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
OrderS for Easter this year close on Good Friday (30th March) at 7pm...
Make sure you've got your orders in for Easter bakes before 7pm on Good Friday (this Friday coming). We're baking Crème Egg Brownies, Vanilla Egg Nest Cupcakes, and Kitkat Cupcakes as specials, but let us know if you need anything else for family and friends visiting.
Please do ask if you require vegan or gluten free cakes - we'd love to help.
Deliveries are available until Saturday evening. We will not be delivering cakes on Easter Sunday and there's a limited service on Easter Monday.
The Team @ 280 Bakes
Maybe you're allergic to eggs? Maybe you're vegan? Here are the best egg replacements for baking.
Bananas are our top ingredient for baking where eggs would like to be. We use Fairtrade bananas every time - the boss can recommend the banana coconut recipe we have, it's Louise's favourite! Our Banana Cake is award winning too, so it must work!
Aqua-what?! This is the juice in a can of chickpeas. Weird, huh? You just need to whip it up with a bit of cream of tartar. It's best when you just need egg white replacer, not the yolk. None of our recipes use aquafaba, but it does work, despite the doubting face you're wearing right now!
Don't go putting this in your cakes, but tofu is a great egg replacer in savoury items like quiches. Just make sure the pieces are chopped up nice and small, and you'll never know they are there.
...or Peanut Butter - now we've got you! None of this weird tofu / aquafaba, thank you! Nut butter is just lush in cookies in particular. And the jar? We like our Skippy BIIIIIIG. Have a go!
This goes ingredient great in our low fat banana cake - an old, old recipe for years back, but it's still a winner.
We use avocadoes in our go-to vegan / gluten free chocolate cake - again, it's mashed up really well to prevent any green lumps being visible. No, you can't taste it!
Happy egg-free baking!
The Team @ 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
Can cakes change the world? We believe it can!
I've had a challenging day, so I am determined to end the day on a positive, right here! Making the world a better place is a challenge for us all, from global leaders to making-small-changers. Cake is fab, we all know that, but bear with me while I tell you why our cakes are making the world just that little bit better.
60% of our cakes are vegan
Vegan diets are not everyone's cup of (non dairy milk) tea. Sure, animal rights may not be everyone's priority, but a plant-based diet has deeper implications than that: There's the wider environmental issues like soil erosion, climate change, and deforestation that a heavily meat based diet can exacerbate. Having a healthy planet should be top of our lists. We, and our grandchildren, will have no other home!
Enjoying a more plant-based diet can have a significant impact on our footprint on the planet, from creating less greenhouse gases, to the amount of pressure we're putting on our natural water resources. Vegan cakes can help here, as, among other animal product ingredients, they don't contain dairy milk or butter. Intensive dairy production is known to be environmentally detrimental, so the more vegetable based alternatives we can find here, the better.
Have you tried our vegan carrot cake? Our plant powered Victoria Sponge? Find out more here about our popular vegan cakes.
With hundreds of recipes, you'd be in safe hands if you order a vegan cake, like 60% of our customers do.
Our banana cakes are Fairtrade
The Fairtrade movement ensures a fair price is paid to farmers in developing countries. From coffee to chocolate, cotton to tea, so many Fairtrade products are out there... Including our very own award winning banana cake!
Right now, you can get 15% off banana cakes for Fairtrade Fortnight, so drop us a line quoting FAIR18 and we'll deliver right to your door.
Cake brings happiness
There's no denying, a good cake shared with a friend can make your day. We have hundreds of recipes, all wanting to be tasted by you, so why not share a smile with someone today, over a piece of home baked cake?
After all, changing the world needn't be only about the big campaigns and movements. Bringing some happiness to someone's day is all part of being human and making the world a better place.
Have you tried our Sweet Temptation range yet, inspired by your favourite sweets?
How about our low fat / low sugar '280 Skinny' range? You know, we even run a 'guilt free' baking workshop showing you how to make some of these 'healthier' cakes!
Have I missed anything? Are there other ways that cake makes the world a better place? Let me know in the comments below!
Cake on demand, or 'CakeOD' is our unique same-day cake delivery service in Bristol.
If you need cake and you need it fast - we're your bakers! Just order by 12.30pm and we'll get any of the above cakes to you by dinner time, often before. Vegan and gluten free available, of course!
Let's see what some of our customers have said about CakeOD, the only 'on demand' cake service in the city...
Come and find out what you're missing out on - order a home baked Cake On Demand for delivery today for £20! You can also follow all the CakeOD chat on Twitter using the hashtag #cakeOD.
Until next time,
The Team @ 280 Bakes
Our first baking workshop of 2018 was a great success - here are some of photos from our afternoon's bake.
