Today is our first birthday, here at 280 Bakes. We're so proud and pleased to have survived and thrived through to our first landmark birthday. Hooray for small business!
Over the last year we've gone from being porch sale cake stall to a bona fide company. So what have we achieved?
We held a coffee morning to celebrate all this with our 'friends of 280 Bakes' and our customers today, and here are the best photos from the event.
Thank you to all who came out to celebrate with us - here's to another year's baking!
The Team @ 280 Bakes
280 Bakes Owner Louise's husband is Costa Rican, and his birthday was today. Check out the cake she made for him below!
This is Tres Leches. It's a sandwich cake with condensed milk, evaporated milk, and 'normal' milk poured in to the sponge once it's baked and cooled. Also called 'Queque Frio' (cold cake), it's a popular, traditional birthday cake, saved for special occasions because of the amount of eggs required - 10, and that doesn't include the Royal Icing!
Here's the recipe in case you'd like to try this huge cake. You need to set the cake overnight, so make sur eyou leave enough time.
For the cake:
14 ounces cake flour, plus extra for pan
2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
8 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature
16 ounces sugar
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cans of mixed fruit cocktail (drained)
For the glaze:
1 can evaporated milk
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup milk
Royal Icing (see link)
1 can tinned peaches
Strawberries, cherries, raspberries, or other sweet fruit.
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Grease and oil two large Pyrex dishes.
Whisk together the cake flour, baking powder and salt in a medium mixing bowl and set aside.
Beat the butter in a separate bowl, until fluffy. Add the sugar at intervals. Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix to thoroughly combine. Add the vanilla extract and mix to combine.
Add the flour mixture to the batter in 3 batches and mix just until combined. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and spread evenly. This will appear to be a very small amount of batter.
Bake on the middle rack of the oven for around 30 minutes or until the cake is lightly golden. Remove the cake pan to a cooling rack and allow to cool for 30 minutes. Poke the top of the cake all over with a skewer.
Allow the cake to cool completely. Put two tins of mixed fruit cocktail on the top of one cake and place the second cake on the top like a sandwich.
Now prepare the glaze. Whisk together the evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and the milk in a bowl. Once combined, pour the glaze over the cake. There may be leftovers, it's a generous amount. Refrigerate the cake overnight.
The next day, make Royal Icing and totally cover the cake. Double the recipe was required here. Where it says '3 ounces of egg white', that's about 3 egg whites.
Decorate with the tinned fruit and chill until serving.
Louise's husband specifically asked for a non-vegan cake.... With 10 eggs in the cake and 6 in the icing, it's definitely not for vegans!
Birthday Boy's Verdict: BEAUTIFUL! SO COSTA RICAN!
Yep, the sponge is so delicious, the milk adding extra flavour and being chilled enhances the flavour. It may be your new favourite cake - just make sure there's a few people about to help you finish it off... It's a big one!
The Team at 280 Bakes
One of my customers called me last week and asked for a very special order: One Victoria Sponge cake, butter iced all over - just plain, nothing more. This was for her boyfriend's birthday and his kids (aged 3 and 6) were going to spend the morning decorating it for him, so they needed a plain canvas. I was happy to help, and here's the results!
For an extra special surprise, I put in a layer of fondant icing with the jam, and I filled the centre of the cake with jelly babies. Apparently, the delighted squeals from the kids (and possibly dad) were audible from outside the house!
It certainly looked like fun. If your kids would enjoy an afternoon decorating a cake, you know what to do - give us a call on 07835 882817 or find us on Facebook and Twitter.
Owner, 280 Bakes
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