I'm an admirer of beautiful front doors in Bristol, making doorstep deliveries so much fun!
So while I tell you why changes to my delivery policy have been introduced, take a look at some of my favourite local front doors (Thanks to a little help from my fave peeps on Instagram).
If you can prove one of these doors is yours, you can have a Victoria Sponge free!
When 280 Bakes first started in 2016, it was a porch sale enterprise only, selling all manner of baked goods.
Within three or four weeks, it became a delivery service to all of Bristol as demand for cupcakes, birthday cakes and traditional homebakes got really high. From that first Autumn I employed a team of home bakers to help support my business, which, at its peak, had six bakers on board.
Then, in March 2019, the business closed temporarily when I had a baby.
âNow 280 Bakes is back, deliveries have changed slightly...
(LOVE this bumble bee door knocker, I neeeeed!)
So, first off, I am now limiting deliveries to doors in the BS9, BS10 and BS11 postcodes. This is mainly because I bloomin' hated driving into central Bristol and further east to deliver in the past - it was once a two hour round trip to get to Kingswood and back! Traffic has been historically abysmal... Let's see what post-lockdown looks like in (hopefully) a few months, but I'd be reluctant to take on a wider area at the moment.
I also have limited the patch I deliver to because I need and want to be home more. My baby is a total delight, and I want to spend time with her. I also have extra baby-related responsibilities - like the nursery drop offs - so I can't be too far away some days/times. That's fair, I think!
Lastly, CakeOD is no longer a 'thing' for 280 Bakes. I sold the trademark name for my same day service in the Spring last year and don't, as a rule, do same-day deliveries any more.
Saying that, if you're desperate and in my delivery zone, do try me - I may have a quiet day and a long baby nap to bake through! Please note, this is generally more possible for traditional homebakes than birthday cakes and cupcakes, but never say never!
So that's the reason why I've limited delivery of my delicious cakes to around a four mile radius. The Bristol Channel doesn't accept deliveries, obviously, but I cover Southmead, Westbury-on-Trym, Sea Mills, Lawrence Weston, Avonmouth, Henbury, Brentry...
And of course, the deliveries are socially distanced. I leave the cake on the doorstep and ring the bell, standing back while the customer collects their treat.
Oh, go on then, one more wonderful door!
Every month until Christmas (yes, I said the C word!), I'm going to give a local area an exclusive offer for a week.
Everyone loves a deal - first up, Seamills residents!
Please share the deal with any of your friends who live in the area. Thank you!
Choose from all of the cakes available:
- traditional homebakes (e.g. coffee, chocolate, carrot...)
- buttercream birthday cakes
Vegan and gluten free available, as always, on request and at no extra cost. Keep an eye on my Facebook and Twitter to see which Bristol area will be next to save precious pennies on their cake orders!
Thank you for taking a look at my blog this week, it is much appreciated xxx
We'll be at a local event this week, serving hotdogs and home baked cake!
Missed out on trying a sample from the Foodies Festival? We've posted the recipe for the vegan chocolate Guinness cake on our blog so you can try it yourself. And if you don't fancy baking, just contact us to order one!
Big thanks to Charlotte White at Restoration Cake and the Foodies Festival team for inviting us along. See you again, we hope!
The Team @ 280 Bakes
The team will be out and about this season with our cakes - come and find us at the following local events!
Subject to change, but we'll be there if we most possibly can.
We do take pre-orders, if you'd like anything in particular - save yourself delivery and enjoy the community event at the same time!
The Team @ 280 Bakes
Our Destiny and Louise went to the Bristol Viva Vegan Christmas Market this weekend, and did they nail it? Yes they did!
If you see anything you like here, we'd be happy to bake anything for you again if you couldn't make the event - just contact us!
That was our final event for 2018, but we are starting to book on events for next year, so stay tuned for more information!
The Team @ 280 Bakes
Wondering where you can find us this festive season? Here's your small but perfectly formed guide to which Christmas fayres we'll be baking our delicious cakes for this year!
We'll be bringing out all the favourites (like Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake, Victoria Sponge, various cupcakes, Carrot Cake...), including some gluten free cakes. We'll bake some delicious new recipes for you, and festive goodies too. We start this weekend, so bring along your Tupperware and stock up!
Headley Park - Headley Park Church, St Peter's Rise, BS13 7LZ
Wiltshire Vegan Fair - The Neeld, Chippenham, SN15 3ER
Gloucester Vegan Fair ** UPDATE ** Apologies, this one is now not an event we will be attending.
Viva Vegan - Student Union, Richmond Building, 105 Queen's Road, Bristol, BS8 1LN
See you there!
The Team @ 280 Bakes
At 280 Bakes, we love networking and supporting other small businesses in Bristol. Today we've invited #FabFudge, a small business raising money for a personal cause, to guest on our blog.
Welcome #FabFudge, tell us a bit about what you do!
Hi, my name is Jill Marriner. I would like to introduce you to our company, #FabFudge - a small, family-run business based in Hartcliffe, South Bristol creating small batch artisan fudge, including our ever-growing popular range of Vegan fudges.
I have suffered from Multiple Sclerosis for over 15 years and am fundraising over $50,000 for stem cell replacement treatment (HSCT) in Moscow, as the procedure isn't yet fully available in the UK. Once the target has been reached – we're currently still £12000 short – we will be donating to AIMS (Auto Immune & Multiple Sclerosis), the only HSCT support charity in the UK, to help others during their journeys toward HSCT.
The idea of #FabFudge started in 2016 when I started making fudge for family and friends, receiving lots of brilliant feedback. Many said the fudge was 'amazing' and that I should make it into a business to help with my fundraising. With the help of my husband, Tim (creative director and vegan fudge craftsman), and my son Josh, who runs the #FabFudge website and social media (among many duties!), we set to work trialing different recipes, selling at local markets.
We now have a range of 40 flavours of fudge (plus winter boozy fudges & fudge Easter eggs!), including over 10 flavours of vegan fudge. We developed this secret recipe over a year, perfecting it slowly, ensuring a beautifully creamy texture. It has become a massive hit within the vegan community.
Below are some photos of our vegan Oreo fudge, the chocolate orange variety, and on the right, our strawberry cream fudge. Yum!
We have regular sellout pitches at several local markets; regulars always know when we'll be back to supply their fudgy fix! We also sell online to individuals & independent vegan businesses, both in the UK and internationally.
Our business is still home based, but is expanding rapidly and we hope to relocate in due course to a larger, dedicated facility (to save my husband constantly extending the house down the garden). Being a relatively small enterprise hasn't, however, stopped us from already fulfilling some very large wholesale orders!
Find out more about #FabFudge and our quest to raise money for my treatment on our website, or you can follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Stay tuned for news of our Christmas specials!
Thank you Jill, great to learn a little more about #FabFudge. We wish you all the best for the future, and don't give up on your goals! We'll see you at Viva Vegan Festival in Bristol on 9th December!
The Team @ 280 Bakes
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