Introducing the latest wedding cake trend: a Persian Love Cake

23 January, 2017

For a special day, nothing says love and affection quite like a Persian Love Cake. Created from an assortment of romantic scents and flavours, including rose water, pistachios and aromatic spices, this delightful sweet is guaranteed to win hearts. In fact, it already has done. It’s all in its history.
The Persian Love Cake’s connection to amorousness and romance is reflected in the legend behind it. It is thought this beautifully intricate bake was originally created by a young woman, madly in love with a Persian prince. To win his affection, she baked a Persian Love Cake, filled with a concoction of ingredients believed to radiate magical love powers, hidden within its soft sponge. The so-called ‘love potion’ elements were rosewater, cardamom and saffron – that have since provided this bake with its unique taste.

Whether you believe in love potions or not, it’s no surprise that this pretty treat is becoming a popular choice of wedding cake. A baked symbol of love and romance, why not try whipping up one of these special cakes and see what your customers think? It might even become part of your wedding cake offering for 2017.

 

What are the characteristics of a Persian Love Cake?

 

Persian Love Cake charactertistics
The sponge of the Persian Love Cake is traditionally made from a fusion of tangy lemon juice, spicy cardamom pods, strands of saffron and rosewater, combined with crunchy almonds. This creates a soft, oily sponge that will stay fresh for several days. For the icing, the cake is simply drizzled in a light zesty frosting, made from caster sugar, lemon and rosewater – giving it a flavoursome kick amongst an abundance of tastes. Variations of the Persian Love Cake include a topping of rosewater cream, and a cake made from ground almonds solely, not flour. Whichever way you decide to bake yours, we’re sure it’ll still taste great.

One element that remains the same with all Persian Love Cakes is the sprinkling of green pistachio nuts and rose petals to finish, creating a beautiful bake with a striking pop of colour.

 

How to make a unique Persian Love Cake

 

With the traditional elements of a Persian Love Cake taken care of, it’s time to think about how to make your amorous bake a little different.

 

Katherine Sabbath’s naked Persian Love Cake

 

Katherine Sabbath Persian Love Cake

 

Katherine Sabbath, renowned cake creator, baked a stunning naked Persian Love Cake, featuring rosewater cream cheese, pink meringue to assemble each layer and fresh figs to finish – for an even sweeter taste. With an array of pink frosting, edible sparkle and green pistachios, this delightful cake really is striking – and offers great inspiration for creating your own.

 

Persian Love Doughnuts

 

Persian Love Doughnuts

 

The romance behind the Persian Love Cake is in its ingredients, such as the rosewater and Persian spices, so what’s stopping you from creating, not a cake, but doughnuts instead? Simply make your doughnuts using cardamom, almond milk, baking powder and all-purpose flour (and a few extras), bake, then cover with a rosewater glaze topped with pistachios. For added colour, don’t forget the rose petals! Here’s a recipe for delightful cardamom and rosewater doughnuts.

 

Persian Love Cookies

 

Persian Love Cookies

 

These brightly-decorated cookies have a chewy almond base, all the while emanating distinct nutmeg, cardamom and rosewater aromas. Topped with pomegranate juice for even more colour, and sprinkled with pistachios and fresh edible flowers, these delightful biscuits are simple to bake yet look fantastic. Persian Love Cookies would make the perfect treat for a rustic country wedding. Why not choose edible flowers that match your customers’ wedding theme?

 

Persian Love Bundt

 

Persian Love Bundt

 

For an eye-catching cake shape, why not use a Bundt cake tin when baking your Persian Love Cake? For weddings, offering a selection of different Bundt shapes beautifully presented in a multi-tier stand creates a showstopping display. This Persian Love Bundt is drizzled in a mixture of honey, orange juice and rosewater – another unique variation of this classic cake.

Have you created a Persian Love Cake before? Show us your pretty bakes via Twitter!

5 healthy bakes to serve this January

16 January, 2017

Let’s face it, cutting back in January after a month of overindulgence is easier said than done – especially when it comes to giving up our favourite baked treats! So, to make it easier for your customers to continue with their healthy eating habits this month, we’ve found five healthy, yet utterly delicious bakes for you to serve this January. From savvy substitutions to low calorie snacks, you might find that these tasty alternatives make a permanent home on your menu.

Kale and feta bread

 
Kale and fetta bread

A low-calorie alternative to cheese on toast, this kale and feta bread is both delicious and nutritious. With kale rich in vitamins, magnesium and fibre, this tasty bake is a great way for your customers to fill their stomachs, and provides them with a healthy snack option. Add salty feta and fresh kale to your dough and flavour with mint, dill and parsley for a loaf your customers will love.

Blueberry and banana Greek yogurt pancakes

 
Blueberry and banana Greek yogurt pancakes

For those with a sweet tooth, these skinny blueberry and banana pancakes are a must try. A great low calorie breakfast option, blend oats, egg whites, Greek yoghurt, chia seeds and baking powder, then top the batter with blueberries before frying. Serve with a good helping of blueberries and sliced banana to offer your customers a guilt-free start to the day!

