Monthly Archives: January 2015

Love is in the air…. for our North West bakers

28 January, 2015

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and we’re already seeing our Twitter feed fill up with lots of delicious, heart melting edible creations. After the January lull, Valentines is the first event in which to bring customers back to your bakery counters so it’s important to get the right products and make a fantastic impression.

For small business it can be difficult to produce seasonal lines which both cost money and time; however we suggest that with a few simple steps you can take full advantage of this event. Gone are the days when flowers and chocolates will suffice and your customers are sure to be looking for a unique way to impress their Valentines and we can assure you the way to their heat will be through their stomachs!

If you produce cupcakes, add a swirl of pink or red food colouring to your frosting, dip your biscuits with chocolate or add some pretty heart sprinkles to your doughnuts and with very little effort you have a valentine’s range of products.

Having chosen your range it’s important that through your window displays you attract the customers inside, produce some POS and showcase your valentines range.  We suggest putting this up three to four weeks before the event so you capture those who love the novelty of your new bakes and will buy right up until the event, or for those last minute shoppers, who have been walking past your window each day and enter to buy for their loved one.

We’ve put together some of our favourite romantic creations that we’ve spotted on Twitter to help inspire you to add a touch of romance to your classics.

Love Sweet Things

Nothing says I love you like a red rose and Love Sweet Things have captured the beauty of the flower perfectly with their elegant sugar paste cake pop.

Cake pops are a great alternative to cupcakes, and can be crafted into many different shapes using a variety of flavoured sponges and decorations. How about creating heart shaped cake pops for your loved one or why not create several flower themed cake pops and gift wrap them to construct an edible bouquet?

Custom Cupcake

The Custom Cupcake Company in Liverpool have created the ultimate Valentines cupcake collection. From their rose piped cupcakes to chocolate and strawberries and champagne infused buttercream, they’ve got a luxurious flavour for everyone. Yet they haven’t stopped there creating a Valentines treat box filled with mouth-watering goodies including their award winning brownies, pink champagne truffles, red velvet fudge, rosewater marshmallows, chocolate dipped strawberries and Belgian chocolate dipped marshmallows on sticks.


Peter Herd Cakes

They may not be a traditional Valentine’s treat, but a handmade biscuits could make a delicious and beautiful gift for a loved one. Peter Herd Cakes created these personalised gift wrapped heart shaped biscuits in time for cupid to arrive.

Piped and personalised to each customer’s requirements with red and white soft icing, they are also topped with a chocolate red rose.

Decorating biscuits with special romantic messages could be that personal touch that your customers are looking for this Valentine’s Day.

Katja’s Cakes

Katja’s Cakes have embraced the Valentine’s season with this Vintage cupid themed cakes. Many customers will look to impress their loved ones this Valentines, and what could be more impressive than a generous slice of this delicious cake. Decorated with soft piped icing, golden cupids and velvety buttercream, this cake is sure to last for at least a couple of days, making the romantic celebrations last that little bit longer. If you’re planning on creating a larger celebration cake this Valentine’s Day, why not try using heart shaped baking tins? A heart shaped red velvet cake could make the perfect Valentines celebration cake as it embraces the traditional deep red colours of day.


Cocoa Cabana

Chocolate has to be most traditional treat of all on Valentines, and Cocoa Cabana have certainly added a touch of grandeur to their selection this year with their gold dusted chocolate hearts. They’ve also created chocolate cupid and lip shaped lollipops for those of their customers looking for a smaller gift.

Offering handmade chocolates is perfect for customers looking for a more personal approach. Why not try creating rich truffles for Valentine’s Day this year? Get inspired by classically romantic flavours such as strawberries, champagne and caramel that all pair beautifully with chocolate.


What romantic creations have you got in store for your customers this Valentine’s Day? Will you be treating your loved one to a delicious edible gift this year? We’d love to hear from you on Twitter.

BAKO North Western’s Easter Workshop

16 January, 2015

We’re sure for many people, it hasn’t been long since you managed to finish all your Christmas treats but Easter is now quickly approaching and we wanted to help everyone to start preparing early.

