The traditional art of bread making lives on in the North West

25 March, 2014

While bread, in its simplest, form is not too tricky to make, baking the perfect loaf can be a real labour of love that bakers will gladly spend hours over.

BAKO stocks a range of convenient mixes for anyone who doesn’t have time to spare, but for those able to spend a little longer on their craft, nothing can ever really compare to the joy of serving up freshly baked loaves straight from the oven. We understand the delight of creating something from scratch and stock all the baking essentials needed to complete every part of the process.

To celebrate the art of bread making, appreciating the long hours that our local bakers spend tirelessly kneading and proving dough, BAKO have put together a list of North West bakers that are keeping this tradition alive.

Robinsons Bakery

Robinson’s bakery is one of Manchester’s oldest family run bakeries. Robinsons are known for their traditional yet innovative bread flavours, ranging from the wholemeal bloomer and Lancashire loaf to their Italian Focaccias and black pudding bread.

Peter Herd Cakes

While mainly known for their amazing cakes, Peter Herds are also experts when it comes to baking bread. Here they have created an instantly recognisable Tiger bread loaf: a white bloomer known for its crusty exterior and soft doughy centre. The bread is generally made with sesame oil which gives it such a distinctive aroma when cut into.



Homebaked, a community-owned bakery and Land Trust in Liverpool, have created this flavoursome sundried tomato and chilli bread. Also known for their amazing walnut and stilton and poppy seed loaves, home baked by members of the community, these bread-makers really are ‘baking a difference’ in Liverpool.

Trove Café

Trove Café, a well-known artisan cafe and bakery in the North West, are famous for their love of crafting all things bread and in particular pizza dough! Focusing on bread in the week, with everything from Sourdough to a Fig Rye, and their delicious pizzas during the weekend, with the classic Margarita to the egg, spinach and olive topped Spanish Florentina, Trove Café are defying the odds that ‘man cannot live by bread alone!’

Bakers, we’d love to hear what topics and trends you’d like to see us cover in next week’s blog? Get in touch via Twitter to let us know.

Treat your mum to a baked gift this Mother’s Day

24 March, 2014

Mother’s Day is that one day of year when we give something back to the most special lady in our life. It’s time for them to have a day off and relax and what better way than with cake?

For many bakers, the famous cliché will ring true; you learnt to bake with your mother who was taught by her mother who was taught by her mother. As a baker, some of your fondest memories will have been formed whilst baking with your loved one, whether it was being taught how to bake the traditional Victoria sponge, mastering the art of the perfect pastry or, best of all, being able to lick the spoon!

Reflecting fondly on these memories, the bakers of the North West have dreamt up some deliciously beautiful baked gifts ideas for you to share this Mother’s Day.

Nikitta’s Cupcakes

Wigan-based Nikitta’s Cupcakes have kept things simple by creating a beautiful set of lemon cupcakes, topped with edible flowers and butterflies in spring shades and drizzled with white chocolate. Indulgent yet light, these would make a perfect gift for any mum who loves cake.

Cake Pop Heaven 

Cake Pop Heaven in Leeds has created ‘a sweet treat’ for all those mums out there, with a selection of cake pops, decorated in pastel shades of lilac and pink – or the option to choose your mum’s favourite colours for a more personalised touch. They also come gift wrapped and with a personalised card for each mum.

Hey Little Cupcake

Why buy flowers and cake, when you can have them both at once? Hey Little Cupcake in Manchester have combined the best of both worlds for Mother’s Day by creating a cake bouquet.  Each flower in the bouquet is, in fact, an intricately iced cupcake, topped with velvety buttercream.  A real treat for the taste buds as well as looking visually stunning – It has been said that we take the first bite with our eyes after all.

Crumbs of Sandbach

What could be more quintessentially English than sitting down with a cup of tea and a slice of cake? Crumbs of Sandbach in Cheshire have combined these two favourites by placing a vintage themed cupcake inside of a delicate china tea cup to create the ideal gift for Mother’s Day.

We’d love to hear what other bakers have planned for the mums of the North West next weekend, and don’t forget to let us know if you need to stock up on any baking essentials.

Bakers get into the Irish spirit!

13 March, 2014

Every year on March 17th, the Irish and the Irish-at-heart celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. What began as the ‘Feast of Saint Patrick’ has become a worldwide celebration of the Irish culture with lots of eating, drinking and a whole lot of green.

This makes it an important event in any baker’s calendar, and the cake experts of the North West have not disappointed, cooking up mouth-watering Irish themed treats in preparation for St Patricks Day.

Here are just a few of our favourites from Twitter:

Hey Little Cupcake!

Putting a spin on the classic Irish drink, Guinness, Hey Little Cupcake Manchester have created a special St Patrick’s day themed cupcake, with a Guinness Black Velvet sponge topped with Irish Crème Icing.

Made With Sprinkles 

Made with Sprinkles have gone for a quirkier design, creating leprechaun cupcakes using upside-down ice cream cones for their hats – a very clever concept!

Stuart Thornley Cake Design

If you‘ve been looking for your pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, then we have managed to find it at Stuart Thornley Cakes in Cheshire. The idea is simple, as golden coins created from sugarpaste sit on top of a pot crafted from rice krispies.

Upmarket Sundays

Another twist on the Irish cupcake comes from Upmarket Sundays, who have created some delicious looking Baileys and chocolate cupcakes.

We hope we’ve inspired you to create some enticing St Patricks Day treats; share your designs with us on Twitter and let us know if you need to stock up on any supplies for your creations. Happy St Patricks Day!

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