Monthly Archives: June 2014

Tasty tennis treats: BAKO North Western’s favourite Wimbledon-themed bakes

30 June, 2014

With Wimbledon in full swing, the nation has once again become tennis mad, and the country’s bakers have been showing their support for Andy Murray through some inventive tennis inspired bakes.

BAKO have been looking on Twitter for the most tempting Wimbledon treats to inspire your tennis-loving customers.

Shakey Cakey
Strawberries and cream go hand in hand with the tradition of Wimbledon, and Shakey Cakey Leeds have got the game point with these strawberry and cream cupcakes. After all, what could be more British than a light and airy sponge, topped with a generous helping of cream and adorned with fresh strawberries?

Shakey Cakey also created these tennis cupcakes decorated in the style of tennis balls using yellow sugar paste and some piped icing lines. Simple yet very effective!

Sweet and Sinful Cupcakes

Sweet and Sinful cakes have baked a Wimbledon collection of cupcakes to tempt their customers, with vibrant green grass-effect icing topped with multi-coloured miniature tennis balls.


As well as looking at the region’s bakers, we’ve also discovered Wimbledon-inspired desserts that would definitely have the ‘advantage’ on any menu, created by some of the UK’s most imaginative pastry chefs. Josh Eggleton of The Pony and Trap in Bristol has created this innovative dessert made using the traditional Wimbledon-inspired flavours of Pimms jelly topped with cucumber sorbet.

We also spotted this tennis ball inspired cheesecake from Great British Bake Off winner, Frances Quinn. Buttery biscuit creates the base for this unique cheesecake filled with a smooth strawberries and cream centre. Topped with lemon sherbet to create the iconic tennis ball colour, this cheesecake would certainly call game, set and match on your menu!

If you’re thinking of baking some off-court creations to tempt your customers and need to stock up on any baking essentials, then contact BAKO NW. We’d also love to hear about your tennis themed bakes on Twitter.

BAKO Birthday Cake Contest winners revealed!

16 June, 2014

Firstly, we would like to thank ALL who entered our BAKO North Western Birthday cake competition!

Our family tree has grown over the past 50 years, and we’ve added everyone from cafes to colleges to our client list, but we still love hearing from all the small independent bakers that started us off on our journey. That’s why we wanted you to play a big part in our celebrations by designing our 50th Birthday Cake.

The criteria of the competition was left completely up to the creative talents of our entrants, who put their imaginations to the test to come up with a show-stopping Birthday Cake concept.

We had numerous entries from across the North West in both our professional and student categories and the standard was extremely high. The BAKO North Western team and the judges from Renshaw were dazzled by each entrant’s creativity and impressed by the decorating skills on show, not to mention all the hard work and time that was spent on each cake.

Our very deserving winners from Wednesday’s competition are as follows:

First place in the professional category went to Marion Flaherty of Wedding cakes by Marion, with her stunning three tier cake, decorated in BAKO’s red, white and blue colours and adorned with lots of miniature sugar paste delights, from battenburgs, to profiteroles, to pies. Showcasing her amazing modelling skills, the cake even had a sugar paste version of one of BAKO’s delivery vans and the top tier was created in the shape of a chef’s hat. Congratulations on all your hard work Marion!

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Second place in our professional category went to Sue Lea from The Cake Room, Blackpool for her novelty BAKO delivery van cake. Extremely intricate details went into the design of this cake, even down to the window wipers being crafted from sugar paste!

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As BAKO North Western are strong supporters of the future of baking talent, we also had a ‘Student’ category for those who are studying towards a qualification in a bakery or related field, which received a vast number of entries from budding bakers.

First place in the ‘Student’ category went to Rebecca Compton of Sheffield College, with this impressive four tier Birthday cake.  We loved the finishing touches that went into the design of this cake, from the decorative bunting to the delicately hand painted birds and flowers.


Second place in the ‘Student’ category went to Mary Graham of Blackpool and the Fylde College, with her traditional 50th Birthday present design. Decorated in BAKO colours, this cake’s simple yet spectacular design really portrayed the BAKO brand and embodied the joyous nature of our 50th anniversary.


We may have found the winner for our BAKO North Western  cake contest, but the 50th Birthday celebrations certainly aren’t over.  Don’t forget to save the date in your diary for our 1964 themed family fun day on 3rd August, celebrating fifty years of providing the region’s local bakers with all the essential ingredients they need to whip up their edible masterpieces.

Kicking off the World Cup

13 June, 2014

The World Cup is kicking off today in Brazil, and the whole country is talking about predictions and tactics, but for bakers we believe it’s a prime opportunity to tap into the football market and whip up some special themed bakes for your customers’ match-day BBQ’s and parties.

To provide inspiration and get warmed up for kick off, we took a look at the football creations from bakers of the North West on Twitter.

Occasion Cakes UK

World Cup fever has hit Wigan’s Occasion cakes! The expert bakers have all corners covered with a variety of football themed cakes, from a Brazil-themed three-tier cake, to football shirt biscuits and cake pops; there really is something to suit every customer.

Cocoa Cabana

For those who have a sweeter tooth, award winning chocolatier Cocoa Cabana, have created a bespoke golden chocolate football boot filled with a selection of truffles chosen by each customer, alongside a bronzed chocolate football. Giving the customer the option to choose their favourite truffles adds a personal touch to this treat, meaning that each one is truly one of a kind.

Fondant and Apron Strings

Fondant and Apron Strings have created football shirt designed cakes, decorated in sugar paste, that can easily be adapted to represent each country’s kit and feature the player number of each customer’s favourite footballer.

Hey Little Cupcake

Hey Little Cupcake have created a World Cup collection of cupcakes, made in a selection of different flavours cleverly themed around each country. Topped with velvety buttercream and decorated with sugar paste flags, customers can choose what country they’d like to sample, the first of the delicious collection being the Brazil themed passion fruit and pineapple twist cupcake.


Bakers, we’d love to hear what football-themed bakes you have planned. Let us know if you need to stock up on any baking essentials to create your World Cup masterpieces.