Cakes & Pastries

All the winners of the BIA 2021 awards. Pic: British Baker

Bakery Oscars: The BIA winners of 2021

By Gill Hyslop

From the UK’s best bakes, we reveal the winners that took the cake at the dazzling events ceremony hosted by Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood at the Royal Lancaster in London on 21 October.

Davina Steel produces a range of gluten free baked goods from a purpose-built commercial bakery in East Anglia. Pic: Davina Steel Gluten Free

Davina Steel Gluten Free’s export sales soar

By Gill Hyslop

While the UK has seen supply chain issues and shortages in the food sector, gluten free bakery brand Davina Steel is experiencing a massive surge in export orders.

Gluten-free mix for churros or choux pastry with Palsgaard OilBinder 01 and Emulpals 115. Pic: Palsgaard

Getting the same rise out of free from cake mixes

By Gill Hyslop

Today’s consumers have a far more diverse set of wants and needs than ever before, but they still want an indulgent treat. And while they’re expecting it to be vegan, gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free or plant-based, they are not prepared to compromise...

Almonds are nutritious, gluten-free and vegan, making them an ideal addition for free from treats. Pic: GettyImagesmarekuliasz

Ontrend almonds tick the free from box in every way

By Gill Hyslop

Consumers – especially the younger set – are seeking out healthier food options that contain fewer ingredients and less involved processing, but still deliver on taste and texture. Blue Diamond Growers is stepping up to the mark with a series of products...

The implementation to restrict the promotion of foods high in fat, sugar and sodium could shrink more than just the waistlines of consumers. Pic: GettyImages/Chris Ryan

FDF Scotland hails government’s delay to restrict HFSS marketing

By Gill Hyslop

The promulgation of the Good Food Bill – first mooted under the Scottish government’s 2019/20 programme and rescheduled to necessitate the tabling of emergency COVID-19 legislation – has again been delayed, much to the relief of FDF Scotland, which believes...

The second annual Cake Week - a time to revel in the indulgent sweet treat - is just around the corner. Pic: GettyImages/Image Source

A slice of what’s to come for 2021 Cake Week

By Gill Hyslop

It’s that time of the year again when ‘you can have your cake and eat it, too’ – unlike the admonishment that Thomas, Duke of Norfolk gave to Thomas Cromwell back in 1538. After its inaugural success last year, the second Cake Week is scheduled to take...

There is a rising demand for better-for-you bakery treats. Pic: GettyImages/lucielang

The three key criteria to meet the better-for-you bakery trend

By Gill Hyslop

While the health trend has been gaining momentum for several years, it has certainly been given impetus by the pandemic. Today’s consumer is increasingly moving away from considering food as simply a caloric need to something that could add functional...