High protein banana bread

 
Protein banana bread

An easy replacement for your usual slice of cake, this moist and protein-rich banana bread is likely to not only satisfy your customers’ sugar cravings but also keep them fuller for longer. Spiced with cinnamon and flavoured with peanut butter, this banana bread is made with low-fat yoghurt for a slightly less calorific treat than your normal banana bake! How could you resist?

Healthy Greek yogurt and honey blueberry muffins

 
Healthy Greek yogurt and honey blueberry muffins

A firm favourite in many of our bakeries, blueberry muffins are certainly a popular choice here in Britain. No matter if you’re serving them as a sweet breakfast option or a fruity snack, offering a healthier alternative this January is sure to go down well. This skinny muffin recipe contains no butter and includes both honey and cinnamon as natural sweeteners, as well as whole wheat flour, making it a great substitute for your usual afternoon treat.

No-bake superfood granola bars

 
No-bake superfood granola bars

A great bake for on-the-go customers, these no-bake superfood granola bars are a handy snack option. Bursting with porridge oats, pumpkin seeds, almonds and dried cranberries, the tasty bars are held together with a combination of runny honey, coconut oil and brown sugar – not to mention featuring a hint of dark chocolate! Why not swap your mid-morning pastry for one of these superfood granola bars and save yourself a few calories?

Are you trying to serve up a few more healthier options this January? Tell us about your savvy substitutions via Twitter!

5 of the best baking events in 2017 from around the world

11 January, 2017

With a new year upon us, it brings with it even more opportunities to improve your baking skills and diversify your offering. The beauty of the food industry is the wealth of inspiration available from all corners of the world; each destination has its own tastes, scents and ingredients that create delicious, mouth-watering cuisine – and maybe 2017 is the year to discover them.

If you’re looking for ways to expand your knowledge and baking skills in the new year, you could explore one of the many food events taking place across the world, providing ample opportunity to learn new techniques from multi-award winning chefs, explore innovative recipes to deliver to your customers, and take an abundance of inspiration from world cuisine.

At BAKO North Western, we’ve found five of the most exciting food events taking place this year.

1. London’s Baking! London

Running until 1st February 2017

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A must-see, truly unique exhibition, London’s Baking! focuses on the history of the city’s iconic desserts – dating back to 1666. The baking timeline starts at Thomas Farriner’s bakery on Pudding Lane – the source of the Great Fire, and continues through centuries where it highlights the baking trends of certain decades and the traditional desserts of days gone by.

From 1700s almond cake and 1850s suet pudding to 20th century cake classics, professional bakers can learn about the history of this popular pastime and recreate traditional English dishes full of nostalgia that customers are sure to love. The exhibition also includes fascinating photographs and baking paraphernalia from over four centuries, further highlighting how far baking has evolved.

2. Gulfood, Dubai

26th February – 2nd March 2017

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Documented as the world’s largest annual food and beverage exhibition, Gulfood, taking place at the Dubai World Trade Centre, boasts an incredible 5,000 exhibitors from more than 120 countries.

With the opportunity to sample an unprecedented quantity of world flavours, mix with the world’s leading chefs, and explore raw ingredients from global food producers, Gulfood is a first-class festival of culinary diversity. Together with its taste testing and introductions, this exhibition offers insightful research and projections into 2017 food trends, from the next healthy eating movement to the flourishing visual food trend. Offering a superior understanding of the industry from leading experts and a unique ability to sample world cuisine, Gulfood is a great way to kick-start 2017 and celebrate global food enterprise from eight different sectors.

3. Cake World Germany, Hamburg

3th March – 5th March 2017

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Talented master bakers will be coming together to revel in an array of beautiful cake creations and classes at Cake World, focusing on the art of baking and decorating. Workshops offer inspiring techniques from renowned industry specialists, including a highly-anticipated session hosted by Lucia Simeone, a celebrated cake artist, and a fascinating workshop by Margherita Ferrara, creator of Fashflower’s Cake. Visitors will also have the opportunity to showcase their own baking masterpieces by entering Cake World competitions, all the while networking with suppliers from the thriving baking and decorating world.

4. Great American Foodie Fest, Las Vegas

April 2017

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In the heart of lively Las Vegas, hundreds of the nation’s finest food vendors will be celebrating all things food – offering a mouth-watering selection of true American gastronomical pleasures. With highly anticipated dishes, as seen on the Food Network and the Cooking Channel, this festival of salacious fast food offers first-hand experience of American-style cooking – with big portions and plenty of stacked meats and cheeses. For inspiration on pushing the boundaries, and ways to embrace the foodie culture of this unrestricted country, the Great American Foodie Fest is a must-visit event this year for aspiring chefs and bakers.

5. Taste of Paris, Paris

18th May – 21st May 2017

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In the awe-inspiring setting of Paris’ Grand Palais, some of France’s renowned gastronomes and talented artisans will be showcasing a truly high specification of food that the country has to offer, from intricate local delicacies to fresh French ingredients. Taste of Paris offers four dynamic days of delightful food sampling, allowing visitors to delve into French cuisine and global favourites, prepared by award-winning chefs. 45-minute cookery classes let you learn from the best of the best, uncover tips and tricks from France’s leading cooks and explore a unique fine dining experience – one bite at a time.

With 2017 upon us, it’s time to embrace the opportunities available and build on your baking knowledge.

How are you extending your learning in the new year? We want to know! Share your ideas with us via Twitter.

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