Friends secure Virgin Atlantic cake contract

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TWO friends are celebrating after landing a contract to sell their cakes on Virgin Atlantic flights.

Caroline Day and Michelle McKinley Bell run CakeLush, which they set up in April, from their homes in Goring and West Durrington respectively.

They have already produced 600 cakes for the airline, which will deliver the cakes directly to customers in their seats.

Mrs McKinley Bell, 42, described being spotted by a buyer for Virgin Atlantic as “amazing.”

She said: “We were over the moon. I did not really believe it at first but when we got the call things started to happen, and it has been brilliant.

“It has been a very quick learning curve but we are hoping that this will lead on to bigger and better things for us.

“We are chuffed to bits to get this contract as it has given us a real boost and more credibility.”

The mother-of-one said the pair, who met through their husbands, had been looking to start a business together. She said: “We have both been keen bakers and have done it from a hobby point of view for a good number of years.

“We baked for our families and friends at home, who said we should go for it, so we then decided to take it a step further and make a business out of it. “It has been a bit of a change for both of us, as I was a PR and marketing manager and Caroline was a pastoral manager, but it is going really well.

“Things were very scary at first but we believed in our product so it has worked really well. We would like to continue down the corporate road but possibly look at bespoke designs. It would be great to have a cake boutique at some stage in the future.” For more information, go to www.cakelush.co.uk