Dentists say ‘cake culture’ – celebrating success or special occasions with sweet treats – has made the workplace a main site of sugar consumption for many Brits.

Gluten-free bakery Honeybuns has expanded its New Generation cake range with two new flavours – Oaty Coconut bar and Oaty Apricot bar.

A single-serve cake designed to be eaten with a spoon has been highlighted as a ‘breakthrough’ product launch in a new study.

Premier Foods is to extend its Cadbury range with Cadbury Choc Tarts following another strong performance from its cakes division.

Somerset-based Bath Cake Company took home five awards for cakes entered at Cake International this month. 

Belfast-based Ashers Baking Company is exploring further legal options after a judge last month ruled against the business over its refusal to make a cake supporting gay marriage.

British Baker spent the day with chocolate and cocoa supplier Callebaut. It wants to show bakers that making beautiful desserts with higher price points is easy. Want us to prove it? If we can do it, you definitely can…

Hot on the heels of the Bake Off finale, University of Warwick food historian Professor Rebecca Earle investigates the history of the Victoria sponge.

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

A sixth consecutive quarter of growth in its Sweet Treats division, at 6.4%, bucked the overall sales trend at Premier Foods, which reported a 5.4% fall in total group sales in its second quarter.

Manchester-based business Bakeorama has created a wedding cake featuring Jeremy Corbyn’s face.

Finsbury Food Group’s foodservice brand Kara has introduced a new range of traybakes and mallow bombes to the market.

United Biscuits-owned McVitie’s has announced the launch of the brand new multipack Hobnob Flapjacks with a selection of three different variants in the range.

MD of Ministry of Cake, Chris Ormrod, will share his success story with aspiring food entrepreneurs on the 12-13 November at the Bread and Butter festival at the Institute of Directors, London.

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

Real Good Food has confirmed that it has created a new 100% wholly-owned subsidiary business in the US, under the name Renshaw US Inc.

Cake, bread and morning goods manufacturer Finsbury Food Group has enjoyed a near 25% rise in group revenue for the financial year ended 2 July 2016, according to preliminary results from the company.

A slice of Queen Victoria’s wedding cake, preserved since the 19th century, has been sold at auction for £1,500 by notable collector David Gainsborough Roberts.

Invicta Bakeware, the equipment manufacturer and supplier, joined forces with Sergeant Michael Cottingham to create a cake for the Royal Mail’s 500th anniversary.

A giant, fully edible map of Scotland was built – and then eaten, at the Scottish Festival of Architecture on Sunday 11 September.

Scottish Bakers has held an anniversary ball at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, Edinburgh to celebrate 125 years in the baking industry.

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

Remembering the Great Fire

02 September, 2016

Today is the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London – a major conflagration that swept through central parts of the city. To mark the occasion, we look at London's best bakeries, according to Time Out magazine.

The Ballymena-based Moditions bakery will be supplying its gluten-free ranges to Asda stores across Northern Ireland, the company has announced.

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

Cathryn Dresser, GBBO series three contestant and baker extraordinaire, takes us through series 7 with an expert eye – she knows exactly how to avoid a soggy bottom. On your marks, get set, bake!

Dried fruits, nuts and seeds supplier Whitworths has released three recipes ahead of the festive season as part of its new Christmas campaign, #ShareTheLove.

Hidden centres “abound” in this year’s Christmas bakery offer from Marks & Spencer.

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.

UK price-comparison website, Go Compare has created an interactive map displaying British region’s favourite desserts based on the frequency of Instagram tags.

Surrey-based bakery Jens Cupcakery has achieved a 1-star Great Taste award for its carrot mini loaf cake.

The flour has been sifted, the sparkles have been sprinkled, and now it’s time for the icing on the cake – we are delighted to announce the National Cupcake Championships finalists 2016! 

A Scottish couple organised a Greggs-themed wedding after falling in love over their favourite pastries at the bakery nine years ago.

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

Cornish pasty and cake-maker Warrens Bakery has launched a new Perfect Picnic cake range, aimed at consumers looking for a treat for barbecues or afternoon tea in the garden.

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.

Northern Irish bakery Graham’s has won a listing to supply a number of its baked goods to AmazonFresh.

Real Good Food has revealed several strategic plans for its brands following its move to reposition its business along three pillar markets – cake decoration, food ingredients and premium bakery.

Baking decoration brand Cake Angels is to debut two Crayola-themed baking kits in a bid to help children express themselves and develop their social skills.

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

UK supermarket, Morrisons has recalled its Busy Bee Cake after discovering that a batch of its stock may contain traces of salmonella.

