We celebrated our second birthday today, and this is how it went down!
First, we announced an expansion in our business!
From today, we have bakers based in Stroud, Gloucestershire, who are delivering our cakes in the town. Find out more here, including how to join our team of bakers.
Then, we actually WENT to Stroud!
Given the main part of our birthday celebrations was the above announcement, we decided to surprise a business in Stroud with a cake. This is where Spacehoppers Co-working came in - we delivered a 280 Bakes branded cake (see the logo and BRIGHT PINK nature of said cake in the picture below!) to three entrepreneurs who were at the time working in the shared office space. A complete surprise to all and a welcome tea break from their hard work!
We chose Spacehoppers because we've had previous experience in co-working environments and we love the vibe from entrepreneurs who work in such places. A big 'HELLO AND THANKS' goes to Ben at BeKagool who tweeted us a photo of the cake being enjoyed in the office after we left.
Finally, we popped along to St Andrew's Park, Bristol...
We had to celebrate on 'home turf' too, of course! Word got to us that the Bristol Vegan Parents Group was meeting with the kids for a half term get-together, so we took them some complimentary cupcakes to sort out a snack for that lovely lot. The meeting point was "by the coffee hut in the centre", so cake and coffee worked out perfectly!
A fabulous day - we feel well and truly celebrated!
Thanks to all our willing cake eaters and our hard-working team. Here's to another successful year at 280 Bakes!
Owner of 280 Bakes
Here are some of our latest bakes, all home baked and delivered. which one's your favourite?
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The Team at 280 Bakes
BUTTERCREAM or fondant: The choice is yours on our cakes, but what's the difference?
When helping our customers decide what they would like as decoration on their home baked cakes, we normally recommend either buttercream or fondant icing (both can be made vegan and gluten free friendly). However, not everyone knows the differences between the two types of icing, and there are pros and cons to each, depending on what style you want from your cake, so here's your definitive guide.
Buttercream is our cheapest option, and is nearly always used on our cupcakes. We'd describe it as sweet and rustic looking, perfect for filling sandwich cakes like Victoria Sponge, or a base for decorating with other items, like your favourite sweets. We can do it vanilla or chocolate flavour, but have done lemon in the past. It's not great in hot weather though, be warned!
Some customers like to know fondant is "the kind you see on traditional birthday cakes". Fondant is sheet sugar paste, essentially, is used in modelling and can come in many colours. It is a little more expensive as more work and skill is involved in using it compared to buttercream, kneading it until it's smooth and pliable. A buttercream 'crumb coat' is normally applied underneath the fondant to ensure there's no lumps.
It's not for everyone, as it's a little sticky to eat and is fingerprint prone if you have little hands around, but fondant gives you a beautiful smooth finish on a cake, like you can see here:
This is the third type of icing we use at 280 Bakes. It's not a common request, but it's good if you want something a little less sugary. Meringue icing basically a sugar and egg white mix, creating a meringue style finish. Glossy white, fluffy, and very pretty, we love this one. A word of caution goes to our bakers on this one: Another cake for cooler days, this icing needs to be stored in the fridge. Make sure there's no strong odours from other food in there. Meringue icing picks up strong smells and ends up tasting a little off. Garlic icing, anyone...?
We hope this helps with deciding what style of icing you'd like on your cake. At the end of the day, each type has its place, not everyone likes it, but it can really be the 'icing on the cake' - literally - for our delicious home baked cakes.
The Team @ 280 Bakes
With just one week left of Veganuary, when a huge swathe of new vegans join the movement, here's our final January vegan blog: Can you spot the difference between a vegan and non-vegan cake?
What do you think of when you think vegan cakes? Unless you're a regular customer of ours, you might not think of much! No eggs, no margarine or butter, no milk chocolate, no milk... What could a vegan cake look like?!
Well, a vegan cake looks just like a normal cake, actually. And no, we don't use kale... Take a look at some of our recent bakes, and we challenge you to spot the vegan ones! (Answers at the bottom of the blog post)
Wondering where you can find us this festive season? Here's your small but perfectly formed guide to which Christmas fayres we'll be baking our delicious cakes for this year!
We'll be bringing out all the favourites (like Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake, Victoria Sponge, various cupcakes, Carrot Cake...), including some gluten free cakes. We'll bake some delicious new recipes for you, and festive goodies too. We start this weekend, so bring along your Tupperware and stock up!
Headley Park - Headley Park Church, St Peter's Rise, BS13 7LZ
Wiltshire Vegan Fair - The Neeld, Chippenham, SN15 3ER
Gloucester Vegan Fair ** UPDATE ** Apologies, this one is now not an event we will be attending.
Viva Vegan - Student Union, Richmond Building, 105 Queen's Road, Bristol, BS8 1LN
See you there!
The Team @ 280 Bakes
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
Christmas has begun here at 280 Bakes: Halloween is over, the clocks have gone back, and it's November! Let's see what's in store this season at your local home bakery...
As usual, Christmas cake will be available to order. Vegan and gluten free varieties are available, and our Early Bird Discount runs throughout November. Save by being organised, that's what we say! We'll deliver any date up until 23rd December - our bakers have Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day off - so let us take the strain off you preparing your family do.
Some folks prefer their Christmas bakes with no fondant, a smaller bite - our Christmas cupcakes are perfect for this ask! Ideal for Christmas office parties, a gift for your host, or for the kids' lunchboxes on the last day of term... Order now to get in on the Early Bird Discount!
Yule log is also available, and mince pies will be at all our Christmas events.
Later this month we'll be announcing our Christmas market schedule - stay tuned!
The Team @ 280 Bakes
Halloween's come and gone - is your pumpkin still hanging around? Here are our three favourite ways to use up your pumpkin to avoid food waste.
1. Pumpkin Spice Cake
2. Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins
Friend of 280 Bakes, Louise G, sent us this recipe for Paleo Double Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins - sooo tasty! Remember, paleo (no flour or refined sugar) cakes don't rise as much, so full your muffin cases well.
1 cup creamy almond butter
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
(we used golden syrup - they're interchangeable here)
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (plus extra for topping)
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees and line a 12 cupcake tin with paper cases. Mix all the ingredients bar the chocolate chips) in a bowl - should be a fairly thick batter. Fold in the chocolate chips and divide the mixture into the 12 cups. Sprinkle with extra chocolate chips, if desired - we like this touch!
Bake for about 20 mins until the cakes are firm to the touch. Allow them to cool before serving.
3. Chocolate Pumpkin Brownies
No collection of sweet pumpkin recipes is complete without a recipe for brownies. Pumpkin is perfect for using in this kind of bake, and the brownies don't stick around long after they've baked - they're perfect snacks. This recipe uses less butter (replacing it with cream cheese) and recommends sprinkling them with walnuts, but we like them with almonds too.
Don't let that pumpkin go to waste - get baking!
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
Halloween is one of our favourite times of year - there's so much creativity in cake baking on a spooky theme!
Take a look at what went down at 280 Bakes this year - all in good natured spooky fun!
Even the office pup got into the spirit of things!
Check out our recent blog post where our bakers shared their favourite scary movies of all time - have you seen them all yet?
Cakes and cupcakes, pumpkins and fancy dress - the team pulled out all the stops for our customers and party guests! Special thanks to Roberto for being such an awesome party co-host. <3
Roll on next year for more spooky fun!
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