Monthly Archives: June 2016

5 ace cakes to serve during Wimbledon

23 June, 2016

As Wimbledon fever creeps up on us yet again, all we can think about is what cakes we’re going to be serving over the next two weeks! With the iconic tennis tournament being synonymous with flavours such as Pimm’s, champagne and, of course, strawberries and cream, there are plenty of cakes out there that are sure to get your customers in the Wimbledon spirit!

To provide you with a little Wimbledon baking inspiration, here are five of our favourite Wimbledon recipes that you need to try this week.

 

1. Strawberry Fraisier cake

If when you think of Wimbledon, you think of strawberries and cream, then the decadent Fraisier cake is the ultimate ode to the famous tennis tournament. Two thin layers of whisked egg sponge sandwich a blanket of fresh strawberries, covered with luxurious crème mousseline. The top is then finished with a thin layer of marzipan and topped with more fresh strawberries. Beautiful, delicious and the perfect accompaniment to Wimbledon, this refined take on the traditional strawberries and cream is sure to score you points with your tennis-loving customers!

 

2. Sticky Pimm’s cake

A quintessentially British flavour combination, the Pimm’s cake is a brilliant way to add a more adult sweet option to your menu. For a moist, dense cake, use a classic Bundt recipe with a zesty lemon base mixed with a kick of Pimm’s. Finish by drizzling with a Pimm’s syrup to soak through the sponge and top with strawberries, cucumber and mint. Best served? With a glass of Pimm’s, of course.

 

3. Tennis ball cake pops

Looking for a fun way to add a little Wimbledon-flare to your menu? These tennis ball cake pops would not only make a fantastic novelty addition to your cake counter, but can also be enjoyed by all ages. Use a normal chocolate cake mix for the base of your cake pops, then, if you’re not using a cake pop mould, break up the cake and mix with frosting so you can roll the cake into small round balls. To decorate, use green and white colour melts to create the tennis ball effect, then sprinkle with green edible glitter for an extra sparkle!

 

4. Strawberry cake with coconut whipped cream

A wonderfully seasonal cake, this bake incorporates some of our favourite summer flavours: strawberries and coconut. A summer twist on the classic almond cake, this refreshing sweet treat has strawberries embedded into the sponge, ensuring there’s a fruity burst of flavour in every slice. Serve with a generous helping of coconut whipped cream and a warming cup of English breakfast tea.

 

5. Strawberries and cream naked cake

In search of a refreshing seasonal showstopper to serve during Wimbledon? This naked strawberries and cream cake is the perfect way to round off the tennis-fuelled fortnight, so save it for the grand final! This stripped back cake has strawberry purée whipped into the light sponge, and is filled with elderflower and vanilla sweetened cream, along with fresh strawberries. Top with more strawberries and optional edible flowers to finish.

What tennis-inspired cakes will you be serving over Wimbledon? Let us know via Twitter!

Mix it up this June! Presenting our BAKO Select cake mixes

19 June, 2016

As professional bakers, ensuring that each of your bakes is of the highest quality is essential. When it comes to cakes, achieving that perfect consistency every time can be tricky. Luckily, using a professional cake mix can help guarantee a delicious cake every time.

With wedding season in full swing and afternoon tea forever popular throughout the summer months, we thought we’d take the time to showcase a few of our brilliant BAKO Select cake mixes. Ranging from delicious family favourites to basic mixes which allow you to add your own signature flavour combinations, high quality and consistency are at the heart of all our products.

Not only are our professional cake mixes great value, but they’ll also save you time, stress and keep your customers coming back for more.

BAKO Select Carrot Cake Mix

 

BAKO Carrot cake mix

This moist and full flavoured carrot cake mix has excellent slicing qualities, making it perfect for cutting evenly sized tray bakes. Also great for producing sticky loaf cakes and moreish cupcakes, this mix is spiced with cassia, ginger and cinnamon, and only requires the addition of water, vegetable oil and carrot to produce a carrot cake that has a deep, rich flavour. For best results, top with a delicious cream cheese frosting and finish with a sprinkling of chopped walnuts.

