Sustainable September is a month-long exploration of sustainability in every form it comes in - even in the form of cakes!
I love a national month or awareness day... and what better than the environmentally friendly ones? It got me re-considering the impact For Goodness Cake has on the natural world and how I can reduce it further.
1. My cakes don't come wrapped in plastic.
I used recyclable cardboard cupcake boxes (still looking for good cupcake boxes which don't have a plastic window though...) and cardboard cake boxes and boards. If I do need some sort of wrap, I always use foil which can be recycled very easily.
2. Vegan customers (and therefore vegan cake) are my largest audience.
These cakes - obviously - have no dairy in them, which makes their carbon footprint that much smaller. Cows and dairy farming are significant contributors to global warming, so using non-dairy milk reduces this.
3. All my food waste is recycled via the local council's scheme.
Fairtrade (which in itself is beneficial to the environment in its way) banana skins, pistachio shells, strawberry tops... in it all goes!
4. My home and business base is powered by a green utilities supplier - find yours here!
Also, on an energy theme, I try to use the oven just once a day, often baking my cakes just before putting the dinner on to save re-heating the oven.
5. I deliver and also shop (where possible) locally...
... doing all my errands and cake deliveries in one hit, reducing the need for individual trips. My brother has an electric Mini, which I am insanely envious of, but for now, my super unleaded Corsa will have to do. Could be worse... could be better!
6. All my recyclable waste is put in our recycling containers.
From empty plastic jars of coconut oil to glass jam jars, I make sure everything I can recycle is recycled. Thanks Monmouthshire Council!
The protection of the environment is a very important aspect of my life and I am proud to have established a relatively 'green' and thriving business.
If you're after more environmental awareness weeks or days, take a look here!
Happy Sustainable September!
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When a 'day job' colleague told me she made chilli jams, I couldn't resist interviewing her as a fellow small business owner!
I've been interviewed by Jeni Webster (Bam Bam Chilli Jam's owner) and this is how it went!
Today is Earth Day, which highlights how you can make a change to your life to help the planet.
I'd like to share with you what For Goodness Cake does to help reduce its impact on the environment.
I've always been pro-eco, and always looking for more ideas to 'green' my business some more, so let me know if you think of any more!
🌎 Recyclable cardboard cake boxes
🌎 A large portion of my cakes are for vegan customers. Sure, there's no meat in cake (unless it's a chocolate bacon bundt!) but a vegan lifestyle has a smaller impact on the planet.
🌎 No clingfilm - ever!
🌎 All my food waste is recycled via the local council's scheme - banana skins, pistachio shells, strawberry tops... in it all goes!
🌎 A green utilities supplier - find yours here!
🌎 Bananas are always Fairtrade - often good for the environment as well as the producer
🌎 Delivering locally and combining journeys in a non-diesel vehicle
🌎 Shopping local (and small) for my fruit and veg - yep, veg, haven't you tried my lovely sweet potato brownies yet?!
Find out more about Earth Day here.
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It's finally happened, our house came through - we are now living in Wales!
The business is moving with me, of course, so I bid a fond farewell to Bristol (promising return runs with cake - see below) and welcome a new life in rural Wales!
Moving was more than a challenge, as you may expect, but I had a toddler in tow and a broken foot to contend with on top of all the normal house move stress! Still, we're here now, and cakes are open, and selling well on my new patch.
The link, again, if you wish to know when my monthly return runs to Bristol will be is here: https://lbdm6ghh8lf.typeform.com/to/mtehp0i4
Hope to see you soon!
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For Goodness Cake is now open!
I was waiting until we'd moved house, but it's taking so long, I thought why lose precious cake time, and offer a temporary service to Bristol again albeit under a new name and brand. How exciting!
- - Cupcakes
- - Traditional home bakes (e.g. Lemon Drizzle)
- - Buttercream birthday cakes
I'm still specialising in vegan cakes, but don't forget zero sugar, gluten free and standard recipes are also available.
I've got some plans up my sleeve, so keep an eye on my Facebook and Twitter for what's coming up, including that week's 'Cake of the Week' (10% off), events I'm attending with my cake stand, and snap promotions you just can't miss!
So if you need a birthday cake for a lockdown mini celebration, or just something for tea, drop me a line!
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You know i love to partner with other small local businesses... Well, Here's what I've been cooking up over the festive break!
Sweetly Special Breakfasts is a small Bristol business, run by a lovely lady called Lilly. She delivers delicious breakfasts to people all over the city, focussing heavily on sweet treats to start special days off with a good feeding. That's where I come in!
Lilly firmly believes (and I agree!) that special days like Mothering Sunday or birthdays should be memorable from start to finish. Hampers from Sweetly start the day off perfectly, and keep you going throughout the day, enough goodies for lunch, elevenses, afternoon tea, supper... The delivery includes fresh flowers, balloons, tea and coffee, a personal card and of course, cakes. And if you're vegan, your home baked cake comes from me at 280 Bakes! If you're ordering for a child, the package also includes a party bag.
The main product I am helping Lilly (see her sunny face below) with is the Perfect Gift Breakfast - see above to the left - and is now available!
Check out Sweetly on Facebook and find them also on Instagram. Marballoons, a balloon artist in Bristol, also work with Sweetly, so it's a real team effort!
Support local business and why not shop with Sweetly next time it's a special day in your household - it'll be like sending a hug to your favourite person!
