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KS Kreations bakes up winning reputation with homemade treats

Kassie Vessely, left, holds up a model cake, while her mother, Kandee Dilldine, shows off a tray of carrot cupcakes in front of the display case with many other goodies in KS Kreations. The business won Best Bakery, as well as Best Sewing/Craft/Quilting Store in the 2015 Best of Moffat County.

Mother/daughter team Kandee Dilldine and Kassie Vessely have a pretty sweet gig.

The sugary output of KS Kreations won it the honor of Best Bakery in the 2015 Best of Moffat County voting.

Whether you prefer cakes, cookies, lemon bars, brownies, cinnamon rolls or any number of other items in the store's inventory, there's one key word: homemade.

"I think there's that kind of taste and feel," Dilldine said, noting that customers regularly mention the superiority of food made from scratch.

Dilldine and Vessely have been working together as business partners since 2011. KS Kreations is a multigenerational shop, with Dilldine's mother, Sandi, running the craft side of things, also a winner in this year's contest for Best Sewing/Craft/Quilting Store.

Vessely learned much of her trade through 4-H Club cake decorating and had previously worked at now-defunct downtown café Serendipity, and when that closed, the need for a supplier of scrumptious baked goods was considerable. The KS menu of sandwiches has also done well in recent months, but the biggest draw is by far the list of desserts and pastries.

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The creators in question have a hard time picking their own favorites, though Dilldine said the cream cheese croissants may be her preference.

Vessely said the delight in seeing a customer get exactly what they wanted never gets stale. Some cakes she's crafted — winning second place for Best Cake in the area — have been extremely complicated in design, involving the kind of architecture that rivals that of a house.

A Mickey Mouse masterpiece repeatedly threatening to fall apart, though luckily it was for her own son and not a paying client.

"I made the whole head out of chocolate, and it kept wanting to fall over," she said. "I've learned more strategies since then. When people want extravagant cakes, they need structure underneath."

Both Dilldine and Vessely enjoy working together, as well as the flexibility that can come from being self-employed. Sometimes they are "at the whim of the customer" for hours on end, said Dilldine, but more often than not, what pops out of the oven is worth the labor.

"I like doing what I do, and not many people can say that," Vessely said.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.

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