I'm sending you a postcard from Edinburgh, a perfect weekend away, with lots of cakes to keep your tourist feet pounding the old City streets!
Let's start with some Chocolate Orange traybake, and a Beetroot Poppy Seed tray bake from the National Museum of Scotland bistro. Also pictured, some treats from the Edinburgh Castle cafe: Mint Aero Tiffin (whaaat!) and Chocolate Tarts.
A fabulous collage of cake from around the city...
Top line: Pistachio Rhubarb Tiffin (Cafe on the Mound) - my personal favourite, Ginger and Raspberry Tiffin (Cafe on the Mound), White Chocolate Cake (Edinburgh Castle tea rooms, better than the cae by far!).
Bottom Line: Mini Victoria Sponges (Edinburgh Castle tea rooms), a castle themed showstopper (tea rooms again), and some chocolate brownies.
Currently looking for a recipe for the rhubarb bake, if anyone has any bright ideas??
Finally, I am a total Mimi's Bakehouse convert, having had brunch there on Sunday. These photos are from the Leith branch, but there's also one on the Royal Mile, if you're in the city centre.
Oreo cupcakes, Raspberry Chocolate cupcakes, and Chocolate Fudge cakes pictured below... and me!
Look out for our next 'Postcard from...' blog coming soon. Who knows where our bakers will head to next?! Take a look at some previous discoveries on Twitter via the hashtag #280ontour.
We get asked fairly often if cakes can be frozen, so we're here today to clarify!
Missed out on trying a sample from the Foodies Festival? We've posted the recipe for the vegan chocolate Guinness cake on our blog so you can try it yourself. And if you don't fancy baking, just contact us to order one!
Big thanks to Charlotte White at Restoration Cake and the Foodies Festival team for inviting us along. See you again, we hope!
The Team @ 280 Bakes
...well, kind of. We're baking 'copy-cat' royal wedding cake, but you need to be quick to nab yours as there's only five available!
Order by 3pm Friday - gluten free, standard and vegan cakes are available. Deliveries are to Bristol and Portishead only, and all cakes are 10 slice, home baked by our network of local bakers.
Have a lovely weekend!
The Team @ 280 Bakes
It's a chocolate fudge cake with a difference or two: it's both vegan and made using Guinness! Here's very our recipe - enjoy!
We've developed the recipe so you can always get a good rise. The sponge is likely to crack a little on the top, but that's part of it's character - the baking soda is quite high in this recipe. The sponge is light and moist, and a deep rich chocolate colour.
What's missing from this cake is eggs and butter - it is a vegan cake, after all. The oil replaces the butter and it binds together just fine without eggs.
Have a go, and see what you think!
Top tip: Make sure the water gets to the flour before the oil, or the cake may not hold together very well (lack of eggs here doesn't help!). To combat this, just follow the recipe in order and you should be fine.
Vegan Chocolate Guinness Cake
***Serves 8 large slices or a dozen cupcakes**
190g self raising flour
130g caster sugar
7 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
240ml strong coffee
2 teaspoons vanilla essence
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
120ml vegetable oil
1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees and make sure the baking rack is on the centre shelf. Grease and line an 8 inch round tin.
2. Mixing is very simple: Mix the dry ingredient together. Then add the Guinness, coffee, water (before the oil, remember) and the rest of the wet ingredients.
3. Pour into your tin and bake for 35 minutes. Remove when baked (test with a skewer in the centre - if it comes out clean, you're good) and leave to cool for around 10 minutes. This will make it easier to get out of the tin onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
Decorating this cake couldn't be simpler - just dust with sieved icing sugar for a great effect with few extra calories. Failing that, we'll never turn away a cake with chocolate frosting.
** AS FEATURED AT FOODIES FESTIVAL - BRISTOL (2018) **
The Team @ 280 Bakes
Our second vegan baking workshop of 2018 went down a storm this weekend!
Eleven people joined Louise at Bakesmiths in Bristol to bake three vegan cake recipes:
Cherry and Almond Cake
Fairtrade Banana Cake
Every baker went home with a great batch of cakes to share with friends and family - or to hide and enjoy on the sly!
While the cakes were baking, we also had some good discussion about what it means to be vegan, the benefits and challenges of, and how egg and butter replacements can be used in cakes. We ended in a team challenge, which saw the winners go away with a gift bag of vegan treats from Wild Oats, Bristol.
Thanks for your enthusiasm, guys, and we hope you enjoy the recipes time and time again. Don't forget the bonus recipe in your workshop goodie bags!
Our baking workshops may be back for 2019, so if you didn't get a ticket to one this year, don't worry - ask Santa! If and when we run another, we'll announce it here, on our Facebook and Twitter, so make sure you're following along to get the latest news.
The Team @ 280 Bakes
We're problem solvers at 280 bakes - here's Seven problems we can solve for you today!
Welcome to my week long blogathon! I'll be solving one customer problem a day through team 280 Bakes fabulous cake baking and top rated services. Let's get started!
You have a vegan friend visiting this weekend and you have no idea how to feed them.
Well, we're vegan baking specialists, so that's dessert/elevenses/afternoon tea all sorted. Check out our cake ranges, all available with vegan alternatives.
You love to bake but can't eat any more!!
We're always looking for new bakers to join our team. If you're a keen cake baker, you have a car and you're looking to make some extra cash, our position could be for you! Find out more on our 'work for us' page.
You forgot your friend's birthday!
Never fear, we're here for you when you need a gift last minute. On our CakeOD service (registered trademark, don'cha know?!), you can choose from six customer favourites to be delivered to any Bristol address, same day. Just let us know which cake you'd like by 12.30pm, any day of the week, and we'll get baking. All cakes are available gluten free and vegan, of course.
You'd like to order a cake (because a birthday ain't a birthday without a cake!), but want a little extra more for your friend - they deserve it!
This year we started offering chocolates and flowers as an optional extra to cake orders. Just mention when ordering that you'd like to add one or both of these to make your cake order extra special.
You can't bake to save your life
Take a look at our baking hacks cheat sheet - you'll find some helpful tips to help you nail that bake. And if you're looking for a good recipe to start you off, why not try one of these?
Bread Pudding Pumpkin Based Recipes Tres Leches Cake
You can't eat gluten but you lovvvvve cake
No problem! We have numerous recipes, including ones for the old favourites, for gluten free customers. From Victoria Sponge to Apple Cake, we've got you covered. Just give us a call on 07835 882817 and we'll deliver!
A friend's having a tough time and you want to cheer them up
We quite often get calls from lovely people who just want to cheer up a friend who's not having a good time of it lately. Perhaps they've had some bad news at work, some health problems, or it's a significant sad anniversary. And what better way to show you care than to have a cake delivered. They might even be kind enough to share it with you! We're not saying cake takes away all problems, but at least the recipient knows they're in your thoughts.
These are genuine customer photos - thanks to the subjects for sharing!
That's it for our week long blogathon, solving problems with cake. Which one did you identify with the most?
Great, now I have this song in my head now!
"There's ain't a problem that we can't fix, cos we can do it in the mix!"
Owner, 280 Bakes
Here are some of our latest bakes, all home baked and delivered. which one's your favourite?
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