Fab Fudge are probably my favourite Bristol business of mine, and not just because they gave me their Christmas fudge to review!
Imaginative. Delicious. Dairy-free.
Those are the three words I would use to describe what comes out of the kitchens of Fab Fudge. You can find out more about Fab Fudge on a blog I wrote back in 2017, but what you need to know is right here: Their (plastic-free!) fudge is UNBEATABLE.
The company's founder, Jill, started her business in 2016, two months or so behind me, and we met at a local networking event. Since then, we've been working together every so often to help each other out, and keeping each other in sweet treats!
Jill and her team have released their Christmas selection for 2020, and I was lucky enough to taste the first batches off the shelf.
At the time of writing, Gingerbread fudge wasn't available on Fab Fudge's online store, but it's coming - and you'll be glad it did! I am a late convert to ginger flavoured things, but I'm really into it now. My firey gingerbread is YUMMY! So when Jill said she had a ginger delight up her sleeve, I jumped on it! Smooth, melt-in-the-mouth, and (like all Fab Fudge) 100% vegan. The ginger kick is subtle, but the creamy taste really won me over.
Christmas cake fudge
Christmas cake may be my favourite cake, and the fudge version didn't disappoint. I love the triple layer fudge design - new for 2020. Rich, fully-festive, and it looks just like a mini slice with actual marzipan and icing! Christmas Cake fudge is my new favourite (sorry apricot fudge!).
If you're looking for the perfect gift, I can only say, GO FAB FUDGE!! Even Theo Paphitis is a fan - you simple have to try something new with Fab Fudge's dairy-free fudge.
Thanks Jill, and I hope it's not too early to wish you and yours a very merry and profitable Christmas.
My customers are full of questions, love 'em! Here are some of the recent queries I've had, and the (helpful) answers below...
1. Is a cupcake the same as a muffin?
Nope. A cupcake has much higher butter and sugar content and they have fancy icing on the top. Muffins are often more appropriate for breakfast, often being similar to bread, and cupcakes are better for dessert.
2. How do I pay for a 280 Bakes cake?
Paypal is preferred (to email@example.com) or cash, as a second preference. This is mainly to make it simple to take payment immediately when a customer books a delivery in, but it also limits physical contact during these Covid-19 days.
3. What's the difference between a Chocolate cake and a brownie?
The main difference between brownies and chocolate cake is that brownies have more chocolate content and are gooey. Baking powder and soda are not used in brownies and they often have more sugar than a cake would. Both are delicious, though!
4. Why are bundt cakes so much more expensive?
Simply because there's almost four times the amount of mixture that goes into the cake compared to a traditional homebake, and the size means they take so much more time to bake. Perfect for a party, a real centrepiece!
5. What do you use instead of egg in a vegan cake?
There are many different things recipes call for in egg-free cakes. For example, many of my cakes contain flaxseed, banana, apple sauce or yoghurt instead. You can also do a mixture of vinegar and baking soda, but I prefer to use fruit based or seed products.
I hope this was useful, please let me know if you have any questions I can answer for you!
I'm an admirer of beautiful front doors in Bristol, making doorstep deliveries so much fun!
So while I tell you why changes to my delivery policy have been introduced, take a look at some of my favourite local front doors (Thanks to a little help from my fave peeps on Instagram).
If you can prove one of these doors is yours, you can have a Victoria Sponge free!
When 280 Bakes first started in 2016, it was a porch sale enterprise only, selling all manner of baked goods.
Within three or four weeks, it became a delivery service to all of Bristol as demand for cupcakes, birthday cakes and traditional homebakes got really high. From that first Autumn I employed a team of home bakers to help support my business, which, at its peak, had six bakers on board.
Then, in March 2019, the business closed temporarily when I had a baby.
âNow 280 Bakes is back, deliveries have changed slightly...
(LOVE this bumble bee door knocker, I neeeeed!)
So, first off, I am now limiting deliveries to doors in the BS9, BS10 and BS11 postcodes. This is mainly because I bloomin' hated driving into central Bristol and further east to deliver in the past - it was once a two hour round trip to get to Kingswood and back! Traffic has been historically abysmal... Let's see what post-lockdown looks like in (hopefully) a few months, but I'd be reluctant to take on a wider area at the moment.
I also have limited the patch I deliver to because I need and want to be home more. My baby is a total delight, and I want to spend time with her. I also have extra baby-related responsibilities - like the nursery drop offs - so I can't be too far away some days/times. That's fair, I think!
Lastly, CakeOD is no longer a 'thing' for 280 Bakes. I sold the trademark name for my same day service in the Spring last year and don't, as a rule, do same-day deliveries any more.
Saying that, if you're desperate and in my delivery zone, do try me - I may have a quiet day and a long baby nap to bake through! Please note, this is generally more possible for traditional homebakes than birthday cakes and cupcakes, but never say never!
So that's the reason why I've limited delivery of my delicious cakes to around a four mile radius. The Bristol Channel doesn't accept deliveries, obviously, but I cover Southmead, Westbury-on-Trym, Sea Mills, Lawrence Weston, Avonmouth, Henbury, Brentry...
And of course, the deliveries are socially distanced. I leave the cake on the doorstep and ring the bell, standing back while the customer collects their treat.
Oh, go on then, one more wonderful door!
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