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

Banbury-based decorations supplier Cake Angels has released details of its Halloween products, which will sell through major UK retailers.

Premier Foods, the manufacturer of Mr Kipling and Cadbury cakes, has delivered sales growth of 1.9% for the 13 weeks ended 2 July 2016.

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.

Chris Ormrod, managing director of Taunton-based Ministry of Cake, has been announced as winner of the CEO of the Year award for the south west in the Management Team Awards 2016, organised by the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA).

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

London bakery Crumbs and Doilies has been flooded with requests after it made a luxury Cornetto birthday cake for Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards.

Artisan bakery Muffin Break will launch its summer menu in all its UK stores this month.

The judges have deliberated long and hard, and we are delighted to announce our first batch of BIA finalists for 2016!

With five months to go to December, Marks & Spencer (M&S) has unveiled its Christmas range of bakery selections.

Taunton-based Ministry of Cake, the manufacturer of frozen desserts, has been named as the winner of PwC’s West of England Business of the Year.

Flamingo’s Vegan Bakery is the brainchild of Natasha Mackenzie-Ford and her wife Susan, who found there was a gap in the local market.

Scottish bakers Jenni Bone and Karen Oudnie this week created a metre-long sponge cake to celebrate the first birthday of Glasgow Children’s Hospital.

Profits at Marks & Spencer (M&S) dropped by a fifth, it announced in its full-year results today. But food fared better than its other divisions, despite “difficult trading conditions”.

Free-from food producer Welsh Hills Bakery is celebrating the appearance of its chocolate sponge cake in a Morrisons TV advert.

Real Good Food (RGF) has launched a new innovation centre and cake decoration academy in Wavertree, Liverpool.

Premier Foods, the manufacturer of Mr Kipling and Cadbury cakes, has reported a 3.5% rise in pre-tax profits to £86.1m for the year to the start of April.

Taunton bakery and dessert manufacturer Ministry of Cake has marked the fact it now makes 3m cakes a week by launching a new website.

Chris Ormrod, managing director of Taunton-based Ministry of Cake, has told British Baker that he expects the company to start exporting to China “within the year”.

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

Premier Foods is aiming to capitalise on the food-to-go trend with new product formats and a dedicated Cake on the Go team.

Here's a Titanic cake

18 April, 2016

The Belfast Baking Company recently created a 6ft cake model of the RMS Titanic for the 104th anniversary of its sinking.

Cake fit for the Queen

18 April, 2016

Reigning Great British Bake Off champion Nadiya Hussain has revealed that she is to bake the Queen’s 90th birthday cake.

Almondy, the Swedish gluten-free bakery, has launched a lactose-free chocolate and almond cake.

In its fourth-quarter trading update issued today (7 April), Marks & Spencer (M&S) has reported that food sales were up 4%, in contrast to its “unsatisfactory” clothing and home division.

Good & Proper Tea is to open a second outlet in Clerkenwell, London.

Irwin’s new products

01 April, 2016

Northern Irish bakery Irwin’s has added two new flavours to its Howell’s cake range.

This Easter’s must-have treat was babka, a traditional Eastern European cake, which has become a hit in New York, and is now gaining rapid favour in London.

Marks & Spencer is offering pre-made mixes that you put in a mug and microwave. 

Laure Moyle has taken first prize at the Squires Exhibition in Surrey, with her haute couture-inspired cake design. 

United Biscuits (UB) is to expand further into the cake aisle with the release of two teacake products.

Senior judges in Belfast have allowed Northern Ireland’s Attorney General to become involved in the Ashers Baking Company gay cake row.

Ministry of Pudding has spent around £500,000 on new equipment, ahead of fresh product releases later in the year.

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

Asda has withdrawn its Extra Special Chocolate and Beetroot Cake because some packs might contain walnuts.

Ministry of Cake managing director Chris Ormrod has spoken to ITV News about immigration, ahead of the Brexit referendum.

On 25 February, McGhee’s Bakery in Glasgow will play host to the launch of the 2016 Scottish Bakery of the Year competition.

Apprentice baker Jessica Dalton took gold at the Hospitality and Catering Salon Culinaire 2016 with her spectacular Eiffel Tower cake.

Ashers Baking Company's appeal against its £500 fine for refusing to make a pro-gay marriage cake has been adjourned, due to the intervention of the Attorney General for Northern Ireland.

Kara launches new cake range

29 January, 2016

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

The charity version of The Great British Bake Off, The Great Sport Relief Bake Off, launched last night, pitting celebrities against cake.

