We've been looking for new bakers this month, and we're please to announce Heidi and Sue have joined our team. Welcome to 280 Bakes, ladies!
Heidi is a mum-of-one from Patchway in Bristol. She's originally from Hungary and learned her initial baking skills from her mum. Then, baking birthday cakes for friends and family, devouring blogs and recipe books (especially those from pastry chefs), she honed her skills and has become an accomplished cake baker.
Heidi joined 280 Bakes to allow her to bake more, as it's something she really enjoys. Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting is her favourite cake.
Sue is the second baker to join us this month. She's our most eastern Bristol baker, from the area of
Hanham. She's a keen golfer, and Sue's favourite cake is Lemon Sponge.
Sue says James Martin is one of her favourite chefs, but she inspiration from all over.
We're looking forward to seeing your cakes, guys, welcome to the team!
The Team @ 280 Bakes
We're hosting a vegan cake baking workshop in Bristol in the new year, and we'd love for you to join us!
Join a collection of other keen bakers (some vegan, some not), and be triumphant with the cakes you take home! We'll be sharing three of our favourite recipes with you, helping you to get the best bake to be proud of.
More information is available on our Facebook page, but where you really want to go is here:
This would make an awesome gift for the vegan in your life this Christmas, or a fabulous treat to cheer yourself up with on a dingy January afternoon. Hope to see you there!
The Team @ 280 Bakes
We have exciting news - we've just employed two new bakers. This means the team at 280 Bakes is the biggest it's ever been!
Today we welcome two new members to our team of bakers. Meet Lorna and Kayleigh, two keen home bakers from south Bristol, who are ready and raring to bake for you!
Kayleigh says she enjoys making cupcakes the most, where as Lorna is a dab hand at chocolate cake.
As the baker mould is seeming to be, they're both mums, baking for us around other work and family commitments. You don't need to be in the same 'boat, but if you'd like to apply for a position when we next advertise, send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The (expanding!) team @ 280 Bakes
There was a Viking re-enactment event yesterday in Burnham-on-Sea, just down the road from us. We popped down with some bakes, and, it turns out, historical actors lurrrrve cake!
Thanks to the organisers for 'inviking' us along - see you again we hope! Check out some of the photo highlights from the day below: *NEW* Aero cupcake, toffee cake, blackberry cupcakes, Viking buns (couldn't resist these toppers on Amazon!), coffee cake, homemade Blackberry Jam Sponge, and various Vikings and event staff enjoying our cake!
Our Louise, who was at the event, said "It was a great afternoon out - I actually learned a lot about Viking history too! Apparently our Viking buns were historically inaccurate as real Vikings didn't have horned helmets... I just told the customer his stomach wouldn't know the difference and to enjoy his cake!"
Keep your eyes on our Facebook, Twitter and newsletter for news of more events we'll be at this summer. You'll be the first to know!
The Team @ 280 Bakes
Katy's had to leave our baking team, due to other commitments, so that means we're looking for a new baker. Could you be our next recruit?
Are you a keen baker?
Do you work part-time or less, and live in Bristol?
We might have the job for you!
We're looking for another freelance cake making enthusiast to join our team of four bakers; male or female, we need an additional pair of 'part time hands' with great organisational skills, able to follow strict recipes and delivery deadlines. Experience in baking vegan cakes or gluten free cakes would be a bonus, but really, we're looking for someone reliable, flexible, trustworthy, and of course, a good baker. There are often opportunities with 280 Bakes for working events (e.g. Bristol Vegan Festival, Community Summer Fairs) for extra optional paid work.
Please note: All office work (e.g. social media, advertising) is done centrally. This is a 'bake and deliver' role only.
Discount at cake supplies shops (e.g. Kitchen Cookshop), access to 280 Bakes recipes (top secret!) to use at home, a great platform to show off your cakes, social activities with the team and more. Our Whatsapp group is buzzing with baking tips and feedback from within the team - we're a really friendly bunch, so you'll be made very welcome!
NEED TO KNOW:
Applicants must be over 18 years old, have access to a car for deliveries and a smartphone.
Start up costs are minimal - just £20 to cover your 'business in a bag' (t-shirt, business cards, guide to baking for 280 Bakes etc.). Along with all the tangible things to help you set up, we'll be here to assist with any queries and support throughout.
Applications close Wednesday 9th August at 7pm. We reserve the right to close applications sooner if we find a baker we want to hire earlier than expected. Interviews will be via a Whatsapp video call initially, then a face-to-face in your home kitchen with home baked cake sampling.
Interested? Send us a message via our contact us page!
Please have some photos of cakes you have previously baked and/or decorated available.
Previous recruitment drives have produced some amazing talent, so we're excited to be looking for a new team member this month. Spread the word if you know someone who would be perfect for the job!
Owner, 280 Bakes
You've heard we have an email newsletter, right? Not sure what's on it? Take a sneak peak below at the one that flew into subscribers' inboxes this lunch time!
You can also view it via this 280 Bakes newsletter link.
Don't want to miss our next batch of news, photos and offers? Sign up to our newsletter now!
Join our Wimbledon sweepstake and win!
We've opened our Wimbledon sweepstake this morning - place your bets!
All you have you need to do to enter is email us at email@example.com or message via our contact page with your name, phone number and chosen MIXED DOUBLES couple (the number is fine, list below). Entry costs £2, payment is via Paypal only to the above email address.
All profits will go to one of our chosen charities, Macmillan Cancer Care, so your money will go to a worthwhile cause.
