Key ingredients: the non-food supplies every baker needs to succeed

17 July, 2013

When there’s a seemingly endless list of new flavour combinations and decoration techniques for a baker to try out, it’s easy to forget about the other elements that go into creating a successful baking business.

While they may not be what drives chefs and caterers to go into business, non-food supplies are often just as important as delicious ingredients when it comes to keeping customers happy. This week’s blog looks at some of the vital extra supplies every baker needs, available from BAKO North Western alongside an extensive range of professional-standard baking produce.

Baked to perfection

Even the most experienced cook’s baking can easily turn into a kitchen disaster without the right everyday kitchen essentials. Knowing the difference between silver foil and greaseproof paper, and which to use when, is essential for turning out spectacular cakes and bakers need to have a variety of supplies on hand for all occasions.

Dressed to impress

Making the transition from talented home cook to a growing business means complying to certain Health and Safety regulations. To help bakers out, BAKO North Western stocks a range of professional baking clothing including disposable bakers’ coats, hair nets and aprons.

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Decorative flair

Not all non-food supplies are designed purely for practical reasons, and can be a clever way of adding a finishing touch to your products. Vibrant cupcake and muffin cases, colourful cake boards and decorative packaging are all ways to make sure your baked goods set out to impress.

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Eat-in or take away

Once you’ve made sure your tasty treats stand out from the crowd, it’s vital to think through how they will be presented and sold within your shop, café or restaurant. From display trays to specialist cake boxes for delivery or take-away sandwich containers, every detail must be thought through to serve customers in the most attractive, convenient way possible.

Fresh-faced

After a busy day baking, it’s inevitable that the kitchen can get a little messy. As a one-stop shop for baking supplies, BAKO North Western also provide a full range of all the cleaning products a chef could ever need to get their kitchen spotless again.

Get in touch to discover the full catalogue of non-food supplies available from BAKO NW.

Iced to perfection: simple icing techniques to wow the crowds

10 June, 2013

As one of the UK’s leading suppliers to the professional baking industry, BAKO North Western know that when it comes to cakes, most consumers are guilty of judging a book by its cover.

A baker could whip up the most deliciously moist sponges or beautifully crumbly shortbread biscuits but without attractive finishing details, many customers will never even stop to taste their creations.

Unfortunately though, many bakers just don’t have the luxury of spending hours crafting intricate icing details, so BAKO have come up with three of the simplest ways to make your cakes stand out.

Colourful cut-outs

With Renshaw’s Professional ready to roll icing range, available from BAKO North Western in a huge variety of vibrant colours, striking designs can be created in a matter of minutes. Use a biscuit cutter to cut out icing pieces in your desired shape and apply to your cakes using a little jam to help them stick. Hearts, stars and polka dots work well here, but you could also experiment with creating scenes using people or animal shapes for a child-friendly design.

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Cute fruit and veg

What is it about re-creating things in miniature that makes them that little bit more adorable? We love this easy-to-achieve idea of creating miniature icing carrots to top your carrot cakes, which is as practical as it is appealing, since it helps customers immediately identify cake flavours on display. Taking inspiration from this idea, you could also try miniature bunches of bananas on a banana cake or even a tiny cappuccino mug on your coffee cakes.

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Hello petal

Icing flowers can be a notoriously tricky thing to achieve, particularly if you’re going for a highly realistic look with layer upon layer of paper-thin petals, as seen on many sophisticated wedding cakes. These blooms are a much quicker alternative for achieving a floral effect on big batches of cookies or cupcakes. Simply twist a line of icing into a spiral and pinch at one end for roses or cut out icing stars and curve the points inwards and upwards to create a petal effect.

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Have any other top baking tips to share? We’d love to hear from you on Twitter if you fancy showing us your latest creations, passing on handy hints or even just saying a friendly hello.

A doughnut for every day of the week

13 May, 2013

As Saturday marked the start of National Doughnut Week, this week’s BAKO NW blog has been taken over by these lip-lickingly indulgent treats.

Running between the 11th and 18th May this year, National Doughnut Week sees bakers across the country cook up all manner of delicious doughnuts, with profits going towards national charity, The Children’s Trust. This is an opportunity for bakers to help out a very worthy cause, so to inspire local bakers to get involved we’ve come up with a different doughnut flavour idea for every day of the week.

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Classic jam Mondays

The original and some say still the best, they’re also easy to craft thanks to specially prepared doughnut mixes like Craigmillar’s doughnut concentrate, available from BAKO North Western.

Healthy option Tuesdays

Readi-Bake brand baked doughnuts contain 40 per cent less fat than traditional fried ring doughnuts, making them a great alternative for more health-conscious customers who still can’t resist a good doughnut now and again.

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Zingy lemon Wednesdays

Lantmannen’s lemon crème doughnuts balance a refreshing lemon centre with sweet white chocolate flavour icing, all topped with lemon pearl sugar topping.

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Creamy custard Thursdays

BAKO own label have created a piece of doughnut artistry with these continental custard filled doughnuts, decorated with swirling icing patterns for an elegant finish.

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Rich chocolate Fridays

The darker twin of BAKO’s own label custard doughnuts, these treats are a chocoholic’s dream come true.

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Sprinkle Saturdays

Available in a whole host of different colour combinations, sprinkle toppings from the Secret Ingredients range are an easy way to give home-baked doughnuts that extra element of excitement.

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Gooey caramel Sundays

For a truly luxurious end to National Doughnut Week, why not smother BAKO Unfinished Ring Doughnuts in gooey BAKO caramel fudegice and liberally sprinkle with Secret Ingredients caramel cubes?

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Local bakers, we’d love to hear from you if you’re joining in with National Doughnut Week; what type of doughnuts will you be serving up for your customers?

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