When I set up 280 Bakes, I never thought about the international angle of cakes... We're getting more and more orders from people living in foreign countries.
It can really suck missing out on birthdays and family occasions when you live abroad (speaking from experience), but having a cake delivered really lets your loved knows know they are in your thoughts and you'd be there if you could!
From Australia to the USA, across Europe and India, we are receiving orders from well-wishers with family and friends living in Bristol, Stroud and Portishead.
Here's a recent customer - currently living in Spain - with her feedback on our service.
Of course, we'll also take orders from Brits on holiday too. One lovely lady placed an order in a panic because she was on holiday for her son's birthday, and only remembered when she was lying on a beach! Google saved the day, and found us. We'll always offer services via Whatapp too, to save your foreign phone bill.
Recent orders include:
-- Brownies for Diwali, from parents in India
-- Birthday cake and flowers for a mum from a son in the USA - he came back for a second order for his dad later that year!
-- A 'thank you' gift for a family in Almondsbury from their friends in France
If I were you, I'd tell all your friends who live abroad about 280 Bakes - you might receive a cake from them from across the oceans for your next celebration!
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David Buck's blog is also worth looking at - he's very open and honest, and it's a great blog if you want to understand the person behind a challenging mental health issue.
Sometimes, all that's needed is a chat. A cuppa and a slice of cake is an open doorway to gentle, meaningful discussion about how you or your friend/colleague/relative is feeling - just like what the Environment Agency in Bristol did today! They held a 'coffee and cake' (with our delicious Victoria Sponge - thanks guys!) natter to help spread the word that 'mental health' is not a dirty word.
Why not post this image on the left on your Facebook today? We love it because the arrow cleverly points to your profile picture when you post it. Show you're listening!
Remember, it's ok NOT to be ok. Have some self-compassion and continue to breathe.
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We've collected our top five baking questions from Twitter and put together some (hopefully) helpful answers.
Let us know if it helps, home bakers!
So, the reason there's milk in this recipe could be for the fat content. Water has zero fat, so it is unlikely to work. An alternative, if you don't have soya or almond milk, is another type of vegan milk (e.g. coconut milk) or perhaps try using the liquid from the can of chick peas. It's called 'aquafaba', and is regularly used in vegan baking - you can even use it to make meringues!
Good question! This can work really well, though our recipes tend not to have coconut oil in them to keep the costs low for our bakers. River, from 'Wing It Vegan' agrees, so it must be true!
Absolutely 100%, if you plan to make a sandwich cake, make two sponges and put them together with the filling. This will make the cake a) easier to bake, b) quicker to bake, and c) will fill the oven space more, making it more efficient.
Note, if you want a straight vertical line on your cake sides - perhaps, if you're using fondant to decorate - making two sandwich halves will require a little extra filling in the gap between the top and the bottom. Using one large sponge can be a benefit here, but make sure it's completely cool before attempting to cut.
That sounds more like a philosophical question, than a baking question, Lacey! Sure, *technically* it's not buttercream if there's no butter in it, but we often make vegan 'buttercream' from dairy-free spread, and it comes out perfect.
What would you call it? 'Vegan dairy-free alternative frosting' is a bit of a mouthful, so 'vegan buttercream' is what we normally go for.
Honey is always good (think lemon and honey when you're sick), but if you're after a vegan alternative, check out Bark Time's blog on matching flavour profiles. It's a useful resource and has really opened my eyes to new combinations.
Hope this helps - drop us a line if you have any more baking questions we can help with and you might be featured on our next 'baking questions' blog!
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