Finsbury Foods has said continued investment will help it address commodity cost inflation, but has warned it may also have to raise prices.

London-based bakery Konditor & Cook will today (16 January) give away 5,000 Red Velvet Mini Bakes across its six stores to cheer up the public in what is regarded as the ‘most depressing day of the year’.

Premier Foods is expanding its recently launched ‘whole cakes’ range as part of its seasonal Easter line-up.

The Apprentice winner Alana Spencer is looking for a production pastry chef for her cake business Narna's Cakes.

Supermarket sales of Christmas cakes and puddings – and many other festive favourites – are currently trailing last year’s.

Luxury cake company owner Alana Spencer has been crowned winner of The Apprentice.

Health campaign group Action on Sugar – which has previously lambasted products including breakfast biscuits  has now turned its guns on the cake market.

Brian McErlain, managing director of Northern Ireland-based artisan bakery Genesis Crafty, has won a major honour at the Institute of Directors Awards at the Lancaster Hotel, London.

The make-up giant is marking 25 years in business with an exclusive afternoon tea at Balthazar London brasserie in Covent Garden.

Millennial baking boom

24 October, 2016

Baking is now more common among 25- to 34-year-olds than any other age group, according to food marketing agency Kindred.

West Cornwall Pasty Company has opened up its fourth and fifth new concept high street store, West Cornwall Food Co, in Cirencester, Gloucestershire and Winchester, Hampshire.

Edinburgh-based baker Cyril Barthelme has revealed that the secret of his cake recipes is grinding insects into flour before making them into cakes.

Middlesbrough-based cupcake business, Songbird Bakery has baked cake versions of Greggs’-style pasties, sandwiches and sandwich rolls for Greggs’ head office.

Premier Foods is introducing a whole cakes range to its Cadbury line in an aim to attract younger shoppers to the cake aisle.

United Biscuits-owned McVitie’s has announced the launch of a new limited-edition range of its Sticky Pudding Cakes for Bonfire Night.

United Biscuits-owned McVitie’s is launching a range of “spook-tacular” cakes in time for Halloween.

Twyford-based cake shop Frostings closed its doors on Saturday after 21 years of trading, having created over 7,000 cakes during that time.

Finsbury Food Group food-service brand Kara is launching two new cakes as part of its Indulgent Cake Collection.

Mobile bakery Eat Me Ltd has launched an innovative way of mixing alcoholic ingredients and cakes to make cocktail-flavoured cupcakes.

International ingredients and products supplier CSM Bakery Solutions has launched its first-ever Genoese Cake Mix to help bakers perfect their cakes.

Last year cake sales grew at the fastest rate since 2011, with the market estimated to have grown by 3% to reach £1.22bn, according to research by analyst Mintel.

An Asian bakery has helped a Costcutter forecourt boost weekly sales by 25%.

Lidl is to introduce the Silvercrest Bread Maker to its UK stores from today (Thursday 4 August 2016), despite the fact that the retailer has an in-store bakery in each of its outlets.

Finsbury Food Group has created two new celebration cakes to coincide with the launch of two blockbuster movies this summer.

Norfolk-based bakery Sponge Cakes has expanded its business by securing deals with sports clubs, royal palaces and attractions around the UK.

Bedfordshire-based bakery La Belle Cake Company has baked a cake for former The Only Way is Essex star Abigail Clarke for her birthday.

Traditional German bakery products are being brought to Taunton, Somerset, by newly opened Fräulein’s Bakery, owned by Lilly Rempel and Ramona Stuber-Case.

Leicestershire baker Michelle Orme has won her third national baking award within a period of 10 months after being crowned the ‘Best Vegan cakes/desserts’ category at the Vegan Awards UK in Sheffield over the weekend.

UK thermoformed packaging manufacturer Leeds Vacuum Formers (LVF) is launching a range of two-part cake domes, in a bid to significantly grow its share of the UK retail cake business.

Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate has given details of its Christmas bakery range.

Park Cakes, a major supplier of own-brand cakes and desserts for retailers, plans to pursue further growth and investment opportunities, after securing a multi-million-pound funding package from Yorkshire Bank.

Artisan bakery Peyton and Byrne has opened a fifth shop in the capital.

Shoppers at supermarket chain Tesco bought 4.5m more luxury cream cakes in 2015 than the year before.

Charlotte White, founder of Restoration Cake, gave a presentation of her cake decorating skills at the recent Farm Shop and Deli Show 2016.

Following a boycott by hard-line Scottish nationalists, sales of Tunnock’s iconic tea cakes have risen by 10%.

United Biscuits-owned McVitie’s has launched personalised Jaffa Cakes for Father’s Day on 19 June.

A group of professional hobby bakers has helped to raise more than £1,000 for charity after producing a selection of nautical-inspired cakes.  

Fortnum & Mason (F&M) has just been announced as the first official stockist for London bakery, Halva.