Last year we saw a whole host of mouth-watering twists on Easter treats and gifts from the North Wests bakers, following this the team at BAKO are holding an Easter Workshop to inspire some innovative bakes and designs for this year’s Easter period.

The workshop is taking place on Thursday 19th February from 11am to 5pm in our Preston headquarters, (10.30am arrival is advised). You’ll be able to learn how to make simple but unique products for your Easter collections, from live presentations and demonstrations by 6 of our key suppliers including Dawn, Macphie, IREKS, RICH’S and Renshaw.

Please bear in mind that all places in our Easter Workshop are now full, but do head over to our website to register your details where we will place on you on our reserve list and notify you if any places become available.

Here’s just a few of our favourite Easter highlights from last year:

Gills Cupcake Corner created this selection of cupcake toppers, delicately designed and moulded from sugar paste in Spring pastel colours.

Lizzie Loves Cakes in Cheshire created this egg-cellent selection of Easter cake pops, including Easter eggs, Spring animals and the Easter bunny himself.

Hey Little Cupcake went for an alternative approach to the Easter treat, with Crème egg brownies. The ultimate indulgence and a total chocolate lover’s dream!

If you’ve already started planning your Easter menu, we’d love to hear from you on Twitter!

Key dates for the baking calendar 2015

15 January, 2015

Every year the team here at BAKO are impressed by the quality of bakes and the skills shown by our North West bakers, and 2014 has been no exception. Not only have we seen lots of great bakes but last year saw lots of exciting events, as shows seem to get bigger and better every year.

The team at BAKO have put together some key dates for this year’s baking calendar so you can take advantage of some of the great events and celebrations that are on offer.



January 27th – Chocolate Cake Day

From chocolate fudge cake to rich chocolate brownies, chocolate can transform the texture and flavour of any cake to create an even more indulgent treat.

Why not celebrate Chocolate Cake Day with some of BAKO’s Chocolate Crème Cake Mix? Versatile and rich it can be used to create cupcakes, loaf cakes, muffins and more.



Cake International – Manchester 6th – 8th February

Attracting cake enthusiasts, renowned industry experts, professional cake decorators and sugar crafters from across the country; Cake International is the perfect place to be inspired. Boasting the world’s largest display of competition pieces, and a range of supplies, workshops and demonstrations there really is something for everyone passionate about all things cake.


Valentine’s Day – February 14th

Valentine’s Day is an ideal time of year for bakers to come up with innovative creations to tug on the heart strings and we’re already looking forward to seeing this year’s collections!

Shrove Tuesday – February 17th

Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day as it is known to many is a day for indulgence. Pancakes can be topped with almost anything so this is a fantastic opportunity for you to get creative with your menu.

Why not try creating some savoury pancakes this year?


Mother’s Day – 15th March

Mother’s day is the perfect time of year to start whipping up some baked gifts for your customers as everyone takes the time out of their lives to celebrate the most special woman in their lives.

Take a look at some baked gift inspiration from last year’s Mother’s Day right here.


St Patricks Day – 17th March

St Patrick’s Day is the day to embrace all things Irish. Whether you’re creating bright green cupcakes with shamrock decorations or adding Guinness to bakes to give them a smooth rich flavour, embrace the festivities with some of BAKO’s mouth-watering inspiration.


Cake International London – 27th-29th March

After visiting Manchester earlier in the year, it’s London’s turn for Cake International.



April fool’s Day – 1st April

April fool’s Day may not be considered to most as a day of baking but last year we were blown away by the creativity of our bakers and their ability to trick the eye with their skills. So why not have some April fool’s fun with your customers this year?

Check out last year’s April fools bakes; it’s hard to believe they’re all made from cake!


Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival 2015 4-6th April

The Chester Food, Drink & Lifestyle Festival is the biggest event of its type to take place anywhere in the UK this Easter. With over 150 exhibitors and celebrity chef special guests taking part in live demonstrations, the Chester Food Festival brings all the fun of food to the outdoors.


