Cake International returns to Manchester

11 March, 2014

This weekend, BAKO NW visited Cake International, when it returned after last year’s success to Manchester’s Event City. Bakers from around the region flocked to the show in their thousands to share their passion for all things baking and cake decorating.

Over the course of the three-day event, local bakers put their skills to the test in the competitions, with categories including wedding cakes, cupcakes, and sculpted novelty cakes adorned with sugar-paste characters and decorations. After seeing last year’s winners, we can definitely say the standard was raised a peg or two this year, with some of the most impressive cakes BAKO NW have ever seen in its 50 years of working with the region’s bakers.

The show also welcomed star guests including Mary Berry and Britain’s Best Bakery’s Mich Turner, who shared their expertise with bakers in a series of demonstrations.

What was your Cake International highlight from over the weekend? Let us know on Twitter, where we will also be announcing a special Cake International themed ‘Cake of the Week’ from the competition entries at the weekend.

Cake International comes to Manchester

6 March, 2014

The time is finally here bakers! Next weekend sees the return of one of the biggest events in the baking calendar, as Cake International comes to EventCity in Manchester.

The team at BAKO were overwhelmed by the creativity and skill local bakers showed at last year’s event, coming up with some of the most delicate and inventive cake designs we’ve ever witnessed, even after 50 years of working with the region’s bakers.

One of the highlights of Cake International 2013

This year’s edition of the much-anticipated baking extravaganza promises to be no different, with professional bakers travelling from all across the country to showcase their masterpieces and catch up on the latest trends in baking and chocolate craft.

With Easter just around the corner, BAKO are expecting to see a whole host of vibrant cakes celebrating the return of Spring, including a sugarpaste flower workshop and The British Sugarcraft Guild’s Easter chick modelling masterclass using Renshaw marzipan.

The show will also attract special guests including baking royalty Mary Berry and Britain’s Best Bakery’s Mich Turner, who will be sharing her expertise with bakers in an Easter Celebration Cake demonstration.

Perhaps most importantly for local bakers though, there’s also the chance to put your skills to the test in a number of competition categories, including cupcakes, wedding cakes and sculpted novelty cakes. We’ve already seen a few comments on Twitter from bakers hoping to take home a prize, and wish everyone entering the contests good luck:

Are you going to next week’s Cake International show? We’d love to hear from local bakers who’ll be showing off their creations, entering one of the contests, or just heading along to pick up some tips on taking your cakes to the next level. Get in touch on Twitter to let us know what you’re most looking forward to at this incredible baking spectacle.

Young bakers show off their skills at BAKO North Western’s Student Bakery Challenge

3 March, 2014

Alongside marvelling at the wondrous creations from the region’s professional bakers on Twitter this Valentine’s Day, the BAKO North Western team were also lucky enough to enjoy an exciting array of treats at the hands of the baking talent of the future.


Tameside College turn out beautiful bloomers

Students from specialist bakery courses at colleges in the North brought their edible masterpieces to our BAKORY innovation kitchen to face the ultimate taste-test at the hands of the BAKO North Western judges. Round one saw a battle of the breads, where the ambitious young bakers rose to the challenge of demonstrating their best crusty bloomer loaf. Breadcrumbs swept aside, the judges next moved on to the sweeter side of the contest, with a round dedicated to the humble fruit scone.

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Let the judging commence!

Though deceptively simple, both of these recipes were selected due to the high level of skill required to attain the perfect result, showing a deep understanding of the fundamentals of baking. Despite this, the judges were blown away by the standard of entries from both classes, with BAKO North Western Technical Consultant John Robertshaw commenting:

“It’s fantastic to see young bakers of the future competing to such a high level; they have made my job today very difficult.”

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Holly Pearson’s prize-winning scones

With the tricky, yet incredibly enjoyable, job of tasting each bake out of the way, each college waited in anticipation to be contacted with the final results. Young baker Jack Stokes from Tameside College was proud to take home first prize in the bloomer category, and Sheffield College’s Holly Pearson emerged victorious as the scone champion, though all the students deserve recognition for their incredible efforts.

BAKO North Western is proud to support the budding young bakers who will be feeding future generations for years to come, and looks forward to the day each of these talented individuals returns to us to source ingredients for their own baking businesses.

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