By Nan Mackenzie
Sometimes I wish someone would look at me the same way I look at a perfectly made chocolate cake, lemon meringue pie, carrot cake, boxed set of different flavoured macaroons… Sadly age has somewhat ‘withered’ the likelihood of that ever happening again but I have discovered where to get these perfect bakes.
Jackie and Jo Kuflik are a highly talented mother and daughter duo with a passion for baking, with the results of their sweet talents baked, displayed, ordered and eaten on a daily basis at their Kissonerga-based shop Love Island Cakes.
I defy anyone to feel the least bit gloomy after walking into this bright and cheery establishment. One glimpse of the clouds of meringues or a tray of fresh-from-the-oven flavoured macaroons being sufficient to dispel even the worst black dog days.
Mother Jackie is no amateur hobbyist baker, she is the real thing having started her own cake decorating company in the UK during the 1980s, also having taught the art of sugar craft and is a chief examiner for City and Guilds qualification. In partnership with a friend Chris Jeffcoate, she has written three excellent books on Cake design and decoration and was also invited to teach the art of Sugar Craft in Tokyo.
Since opening in 2008 Jackie and daughter Jo now have a thriving business and as cake entrepreneurs boast delivery of special occasion cakes to customers all over the island. Wedding cakes are a speciality, and Jackie enjoyed both the kudos and challenge of being invited to create a cake to celebrate the marriage of a member of the Bahraini royal family. This particular confection was, in keeping with the lavishness of the day, a little over five metres high and covered extensively in gold leaf.
I do have to take a moment here to comment most favourably on the superb Carrot cake served here. Not being a great fan of this concoction in the past, the one tasted at Love Island Cakes manages to take the lowly carrot to a whole new creamy dimension. Afternoon tea here is a positive mood changer. It is served daily but booking beforehand is advised such is the demand for a good scone and slice of cake. Customers can also opt to have their afternoon tea delivered, so you can tuck into light as air scones with cream and jam, proper made tea time sandwiches where the cucumber has been soaked in mint to give it that fresh dazzle, and not forgetting the plate of meringue kisses and tiny cream cakes at home.
There is with Christmas just around the corner a flurry of flour going on in the kitchen where festive treats including gift boxes of macaroons, biscuits, chilli crackers, mince pies and Christmas cakes are being created. There will also be a special pick and mix section, which is guaranteed to be a winner as the mix includes such classic home-made delights such as Coconut ice, Scottish tablet and proper nougat, not forgetting those very special hand crafted gin and tonic marshmallows.
Everything in the shop that is edible is made entirely from scratch, the range of English, French and American cakes, sweets and desserts are all made without shortcuts and always using top notch ingredients.
Love Island Cakes also offers a great selection of birthday cards along with some nice gift items and unique home wares, so a bit of retail therapy also helps lift the mood. I no longer drown my sorrows, instead I effectively suffocate them with cake, and believe me folks eating a thick slice of chocolate fudge cake does indeed make you a much better person.
SPECIALTY cakes and savouries, coffee & teas,
WHERE Love Island Cakes, Kissonerga, Paphos. Between Alpha Bank and the dance school
WHEN Monday-Saturday 9-30 am – 4-30pm
CONTACT 99 746860
For those wishing to order a Christmas cake please make order by the first week in December (Gluten free treats both sweet and savoury are also available)