Monthly Archives: March 2014

Bakers get into the Irish spirit!

13 March, 2014

Every year on March 17th, the Irish and the Irish-at-heart celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. What began as the ‘Feast of Saint Patrick’ has become a worldwide celebration of the Irish culture with lots of eating, drinking and a whole lot of green.

This makes it an important event in any baker’s calendar, and the cake experts of the North West have not disappointed, cooking up mouth-watering Irish themed treats in preparation for St Patricks Day.

Here are just a few of our favourites from Twitter:

Hey Little Cupcake!

Putting a spin on the classic Irish drink, Guinness, Hey Little Cupcake Manchester have created a special St Patrick’s day themed cupcake, with a Guinness Black Velvet sponge topped with Irish Crème Icing.

Made With Sprinkles 

Made with Sprinkles have gone for a quirkier design, creating leprechaun cupcakes using upside-down ice cream cones for their hats – a very clever concept!

Stuart Thornley Cake Design

If you‘ve been looking for your pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, then we have managed to find it at Stuart Thornley Cakes in Cheshire. The idea is simple, as golden coins created from sugarpaste sit on top of a pot crafted from rice krispies.

Upmarket Sundays

Another twist on the Irish cupcake comes from Upmarket Sundays, who have created some delicious looking Baileys and chocolate cupcakes.

We hope we’ve inspired you to create some enticing St Patricks Day treats; share your designs with us on Twitter and let us know if you need to stock up on any supplies for your creations. Happy St Patricks Day!

Cake International returns to Manchester

11 March, 2014

This weekend, BAKO NW visited Cake International, when it returned after last year’s success to Manchester’s Event City. Bakers from around the region flocked to the show in their thousands to share their passion for all things baking and cake decorating.

Over the course of the three-day event, local bakers put their skills to the test in the competitions, with categories including wedding cakes, cupcakes, and sculpted novelty cakes adorned with sugar-paste characters and decorations. After seeing last year’s winners, we can definitely say the standard was raised a peg or two this year, with some of the most impressive cakes BAKO NW have ever seen in its 50 years of working with the region’s bakers.

The show also welcomed star guests including Mary Berry and Britain’s Best Bakery’s Mich Turner, who shared their expertise with bakers in a series of demonstrations.

What was your Cake International highlight from over the weekend? Let us know on Twitter, where we will also be announcing a special Cake International themed ‘Cake of the Week’ from the competition entries at the weekend.

Cake International comes to Manchester

6 March, 2014

The time is finally here bakers! Next weekend sees the return of one of the biggest events in the baking calendar, as Cake International comes to EventCity in Manchester.

The team at BAKO were overwhelmed by the creativity and skill local bakers showed at last year’s event, coming up with some of the most delicate and inventive cake designs we’ve ever witnessed, even after 50 years of working with the region’s bakers.

One of the highlights of Cake International 2013

This year’s edition of the much-anticipated baking extravaganza promises to be no different, with professional bakers travelling from all across the country to showcase their masterpieces and catch up on the latest trends in baking and chocolate craft.

With Easter just around the corner, BAKO are expecting to see a whole host of vibrant cakes celebrating the return of Spring, including a sugarpaste flower workshop and The British Sugarcraft Guild’s Easter chick modelling masterclass using Renshaw marzipan.

The show will also attract special guests including baking royalty Mary Berry and Britain’s Best Bakery’s Mich Turner, who will be sharing her expertise with bakers in an Easter Celebration Cake demonstration.

Perhaps most importantly for local bakers though, there’s also the chance to put your skills to the test in a number of competition categories, including cupcakes, wedding cakes and sculpted novelty cakes. We’ve already seen a few comments on Twitter from bakers hoping to take home a prize, and wish everyone entering the contests good luck:

Are you going to next week’s Cake International show? We’d love to hear from local bakers who’ll be showing off their creations, entering one of the contests, or just heading along to pick up some tips on taking your cakes to the next level. Get in touch on Twitter to let us know what you’re most looking forward to at this incredible baking spectacle.