With Spring just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about steering away from the rich flavours of Winter and revamping your menus with lighter seasonal bakes.
The team at BAKO have put together some of the key baking trends and flavours you can expect to see this Spring along with a pinch of edible inspiration so your business can make the most of some special calendar events.
Spring is classically associated with the blooming of new flowers, so why not embrace this in your baking? When used subtly, floral flavours can give bakes a delicious and unique flavour that’s perfect for Spring.
Fluffy marshmallows pair beautifully with the delicate flavour of rose water so why not try creating some floral flavoured marshmallows? Simply beat in a tablespoon of rose water with a drop of pink food colouring before spreading the marshmallow mixture to set. Why not take it that step further and top with sugar crystal rose petals? Not only would handmade marshmallows make a beautiful addition to your cake counter, they would also make a lovely gift for Mother’s Day.
Blending dried or fresh lavender with sugar creates a delicious flavour infusion. Add this to your classic cake mix to add an exciting twist to your cakes and cupcakes! To add the finishing touch, why not add a generous helping of violet coloured buttercream and a sprig of fresh lavender to create a tasty spring treat.
The idea of baking with vegetables may seem unusual but vegetables that are naturally sweet add delicious flavour, texture and help to keep cakes fresh and moist.
Carrot cake, perhaps the most famous vegetable infused cake of them all, is loved for its naturally sweet sponge and subtle hum of spices. So why not try whipping up a carrot cake for your cake counter this Spring? Carrot cake is a guaranteed hit with customers of all ages when smothered in fluffy cream cheese frosting and topped with sugarpaste carrots.
Beetroot gives cakes an indulgent fudge-like texture making it the perfect partner for chocolate. How do beetroot brownies sound for your spring-time menu? Simply replace half of the butter in the brownie mix – beetroot puree not only cuts half the fat, but gives a rich purple tone to your brownies.
We’ve also heard that cheesecake brownies are going to big this Spring.
Simply add an indulgent swirl of cream cheese, sugar and egg yolks into your brownies to give a delicious tangy contrast against the rich chocolate flavour. Your customers are sure to find these hard to resist!
During Lent, we’re sure many of your customers have been counting down the days to tuck into tasty Easter treats. So don’t hesitate to indulge your customers this year with a variety of seasonal bakes that are sure to satisfy their sugar cravings!
Hot cross buns are a classic during Easter and we can see why, dotted with dried fruit, these soft bread buns are delicious when simply toasted and served warm with plenty of butter. Why not try adding cacao nibs instead of fruit for a surprising sweet addition?
Or will you be trying your hand at a traditional Easter Simnel Cake this year? Packed with dried fruit and citrus zest and decorated with marzipan balls, this is perfect for those who like a classic treat.
St Patrick’s Day
A celebration of all things Irish, St Patrick’s Day is an ideal holiday for your business to celebrate for the sheer range of green-themed treats and bakes to enjoy.
Guinness is a beverage traditionally enjoyed by the Irish, so why not incorporate this rich, flavoursome drink into your baking? Gingerbread embodies the strong flavours of Guinness perfectly without losing any of its characteristic taste. So how about putting a twist on the traditional ginger cake by adding some Guinness to the mix. Served warm with custard, this is sure to be a hit during the Irish holiday.
If you’re looking to celebrate St Patrick’s Day without having to make any drastic changes to your menu, why not replace your red food colouring with green to create a green velvet cake? When sliced, the surprise of vibrant green sponge instead of red will be a fun way of getting into the Irish spirit. Finally, don’t forget to decorate with plenty of sugar paste shamrocks!
Will you be embracing any new Spring baking trends this year? Or will you be sticking with the classics? We’d love to hear about your bakes on our Twitter.