The Mixed Doubles Wimbledon Teams
(from today 6th July - 1 day in so a couple of teams have already been knocked out)
1. J.Murray & M.Hingis - claimed
2. N.Skupski & A.Smith
3. J.Salisbury & K.Dunne
4. S.Darcis & E.Mertens - claimed
5. L.Broady & N.Broady
6. R.Jebavy & L.Hradecka
7. M.Mirnye & E.Makarova
8. A.Molteni & X.Knoll - claimed
9. P.Petzschner & K.Flipkins
10. D.Sharan & Z.Yang
11. K.Skupski & J.Rae
12. E.Roger-Vasselin & A.Hlavackova
13. L. Kubot & Y-J.Chan
14. S.Lipsky & A.Kudryavtseva
15. J.Peers & S.Lisicki
16. J-P.Smith & S.Stephens
17. M.Demoliner & M.Matinez Sanchez
18. M.Matkowski & K.Peschke
19. J.Cabal & A.Spears
20. N.Monroe & A.Muhammed
21. A.Sitak & O.Savchuk - claimed
22. M.Pavic & L.Kichenok
23. M.Daniell & D.Jurak
24. R.Klassen & K.Srebotnik
Teams need to be claimed by participants (including payment) by the 7pm on the evening before the final: Saturday 15th July 2017. The sweepstake is open to anyone in the UK, so please do share this blog or our posts on Facebook. Brownies will be posted to any UK address, and Macmillan will receive a cheque the week following the final. If the winning team is not picked, we will make the donation but no brownies will be baked.
Best of luck!
The Team @ 280 Bakes
It may be July, with no Bank Holidays and the days are getting (minutely) shorter, but there's reason to kick back and relax, enjoying the taste of our Moor Beer Company cake launch!
We've teamed up with the brewers at Moor Beer Company and have created a delicious chocolate ale cake with their stout. We all love a boozy bake, and especially one as moist as this! The stout has berry and coffee scents, and tastes a little chocolate, which, coupled with our rich cocoa recipe, makes for a perfect chocolate cake.
Our gluten free and vegan customers won't miss out, either. Moor's stout is 100% animal product free, and our team have never been baking better gluten free cakes than we are right now.
Order a Moor Beer cake before Saturday 15th July
and receive 10% off!!!
The Moor Brewery was established in 1996 and they're now regarded as leaders in natural beer making. The brewery in Bristol is a short walk from Bristol Temple Meads, and it's well worth taking one of their factory tours. There's more than just stout to this company!
We're looking forward to bringing some chocolatey smiles to Bristol and Portishead - just drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a message via our contact page and we'll deliver!
The Team @ 280 Bakes and Moor Beer Company
We have fantastic news: we've recruited a new home baker to our team!. We took five minutes between bakes to interview our latest recruit, Katy, from Brislington, so you guys could get to know her a little too...
Hi Katy, welcome to the team!
What's your favourite cake to bake?
I love baking pretty much anything because I enjoy the process, I find it really relaxing. In terms of what I like to bake to eat myself, you can't go wrong with a really good chocolate cake, for friends and family its my triple chocolate brownies, I'm pretty much not allowed to turn up to a family gathering without them, that of my coffee and walnut cake, that's my parents favourite.
How did you first start baking?
I was fortunate to grow up surrounded by really good bakers / cooks and got involved from a young age. My mum would bake with me as a kid and I remember my Nan baking a lot at Christmas. We did home economics at school when I was about 12, we made scones and I think it started from there. I funded part of a trip to Morocco when I was 15 by selling cakes and that's when I realised I had a bit of a flare for baking.
Do you have any particular cake triumphs you'd like to show us?
I made a sugar skull cake for my husbands birthday a few years ago that was pretty impressive and more recently I made a victoria sponge cake for my sister-in-laws birthday which was a bit nerve wracking because everyone there is a really good cook, thankfully everyone absolutely loved it.
Have you a favourite cake style or flavour from another country?
Black Forest Gateaux is my absolute favourite cake and I also love Greek Baklava and Portugese custard cakes which don't taste the same anywhere outside of Portugal.
What are you most looking forward to in working for 280 Bakes?
Baking things that customers will delight in! It's really nice to be able to create things that other people enjoy.
Thanks Katy - we look forward to seeing the cake you bake!
The Team @ 280 Bakes
The weekend just gone (14th May 2017) seems longer ago than 'just gone' - so much has been going on since then for us.... A fresh spell of baker recruitment, day job baking, events organisation... We'd planned this blog post for earlier but it's just not been possible! Small business is rockin'! Anyway... Here we go!
Sunday was the Wiltshire Vegan Festival! Of course, we went along with our cakes and met the lovely people of Chippenham (in the main). This was the second festival of its kind in Chippenham, and it looks set to return again later in the year, due to the success - yay! Stay tuned into our newsletter to find out when the next one is.
Here are some of the choice pictures from our day at the Wiltshire Vegan Festival.
Photos are as follows...
Top line: Our bestseller: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake, customer joy from Alexandra, and a special for the festival: Chocolate Raspberry Cake
Middle line: Happy faces of young fans of 280 Bakes, two photos of our Twix inspired shortbread - the first to sell out.
Bottom line: Some smaller bakes: Lemon Drizzle, Chocolate Cupcake (gluten free), Chocolate Hedgehog cakes, a Black Forest cupcake, and a photo of Marlon - a very enthusiastic customer!
If you click on the images they should load a little bigger if they're not too clear right now.
Thank you to MarlondonDJ and LaChicaVeganaOficial (Instagram accounts) and the family of cupcake lovers for allowing us to take their photos.
Find out more about the Wiltshire Vegan Festival on their Facebook page - see you at the next one!
The Team @ 280 Bakes
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