We’re not telling fibs when we say over 65% of our customer base are vegans. But how, as one recent customer asked, how do you make cakes vegan, with no butter, milk, or eggs? Surely, you’re just left with flour and sugar?!
Well, you know what we’re going to say to that: OF COURSE NOT!
So, how do we get our cakes to stick together, rise, look great and taste amazing without any dairy or eggs? The exact recipes we have developed, are, of course, company secrets (apart from this one), but we can share some info with you in our new blog post!
VEGAN CAKES: The 280 Way!
Some surprising ingredients may feature in your favourite 280 Bake recipe. For example, could you have guessed that…?
More vegan cake facts you may like to know…
Vegan cakes are more eco-friendly than our standard cakes: free from animal products, and as a result, with a smaller impact on the environment.
They take a little longer to bake, and often look a little darker on top than a standard recipe. We often wrap vegan cakes in foil for the last 5-10 minutes of baking, to ensure the golden brown stays that delicious colour, and not turn burned.
The absence of eggs means vegan cakes are lower in cholesterol, which promotes healthy living, but they’re often a little higher in sugar – not all recipes, but some. If you’re concerned about your sugar intake, why not take a look at our 280 Skinny cake range?
That’s it for vegan baking 101 ... 280 bakes style. We hope this has intrigued you, and got you wanting to try a vegan cake this week!
The Team @ 280 Bakes
Yes, folks, it's here - National Peanut Butter Cookie Day 2017!
We've been baking (of course!) for the occasion and Louise said she'd share her 'simplest ever' recipe. It only has four ingredients!
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
Simple as anything: Mix all the above ingredients together in a large bowl. It helps if you measure the sugar first and then use the same cup for the PB, so it doesn't all stick in the inside of the cup with the spread.
Roll the batter into smallish balls (around one inch across) and place on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Leave a minimum of an inch between each ball and push down gently with a fork to create a grid pattern on the top. Pretty!
And for good measure, I poked some chocolate chips into the tops of the cookies before baking.
Bake the cookies at 180 degrees until they turn golden brown (15 - 20 mins, depending on the size of your cookies).
Cool a little so the cookies are a little more solid, but enjoy warm. Yum!
What better way to say "thanks Dad!" than with a delicious, home baked, locally made cake!
Make your dad (or your kids' dad!) feel extra special this Fathers' Day with a home baked cake from our team. We specialise in vegan cakes, but we have equally delicious cakes for gluten free and standard diets, from £12 delivered.
From Lemon Drizzle to Victoria Sponge, Chocolate Cake to Coffee Cake, we have the cake the 'main man' in your life deserves!
We've just had our first birthday here at 280 Bakes, and we want to celebrate with you!
Until 7th June, all our cupcakes are 50% off: buy 12 cupcakes for just £12 delivered. Vegan and gluten free cupcakes available. Limited time offer, maximum 10 customers so get in quick! Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.
The Team @ 280 Bakes
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
We have fantastic news: we've recruited a new home baker to our team!. We took five minutes between bakes to interview our latest recruit, Katy, from Brislington, so you guys could get to know her a little too...
Hi Katy, welcome to the team!
What's your favourite cake to bake?
I love baking pretty much anything because I enjoy the process, I find it really relaxing. In terms of what I like to bake to eat myself, you can't go wrong with a really good chocolate cake, for friends and family its my triple chocolate brownies, I'm pretty much not allowed to turn up to a family gathering without them, that of my coffee and walnut cake, that's my parents favourite.
How did you first start baking?
I was fortunate to grow up surrounded by really good bakers / cooks and got involved from a young age. My mum would bake with me as a kid and I remember my Nan baking a lot at Christmas. We did home economics at school when I was about 12, we made scones and I think it started from there. I funded part of a trip to Morocco when I was 15 by selling cakes and that's when I realised I had a bit of a flare for baking.
Do you have any particular cake triumphs you'd like to show us?
I made a sugar skull cake for my husbands birthday a few years ago that was pretty impressive and more recently I made a victoria sponge cake for my sister-in-laws birthday which was a bit nerve wracking because everyone there is a really good cook, thankfully everyone absolutely loved it.