The Lewis Pie and Pasty Company has relaunched its bakery branch of the business.

Around 39 jobs are to go at Brace’s Bakery, after the family-owned firm announced it was to close its site in Crumlin, near Newport.

Welsh firm The Village Bakery is ramping up production of Welsh cakes in time for St David’s Day, after clinching two major new deals.

The latest bakery innovation comes from Bakezilla’s Bespoke Cakes, and is set to take Easter by storm.  

A range of frozen cakes and desserts has been launched by buying and marketing group Caterforce.

Tasty Bake recalls cakes

24 February, 2016

Undeclared milk has caused Tasty Bake, the wholesale bakery, to recall its range of branded cakes.

Mark Douglas, owner of Northern Irish bakery Krazi Baker, has opened a cookery school to raise awareness of traditional Irish griddle breads.

Kara launches new cake range

29 January, 2016

Kara, the foodservice brand of the Finsbury Food Group, has a new Indulgent Cake Collection.

Lucy Norwood set up the bakery business from her Braintree home three years ago, and has now expanded into her own studio.

Devon’s Crafty Cakes Café has closed, so that owner Becky Cuming can focus on her cake business.

Finsbury Food Group has become a UK licensee for this year’s Ghostbusters film.

Jamaica Blue plans to open four new cafés in ‘affluent’ areas of the UK in 2016.

Costa launches Fresco

07 December, 2015

Costa Coffee has launched a new concept which focuses on food-to-go sales.

Welsh baker Tan y Castell has launched a new range of festive Welsh cakes and Bara Brith for the Christmas season. 

Bakkavör Desserts is to hire 160 extra staff members to help meet demand following an increase in sales.

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06 November, 2015

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Cake baker Nina Halliwell is to open a new bakery café in Merseyside.

Edinburgh cake-maker Cuckoo’s Bakery has created a gruesome range of limited-edition cupcakes for Halloween.

The National Cupcake Championships bring out the very best in cupcake bakers – and now you get a chance to look behind the scenes.

Cake manufacturer Bright Blue Foods has been acquired today for an undisclosed sum by private equity investor Endless. 

Arla Foods Ingredients says it has developed a protein that will solve the texture problems associated with gluten-free baking. 

A baker has seen an uplift in cake orders following her announcement of becoming a finalist in the National Cupcake Championships 2015. 

United Biscuits (UB), the manufacturer of biscuits, snacks and cakes, has announced the relaunch of two favourite products and two new additions.

Ministry of Cake managing director Chris Ormrod has blamed good employment rates and the stereotype against factory work for ongoing vacancies at the company. 

National Sweet American Bakery Week has wrapped up for its second year after bakers nationwide got involved with the event. 

Magic Light Pictures has launched a new Gruffalo Cakes range, with licensee Park Cakes. 

A batch of E. Wedel Supreme Jaffa Orange Cakes has been recalled as some packs contain milk, which is not mentioned on the packaging.

National Cupcake Week is back! From 14 to 20 September we shall be all about the little cakes and we want bakers to get involved as well. 

Raise Bakery is to open its first retail shop in Hove this week, and will sell bread for the first time.

Artisan bakery chain Paul UK has revealed EBITDA has climbed 19.2% to £4.3m for the year ended 31 December 2014. 

Premier Foods has added three new flavours to its Mr Kipling Snack Pack range with its Milkshake Slices. 

Yorkshire pudding favourite Aunt Bessie’s is expanding into the ambient cake category through a licensing agreement with Bright Blue Foods. 

London based vegan bakery Ms Cupcake has partnered with Whole Foods Market stores from 20 April to offer its goods to a wider audience. 

Finsbury Food Group’s share price closed yesterday (23 March) almost 6% higher than on opening that day at 73.6p, up 5.9%.

UK bakery manufacturer Finsbury Food Group has posted group revenue up 24.1% to £107.6m following it's acquisition of Fletchers Group last year. 

Inventor of the cronut Dominique Ansel is to open a made-to-order desserts café in New York amid international plans. 

Premium pie company, Tom’s Pies, has launched five products at ocado.com- its first listing at a major retailer.

A baker has warned other small business owners to check social media sites after a rival business assumed her trademarked domain name. 

Gerhard Jenne is gripped by an episode of The Fixer, where he played a cameo role, and finds it a perfect example of TV drama.

Gerhard Jenne from Konditor & Cook made a guest spot on last night’s episode on BBC Two, in which presenter Alex Polizzi attempted to save Torquay business, the Singing Kettle tearooms.

Premier Foods has highlighted power brand Mr Kipling as its ‘stand-out performer’ in its latest trading results for the quarter to 31 December 2014. 

Nila Holden, owner of eponymous Bedfordshire-based bakery company Nila Holden, has outlined the importance of social media after she won a contract with Fortnum & Mason last year. 

