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Great British Bake Blog: Episode 10

And the winner is… Liam. Ok, that’s just wishful thinking on my part (and that of hundreds of Twitter users). But I am willing to concede the actual champion ultimately deserved to win.

Gallery: Bakers reveal spooky Halloween treats

Halloween is less than a week away and the nation’s bakers are feeling spooky. In celebration of this haunted holiday, British Baker has created a gallery of some spooktastic creations. 

Gallery: Finsbury’s new licensed cakes

Finsbury Food Group has extended its range of licensed cakes with six new characters.

Finsbury cuts sugar in Disney cakes range by 40%

Finsbury has reduced the sugar across its licensed Disney celebration cakes by 40%.

Stacey’s Bakery unveils ‘Ay Up Me Duck’ cake

Stacey’s Bakery is developing a biscuit-based cake named after a Derbyshire greeting.

Great British Bake Blog: Episode One

Bake Off is back! And, just in case you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, it’s now on Channel 4 with a fresh line-up of presenters alongside the blue-eyed male judge, Paul Hollywood.

Greggs’ yum-yums production boosted by supply chain shake-up

Greggs has reported that its manufacturing and logistics shake-up, which has brought the closure and restructure of a number of sites, is boosting efficiency and product quality.

Premier Foods Q1: Cake sales growth offset by grocery brands decline

New gluten-free Mr Kipling products have helped drive growth in Premier Foods’ cake division – although a steep drop in sales of grocery lines has dragged down the company’s overall performance.

Did you know? Greggs has been quietly giving away cake in Scotland since 2016

For more than a year, 20 Scottish Greggs stores have been offering free cakes to people who host a tea party for lonely OAPs.

VIDEO: How to make a chocolate beer cake for Father’s Day

Banbury-based baking decorations supplier Cake Angels has come up with a way to offer dads a treat combining cake and beer. 

Mars blurs line between confectionery and bakery with Choc Brownie bar

Mars Chocolate UK is aiming to tap interest in bakery snacks with the launch of a new variation of the Mars Bar, the Mars Choc Brownie.

Nearly 60% think soft drink sugar tax applies to bakery

More than half of consumers think the soft drink sugar tax also applies to cakes and biscuits, according to analysts Nielsen.

Mr Kipling set to launch new Delectable Delights range

Premier Foods-owned Mr Kipling has announced that it is launching the Delectable Delights range as it looks to enter the nibbles and bites sector.

REVEALED: Finsbury Foods’ Mary Berry range

Finsbury Food Group has revealed details of the new line of ready-to-eat cakes it is launching in partnership with Mary Berry. 

Finsbury Food Group to launch Mary Berry cakes

Finsbury Food Group has secured the licence to produce a range of Mary Berry cakes.

UK food and drink exports exceeds £20bn

Exports of baked goods including bread rose 11.3% year on year to £117.6m in 2016, according to new figures from the Food & Drink Federation (FDF).

McVitie’s unveils three sharing cake bites

McVitie’s has announced the launch of three cake bites tubs, featuring Digestives Mini Milk Choc Tiffin, Caramel Crispies, and Hobnobs Mini Milk Choc Teacakes, each in a sharing format.

Bakels invests £1.5m in caramel production line

Ingredients supplier Bakels has invested £1.5 million on a new line to produce a range of caramels aimed at the global market.

‘Cake culture’ backlash: Civil servants urged to cut back on sweet treats

Civil service staff have been warned that bringing cake to work for birthdays or other celebrations could be a “public health hazard”.

Dentists urge businesses to combat ‘cake culture’

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.

Honeybuns expands New Generation cake range

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

Cake packaged with a spoon hailed as ‘breakthrough’ NPD

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

Amaze Bites were described as the standout performer
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Premier to launch Cadbury Choc Tarts following 4.1% cake sales hike in H1

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

Bath Cake Company wins five awards

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

Ashers may not be able to appeal to the Supreme Court
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‘Gay cake’ row bakery Ashers considers further legal options

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.

VIDEO: how to make a beautiful chocolate cake topper

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…

How Queen Victoria really was partial to a Victoria sponge

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

GALLERY: Bobbi Brown marks 25 years with cakes galore

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

Sweet Treats buck overall trend at Premier Foods

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.

