6 of the best cupcakes to make during National Cupcake Week

22 September, 2016

At BAKO, one of our favourite weeks is here – National Cupcake Week! Running from 19th – 25th September, this event is an amazing seven days of scrumptious, icing-smothered, spongey goodness, all to celebrate the wonderfully delicious cupcake. In true spirit of this baking bonanza, we’ve found some of the best cupcakes you can make that are guaranteed to wow your customers.

1. Coffee and donut cupcakes

There’s not much quite like piling desserts on desserts, is there? This is why we love this doughnut-covered cupcake that oozes indulgence. Mini chocolate ring doughnuts, covered in sprinkles, on top of a mouth-watering bed of sophisticated cappuccino frosting – what’s not to like? Mix it up with different doughnut and frosting flavours for a divine, rich treat!

Coffee and Donut Cupcakes

2. Pancake cupcakes

Who knew it was acceptable and oh-so good to cover a cupcake in mini pancakes and, of course, laden with lots of maple syrup? Your customers can tuck into these as a mouth-watering late morning pick-me-up that’s pushing the boundaries yet tastes so delicious!

Pancake Cupcakes

3. Nutella lava cookies

Guaranteed, if your customers want an indulgent, heavenly treat, then these exploding Nutella cupcakes are perfect! Topped with frosting that tastes just like the chocolatey-hazelnut spread, and bursting with gooey chocolate in every bite, these cupcakes are finished with amazing Ferrero Rocher chocolates, which you can choose to include or swap for another confectionery. Yum!

Nutella lava cupcakes

4. Galaxy cupcakes

Despite being a traditional cupcake in sponge and icing, these world-changing galaxy cupcakes look astounding, with three-tone frosting. In fact, you can experiment with a variety of space colours and finish with sparkly glitter, cake dust or make your own themed topper!

Galaxy cupcakes

5. Candy-floss cupcakes

Fairground-themed cupcakes really will catch your customers’ eyes, with their bold rainbow frosting and cotton candy decoration! A popular cupcake with children, these bakes almost look too good to eat. Buy pre-made candy-floss, a few lollipop sticks and you’re almost there! Want to make your candy-floss cakes more striking? Experiment with food colouring for bolder shades.

Candy floss cupcakes

6. Cupcake ice-cream cones

For a show-stopping cupcake, we really love these ice cream inspired cupcake cones that are truly unique. Beneath the crunchy exterior of an ice-cream cone, we have a soft chocolate sponge which is topped with buttercream, smothered in hot fudge sundae syrup and finished with sprinkles and maraschino cherries. Yes, this creates an astounding cupcake!

Cupcake ice cream cones

What are you whipping up for National Cupcake Week? Don’t forget to send us images of your amazing cupcakes via Twitter!

5 of the best autumn foodie festivals

22 September, 2016

Want to discover new autumnal baking ideas? This season is one of the greatest for food festivals, where you can hone in on your baking skills, learn new tips and find inspiration on what to serve your customers during the coming months. Across the UK, foodies, chefs and professional bakers will be uniting to appreciate great cuisine, cooking techniques and watch live demonstrations from their favourite TV chefs – helping to further develop their autumn dishes and delicious bakes. At BAKO, we’ve found some of the best food festivals taking place this season that offer a wealth of cooking creativity.

1. Melton Mowbray Food Festival

1st and 2nd October 2016

pork-pies

It wouldn’t be a food festival in Melton Mowbray without trying two of the local specialities – Stilton cheese and, of course, Melton Mowbray pork pies. This festival offers traditional British delicacies alongside international street food, fantastic entertainment provided by local community groups and a food theatre, hosting interesting demonstrations and talks about all things food!

2. Hertford Food and Drink Festival

7th– 9th October 2016

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Events are taking place throughout Hertford for their annual food festival, offering an eclectic variety of inspiring cooking-themed activities for both adults and children. From an evening at a brewery to the festival’s exciting food festival trail, the town has something for everyone – not just professional bakers! This event will feature an interesting food swap – a great way to sample someone else’s specialities, alongside workshops and over 20 food stalls located in Hertford Castle.

3. The Chocolate Show, London

14th– 16th October 2016

chocolates

For bakers, chocolatiers or just those who love this scrumptious sweet, The Chocolate Show at London’s Olympia National Hall is a must-visit foodie event. Based around one of our favourite pieces of confectionary, attendees will enter the mouth-watering world of chocolate, which includes workshops and demonstrations from top chefs and renowned chocolatiers with, of course, plenty of tasting! A chocolate fashion show will provide endless inspiration on how you can use this sweet treat to create astounding decoration, while you can wander around exhibition stands to see more chocolate-related products and treats.

