Baking with BAKO in the National Cupcake Championships final

4 October, 2013

Here at BAKO North Western, we’re always impressed by the incredible edible delicacies our customers whip up using BAKO’s extensive range of professional quality baking ingredients, but this week we’ve heard some extra special news.

We’re delighted to announce that one of our customers, Emma King of Funky Food Café in Southport, has got in touch to tell us she’s made it through to the National Cupcake Championships final.

Emma beat off the competition in the first round of the contest, held during National Cupcake Week, with her beautiful ‘Best British Hero’ cupcakes, dedicated to military charity Help For Heroes.

The home-grown pride doesn’t stop there though, as Emma’s recipe also uses a variety of classic British ingredients, sourced locally. The subtle combination of fragrant elderflower, zingy gooseberries and sharp rhubarb combine brilliantly for a nostalgic taste of English Summers from years gone by.

These fresh flavours are lovingly enveloped in a cake mix and buttercream icing made using flour, caster sugar, baking powder and icing sugar from the BAKO Own Label range, which Emma says she swears by for all her wonderful sweet creations.

Of course we’re incredibly proud of Emma’s efforts so far, but the contest is far from over. Emma wins a free pass to leading industry show Cake International in London on 9th November, where she will be taking on fourteen other talented professional bakers in the final of the contest.

We would sincerely love to wish Emma all the best in the last stage of the contest from everyone here at BAKO NW– we’re keeping all our fingers firmly crossed for you!

Think you could make next year’s National Cupcake Championships final? Get in touch to stock up on all the quality ingredients you’ll need to start testing your show-stopping cupcake recipe.

British Food Fortnight 2013: Bake and celebrate the best of Great Britain!

5 September, 2013

With less than a month remaining until the British Food Fortnight 2013, this week’s blog is dedicated to some of Great Britain’s most iconic sweet treats.

Founded by Alexia Robinson in 2002, the British Food Fortnight runs for two weeks in September every year to support local British farmers and celebrate the best of Great British food. This year, the national celebration will be taking place from the 21st September to the 6th October, with bakers, restaurants and cafes across the country participating by creating many enticing delicacies for food lovers to enjoy.

As a leading supplier to the catering industry, BAKO North Western are keen to support our local bakers, so this week we’re celebrating Great British food with our pick of the top five sweet British treats created by the region’s bakers.

Classic fruit scones

Here at BAKO, we believe you definitely can’t go wrong with a delicious fruit scone to kick-start your celebrations for the British Food Fortnight with style. Bake up your own scones from scratch or use BAKO’s own label scone mix, then serve with whipped cream and strawberry jam for the perfect finish.

Traditional Victoria sponge

The Victoria Sponge cake is a wonderful example of another enduring British dessert. Like the Fruit Scone, this timeless classic is utterly irresistible when served with a spot of afternoon tea and is perfect for celebrating the best of Great British cuisine. Why not bake one of Britain’s timeless, irresistible treats using your own chosen recipe or BAKO own label sponge cake mix, filling with buttercream, and jam and topping with either icing sugar or fresh berries.

Scottish shortbread

Short but deliciously sweet, shortbread is a simple and luxurious treat that’s incredibly easy to bake. Traditionally topped with sugar, shortbread biscuits can also be creatively finished with decorative icing details or an array of toppings, available from BAKO.

Eccles Cake

Named after Eccles village in the heart of Greater Manchester, the Eccles cake has remained a popular favorite among those in Great Britain for centuries. Filled with dried fruits and currents, this small, flat pastry remains one of Britain’s most well-loved sweet treats and is incredibly straightforward for all to make.

The Cherry Bakewell

Completing our top five best British desserts list, the Cherry Bakewell is a signature sweet originating from the Derbyshire town of Bakewell; perfect to celebrate the best of Great British food in the North. Consisting of a shortcrust pastry base topped with layers of strawberry jam and a sponge filling enriched with ground almonds, this classic is definitely one of our favorites.

Inspired by our list to bake your own classic British delicacies for the Great British Food Fortnight 2013? Contact BAKO North Western to stock up on all the professional quality ingredients and supplies you’ll need to get you started.

National Craft Bakers’ Week

29 August, 2013

For the fifth year running, National Craft Bakers’ Week is back to bring together the passionate baking community from all over the country and celebrate craft baking in the local community. Here at BAKO, we are extremely proud and excited to be supporting this fantastic national event and we hope that you too, will be joining us for the week-long celebration.

Craft Bakers' Week

The event, organised by The National Association of Master Bakers and The Scottish Association of Master Bakers, aims to provide support for local bakers across the UK. From Monday 7th October – Sunday 13th October, many high street bakers all over the country will be taking part to showcase their passion, pride and commitment to the craft baking industry. During the week, members of the Great British public are invited to taste, sample and purchase a variety of handcrafted cakes, pastries and breads from Britain’s skilled craftsmen and women.

As one of the leading suppliers to the catering industry, BAKO North Western see National Craft Bakers’ Week as an exciting opportunity for local bakers to gain vital recognition for their businesses. All bakers taking part will receive a ‘How To Get Involved’ guide and POS material for their shops, including posters and bunting, to help them promote their business in the local community and online. Access to these benefits costs just £5.00 per business, with proceeds going to the event’s Charity partner, The Teenage Cancer Trust.

This year’s National Craft Bakers’ Week also comes with star-studded support from TV’s Fabulous Baker Brothers, Tom and Henry Herbert, of Hobbs House Bakery in the Cotswolds. The Brothers will be hosting a baking masterclass where one lucky national competition winner will receive expert advice from two of the industry’s leading craft bakers.

Commenting on their passion for this year’s ‘Love Your Baker’ campaign message, encouraging local communities to support their bakers, Tom and Henry stated:

“There is rightly a great feeling of pride about British food at the moment and National Craft Bakers’ Week is a great way to remind everyone that bakers are very much part of this story. Baking is a real skill and one that we need to celebrate and support.”

Visit The National Craft Bakers’ Week website to sign up for this fantastic opportunity, or if you’ve already registered, let us know how you’ll be getting involved via Twitter.

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