We're quietly making plans to launch our zero sugar cake range in February... here's a sneak preview!
So, a few weeks ago I was diagnosed with gestational (pregnancy) diabetes. Once I'd got over the shock, I figured out it basically means I have to be careful how much sugar - including starchy carbohydrates like pasta and rice - I eat until after baby is born.
The bad news: My new diet means cutting out cake as it generally has has both sugar and starchy carbs (flour) in it!
How ironic. A baker who can't eat cake.
Diabetes sufferers aside, why should everyone be more careful about the amount of sugar we're eating?
- Sugar is the main cause of tooth decay.
- Weight gain is more common with high sugar diets, with children being particularly at risk.
- Sugar is hidden in lots of food items you may not consider, making it harder to eat less without some thought.
More advice on reducing your sugar intake can be found on the NHS website.
Anyway! Looking for the silver lining, an excuse to still eat cake, and with my business head on, I have created a collection of recipes which are both zero sugar and with no traditional cake flour.
How do we make cakes without sugar and flour?
- Many of our new recipes use artificial sugars (e.g. xylitol).
- Some use fruit to sweeten.
- None of the cakes use plain or self raising flour, 100% gluten free flour, like almond flour.
- And, of course, we have vegan recipes available too!
This is a photo of the first bake I've done with zero sugar and no normal flour: Espresso Brownies. They look pretty good, eh? Let me tell you, they are moist, gooey, chocolatey and there's not enough caffeine in there to panic the pregnant ladies out there.
If you're diabetic - temporarily, like me, or on a more permanent basis - you need to try our forthcoming zero sugar range. There's so much more than you imagined when it comes to healthier sweet treats!
Follow the zero sugar baking chat on Twitter at #280skinny, and look out for our new cakes coming next month.
Ta-ta for now,
Owner, 280 Bakes
If Veganuary is more of a challenge Than you had anticipated, we've found some things online This week to cheer you on.
The end of Veganuary 2019 is in sight - well done for getting this far if you're trying out a vegan diet for the first time! If you're running out of inspiration, don't forget to check the Veganuary website for recipes, and to order one of our vegan cakes. We home bake and deliver in Bristol, Stroud and Portishead from just £15!
So let's look at those cheerful vegan encouragers we've found online - enjoy!
That's all, folks!
See you next time,
On January 1st 2018 we began a memory jar to help us remember all the fab things we did and aCcomplished during the year.
Happy new year!
The Christmas decorations came down today at 280 bakes HQ, so it was the perfect time to open our Memory Jar from 2018. Let's see what's recorded inside...
What's your favourite memory from 2018? Let us know in the comments below...
Our 2019 Memory Jar has already begun - let's see what the new year brings!
Owner, 280 Bakes
Our business is for sale and our louise is here to explain why.
It's official: 280 Bakes is for sale!
It's been a fantastic three years or so, but it is time for me to move on. 280 Bakes was set up in 2016 when I was suddenly out of work. My passion for home baked cakes and my interest in owning my own business combined and it's been a fantastic ride. However, it's time to move on.
So what's changed?
A year or so ago I moved into running the business solely, instead of dipping into the baking as one of the team. I have really enjoyed this, finding it challenging, motivating and interesting, but my excitement has waned in the past few months. I've worked my 'buns' off and gained so much from it, but this chapter needs to close. It wasn't an easy decision to make, but it's the right one. Not least because my husband and I are expecting our first baby in the summer!
How do you find out more about the business sale?
If you are interested in finding out more about buying 280 Bakes, please email me at email@example.com. The business has been valued at £2,000, but we are open to offers. What is important to us is that the new owner has
- a passion for home baking
- a business mind
- the drive to run their own business
The new owner doesn't necessarily need to live in Stroud, Bristol or Portishead (our delivery areas) but it would help with a couple of things. We are a 'stock-light' company with few assets to sell. It's basically a sale of a professional baking network with all that comes with the company (social media, website, contacts etc). We'll send you the enquiry pack and we can go from there.
I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped 280 Bakes grow and supported me personally in this business journey. There are way too many to name, but from the early days acorn business guidance to the large corporate customers, you've made the experience one I will treasure and always remember.
And my bakers - you deserve a special mention. I recruited our first ever home baker in September 2016 and with seven bakers (including occasionally me) now, you guys have been critical to the business ever since. You creativity and enthusiasm still impresses me. I hope you'll continue to enjoy your baking within 280 Bakes or elsewhere.
Yours, in cake,
Owner of 280 Bakes
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