4. The Cake and Bake Show, Manchester

10th – 13th November 2016

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Enticing lovers of the Great British Bake Off, at The Cake and Bake Show, taking place at Event City in Manchester, you can expect some of the show’s most popular stars, including last year’s winner Nadiya Hussain, alongside John Whaite and Paul Jagger, plus many more. They’ll be switching the Bake Off tent for the event’s Cake and Bake theatre, whipping up their own recipes to an audience of avid cake creators. At this exciting event you will also have the opportunity to partake in a baking and decorating class, wander around the stalls of heavenly food and enter a cake and bake competition!

5. BBC Good Food Show, Birmingham

24th – 27th November 2016

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In November, the hugely popular BBC Good Food Show will be hitting Birmingham for four days of super chef celebs, from Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood to the Hairy Bikers. A book signing will give you the opportunity to meet your favourite cooking stars, while the event’s Supertheatre offers a hub of seasonal food inspiration with fascinating live demonstrations. Demos from Paul Hollywood, James Martin and Nadiya Hussein are taking place on the BBC Good Food Stage, and they’ll even be a magical Christmas-themed demonstration at the Renshaw Academy, where you can improve your festive cake decoration skills! With a fantastic mix of stalls, samples and workshops, this event really is not to be missed for professional bakers!

Will you be attending any of these fantastic autumn food events? If so, why not tell us how they were via Twitter?

Have you mastered Britain’s best regional recipes?

9 September, 2016

Britain is famous for a whole host of local recipes, with many regions laying claim to many of our much-loved classics. Although it’s a well-known fact that nowhere produces Cornish pasties like Cornwall, or can whip up Bakewell tarts like those in Derbyshire, it’s safe to say many of us whole-heartedly enjoy regional recipes wherever we are in the country.

So, how about giving one a go yourself? With local bakeries setting the bar high when it comes to producing these treats, why not put your baking skills to the test this month and see if you can master a few of Britain’s best regional recipes.

Bakewell tart

 

English traditional Bakewell tart with raspberry jam

A recipe that has evolved over the years, the Bakewell tart is associated with the pretty town of Bakewell, Derbyshire. Traditionally consisting of a sweet shortcrust pastry shell encasing layers of jam, frangipane and flaked almonds, the delicious dessert also has a number of variants, such as the Cherry Bakewell. We love this quintessentially British Bakewell tart recipe by Mary Berry, but if you’d like to give yours a modern twist, try experimenting with unusual shapes or jam flavours for an original take on the classic recipe.

Cornish pasty

 

Cornish pasty

Always a firm favourite, the hearty Cornish pasty is made up of a juicy beef, onion and vegetable filling wrapped up in flaky and golden shortcrust pastry. However, this bake is not only famous for its indulgent filling, but also for its iconic crescent shape and crimped edge. A perfect bake to rustle up this autumn, this Cornish pasty recipe will definitely keep your customers coming back for more.

Eccles cakes

 

Eccles cake is a small round pastry filled with currants originating from the town of Eccles in Northern England

Named after Mancunian town, Eccles, the sticky, sweet Eccles cake is packed with spiced currants and boasts a sugar laden puff pastry shell. This moreish Eccles cake variant also adds the zest of an orange to give extra hints of fruitiness, marrying perfectly with the buttery flaky pastry. Serve fresh with a cup of tea and a slice of cheddar cheese.

Yorkshire parkin

 

Traditional Yorkshire Parkin for Bonfire Night pm wooden chopping board with red and white striped background signifying home baking and nutrition

Traditionally served over Bonfire Night, Yorkshire parkin is a sticky oatmeal based cake that boasts all our favourite autumnal flavours. Since the stickier the parkin is, the better, this cake is best made with a heavenly mix of black treacle, golden syrup and dark brown sugar, spiced with ground ginger. We’ve opted for a traditional oatmeal parkin recipe, however you could put your own spin on this northern delicacy by adding a fruity kick of apple or dates.

Welsh cakes

 

Welsh cakes a traditional griddle cake made with flour and dried fruit then baked on a griddle

Originating from Wales, these flat, disc shaped cakes usually have a crisp outside and a soft, crumbly centre. Baked on a griddle, these little cakes are flavoured with dried fruit, mixed spices and have a similar consistency to scones. Once baked, sprinkle your Welsh cakes with sugar and serve warm.

What’s your favourite regional recipe? Let us know via Twitter!

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