Meet Kelly Lou
I’m Kelly Ging, owner of Kelly Lou Cakes cafés and boutique bakery in Portlaoise, Co Laois. We create cakes with the finest, freshest ingredients and specialise in creating beautiful custom cakes, cupcakes and gourmet treats. We bake from scratch, always using real Irish butter, free range eggs and as many locally sourced ingredients we can for the best flavour and quality.
Awards: I won the Laois and regional finals of IBYE (Ireland’s best young entrepreneur) and competed in the 2016 national finals.
In 2017 I won a Laois business award for best e-commerce business.
In 2018 our Cafe and Cakery in Parkside won Best Cafe in the Midlands in the Irish Restaurant Awards
In 2018 our cafe in Parkside won the best cafe in Laois in the Midlands Radio customer service awards.
TV: I regularly contribute on Virgin Media IrelandAM, demonstrating simple and delicious bakes.
I am delighted to be a regular contributor to the baking slot on TV3’s IrelandAM. You can follow me on Instagram to see behind the scenes of the show and recipes and videos can be found on the IrelandAM website http://www.tv3.ie/shows/irelandam
I will put blog posts up of the recipes too so keep checking back!
My story: For as long as I can remember I have loved to bake
Like most bakers the love started as I watched my mother baking in the kitchen. I couldn’t wait to get my hands into the flour and “help” her. I’m sure my first attempts were pretty inedible (but I was never told so) but I kept at it. I found it therapeutic, relaxing. If I were ever upset about something I would rush into the kitchen and bake dozens of cupcakes. Somehow that soothed me. I got great satisfaction producing tasty cakes and other goodies.
I studied retail business in college, with the aim that I might get involved in the family hardware business. There was still that need in me to bake, to produce lovely cakes for family and friends whether for birthdays or going away parties or welcome home parties!
After college I worked in the family business for a year and nagged and nagged my Dad to put in a small coffee corner into the store. I thought that it would be nice to have a little corner and I would spend part of my working day baking a few dozen cupcakes a week in-store to sell. A few dozen!!!
So Kelly Lou’s was born – Lou coming from my middle name Louise.
When word had got out that Kelly Lou cake café was open (in a hardware store of all places!) customers started coming in to taste the cakes and would more often than not bring home a box or two.
Before long I had to recruit my Mum (and occasionally my Dad, brother and sister) and we were baking hundreds of cupcakes a week along with layer cakes, loaf cakes, cookies, macarons, whoopie pies…as well as celebration cakes for birthdays, christenings, communions, weddings. I opened a commercial bakery around the corner and in December 2017 opened a 2nd larger café in Parkside, Portlaoise. Now with a workforce of 22 I couldn’t manage the business without my fantastic team.
Our menus are influenced by the beautiful cake bakeries I have visited in America and London but I also add a little french twist occasionally as a nod to the immaculate patisseries I have visited in France.
I hope you like your visit to our website. Please take a look at our portfolio which we will try to keep updated and we would love to see you in Kelly Lou’s soon!