Monthly Archives: April 2014

Taking the fuss out of picnic season

28 April, 2014

With the Summer weather finally arriving, now seems like the ideal time for BAKO North Western to share a simple way for café and bakery owners to attract the seasonal picnic trade. BAKO believe there is a key opportunity for bakeries to put together a fuss free option for those hungry picnickers, with ready-to-go options for those on the move.

BAKO North Western supplies a wide range of first-class products from household brand names to high quality BAKO Own label products to take the fuss out of having to prepare everything from scratch. Taking this as our inspiration, we’ve put together suggestions for the perfect picnic basket, from BAKO North Western’s extensive array of fresh food and baking supplies. With everything from sandwich fillers and sliced meats, pies and pastries to crisps and cakes.

Have we left anything out? We’d love to hear from local café owners, bakers and chefs on which snacks you feel a picnic really can’t do without.

BAKO picnic 23.04.14

Bakers get into the Easter spirit!

17 April, 2014

We’re sure for many people it has been a long, hard lent trying to resist all their favourite indulgences, but Easter is now in our midst and thanks to the bakers of the North West there will be lots of Easter treats to tuck into over the weekend.
We’ve seen a whole host of mouth-watering twists on Easter gifts this year, so with less than a week to go, here are some of the most unique ideas we’ve stumbled across so far.

Lizzie Loves Cakes

Lizzie Loves Cakes in Cheshire has created this egg-cellent selection of Easter cake pops, including Easter eggs, Spring animals and the Easter bunny himself. We appreciate the intricate detail that has gone into decorating each one, from the sugar strands used for the lamb’s wooly coat, to the sugarpaste polka dots on the eggs and the mini egg topped Easter nests.

Peter Herds cakes

Peter Herds cakes have put together a huge variety of Easter themed treats, but our favourites have to be these Easter egg sheep. The expert chocolatiers have put a unique spin on a classic, using half an Easter egg as the body of their Easter gift ‘Susie Sheep’. We particulary like the swirled effect of the piped icing used to create the sheep’s wooly fleece.

Cake Candy UK

Cake Candy have combined two favourites here, creating a mix for mini egg cookies! Presented in a keepsake jar, this clever gift idea for amateur bakers literally couldn’t be any more fool-proof, as all the ingriendents you need for the perfect cookies are provided and pre-measured! We can only imagine how great these would taste, with the amazing contrast between gooey cookies and crunchy mini eggs.

Gills Cupcake Corner

Gills Cupcake Corner have created this selection of cupcake toppers, delicately designed and moulded from sugarpaste in Spring pastel colours. Our favourite is the Spring duckling placed on vibrant green grass-effect icing.

The Chocolate Café

The Chocolate Café have cooked up this clever concept of Easter themed chocolate pizzas. Milk chocolate topped with shavings of white and orange chocolate create the base for the ultimate pizza topping – mini eggs!

Hey Little Cupcake

Crème eggs baked into gooey brownies have to be the ultimate indulgence this Easter and a total chocolate lover’s dream! The concept and design may not be too complicated, but that certainly doesn’t take anything away from how delicious they look. You can even simplify this idea further, with BAKO’s range of ready-prepared brownie mixes, making this one of the easiest Easter bakes around. Who would be able to resist a slice?

For even more inspiring Easter treat ideas, take a look at BAKO’s April catalogue, filled with everything from fabulous frosting tips to Easter shortbreads, or have a peek at our edible decorations catalogue and view our range of mini eggs.


Bakers of the North West celebrate The Cake and Bake Show in Manchester

8 April, 2014

This weekend, BAKO NW visited the Cake and Bake show, when it returned to Manchester central for a jam-packed three day schedule of demonstrations and competitions.

The show welcomed star guests including master patissier Eric Lanlard, TV cook Rosemary Schrager, Great British Bake off winners John Whaite and Frances Quinn and Britain’s Best Bakery’s Mich Turner. Each of these renowned chefs and bakers shared their expertise at the show through a series of demonstrations in the Cake and Bake kitchen theatre.

The Cake and Bake show’s marketplace set the senses alive with sensational aromas, eye-catching displays and mouth-watering treats from bakers around the UK. There was everything on offer from bread and pastries to cupcakes and cookies!

Renshaw baking also held a modelling magic competition, which challenged bakers to create their most impressive Easter themed model using only 200g of Renshaw Ready to Roll Icing or marzipan.

The highlight of the event, though, had to be the ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ installation from a collective of sixteen cake artists and bakers known as Cake Bomb me, who create outstanding edible installations on a grand scale. The team’s impressive display played home to the show’s jungle cake competition, entered by professionals and home bakers alike.

We would love to know what your Cake and Bake show highlights were from over the weekend? Get in touch with BAKO North Western on Twitter or share your pictures with us from the event.