Sales have rocketed for Hampshire-based Odiham Cake Company after it appeared on BBC2’s The Millionaire’s Gift Guide.

MyDelightful, a Cheshire-based online company, was launched on Friday, selling wholesale bakery supplies to small retail businesses.

Mr Kipling, the Premier Foods owned cake-manufacturer, has released two new oat-based cake slices.

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

The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) took the Best Challenge Show award at the 2016 National Television Awards (NTAs).

Glasgow food distribution firm Lomond Fine Foods, which owns Handmade Cake UK, has secured a £1m investment from NatWest Scotland to expand into new premises.

High street patisserie and cake shop Patisserie Valerie has launched a new gluten-free range, which will be available from 18 January.

The Handmade Cake Company, the Berkshire-based foodservice cake business, has reported an increase in operating profit from £1.7m to £2.4m for the year ending 31 March 2015.

Gluten Free Goodies brand SIN has signed a deal with Amazon to sell its ‘Little Black Boxes’ of quality cake online.

Christmas cake and pudding sales have slumped in the run up to Christmas, down 5.3% on last year for the two weeks to 12 December.

Cake Décor is set to unveil an edible Cake Lace Kit in the New Year, aimed at home bakers.

Squires Kitchen is urging creative cake decorators to enter its annual cake competition.

A London bakery has been flooded with donations for the Poppy Appeal, after its original collection box was stolen.

Convenience store chain Budgens has launched its first own-brand range of Christmas goods.

Nadiya Hussain, winner of this year’s Great British Bake Off, has described how she felt like a “giant” after scooping the top prize.

Former Young Apprentice 2013 contestant Lucy Beauvallet has just launched an online cake company called ‘Beauvallet’s Cakes’. 

BB’s Coffee & Muffins plans to double in size in the next five years as it opens sites in the UK and Ireland including a new masculine-look concept in Dublin. 

A 68-year-old slice of the Queen’s wedding cake has been sold at auction for £500.

Premier Foods is extending its Mr Kipling cake lines to target sharing occasions, as it prepares for a complete packaging redesign.

Orchard Valley, the cake decoration and ingredients firm, has seen turnover rise 35% year on year for two consecutive years following investment. 

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

Ministry of Pudding, the Torbay-based pudding manufacturer, is halfway to achieving five-year trading targets in its first year of opening.

An attempt by the Scottish government to give Dundee cake protected status has caused an outcry from bakers outside the city. 

The biscuit and cake market has seen a “subdued” growth, threatened by home baking and competition between confectionery, health foods and ice cream products.

Supermarket chain Asda has completed a countrywide tour to celebrate its 50th birthday.

Somewhere west of Madeira

07 August, 2015

You’ll know where to find me on Wednesday evenings in the weeks to come, says British Baker Blogger Gerhard Jenne. Yes, the Great British Bake Off is back, with a set of new bakers and 30 challenges to find this year’s champion.

A cake decoration supplier has launched two new products designed for the food-to-go market.

It’s Harry Potter’s 35th birthday today and an award-winning baker from the West Midlands has joined a worldwide collaboration to create an edible world of Harry Potter for author JK Rowling’s birthday (31 July). 

Mr Kipling owner Premier Foods has reported market share gains in cake and ambient desserts amid a slight decrease in sales in its last quarter. 

British Bakels is back in full production following a fire in its powder plant.

Did you know the word ‘éclair’ comes from the French for ‘flash of lightning’? On learning this recently I thought, yes, it does have a lightning bolt-esque look to it, but non! They are so named as they are eaten quickly – in a flash.

Cake and desserts manufacturer Ministry of Cake has smashed its targets one year after becoming independent as it achieves 25% growth year-on-year. 

Analysts have praised a ‘good uplift’ in the cake category at Premier Foods, while warning of potential delistings depending on actions of Tesco.

Jaffa Cake fans can now look for packages with their very own name on them as McVitie’s responds to hundreds of requests for personalised packets.

Franchise coffee shop chain Esquires Coffee has launched a refurbishment programme across its 24 stores as it looks to grow rapidly in the UK. 

The ‘gay cake' row bakery is to limit its services after having been found guilty of discrimination against a gay customer. 

Food giant Premier Foods has increased its losses due to impairment charges, largely related to its sweet business, which includes the Mr Kipling brand.

Scotland’s Ashers Bakery has received a backlash of emails, after it has repeatedly been mistaken for the Belfast bakery involved in the ‘gay cake’ row.

Cake firm Bright Blue Foods has said it will target £100m in sales in the next four years, after investing £2m in its Blackburn bakery.

