It always time for cake with our range of cake mixes

20 August, 2014

It’s National Sponge Cake Day this weekend, and we can only imagine the delicious array of sponge cakes you will be baking in celebration, but when it comes to the day we think that almost any cake will do. If you’re looking to make a variety of fantastic cakes but don’t have the time to prepare everything from scratch, BAKO stock a huge range of cake mixes from household brand names to professional quality BAKO Own label products.

If you’re looking for an alternative bake this weekend, here are just a few of the fantastic cake mixes that BAKO have to offer.

1. BAKO Own Label Sponge Cake Mix
A light, fatless sponge mix, which can be used to make high quality sponges including swiss rolls. BAKO sponge mix is ideal to use if you’re thinking of whipping up a fatless Victoria sponge, without the fuss. Topped with a dusting of icing sugar and a generous layer of jam in the centre, this is the ultimate cake to celebrate National Sponge Cake Day.

2. Dawn Super Sponge Mix
Used in high volume bakes, and known for its reliable quality, Dawn Super Sponge Mix has self levelling qualities to give an even bake, adapting to flavours and colourings very easily. Ideal to create those larger bakes when you want to invite your customers in for a generous slice of cake.

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3. Macphie Mississippi Muffin Mix
Entice your customers with delicious, moist and dense cakes; Mississippi is perfect for producing the most indulgent of cakes or muffins in a variety of flavours including chocolate, toffee and coconut.

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4. Bakels Sponge & Pudding Mix
Bakels has created a premium sponge mix which is quick and easy to prepare, only needing to add water for tasty hot sponge puddings or conventional layered sponge cakes filled with jam and cream. Ideal when used as a base for individual cupcakes or whoopie pies.

5. Puratos Lemon Satin Crème Cake Mix
An easy to handle cake mix using natural flavours, which creates light zesty lemon flavoured cakes or cupcakes. Why not top with a lemon flavoured sugar drizzle and candied lemon rind for a simple yet effective finish. Puratos also stock a variety of flavours ranging from coconut to coffee and banana crème mixes.

6. BAKO Carrot Cake Mix
Carrot cake can sometimes be a laborious task, but to make it simple BAKO have a moist full flavoured and light carrot cake mix with excellent slicing qualities, ideal for tray bakes, loaf cakes or cupcakes. All it needs is the addition of oil and water plus freshly grated carrot and to finish a velvety cream cheese frosting to finish it off.

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7. Macphie Chocolate Orange Sensation Mix
A unique cake mix with brilliant flavour combinations, packed with real orange pieces that form pockets of fruity juiciness when baked. Incredibly moist and indulgent, this mix is suitable for muffins, loaf cakes and tray bakes. Topped with a chocolate orange flavoured ganache, this is the ultimate indulgence.

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8. BAKO Brownie Mix
A rich chocolate brownie mix, requiring the addition of water to create a dense fudge brownie, BAKO Brownie Mix is excellent with the inclusion of nuts or chocolate chips, making an irresistible treat for your customers.

9. BAKO Farmhouse Mix
If you are looking for a more traditional bake, Farmhouse Mix is a lightly spiced mix especially developed to be used with fruit, to produce a moist fruit filled loaf or fruit cake.

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These are just a handful of the many cake mixes which BAKO NW stock. If you’re planning on whipping up a cake to celebrate National Sponge Cake Day, then we’d love to hear from you on Twitter.

Bakers of the North West join BAKO NW for a day of celebration

5 August, 2014

After months of preparation, the wait was finally over for BAKO North Western on Sunday, as we were joined by baking friends from across the region for a day of 1964 themed excitement.

Our Family Fun Day, part of a year-long calendar of celebrations to mark BAKO NW’s 50th Anniversary, saw suppliers, customers and BAKO team members enjoy a whole host of activities, with a generous helping of cake on the side.

We were lucky enough to be joined by leading names from the food industry, including Renshaw, Callebaut and Bakels, showing guests how to create impressive edible masterpieces in a series of demonstrations in the BAKOry.

Alongside these skilful displays, many more of our favourite food brands were on hand in the BAKO marquee, with a whole host of tempting treats for visitors to taste, from sausages hot-off-the-grill to delicate pastries.

The day was also a chance to show our customers exactly what goes on behind the scenes at BAKO, with warehouse tours and the chance to pit your skills against a Toyota forklift simulator! Meanwhile, BAKO’s youngest fans, and a few of the older ones too, were entertained by face-painting, bouncy castles and our very own photo booth, complete with seriously silly 60s props.

We’ve collected a selection of highlights from our #BAKOFunDay below, and would love to hear from you on Twitter if you enjoyed it as much as we did.

 

Celebrating National Ice Cream Month

30 July, 2014

The International Ice Cream Association encourages retailers and consumers to celebrate July as National Ice Cream Month. In 2014, National Ice Cream Day was celebrated on July 20th, however here in the UK we don’t need any excuse, serving ice cream 12 months of the year. In celebration of the month BAKO NW wanted to share some inspiration and give bakers and chefs a helping hand with six innovative ideas for introducing ice cream to your menu.

Brownie ice cream sandwiches

Ice cream sandwiched between two thick slices of gooey brownie, the ultimate way to introduce ice cream to your menu. Why not let the customer choose their favourite flavour ice cream and offer the addition of sauces and sprinkles of nuts, dried fruit or sugar strands to add the finishing touch.

 

Ice cream cake

Seeing as the cheesecake has become a firm favourite, why not swap the rich cream cheese centre for ice cream? Simply choose your desired flavour combinations, set on a buttery biscuit base and freeze. Served whole or as a slice with a drizzle of fruit coulis, sauce or sprig of mint, this is a simple alternative to a cheesecake.

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Baked Alaska cupcakes

Moving away from the traditional baked Alaska, the cupcake is an easy yet impressive dessert that is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Prepare the cupcakes in advance and top with a scoop of ice cream and freeze. Pipe with meringue and serve customers their own individual baked Alaska straight from the oven. The combination of warm chewy meringue and creamy ice cream is sure to prove a hit.

 

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Cornish ice cream scones

Why not turn this quintessentially British tradition into a taste sensation, and replace the Cornish clotted cream filling with a scoop of Cornish ice cream instead? Served with jam, hot or cold this will bring a modern twist to a traditional bake.  

 

Inside-out strawberry ice cream cake

Turn the idea of cake on its head with this inside-out strawberry ice cream cake. Instead of covering and filling your sponge cake with velvety buttercream, why not coat it with a spreading of smooth ice cream? To give the ice cream the right consistency for spreading, soften it at room temperature; smooth the top, and freeze until firm before slicing generous portions for your customers.

 

Unusual flavours

For those who are really looking to whip up a storm with their ice cream, why not be inventive and experiment with some unusual flavours? American cook and baker David Lebovitz created candied bacon ice cream, using candied strips of bacon and brown sugar before blending with cinnamon, vanilla and a splash of dark rum. Another unusual creation came from Max & Mina’s Homemade Ice Cream in America, renowned for their unusual creations which include beer and smoked salmon and cream cheese ice cream; all enthused by a customer’s request.

Inspired to take the plunge? Our Commodities and Edible Decorations ranges include some fantastic ingredients to help you to create delicious ice cream. We’d love to see what ice cream treats you’re offering your customers. Share your ice cream creations with BAKO on Twitter.

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