I'm scratched, stung and stained from blackberry picking around the fields near 280 Bakes HQ.
We're lucky, here in Lawrence Weston, for the green areas around us; some of my favourite walks are to and around Kings Weston, the El Dub Moors, Blaise, the bluebell woods...
Today's amble was down by the Community Farm, near Saltmarsh Drive. I often walk down that way, with the dog, as it's quiet and a nice 40-45 min wander with lots of changing views. I took an ice cream tub with me today, as I'd been eyeing up the blackberry bushes lately, trying to time it right - and I did! I picked over 1.3kg of berries - a gorgeous way to spend a sunny Bristol morning.
I went home and made four jars of jam, and a summer fruits chocolate cake. Take a look at these beautiful berries, and the delicious dessert I had for lunch with the last piece of chocolate sponge in the tin.
It's still early in the blackberry season, so I'm looking forward to a fair few more mornings out picking fruit. It's totally peaceful, productive, delicious when you sneak a bite.
What are you planning to make with fruit picked this season?
Owner, 280 Bakes
Katy's had to leave our baking team, due to other commitments, so that means we're looking for a new baker. Could you be our next recruit?
Are you a keen baker?
Do you work part-time or less, and live in Bristol?
We might have the job for you!
We're looking for another freelance cake making enthusiast to join our team of four bakers; male or female, we need an additional pair of 'part time hands' with great organisational skills, able to follow strict recipes and delivery deadlines. Experience in baking vegan cakes or gluten free cakes would be a bonus, but really, we're looking for someone reliable, flexible, trustworthy, and of course, a good baker. There are often opportunities with 280 Bakes for working events (e.g. Bristol Vegan Festival, Community Summer Fairs) for extra optional paid work.
Please note: All office work (e.g. social media, advertising) is done centrally. This is a 'bake and deliver' role only.
Discount at cake supplies shops (e.g. Kitchen Cookshop), access to 280 Bakes recipes (top secret!) to use at home, a great platform to show off your cakes, social activities with the team and more. Our Whatsapp group is buzzing with baking tips and feedback from within the team - we're a really friendly bunch, so you'll be made very welcome!
NEED TO KNOW:
Applicants must be over 18 years old, have access to a car for deliveries and a smartphone.
Start up costs are minimal - just £20 to cover your 'business in a bag' (t-shirt, business cards, guide to baking for 280 Bakes etc.). Along with all the tangible things to help you set up, we'll be here to assist with any queries and support throughout.
Applications close Wednesday 9th August at 7pm. We reserve the right to close applications sooner if we find a baker we want to hire earlier than expected. Interviews will be via a Whatsapp video call initially, then a face-to-face in your home kitchen with home baked cake sampling.
Interested? Send us a message via our contact us page!
Please have some photos of cakes you have previously baked and/or decorated available.
Previous recruitment drives have produced some amazing talent, so we're excited to be looking for a new team member this month. Spread the word if you know someone who would be perfect for the job!
Owner, 280 Bakes
We're big fans of Game of Thrones here at 280 Bakes, so to celebrate the start of season seven today, we're offering a huge 50% off our tasty muffins. Cakes are available for gluten free diets and vegans - just ask.
Call 07835 882817 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to order - cakes often available at short notice, so why not give us a try? We deliver all over Bristol and Portishead.
Six delicious home baked muffins for £1 each, including delivery. Don't wait for 'winter to come' - this offer won't last long!
Like what you see here? Why not share it on your Facebook wall or email to a friend?
The Team @ 280 Bakes
It's National Cherry Cake Day - when was the last time you had a delicious slice of moist, fruity cherry cake?
Do you have some visitors coming over this week who'd love a piece of cake? Perhaps some lunch boxes to fill?
Order a cherry cake today from our team of home bakers - we'd love to bake for you. We delivery in Bristol and Portishead, and cake is often available at short notice. Vegan and gluten free alternatives are available.
The Team @ 280 Bakes
You've heard we have an email newsletter, right? Not sure what's on it? Take a sneak peak below at the one that flew into subscribers' inboxes this lunch time!
You can also view it via this 280 Bakes newsletter link.
Don't want to miss our next batch of news, photos and offers? Sign up to our newsletter now!
Nadiya from Bristol Vegan Food challenged us to bake her a gluten free, vegan and low sugar cake ... and make it taste amazing!
I couldn't resist this challenge - I love baking something a little different. So, I got my best baking brain on, and created a chocolate and raspberry cake, using
I'm pretty chuffed with how this turned out, considering almost all the traditional cake ingredients were missing from the recipe! There's apple sauce in the recipe which gives the cake a solid, brownie type of texture, a dense bake - as vegan cakes often can be. You'd definitely feel satisfied after a slice of this!
Great challenge, thanks Nadiya, hope to bake for you again soon.