The verdict on the gay cake row is expected to be announced on 7 May, the same day as the UK election.

Chris Ormrod, managing director of Ministry of Cake, reflects on how his business literally "sells happiness". 

A 17-year-old is gearing up to publish her second cookery book after a career that already spans 14 years. 

Those behind a campaign for Dundee cake to become a geographically protected product will soon find out whether they have been successful. 

French bakery specialist Bridor has developed a range of gluten-free products and joined forces with restaurateur Michel Roux Jr for a bread range. 

Stop the Week: online

27 March, 2015

We look at deep-fried cake, baking with alcohol and why the fish finger sandwich will never die in our tongue-in-cheek Stop the Week

Stop the Week: online

20 March, 2015

We look at Easter ideas and why cake is good for you in the first move online for our tongue-in-cheek Stop the Week. 

With the Caveman Diet currently popular and insects on the agenda as a future food source, Gerhard Jenne ponders on how the future of baking might look

The Gift of Christmas

06 March, 2015

I'm so excited about Christmas this year! The past 3 have been somewhat " different" with moving to Australia in 2011, having a hot Christmas in Sydney in 2012 and then moving home again in 2013! So 2014 is going to be full on!

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London restaurant chain Bodeans Bar-B-Q is charging a £1.50 a head “cakeage” fee to people who eat their own birthday cakes in its branches. 

The lawsuit against the bakery in Northern Ireland that refused to bake a pro-gay marriage cake will be heard this month. 

Waitrose has changed its free drink offering to mean customers must also purchase a cake or a sandwich to claim the deal.

A giant three tier fruit cake made to look like the Palace of Westminster was presented to Parliament to celebrate its 750th birthday. 

Patisserie and cake specialist Patisserie Valerie has launched a new website with a unique ‘virtual cake creation’ tool- what it calls a bakery first.

Irish bakery Foods of Athenry has expanded its export arm to the UK following the securing of two new deals. 

The cake business of James Middleton, brother of Kate Middleton the Duchess of Cambridge, has made a loss for its third consecutive year.

Independent cake and dessert manufacturer Ministry of Cake is debating how to take the company abroad.

Orchard Valley Foods’ national sales manager looks back at Cake International and considers the longevity of the cupcake.

If you haven’t seen THOSE pictures of Kim Kardashians derrière yet, then you can see them recreated in cake versions!

The Equality Commission has confirmed plans to take legal action against a Northern Ireland bakery which refused to bake a cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan. 

Premier Foods has praised its Mr Kipling relaunch as “delivering encouraging share gains” as it revealed an underlying sales decline of 4.7% in the third quarter. 

Italian coffee shop chain Caffé Nero has posted an 8.8% rise in revenue to £222.4m as it looks to add around 40 stores next year. 

Finsbury Food Group's acquisition of Fletchers Bakeries has shocked the industry today, creating a new £300m business. We look back at some of the key moves from the firms, that led up to today's buy-out. Below is an interactive timeline, click on the links to reveal the full stories. 

Independent cake and dessert manufacturer Ministry of Cake has opened its second site, Ministry of Pudding, following a £1m investment.

Handmade cake supplier Clam’s Cakes has predicted a turnover of £1m this year, after expanding into larger premises in Ebbw Vale, Wales.

Premier Foods has announced the restructure of its commercial sector, creating three new Strategic Business Units (SBU’s).

The wait is over and we can reveal the best cupcake makers in the UK today - the first day of National Cupcake Week. 

The Baking Industry Awards boasted a fantastic turnout at the Park Lane Hilton last night and revellers took to Twitter to shout about it. 

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

Cafes owners and bakers are being urged to engage with National Tea and Cake Break on 17 October.

A bakery in Northern Ireland is facing legal action after it refused to produce a cake with the picture of Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie in support of gay marriage. 

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

Bread and cake maker Finsbury Food Group revealed this morning its operating profit increased by 5.2% to £2.6m in the first half of the year to 28 December 2013.

The Department of Health (DoH) has unveiled its long-awaited salt reduction targets for 2017 which have been labelled as “very challenging” by the industry.

The Welsh town of Bala set a new Guinness World Record for the world’s biggest Welsh cake on St David’s Day (March 1). 

The deadline for entries to the National Association of Master Bakers' (NAMB) upcoming bakery competition has been extended.

Berkshire-based CakeyPigg Originals has developed a gluten-free cake-making workshop.

United Biscuits’ (UB) McVitie’s Cake Company has created a royal cake for Her Majesty The Queen to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee.

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