impact and a very sweet treat these might just be the cakes for you!

A wedding, a very special birthday and some bagpipes!

posted 17 May 2016, 09:03 by Kirsty Hoyle

This weekend was very busy but with very enjoyable cakes. It's always good to try different techniques and ideas and these cakes had great room for creativity.
First was the wedding cake for my friend Tracey. She was my first every paying cake customer in 2011 and now I was asked to make her wedding cake. I was very honoured. She had some great ideas and posted off to me some elements she wanted included in the cake. The top tier was sticky toffee madeira and the bottom, vanilla. The cake had to travel from Edinburgh to Liverpool on the morning of the wedding so it was a bit pressurised (not least for the driver).  But it got there and Tracey & Alan loved it. Yey!

Next was a special birthday cake for my Mum (I'm not allowed to mention age!) But it was a landmark birthday which required  a pretty spectacular cake. I got to use 'Cake Lace' for this which is a fantastic technique and I can't wait to use it again. Mum had her favourite chocolate cake on the bottom and vanilla up top.

Lastly was a bagpipe cake for a sixteen year old star piper. We took the tartan of her kilt which her Mum sent to me and printed it on icing sheets and used that as the cover for the cake board which turned out to be really effective.

Raring to go!

posted 19 Apr 2016, 06:00 by Kirsty Hoyle   [ updated 19 Apr 2016, 06:12 ]

We moved house last year and there was lots of work to be done, not least in the kitchen/diner which had a strange partition separating the rooms. We had that taken down and lots of decorating work happened and finally the new floor was laid. I love the new space and although small amounts of baking was taking place last year we are now ready to get back up to speed with cake orders. Last week we had Spongebob the pirate, two wedding consultations and some horsey cupcakes! 

Spring Is coming!

posted 15 Mar 2016, 05:30 by Kirsty Hoyle   [ updated 15 Mar 2016, 05:35 ]

It's been a relatively quiet start to the year at Vanilla Kisses as we moved house last year and there have been many building works and decorating projects on the go for what seems like forever - but we are almost there and back into full production! 
Spring is almost with us, things are warming up (a bit), the daffodils and crocus are appearing and soon thoughts will turn once again to chocolate eggs and cake!! Here are a few ideas to put you in the mood.

Spooky goings on!

posted 2 Nov 2015, 12:30 by Kirsty Hoyle   [ updated 2 Nov 2015, 12:33 ]

Halloween cupcakes by the 100! Busy time of year!

It's a touch down (or try or whatever...!!)

posted 5 Sep 2015, 07:44 by Kirsty Hoyle

I was recently asked to make an Irish rugby ball for a 50th birthday - great fun, lots of chocolate mud! In the end I had to stop people from trying to throw it !

Thomas The Tank

posted 8 Aug 2015, 03:19 by Kirsty Hoyle

My kids are a bit older than the Thomas the Tank Engine stage now so I had to do a bit of research to remember the names of all of the Trains. In the end I made Thomas, James and Percy - all aboard for Max's birthday!

There's a teenager in the house!

posted 21 Jul 2015, 04:35 by Kirsty Hoyle   [ updated 8 Aug 2015, 03:21 ]

It was my eldest son's 13th birthday last week and as he was heading off to Scout camp that afternoon I only made him a small cake to have before he went. Rainbow cakes are really popular at the moment and the surprise inside this one went down brilliantly! Now I just have to learn how to cope with a teenage son...

New Logo!!

posted 31 Mar 2015, 09:12 by Kirsty Hoyle

We have a lovely new logo for our web site, Facebook page Twitter, aprons, cardies,  business cards and cupcake boxes stickers etc - phew, I'm going to have to get a lot of stuff re-printed! But we love it as we are now in our fourth year of caking it's time for an upgrade and a lovely new look - hope you approve!!


posted 30 Mar 2015, 14:01 by Kirsty Hoyle

Not an original design but a request for a sixth birthday party for a little girl with turtle power!! Great fun to make, Happy Birthday Sara!

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