Baker receives Corbyn-styled request for wedding cake

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

Kara brings new traybakes to foodservice arena

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

McVitie’s launches Hobnob Flapjack variety packs

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.

Ministry of Cake director to share success story

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.

Songbird Bakery brings Greggs-inspired cakes to Newcastle

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 confirms Renshaw US division

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.

Multi-channel strategy reaps significant rewards for Finsbury

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.

Slice of cake sells for £1.5k

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 creates Royal Mail cake

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

Scottish Bakers celebrates 125th anniversary

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

Remembering the Great Fire

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.

Moditions bakery secures Asda contract

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

McVitie’s brings out limited-edition Bonfire Bakes

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

Whitworths embarks on seasonal recipe drive

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

M&S reveals hidden jewels for Christmas

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

Halloween focus for McVitie’s

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

Frostings cake shop closes after 21 years of service

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

Kara adds to Indulgent Cake line

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

Go Compare launches UK dessert map

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

CSM Bakery Solutions launches Genoese cake mix

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

Warrens creates Perfect Picnic range

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.

Bakery secures deal with AmazonFresh

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

Real Good Food reveals future strategy for bakery and ingredients

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.

Cake Angels launches Crayola-themed kids’ baking kits

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 celebrates new licensed cake additions

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

Morrisons recalls children’s cake over salmonella worries

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

Bakery makes cake for reality TV star

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

Cake Angels reveals spooky decorations range

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

Cadbury cake drives Premier’s sweet treats

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.

Leeds firm eyes cake packaging sector

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.

Ministry of Cake owner nominated for CEO award

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 previews Christmas range

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

Little Mix cake takes bakery by storm

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

Muffin Break announces new summer menu

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

First BIA 2016 finalists announced

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

M&S reveals its new Christmas bakery range

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

Ministry of Cake wins business award

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.

New vegan bakery for Cheltenham

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.

Scotland’s Superstars charity in cake challenge

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.

M&S food ‘outperforms a competitive market’

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”.

Welsh Hills Bakery celebrates Morrisons advert appearance

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

RGF launches Liverpool innovation centre and academy

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

Premier Foods reports £86.1m profits

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.

Ministry of Cake marks 3m-a-week milestone

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

Ministry of Cake to export to China

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”.

Video: Charlotte White talks hot cake-decorating trends

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

Premier takes on food-to-go trend

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

Almondy launches lactose-free cake

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

M&S food sales up 4% in Q4

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.

Second outlet for Good & Proper Tea

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

Irwin’s new products

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

The rise and rise of babka

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.

M&S starts selling mug cakes

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

Pudding Fairy wins at exhibition

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

United Biscuits releases teacakes

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

Attorney General to speak at gay cake appeal

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

Chris Ormrod, managing director of Ministry of Pudding
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Ministry of Pudding expands production capability

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

Caterforce launches premium frozen cakes

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

Asda recalls cake over walnut fears

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

Chris Ormrod, managing director
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Ministry of Cake talks immigration on ITV News

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

Scotland’s Bakery of the Year contest opens

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

Apprentice wins top student culinary competition

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

Ashers Baking Company appeal adjourned until May

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

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

Bake Off Blog: Sam Cam scoops first challenge title

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

Cake firm profits from BBC appearance

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

New equipment seller targets small bakeries

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

Mr Kipling releases oat-based cake slices

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

Crafty Cakes, Exeter closes coffee shop to focus on cakes

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

The Great British Bake Off triumphs at the National TV Awards

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

Handmade Cake UK to expand after investment

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.

Patisserie Valerie launches Gloriously Gluten Free range

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

Handmade Cake Company sees profit growth

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 cake firm secures Amazon deal

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

Cake sales fall in run up to Christmas

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.

Mark Tilling, Squires Kitchen’s Master Chocolatier and resident tutor
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Squires prompts cake decorators to enter contest

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

Baker fights back after Poppy Appeal theft

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

GBBO winner steps out a ‘giant’

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

Karren Brady congratulates Apprentice star on bakery launch

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

BB's King's Lynn
BB's in King's Lynn has just opened
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BB's Coffee & Muffins plans to double in size

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. 