Thirteen lovely people from all over the south-west joined us for our vegan baking workshop in January, and look at the fabulous work they did! We had a mix of baking amateurs and people who had a little more experience, vegans and non-vegans both. The cake lovers went away with 18 buns, six of each of the three recipes we baked. We take a 'hands-on' approach, with each baker making their own cakes to take away. While we waited for the cakes to cook, we played games and held discussions on vegan themed conversation and all things cake!
If you're interested in coming along to our next workshop, check out our calendar of events. We'd love to see you there!
Big thanks to Harriet who took the fab pictures - wasn't she great?!
See you next time,
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)
Today we've invited Bohemian Hippy to to our blog. They're a team of Scottish vegans who help their customers live a 100% animal product free life, while helping out an animal charity too. And with 60% of our customers being vegan, we thought you might be interested.
Why Bohemian Hippy Merchandise Will Save Animal Lives This Veganuary
As part of its commitment to the wonderful cause that is Veganuary, Bohemian Hippy, an online vegan merchandise stockist, has put to together a sample of its amazing and ethically sourced merchandise to help you do your bit in 2018.
At Bohemian Hippy, we understand how important it is to wear your message about veganism and animal rights, so we created a shop where you can find not-for-profit ethical clothing with full vegan ink.
Being vegan is a way of life and, as the good people over at Veganuary say, there are many reasons why people should go vegan in 2018. A way of living with compassion and care and a way of living that lets us eat all the delicious food that we like without having to harm or mistreat hundreds of thousands of innocent animals to do it.
We’re very proud to be vegan here at Bohemian Hippy, and we’ll take any opportunity we get to shout about the benefits of being vegan for both humans and animals at any given opportunity, so we thank 280 Bakes for this amazing opportunity to shout about what we do!
We believe that the only downside to being vegan is that there simply isn’t enough vegan merchandise to let us shout about it properly. At Bohemian Hippy however, we’re on a mission to change that.
That’s why you will be met with a huge range of vegan merchandise when you visit the Bohemian Hippy webstore. We sell bespoke products, each featuring exclusive designs, slogans and patterns, so you can proudly display your vegan tendencies and look cool doing it.
Our t-shirts, sportswear, bags, and home products are sold not for profit. Instead of taking any money ourselves from the sale of our vegan merchandise UK, we’re putting it toward the foundation of Lotus Animal Sanctuary.
Lotus Animal Sanctuary has been a dream of ours at Bohemian Hippy for some time now, and will let us improve the lives of many animals and teach adults and children alike that animal agriculture is not how they were meant to live.
As well as providing a home for various animals, such as calves that are discarded by the cruel dairy industry, the Lotus Animal Sanctuary will give every visitor the chance to get up close and personal with these wonderful animals. That way, we can show the world how much love these animals can give, and that they are deserving of as much better quality of life.
If you agree with us and want to help make Lotus Animal Sanctuary a reality and really get on board with our friends over at Veganuary, why not represent your beliefs with some of Bohemian Hippy’s vegan merchandise?
Here’s just a few of our most popular products which we hope will allow your to burst with vegan pride in 2018.
Tote Shoulder Bag – Peace Justice Vegan – One size 42x38cm
Our vegan tote bags are ideal for carrying the shopping, spare clothes or absolutely anything that you could need with you. Even better, our simple yet effective design jumps out from the bag’s front, leaving nobody in doubt that you are living your best meat and cruelty free life. Go you!
Vegan Athlete Performance Shirt
One of the most frequent and irritating arguments against veganism is that humans are somehow supposed to eat meat to gain protein and stay strong. Of course, that’s just not the case, and you can show the world just how strong and healthy you are as you work out in our Vegan Athlete performance shirt.
Please note, this is just a wee sample of what we offer here at Bohemian Hippy. Feel free to explore our whole range online!
Good luck for Veganuary people, we're right behind you! Be vegan, be proud.
With love, Bohemian Hippy x
Thank you Bohemian Hippy. Best of luck with your animal sanctuary - we'll stop by if we're ever in Scotland!
You can follow Bohemian Hippy on Twitter, or Facebook.
Want to celebrate your new vegan wardrobe? A cake just *makes* a celebration, and we deliver vegan cakes all over Bristol and Portishead!
Until next time,
Louise & Team
So, you're throwing a party for New Year? Awesome! Here are our top tips on how to have THE BEST New Year party your friends have ever been to!
1. Avoid the anti-climatic moment at 12.01 am with a banging playlist - make sure the first few tunes of 2018 are party starters, even if you've been going for several hours already! We suggest...
- Shawn Mendes - There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back
- Calvin Harris - Feels
- Pharrell Williams - Happy
2. Make sure there's a cake - everyone loves cake! Our boozy New Year cakes are perfect for the occasion. Gluten free, standard or vegan... and we deliver! Orders close on 29th December.
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