Check out Bristol Vegan Food's foodie fun on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram - they're well worth a follow. They're food enthusiasts with a professional nutritional background, and so easy to talk to.
If you'd like to try this cake, drop us a line at email@example.com or call 07835 882817. We're here, waiting for your cakey call!
Louise @ 280 Bakes
Join our Wimbledon sweepstake and win!
We've opened our Wimbledon sweepstake this morning - place your bets!
All you have you need to do to enter is email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or message via our contact page with your name, phone number and chosen MIXED DOUBLES couple (the number is fine, list below). Entry costs £2, payment is via Paypal only to the above email address.
All profits will go to one of our chosen charities, Macmillan Cancer Care, so your money will go to a worthwhile cause.
The Mixed Doubles Wimbledon Teams
(from today 6th July - 1 day in so a couple of teams have already been knocked out)
1. J.Murray & M.Hingis - claimed
2. N.Skupski & A.Smith
3. J.Salisbury & K.Dunne
4. S.Darcis & E.Mertens - claimed
5. L.Broady & N.Broady
6. R.Jebavy & L.Hradecka
7. M.Mirnye & E.Makarova
8. A.Molteni & X.Knoll - claimed
9. P.Petzschner & K.Flipkins
10. D.Sharan & Z.Yang
11. K.Skupski & J.Rae
12. E.Roger-Vasselin & A.Hlavackova
13. L. Kubot & Y-J.Chan
14. S.Lipsky & A.Kudryavtseva
15. J.Peers & S.Lisicki
16. J-P.Smith & S.Stephens
17. M.Demoliner & M.Matinez Sanchez
18. M.Matkowski & K.Peschke
19. J.Cabal & A.Spears
20. N.Monroe & A.Muhammed
21. A.Sitak & O.Savchuk - claimed
22. M.Pavic & L.Kichenok
23. M.Daniell & D.Jurak
24. R.Klassen & K.Srebotnik
Teams need to be claimed by participants (including payment) by the 7pm on the evening before the final: Saturday 15th July 2017. The sweepstake is open to anyone in the UK, so please do share this blog or our posts on Facebook. Brownies will be posted to any UK address, and Macmillan will receive a cheque the week following the final. If the winning team is not picked, we will make the donation but no brownies will be baked.
Best of luck!
The Team @ 280 Bakes
It may be July, with no Bank Holidays and the days are getting (minutely) shorter, but there's reason to kick back and relax, enjoying the taste of our Moor Beer Company cake launch!
We've teamed up with the brewers at Moor Beer Company and have created a delicious chocolate ale cake with their stout. We all love a boozy bake, and especially one as moist as this! The stout has berry and coffee scents, and tastes a little chocolate, which, coupled with our rich cocoa recipe, makes for a perfect chocolate cake.
Our gluten free and vegan customers won't miss out, either. Moor's stout is 100% animal product free, and our team have never been baking better gluten free cakes than we are right now.
Order a Moor Beer cake before Saturday 15th July
and receive 10% off!!!
The Moor Brewery was established in 1996 and they're now regarded as leaders in natural beer making. The brewery in Bristol is a short walk from Bristol Temple Meads, and it's well worth taking one of their factory tours. There's more than just stout to this company!
We're looking forward to bringing some chocolatey smiles to Bristol and Portishead - just drop us an email at email@example.com or send us a message via our contact page and we'll deliver!
The Team @ 280 Bakes and Moor Beer Company
Today is 'I Forgot Day'.... A day where you make amends to those things or people you've forgotten, and make sure they know you're appreciated. Whatever next?!
Picture this. You're on your way to work and you glance at the date on your phone. That moment. You've forgotten someone special!
Your mum will be annoyed you forgot it was her last day at work.
You'll be in the doghouse with your boyfriend for forgetting your anniversary.
Your niece will never forgive you for forgetting her birthday.
Fear not! 280 Bakes have a unique service of delivery cake 'same day' across Bristol and Portishead. We call it 'CakeOD' - cake, delivered on demand. If you need a delicious cake and fast, we're your bakers!
CakeOD is available every day, orders must be placed by 12.30pm. We'll bake gluten free and vegan on request, just ask. Cakes are baked fresh by our home bakers and delivered to any work place. home or even public place (think a picnic in the park!) in the Bristol and Portishead area.
Let us save the day and get you some brownie points!
The Team @ 280 Bakes
This week's been a scorcher - a perfect time to launch our new, improved summer bakes menu!
Inspired by the tropical fruit grown in the Caribbean, we've developed two new delicious cakes, using mango and pineapple.
Welcome to: Love From Jamaica!
Both cakes are available for gluten free diets, the pineapple cake is vegan with lemon zest for an extra tropical hit. The mango cake is made with mango yoghurt and has a double layer of icing (fondant and buttercream) in the middle. Divine - just perfect for a barbecue dessert!
Have a fantastic (tropical!) summer, all!
The Team @ 280 Bakes
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