Queen’s cake slice sells for £500

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

Mr Kipling extends sharing cake range

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

Orchard Valley
Orchard Valley's new hub in Leominster is up and running
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Investment pays off for cake ingredients company

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

Chris Ormrod, managing director of Ministry of Pudding
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Ministry of Pudding storms through production targets

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

Dundee cake
The bid to geographically protect Dundee cake remains in the balance
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Outcry over Dundee cake PGI bid

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

Cake and biscuits market in slow growth, but future positive

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

Asda celebrates 50th with cake tour

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

Somewhere west of Madeira

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.

Scottish firm brings out new cake decoration products

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

Harry Potter
Lara Clarke's cake of Harry Potter being jinxed
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Bakers worldwide celebrate Harry Potter's birthday with cake art

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
Mr Kipling owner Premier Foods continues to make gains in cake sector
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Premier Foods claims cake share gains, despite slight sales fall

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. 

Fire crews attend the blaze at British Bakels in Bicester
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Production unaffected by blaze at Bakels

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

Blog: Éclairs back on-trend

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.

Ministry of Cake
Chris Ormrod leads the Ministry of Cake business
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Ministry of Cake ploughs through growth target

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

Cake sales boost Premier, says analysts

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

Jaffa Cakes: Now it’s personal

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.

Esquires coffee
A revamped Esquires site
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Esquires Coffee rolls out store revamps

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

Cake row
Ashers Bakery to limit offer following guilty verdict over 'gay cake' row
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‘Gay cake' row bakery limits offer after guilty verdict

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

Premier Foods reports full-year losses, due to impairment of sweet sector

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

Scottish firm mistaken for ‘gay cake’ bakery

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.

Bright Blue Foods aims to boost turnover with licensed cakes and own-label goods
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Bright Blue Foods sets sight on £100m in sales

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.

Gay cake row decision due

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

Dundee cake
PGI status ruling for Dundee cake will be announced soon
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PGI status ruling for Dundee cake is imminent

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

Bridor
Michel Roux and Frédéric Lalos partner with Bridor
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Bridor partners with Michel Roux Jr for bread line

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

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

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. 

Gerhard’s blog: The future of food

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

Cake charge
Bodeans charges £1.50 per slice of birthday cake per person
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Restaurant chain charges birthday ‘cakeage’ fee

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. 

Bert and Ernie
Bert and Ernie pro-gay marriage cake refused by bakery
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‘Gay cake’ lawsuit imminent

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

Buy a cake with your free drink, says Waitrose

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

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Huge cake marks Parliament’s 750th anniversary

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

The new 'Create a Cake' function on Patisserie Valerie website
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Patisserie Valerie launches new website with cake tool

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

Athenry
Foods of Athenry expands export arm
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Irish firm extends UK deals for healthy range

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

Middleton brother makes another loss with cake business

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

Chris Ormrod:
Managing director spoke to British Baker about plans
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Ministry of Cake ponders export potential

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

John Young’s blog –Judging at the Cupcake Championships

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

Kim Kardashian breaks the baking industry, as well as the internet

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

Gay cake row
Ashers Baking Co to face legal action over 'gay cake' row
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'Gay cake' row bakery to face legal action

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. 

Mr Kipling
Mr Kipling rebrand delivers market share growth
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Premier Foods bullish over Mr Kipling, despite lower-end profit forecast

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. 

Caffe Nero
Caffe Nero: gross profit up 10.4%
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Caffé Nero revenue up as it eyes new sites

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 and Fletchers: the build-up to the buy-out

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. 

Ministry of Cake opens pudding site

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

Salted caramel:
Clam's Cakes delivers around the UK
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Clam’s Cakes set to hit £1m turnover

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 restructure allowing honed focus on cakes

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

National Cupcake Week
National Cupcake Championship finalists revealed
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National Cupcake Week competition finalists revealed!

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

Baking Industry Awards creates social media storm

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

Welsh Tesco outlet to include cake concept

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

Tea and cake
National Tea and Cake Break day is coming up
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Bakers urged to celebrate tea and cake day

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

Gay cake bakery
"Gay cake" row:
The image the customers wanted on the cake
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‘Gay cake’ row could go to court

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
The snowball:
A soft marshmallow covered in chocolate and coconut
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A snowballing victory: Scottish snowballs win VAT-free status

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

Finsbury: profits up, slashes debt

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.

New salt targets “challenging”

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.

Welsh cake takes world record

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). 

New deadline for NAMB competition

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

CakeyPigg launches gluten-free bakery course

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

McVitie’s royal cake commemorates Diamond Jubilee

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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