Have you a favourite cake style or flavour from another country?
Black Forest Gateaux is my absolute favourite cake and I also love Greek Baklava and Portugese custard cakes which don't taste the same anywhere outside of Portugal.
What are you most looking forward to in working for 280 Bakes?
Baking things that customers will delight in! It's really nice to be able to create things that other people enjoy.
Thanks Katy - we look forward to seeing the cake you bake!
The Team @ 280 Bakes
We've just extended the deadline for applications until Monday 29th May 2017. Go for it!
Good news folks, life at 280 Bakes is busier than ever, so this means we're recruiting again!
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, social activities with the team (summer picnic coming up!) 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 (Bristol only) 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 Monday 27th May 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 Skype/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.
Owner, 280 Bakes
We have a very special offer on this month - hope you've seen it? We're giving every customer who orders a cake from us during May a £10 voucher towards a food tour with the Bristol Food Tour. Our hometown of Bristol is becoming oh-so-foodie, and we're celebrating that with these great business partners of ours. How awesome is that?!
Let's find out more about this local company, and the tours they run...
Hi Alice, great to have you on our blog!
Tell us, how did your team get together, and come up with the idea for tBFT?
We met through our boyfriends a few years ago and both clearly shared a love for great food! We had independently done food tours in India and New York which we really enjoyed and came home to Bristol wondering why such a foodie and walkable city didn't have a food tour. We didn't realise that we had both thought about the possibility of setting up a walking food tour until I announced I wanted to seriously consider it, and Jo said she would be excited to collaborate on such a unique-to-Bristol idea! We both bring different strengths to the business, plus our passion for this city, it's food culture and food generally!
What is your favourite kind of food?
Jo's favourite food changes all the time, but after returning from a three week holiday in Mexico, at the moment it's definitely freshly made soft veggie tacos, preferably with a fruity spicy salsa and a cold beer.
My favourite food is definitely peanut butter or cheese but I also absolutely love Italian and Korean food too. I'm off to Berlin next week so I'm excited to find out what delicious food is on offer there too!
How have you found Bristol for a small, new business?
We have found it absolutely amazing! There is such a huge network of independents, and everyone is so supportive of each other. Starting the venture was definitely daunting but we couldn't have asked for a better city to do it in. We want to celebrate the amazing independent food offering in Bristol and it's been such a privilege to do so, plus people like to support us too because we are a small local business too so it's worked really well.
Tell us about something new at tBFT?
We have just launched the Great Bristol Food Tour, a collaboration with Cycle The City. The idea is that it will be a city wide food tour... by bike! We'll be telling the customers information about the local area, the stories behind the businesses we visit, plus, of course, there will be lots of delicious food to sample along the way. The addition of cycling means that tour goers will definitely be hungry! Tickets cost £40 which includes bike hire and all of the food. We're hoping to run these tours once a month and places can be booked through the Cycle The City website.
Why do you think Bristol is a good location for your business?
There is so many options of places to visit for incredible food, and each area of the city is so different. The amount of independent restaurants, cafes, markets, food trucks and pop-ups far outshines the offer of chains in terms of both of quality and price. It makes us really proud of the city that we live in, and being able to share our favourite foodie hotspots with tour goers is a dream come true!
How did you find out about 280 Bakes?
When we were planning our first vegan food tour we were let down last minute on the promise of a cake for our tour goers to nibble along their walk. A friend suggested we called on 280 Bakes to save the day and you most definitely did. Your Chocolate Peanut Butter cake has been a firm favourite on our vegan tours ever since!
What's the future for tBFT?
We're hoping to expand across the whole of Bristol and be running tours right throughout the city. We'd also like to be running more bespoke, private and corporate tours during the week, and continue to work on exciting collaborations and events with other independent businesses. We're so passionate about food that we'd love to organise more foodie events which are different from our tours so watch this space! All of our current and upcoming tours and projects can be found on our website.
Thanks Alice, so great to hear more about your business. Here's to a busy touring and 'caking' summer!
The Team @ 280 Bakes
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