If you're reading this from the USA, you may know it's Vanilla Cupcake Day today!
Here in the UK, specifically Bristol, we don't seem to make such a 'thing' of cake days like Vanilla Cupcake Day, and the team can't quite fathom why... Look at these amazing vanilla cupcakes we've made - why not celebrate them?!
These are rose cupcakes and almond buns...
Lego inspired cupcakes for a little dude's birthday...
Straight up vanilla, seasonal blackberry cupcakes with vanilla frosting, and one of our 'Sweet Temptations' range for those with an extra sweet tooth!
Which would you choose to tea tonight? It's not too late to order for tea...
Yours, vanilla-ly so,
The Team @ 280 Bakes
We've chosen today, World Vegan Day, to launch our new vegan range of cakes: Sweet Temptations.
"Sweet Temptations" is the cake range for you if you have an extra sweet sweet tooth. We use vegan-friendly sweets to decorate, while baking tried and tested, moist with delicious flavours, in a neat (but huge!) collection of recipes only available to our bakers. Our team are experts in vegan cake baking, and we can't wait to share our new range with you!
Sweets used in the new range include... Candy Necklaces, Fizzers, Flying saucers (great on top of cupcakes!), Love Hearts, Parma Violets, Pear Drops, Rainbow Drops, Skittles, and vegan fudge from our friends at Fab Fudge.
If you discover any other vegan sweets we can include in our Sweet Temptations range, do let us know in the comments below.
The Team @ 280 Bakes
Baking Tres Leches cake for her Costa Rican husband is fast becoming an annual tradition for our Louise. Check out how the birthday cake turned out for 2017!
Tres Leches is everything Costa Rican. It's sugary, full of milk and fruit, and, like everything in that country, ENORMOUS! This year's birthday cake was a step up from last years, I feel - what do you think?
The recipe is here, but here are the photo stages of the most impressive Tres Leches cake ever. The birthday boy is ice cream crazy, so I went with that theme for this year.
Tres Leches starts with baking two enormous vanilla sponges, doused in evaporated milk, condensed milk, and semi-skimmed. The two sponges have 10 eggs between them on the ingredients list, so it's about as far from vegan as you can get!
Stage two - decorate and fill the beast with cream and fruit. Tropical fruit works really well, but anything colourful works.
I love how it looks like someone's dropped a couple of ice cream cones on the top of this one, and the chocolate really finishes it off.
Pretty proud of this one!
Even better, it will last for days (kept in the fridge) - there must be 30 slices there. No doubt we'll have visitors this weekend...!
Dairy free, citrus intolerances, no soya, nut allergies... All of these can be challenges when ordering a cake for someone with intolerances or allergies.
Never fear, we can help!
If you know anything about us at 280 Bakes, it's probably that we do one of two things: CakeOD (same day cake deliveries in Bristol), and that we specialise in vegan cakes.
Our dietary requirements skills go far beyond this food preference group, however. We regularly bake for dairy free customers (not quite the same as vegan), gluten free cakes, and easily accommodate allergies, such as: soya, almond milk, nuts, citrus... and general dislikes, such as raisins in carrot cake! You'd be surprised how many 'off the shelf' carrot cakes have raisins in them...
The cakes below are dairy free cupcakes with no nut milk, chocolate raspberry cake (vegan), and gluten free red velvet, all recent orders in Bristol.
Over 70% of our customers come to use for their cakes with specific ingredients missing. What's more, some of our team itself have food intolerances - red onion (which, admittedly doesn't go in cake often!!), and previously a problem with eating bread for one of our bakers. We know it can be tough to avoid certain things.
We bake and deliver fantastic, tasty cakes for those who thought it wasn't possible.
At 280 Bakes, we know cake can be a special treat in the afternoon, a part of the celebration for so many family events, and a reason to share. Why should people with food intolerances be excluded from this joy?
Check out our glowing review on a coeliac customer's blog, during this year's Coeliac Awareness Week. Apparently we make Bristol's best gluten free cupcakes - thanks, Lauren!
Actual quotes from recent customers of ours:
So next time you're in need of a cake with 'special' requirements, don't hesitate to contact us. It would be our pleasure to bring you delicious cake, and you won't have to 'jog on' anywhere!
Tel: 07835 882817 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Or contact us here
The Team @ 280 Bakes
So, we've baked hundreds of cakes for you guys, but which are our all time favourite orders? Let's find out!
Birthday cakes are regularly ordered by our customers, and these two are our favourite so far. Emma (who's since left our baking team *sad face*) made the Cookie Monster cake, which hit the nail on the head for Steve's 40th - he loved it! The Chicken Cake was baked by Debbie, who was tasked with a poultry theme for a leaving do in Lawrence Weston. Still makes us laugh, when we see this clever, cute cake!
We are known for our home baked cakes, so no 'top cakes' blog would be complete without some of our traditional loaves and rounds appearing. You can't beat a Victoria Sponge for when the family pops over for the afternoon (available on CakeOD, our same day delivery service), and but our award-winning Fairtrade banana cake comes a close second - always popular at our events too, perhaps because it's low fat. What a cake!
As far as cupcakes go, we've done some amazing baking and decorating. Two that really stick in our minds, though, are our marshmallow cupcake and the ones we did themed on Aero chocolate bars. The marshmallow ones were for a customer's 40th birthday. The cakes were a surprise from his colleague and you should have seen his eyes light up - marshmallows are his favourite! The Aero cupcakes were a inspirational bake from Louise last weekend at the Viking Invasion event we went to. They came out particularly well, we think.
