Our second vegan baking workshop of 2018 went down a storm this weekend!
This was the last of our 2018 workshops, and boy, did we make it a good one!
Eleven people joined Louise at Bakesmiths in Bristol to bake three vegan cake recipes:
Cherry and Almond Cake
Fairtrade Banana Cake
Every baker went home with a great batch of cakes to share with friends and family - or to hide and enjoy on the sly!
While the cakes were baking, we also had some good discussion about what it means to be vegan, the benefits and challenges of, and how egg and butter replacements can be used in cakes. We ended in a team challenge, which saw the winners go away with a gift bag of vegan treats from Wild Oats, Bristol.
Thanks for your enthusiasm, guys, and we hope you enjoy the recipes time and time again. Don't forget the bonus recipe in your workshop goodie bags!
Our baking workshops may be back for 2019, so if you didn't get a ticket to one this year, don't worry - ask Santa! If and when we run another, we'll announce it here, on our Facebook and Twitter, so make sure you're following along to get the latest news.
The Team @ 280 Bakes
We're problem solvers at 280 bakes - here's Seven problems we can solve for you today!
Welcome to my week long blogathon! I'll be solving one customer problem a day through team 280 Bakes fabulous cake baking and top rated services. Let's get started!
You have a vegan friend visiting this weekend and you have no idea how to feed them.
Well, we're vegan baking specialists, so that's dessert/elevenses/afternoon tea all sorted. Check out our cake ranges, all available with vegan alternatives.
You love to bake but can't eat any more!!
We're always looking for new bakers to join our team. If you're a keen cake baker, you have a car and you're looking to make some extra cash, our position could be for you! Find out more on our 'work for us' page.
Problem # 3
You forgot your friend's birthday!
Never fear, we're here for you when you need a gift last minute. On our CakeOD service (registered trademark, don'cha know?!), you can choose from six customer favourites to be delivered to any Bristol address, same day. Just let us know which cake you'd like by 12.30pm, any day of the week, and we'll get baking. All cakes are available gluten free and vegan, of course.
You'd like to order a cake (because a birthday ain't a birthday without a cake!), but want a little extra more for your friend - they deserve it!
This year we started offering chocolates and flowers as an optional extra to cake orders. Just mention when ordering that you'd like to add one or both of these to make your cake order extra special.
You can't bake to save your life
Take a look at our baking hacks cheat sheet - you'll find some helpful tips to help you nail that bake. And if you're looking for a good recipe to start you off, why not try one of these?
Bread Pudding Pumpkin Based Recipes Tres Leches Cake
You can't eat gluten but you lovvvvve cake
No problem! We have numerous recipes, including ones for the old favourites, for gluten free customers. From Victoria Sponge to Apple Cake, we've got you covered. Just give us a call on 07835 882817 and we'll deliver!
A friend's having a tough time and you want to cheer them up
We quite often get calls from lovely people who just want to cheer up a friend who's not having a good time of it lately. Perhaps they've had some bad news at work, some health problems, or it's a significant sad anniversary. And what better way to show you care than to have a cake delivered. They might even be kind enough to share it with you! We're not saying cake takes away all problems, but at least the recipient knows they're in your thoughts.
These are genuine customer photos - thanks to the subjects for sharing!
That's it for our week long blogathon, solving problems with cake. Which one did you identify with the most?
Great, now I have this song in my head now!
"There's ain't a problem that we can't fix, cos we can do it in the mix!"
Owner, 280 Bakes
We love that you're reading our blog (over 2300 views this week alone!) but here are five other blogs we think you should check out...
All in the spirit of good baking, we recommend a good read of the following blogs. Let us know if you have any favourites we're missing!
The Pink Whisk - we especially like the 'how to' section, and the advice on making macaroons. Give them a go some time!
She Who Eats - Chika's blog is inspired by Japanese food, and her recent post on Rhubarb Pistachio Tarts is mouth-watering, photos to salivate over.
The Boy Who Bakes - The Bake Off's Edd Kimber writes this great blog, and we really like the sometimes international theme he does, touring bakeries in, say, Chicago.
Call Me Cupcake - this is a relatively new find for us, but we love this Swedish blog. Full of new recipes, and a little broader than just baking. We look forward to making the beetroot and ginger ice cream this summer!
My Baking Addiction - This is an old favourite, with loads of great tips, right from basics. We found this post on the different types of sugar used in baking quite helpful, great work from blogger, Jamie.
Enjoy having a browse!
The Team at 280 Bakes
Today is National Coffee Cake day and we have seven ideas on how you can celebrate this delicious day!
Make a coffee cake
An obvious one to start with, but it couldn't get much tastier. Have you tried adding walnuts for extra taste?
Order a coffee cake from us
...and coffee cake is one of the cakes on our same day CakeOD service, so we can get to you in time for tea!
Trade up your instant coffee
Never tried filtered coffee from ground beans? Today's your day - and coffee cakes taste so much better for the freshly ground ingredient, too.
Book onto our next workshop
One of the cakes we bake at our workshops is a coffee cake. Yum!
Go out for a coffee and cake date
Which friend do you need to catch up with? A chat over coffee and cake is perfect for a wet weekend like this one!
Take a coffee cake round to a friend who needs cheering up
Nothing says friendship like sharing a cake.
Make an album of your favourite cake photos and use the cake from the above ideas to add a coffee cake to the collection.
Let us know what you get up to today for National Coffee Cake Day!
The Team at 280 Bakes
Here are some of our latest bakes, all home baked and delivered. which one's your favourite?
We often post photos of our cakes on our social media, when they're off for delivery. Join us over on Facebook, Twitter or follow us on Instagram today!
The Team at 280 Bakes
Welcome to the 280 Bakes blog! Most posts are by myself, Louise, but if you fancy guest blogging, give me a shout!