Easter – 5th April

Easter is a great time to get creative with sugar paste! From Easter bunny themed bakes to chocolate eggs, there are plenty of possibilities for your menu; we even have an Easter workshop (19th February) featuring live demonstrations to get you in the spirit.



Doughnut Week 10th-17th May

National Doughnut Week is a unique opportunity for bakers, cafes and coffee shops across the UK to raise funds for The Children’s Trust. We can see why a whole week has been dedicated to doughnuts as their soft, airy texture paired with delicious sweet glazes or fillings makes them a treat to really get excited about.


World Baking Day 17th May

What could be a more important day in the baking calendar than a day dedicated to the art of baking itself?

Last year we saw some seriously impressive baking do you think you can top last year’s creations?



BBC Good Food Show – Birmingham 11th June – 14th June

The BBC Good Food Show returns to Birmingham in June once again. Featuring 400 stalls, restaurants, food and drink samples, workshops, retailers and seminars, it really is a food highlight for the baking calendar.


Father’s Day 21st June

Offering customers the opportunity to personalise gifts with their father’s name or favourite things could provide the special touch your customers are searching for Father’s day.

Some of last year’s highlights featured some fantastic personal touches.


Wimbledon 29th June – 12th July

The time of year when the nation goes tennis mad, and the ideal time to take advantage of fresh strawberry flavours. Last year not only did we see some fantastic tennis ball inspired creations we also saw some delicious strawberry infused baking.



National Ice Cream Month

With July being one of the hottest months of the year, it’s only fitting that it be the month to celebrate all things ice cream. Ice cream can be enjoyed in almost any flavour from classics such as vanilla and chocolate to more contemporary ones like bacon and olive oil.

Check out some of our highlights from last year for some extra inspiration.


Independence Day July 4th

Independence Day is full of American culture, activities and most importantly baking! Many of the dishes on your menu will be inspired by American classics and now is a great time to celebrate them.

Think super sweet flavours and generous portions.



National Sandwich Month

Sandwiches are delicious in many forms. Whether served hot or cold, there really is a filling to suit everyone’s tastes.


National Burger Day August 27th

Founded last year, National Burger Day was a huge success with more than 150 UK restaurants embracing the new trend.

Why not take part in the fun this year and treat your customers to some delicious flavour combos?



Afternoon Tea Week 11th –  17th

Afternoon tea gives the opportunity to show off your creations in bite size portions making it a worthy addition to any menu.

Why not celebrate afternoon tea week and show us your selection on twitter?


National Cupcake Week 16th – 22nd

National Cupcake Week is the time for bakers to whip up some of their best and most creative cupcakes. Cupcakes are a speciality for many of our bakers and whether you choose to show them off in store or online, make sure you get involved this year!

Take a look at our inspiration from last year.



Cake and Bake Manchester 16th – 18th

Whether you want to enter your creations in the competitions or learn some new decorating skills the Cake and Bake Show is a thorough celebration of all things cake. With live demonstrations, cake supplies and tasting classrooms, you’re sure to have your cake needs satisfied.



Homemade bread day 17th

Bread is a classic staple food and a labour of love for many bakers so naturally Homemade Bread Day made a feature on our list of key baking calendar events!

Nothing can ever really compare to the joy of serving up freshly baked homemade loaves straight from the oven so last year we looked at some of the variations of bread that can be enjoyed.



National Pastry Day 9th

Choux, shortcrust, puff, filo, and the list could go on. Pastry comes in many different forms and textures that can create the perfect base for many bakes, sweet or savoury.

For those who don’t have the time on their hands to make their own pastry. BAKO have a fantastic range of pastries for your baking needs.


The Christmas period

Christmas may be the most important event on this list and for bakers it is a month long celebration for creating the classics that can only be enjoyed at the festive time of year. With most of the country enjoying time off this means there is even more time for baking, and eating!

Here are some highlights from Christmas 2014

We can’t wait to see all of your creations in 2015, particularly those inspired by these exciting baking events. Don’t forget to send us your snaps on Twitter or tell us all about them!