BAKO Select Scone Mix

 

BAKO Scone Mix

Perfect for catering for large afternoon tea orders, the BAKO Select Scone Mix is a great time saver when it comes to producing a large quantity of uniform scones. Creating scones with a superb volume and a crumbly texture, the scone mix delivers a wonderfully buttery flavour. Add mixed dried fruit or sultanas for a classic fruit scone, or just add water for a delicious plain scone. Put your own twist on the classic recipe by adding flavours such as cherries, blueberries or lemon zest.

BAKO Select Brownie Mix

 

BAKO Brownie mix

One of the nation’s favourite cakes, brownies are a regular feature on both our cake counters and dessert menus. Only requiring the addition of water to create a dense and gooey fudge brownie, the BAKO Select Brownie Mix is rich in chocolate flavour. Add your own stamp to the chocolate fudge brownie by adding chopped hazelnuts, chocolate chips or top with a warm salted caramel sauce.

BAKO Select Chocolate Crème Mix

 

BAKO Chocolate creme cake mix

A multi-purpose chocolate cake mix, this product is incredibly versatile and easy to use. Great for making a whole range of bakes, including cupcakes, sheet lines, muffins and loaf cakes, this cake mix promises a rich and indulgent chocolaty flavour. Requiring the addition of liquid egg, vegetable oil and water, the BAKO Select Chocolate Crème Mix is best paired with either Caramel or Chocolate Fudgice and can be repurposed time and time again.

BAKO Select Sponge Cake Mix

 

BAKO Sponge cake mix

A light, fatless sponge cake mix, this versatile batter acts as a blank canvas for you to put your own spin on. Only requiring the addition of water, this sponge mix is ideal for making high quality sponges such as Swiss rolls and ladyfingers, and can also be used to create a range of delicious sponge cakes. For unforgettable Swiss rolls, cover in either BAKO Select Strawberry Crush Jam or BAKO Select Raspberry Seedless Jam.

To see the full range of BAKO Select products, visit bakoselect.co.uk.

Give your wedding cakes a modern twist

14 June, 2016

At BAKO North Western, we’re looking at modern wedding desserts that push the traditions of a classic wedding cake. Wedding cake has always been a lavish affair; the bigger the cake, the more affluent the couple – or so it used to be.

Now, many newlyweds are replacing the classic three-tiered rich fruit cake (covered in marzipan and icing) with desserts that best reflect their personality and tastes. The style and flavour of wedding cakes now include savoury options, wacky desserts and new baking trends, which offer a striking statement.

The stacked doughnut wedding tower

 
For those who love these circular deep fried desserts, the wedding doughnut tower is an ideal wedding cake alternative. Frosting can complement the wedding theme and you could bake ring doughnuts or filled – stacked or tiered. This is a fun and filling wedding dessert, popular in America, which allows everyone to tuck in and enjoy a delicious pastry treat.

Wedding cake pops

 
Bride and groom cake pops

Cake pops are becoming increasingly popular as wedding and celebration cake alternatives, offering a fuss-free, small yet very sweet dessert. These delicious treats are made up of sponge, usually mixed with buttercream, dipped in a sweet coating and often decorated. Cake pops also make great cake toppers too – decorated to resemble the happy couple.

The waffle wedding cake

 
A breakfast/brunch wedding wouldn’t be complete without a delicious waffle cake. Cutting the cake, as a tradition, has been replaced by the pouring of sweet syrup. Newlyweds can share waffles with their guests, offering savoury flavours too, such as bacon and cheese.

The macaron tower

 
Dessert table with a large macaroons composition - pyramid in pink, decorated with flowers.

Looking for a more sophisticated wedding cake alternative? Macaron towers are becoming an increasingly popular substitution for layer cakes, even for more traditional weddings. Easily matched
to the wedding’s colour palette, macarons can be made in a variety of colours and flavours, whether it be delicate pastel shades or vibrant tropical tones. Whatever the combination, the macron tower is sure to be a truly spectacular centrepiece.

Modern-day wedding cakes are pushing the boundaries of previous traditions with couples finding even more ways to make a statement with this dessert. If you have more innovative and unique wedding cake ideas, share them with us via Twitter!