Premier Foods’ decision to strike customers off its supplier list for failing to make payments has been branded “aggressive” by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). 

Finsbury Food Group has said it is confident there will be increased growth and sales, thanks to the buy-out of Fletchers’ cake business earlier this year.

The UK’s leading sandwich and celebration cake company, Greencore, has outperformed the food to go market, with like-for-like revenue growth of 15.3% in the past year.

Three MPs have launched a petition in support of the ‘gay cake row’ bakery that refused to bake a pro-gay marriage cake. 

Irwin’s Bakery has scooped two gold awards at the Irish Food Awards 2014. 

The Fabulous Bakin’ Boys is making a “major brand investment” that will see new product lines from March 2015 amid a move away from its nut-free manufacturing status. 

Halloween’s scariest cakes

31 October, 2014

Bakers around the country have been preparing for a spooktacular Halloween, so we thought we’d round up the most gruesome cakes on Twitter this year. 

TV Judge Oliver Peyton, of Peyton and Byrne, is to make a £1m investment in a new 18,000sq ft central bakery.

Renowned culinary school Le Cordon Bleu London has noted a dramatic rise in the number of men applying for patisserie courses year on year. 

Welsh craft bakery The Village Bakery has been named Wales’ fastest-growing manufacturer as it revealed it is in 444% year-on-year growth. 

Hundreds of bakers flocked to Newark yesterday for the Bakers’ & Butchers Fair 2014. 

Craft Bakers’ Week kicks off on Monday (29 September) and almost 400 bakeries have already signed up. 

Cupcakes don’t just look pretty and taste good - they are also a barometer of political opinion judging by an unexpected twist in the Scottish independence referendum.

GBBO: a Kouign-what?

18 September, 2014

“I never thought I would care enough about it that I would cry over an éclair,” said an emotional Martha Collison...

Premier Foods brand Mr Kipling has launched a new marketing campaign pushing the idea ‘Life is better with cake’.

As the deadline for the National Cupcake Championships 2014 draws near, Bronya Smolen speaks to last year's home baker winner, Shalini Sriskandarasa, about how it felt to take the crown. 

Tesco has launched a Polish deli counter and bakery in its Ealing Broadway metro shop.

McVitie’s brand owner United Biscuits is expected to float on the stock market this autumn with a value of £1.5bn.

Artisan bakery chain Gail’s is to pay £12,000 after a customer fractured her pelvis at the premises.

Time is running out to prove your baking prowess by entering the National Cupcake Championships for National Cupcake Week (15 to 21 September).

The deadline for entries for the National Cupcake Championships is this Friday (15 August).

Cardiff’s newly refurbished Tesco Extra store now features a cake concept, The Cake Shop, as well as a scratch bakery.

Nine days remain for professional bakers to have their shot at the cupcake crown this year.

Bakeries that fail to warn customers about possible allergens in their food could face an unlimited fine, under new EU rules.

Rise in home baking thanks to shows like The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) have influenced a 3.1% drop in whole cake sales.

The Fabulous Bakin’ Boys’ headquarters in Witney recently welcomed schoolchildren to find out about the development of bakery products.

Discounter Aldi has made home baking a focus with ramped up products.

BIA finalists announced

28 July, 2014

So the judges have finally completed their work and we can announce the finalists for the Baking Industry Awards (BIA) 2014.

Premier Foods, which produces Mr Kipling cakes, has seen sales drop 6.1% in the six months to 30 June 2014 as it plans a relaunch of the famous cake brand.

Cake and bread manufacturer Finsbury Food Group has revealed group sales revenues dropped to £175.7m from £176.6m the previous year, following the sale of its free-from business in February last year.

Scottish snowballs, made by Lees of Scotland and Thomas Tunnock, have been ruled as zero-rated on tax, after they were classed as cakes.

In a BBC breakfast interview this morning, Susan Jebb, a senior adviser in the government’s battle against obesity, warned people away from sources of sugar, such as cakes and biscuits. 

Delice de France has opened its customer innovation centre in Covent Garden, London.

The CakeyPigg Tea Room today will open on Saturday (21 June) at Cottismore Garden Centre Kingsclere near Newbury.

National Cupcake Week’s major sponsor Wellbeing of Women is hosting a Vintage Tea Week in June and is urging bakeries to get involved.

Newly independent cake and dessert manufacturer Ministry of Cake plans to add a second UK site and double turnover in the next three to five years.

Cambridgeshire bakery Nutty Tarts is increasing its distribution to Waitrose stores and is planning to expand into London.

Premier Foods has issued a print advert following speculation its Mr Kipling brand could drop its 'Exceedingly Good’ tagline.

Artisan baker and café chain Patisserie Valerie has extended its delivery service to central London.

Howell House, the cakes and biscuits division of Irish company Irwin’s Bakery, has secured a £400,000 export deal with Tesco and Asda.

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