On Wednesday, we challenged our local baking community to a one-day baking contest on Twitter, asking them to show us their most enticing creations containing chocolate.
It was tough to pick a winner, but we finally narrowed it down to three very tempting chocolatey treats.
Take a look at the highlights from our first ever #BakoOff and get in touch if you need to stock up on ingredients from BAKO to take part next time.
Thanks to the talented bakers of the North West, BAKO have been going strong for fifty years now, and we think it’s time to show our gratitude.
Perhaps the most rewarding part of our job as suppliers to the local baking industry is seeing the tantalising edible masterpieces you all create using our range of professional quality ingredients. Having joined Twitter in February, over the last year we’ve been able to discover more of our local bakers’ creations than ever before, and we’ve been blown away time and time again by your innovative ideas.
Standards are high, but there are some cakes that really stand out against the rest, so we’ve decided to launch our new Cake of the Week series to pick out the most impressive baking ideas from the North West. Each week, we’ll select one cake to feature on the blog that brings something special to the industry, whether it’s an inventive decoration technique, fantastic flavour combination or just a theme that makes us smile.
Of course, we’ll also be sharing news of this weekly accolade with our fans on Twitter, to help your baking business get recognised as one of the best in the region.
For a chance to become the first ever winner of this rewarding title, come and say hello to BAKO NW on Twitter with a photo of your latest cake creation.
Check back with the blog next Friday to see which cake caught our eye this week, and let us know if you need to stock up on any supplies for your big baking plans.
How many cupcake businesses have sprung up in the UK in the last five years?
It seems each year the catering world is hit with a hot new food trend, with the public rapidly falling in love with a certain ingredient, cuisine or dish. From new creations like the cronut to old favourites experiencing a resurgence in popularity, it’s important for food businesses to keep an eye on these highly profitable trends, so BAKO are sharing our predictions for what to look out for in 2014.
Marshmallows go gourmet
British Baker magazine reports gourmet marshmallows could be set to follow the success of macarons and cake pops in recent years by becoming the go-to bite-sized treat for the UK public. Try experimenting with different flavours, colours and toppings to create marshmallows that go beyond the basics to become something really special.
Rather than just an accompaniment to an afternoon cake break, tea may take centre stage in baking recipes this year, as advocated by Sunday Brunch presenter Simon Rimmer in a recent interview. Whether it’s the green, white or black variety, tea can lend a distinct fragrant flavour to baked creations that offers a sophisticated contrast from sugary sweetness.
With the World Cup coming up in Brazil this summer, chefs are anticipating a rising interest in Brazilian cuisine throughout the year which is likely to influence sweet and savoury cooking alike. Restaurants might want to explore dishes including empadão, a traditional Brazilian meat pie, or smoky Feijoada stew, and bakers can add a Latin touch by using ingredients like cinnamon and coconut.
A delicate touch
British Bake Off winner Ed Kimber and Real Bread Campaign Ambassador Richard Bertinet both expect to see a turn to more delicate, intricate choux pastries in 2014. Bakers should take their inspiration from the patisserie shops of Paris and focus on presentation to create edible goodies that command a premium price. For a time-saving tip, start off with Craigmiller’s convenient Choux Paste mix from BAKO, and just add water for an instant solution to choux pastry.
Ready to get back into the kitchen this January to try out these up and coming food trends? Stock up on all the professional quality baking ingredients you’ll need to get started from BAKO, and don’t forget to show us your creations on Twitter.