Both these cakes were Louise's. She used to dread doing cupcakes, but now has got really into the swing of them - even bought some new nozzles the other week for more design capabilities! Stay tuned to see more photos of her scrumptious cupcakes on our newsletter.
We've a good name for being vegan cake specialists, and, as 65% of our customers are in fact vegan, we aim to please! These two cakes are our best selling vegan cake, all home made of course, from scratch. You won't catch us using a cake mix any time! Here's our no.1 best seller, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake (as featured on the Bristol Food Tour), and our vegan Carrot Cake. Just yum!
These are both available for a non-vegan diet too, but why not give them a try? Not only are they 'cruelty free', having no animal products in them, they are consequently better for the environment too!
And finally, let's bring in some gluten free cake to complete our top ten. We often get gluten free requests, from coeliacs and friends of gluten intolerant people, and we can bake vegan gluten free too - skills! These two are Chocolate Hazelnut Cake (as seen on Made In Bristol TV) and, a family favourite, Lemon Cake. And, as a bonus, we offer a low sugar lemon cake, too, if you're trying to cut down.
That's our top ten favourite cakes! What do you think? Would you add anything to the list?
Don't forget, all our cakes are available for standard, vegan and gluten free diets. Just drop us a line to order yours!
The Team @ 280 Bakes
Today is our first birthday, here at 280 Bakes. We're so proud and pleased to have survived and thrived through to our first landmark birthday. Hooray for small business!
Over the last year we've gone from being porch sale cake stall to a bona fide company. So what have we achieved?
We held a coffee morning to celebrate all this with our 'friends of 280 Bakes' and our customers today, and here are the best photos from the event.
Thank you to all who came out to celebrate with us - here's to another year's baking!
The Team @ 280 Bakes
280 Bakes Owner Louise's husband is Costa Rican, and his birthday was today. Check out the cake she made for him below!
This is Tres Leches. It's a sandwich cake with condensed milk, evaporated milk, and 'normal' milk poured in to the sponge once it's baked and cooled. Also called 'Queque Frio' (cold cake), it's a popular, traditional birthday cake, saved for special occasions because of the amount of eggs required - 10, and that doesn't include the Royal Icing!
Here's the recipe in case you'd like to try this huge cake. You need to set the cake overnight, so make sur eyou leave enough time.
For the cake:
14 ounces cake flour, plus extra for pan
2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
8 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature
16 ounces sugar
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cans of mixed fruit cocktail (drained)
For the glaze:
1 can evaporated milk
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup milk
Royal Icing (see link)
1 can tinned peaches
Strawberries, cherries, raspberries, or other sweet fruit.
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Grease and oil two large Pyrex dishes.
Whisk together the cake flour, baking powder and salt in a medium mixing bowl and set aside.
Beat the butter in a separate bowl, until fluffy. Add the sugar at intervals. Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix to thoroughly combine. Add the vanilla extract and mix to combine.
Add the flour mixture to the batter in 3 batches and mix just until combined. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and spread evenly. This will appear to be a very small amount of batter.
Bake on the middle rack of the oven for around 30 minutes or until the cake is lightly golden. Remove the cake pan to a cooling rack and allow to cool for 30 minutes. Poke the top of the cake all over with a skewer.
Allow the cake to cool completely. Put two tins of mixed fruit cocktail on the top of one cake and place the second cake on the top like a sandwich.
Now prepare the glaze. Whisk together the evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and the milk in a bowl. Once combined, pour the glaze over the cake. There may be leftovers, it's a generous amount. Refrigerate the cake overnight.
The next day, make Royal Icing and totally cover the cake. Double the recipe was required here. Where it says '3 ounces of egg white', that's about 3 egg whites.
Decorate with the tinned fruit and chill until serving.
Louise's husband specifically asked for a non-vegan cake.... With 10 eggs in the cake and 6 in the icing, it's definitely not for vegans!
Birthday Boy's Verdict: BEAUTIFUL! SO COSTA RICAN!
Yep, the sponge is so delicious, the milk adding extra flavour and being chilled enhances the flavour. It may be your new favourite cake - just make sure there's a few people about to help you finish it off... It's a big one!
The Team at 280 Bakes
One of my customers called me last week and asked for a very special order: One Victoria Sponge cake, butter iced all over - just plain, nothing more. This was for her boyfriend's birthday and his kids (aged 3 and 6) were going to spend the morning decorating it for him, so they needed a plain canvas. I was happy to help, and here's the results!
For an extra special surprise, I put in a layer of fondant icing with the jam, and I filled the centre of the cake with jelly babies. Apparently, the delighted squeals from the kids (and possibly dad) were audible from outside the house!
It certainly looked like fun. If your kids would enjoy an afternoon decorating a cake, you know what to do - give us a call on 07835 882817 or find us on Facebook and Twitter.
Owner, 280 Bakes
Do you have a fairy obsessed grand-daughter?
Does your family have a Simpsons fan in it?
We make birthday cakes for kids' birthdays, and we love doing it! From Pokemon to The Minions, dinosaurs to Toy Story, we create character cakes to make your little one smile, at at great prices.
Let us know your child's favourite character or theme, and we'll bake a vanilla or chocolate sponge, decorate and deliver (free of charge) for the big day.
Prices start at £10, character and decoration dependent.
Many happy returns of the day to the birthday girl or boy!
Owner 280 Bakes
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