This weekend saw the return of the Goram Fair at Blaise Castle Estate, Bristol - and we were there with our home baked cakes!
The wet weather didn't put off Bristol families as they splashed through the fairground and stalls at the community event at Blaise Castle on Saturday - most, it seemed, stopping at our cake stall! Check out some of the delicious bakes we had for sale: gluten free, vegan, standard recipe cakes, Fairtrade cake, boozy bakes... We had it all.
We'd like to give a special mention to this guy, a father of a vegan who was particularly sceptical about the concept of vegan cakes. No eggs, no butter, no milk... How could that taste good? So, we gave him a cake to try, and he devoured the cupcake, almost whole. In his (tongue in cheek) words, "Wow, that does not taste like broccoli AT ALL!"
Glad to be of service - hope to see you again, sir!
The Team @ 280 Bakes
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
Nadiya from Bristol Vegan Food challenged us to bake her a gluten free, vegan and low sugar cake ... and make it taste amazing!
I couldn't resist this challenge - I love baking something a little different. So, I got my best baking brain on, and created a chocolate and raspberry cake, using
I'm pretty chuffed with how this turned out, considering almost all the traditional cake ingredients were missing from the recipe! There's apple sauce in the recipe which gives the cake a solid, brownie type of texture, a dense bake - as vegan cakes often can be. You'd definitely feel satisfied after a slice of this!
Great challenge, thanks Nadiya, hope to bake for you again soon.
Check out Bristol Vegan Food's foodie fun on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram - they're well worth a follow. They're food enthusiasts with a professional nutritional background, and so easy to talk to.
If you'd like to try this cake, drop us a line at email@example.com or call 07835 882817. We're here, waiting for your cakey call!
Louise @ 280 Bakes
We are so proud to announce that...
We have baked our 280th cake order!
Since 280 Bakes opened officially in June last year, we have baked and delivered 280 orders (which means many more than 280 cakes when you count events and individual cupcakes) to homes and businesses in the Bristol and Portishead area. Celebrating 280 orders may seem odd, but not when you have a name of 280 Bakes!
To mark this 'once in a business lifetime' occasion, the team has had a lot of fun this week.
We were tasked to bake one of the digits of '280!' for a grand photo of cake - see above. Baker Emma was unfortunately unable to join us for our *glam* photo shoot (thanks to Central Library for hosting!), but Destiny, Debbie and I met to show off our individual cakes. And my, were they individual!
I went with a favourite of vegan apple cake (gluten free, with my new salted caramel topping) for the number '2' we needed, Emma baked the number '8' in Madeira sponge with our logo on top, Destiny's '0' was a vanilla sponge colour splash of flowers and butterflies, and Debbie iced her way to a delicious '!' shaped apricot jam sponge. Thanks for being so game, #Team280!
Definitely an excuse for a team photo (minus Emma, sad face).
Big thanks goes to Claire Ayres who placed the 280th order - a Cookie Monster birthday cake for her husband. Enjoy the wine, Claire, on us!
We'd like to say a HUGE thanks to ALL our customers over the last nine months, who have helped us get to the auspicious number of 280 orders so quickly. Without you, our business wouldn't exist!
Well done team, and thanks for your hard work and enthusiasm! You rock!
500 orders would probably be the next significant milestone... Any guesses to when that might happen?! Leave us a comment below, and order a cake to help us get on the way!
Owner, 280 Bakes
We were at the Kings Weston House fun day yesterday, fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support. Our cupcakes went down a storm - this is my favourite photo from the day!
Many thanks to our 'tough biker' from the Chopper Club for his sense of humour and willingness to be photographed. I am so sorry I didn't catch his name.
Thanks to Michelle, Norm and team for their hard work yesterday. I hope you raised a fantastic sum for this worthwhile cause .
Just a quick post for now - lots to be baking on with!
Louise @ 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
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