Speciality Fine Food Fair 2016

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I’m pleased to announce that we’ll be back exhibiting at Speciality Fine Food Fair this September from 4 – 6 September 2016 at Olympia.

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We will be launching our new range of seasonal Gingerbread cookies alongside our wholesale iced biscuit range.

 

If you’re visiting the Fair be sure to come and find us on stand V161 upstairs on the gallery opposite the Great Taste Awards Pavilion.

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If you’re a gift retailer, deli, farm shop or other high end foodie outlet looking to source luxury artisan iced biscuits for your food service or gifting departments, be sure to  visit us.

If you’d like some more info in the meantime, be sure to check out the wholesale iced biscuits  pages of our website.

See you there!

Nila x

Baked Book Launch with BKD London

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I was delighted to be invited to the book launch party of Baked recently.

Baked – the book was created by Adelle provides recipes for cakes, cupcakes and biscuits in beautifully illustrated step by step projects accompanied by stunning photography, ideas for parties and children’s anecdotes.

Adelle was taught how to bake by her Nan, and originally began baking with her son, Cai, in an attempt to get him to eat more vegetables in a fun way. She has always seen baking as a family activity. Adelle says: “I’m delighted to be turning my passion into a gorgeous book. My family and I have spent so much time enjoying creative imaginative and tasty projects together and I can’t wait to share this fun –  I’m hoping BAKED will bring together enthusiastic bakers of all ages to create even more memorable moments.”

Keen to support a fellow baker and Notonthehighstreet.com friend I went along to the launch party hosted at the rather scrummy Hoxton Hotel in Shoreditch accompanied by my own teen bakers.

And what fun we had! A delicious & yummy selection of treats and lots of fun baking, caking & crafting activities for children & adults alike!

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My two teenage bakers enjoyed getting hands on with cake decorating and made these super cute burger cupcakes!

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It was almost a crime to cut into that adorable unicorn cake but I couldn’t resist having a slice, it was delicious!

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And we had our very own photobooth moment with Boxless Booth’s and their amazing props! A photo I’ll treasure forever!

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All in all a brilliant morning – so inspiring and so much fun.  Thanks to Adelle and the team for inviting us.  Wishing you all the best & lots of success with the book!

Nila x

If you enjoyed this post, you may also enjoy these posts about our journey in the world of baking publications and the services we offer to the cake & baking publishing industry:

Designing biscuits for Disney Sweets & Cakes Magazine

Sharing our baking expertise with Disney Sweets & Cakes Magazine

 

Corporate biscuits for the Fussy Shopper

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We were so excited when we were contacted by the lovely Sophie at the Fussy Shopper recently.  Sophie was looking for some corporate biscuits to send out to customers.

The Fussy Shopper offers personal shopping concierge and corporate gifting services, focusing on the luxury goods sector, and is a a trusted re-seller of Hermès products (be still my beating heart!).

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The brief for the biscuits was to recreate a shopping bag in cookie form, a little like the biscuit bag cookies we made for Harrods recently, but with the Fussy Shopper branded colours and logo.

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As we are just as particular and ‘fussy’ (pun intended!) about branding, corporate colours and logos we worked hard to come up with just right colour and design, offering Sophie a number of colourways and options to choose from.

In the end, the client Sophie went with the a shade of teal blue with black piped royal iced accents.

The client was super chuffed with her biscuits! If you are a Fussy Shopper customer, be sure to look out for these little beauties on your shopping travels.

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To see other branded / logo biscuit commissions we’ve worked on be sure to check out these posts:

Biscuits to launch Harrod’s Summer 2016 Sale

Biscuits to launch Harrod’s Summer Sale

Biscuits for Benefit Cosmetic’s Bold is Beautiful Campaign

Biscuits for Benefit Cosmetic’s High Rollers Club

Cookies for Colour Saturday

In the meantime if we can help with a bespoke commission or logo biscuits for your next charity campaign, corporate event, trade show or product launch please drop me a line via our  corporate biscuit enquiry form.

Nila x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mini Gingerbread Houses for Fortnum & Mason’s Ice Cream Parlour

The bakery was filled with the delicious aroma of Christmas spice this week as we were making gingerbread houses for these amazing gingerbread sundaes served at The Parlour at Fortnum & Mason.

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This sundae is inspired by the Hansel & Gretel house and is made up of four ‘deconstructed’ sides of gingerbread filled with all manner of delicious ice cream treats, sweets & sauces.  Simply stunning!

For the order, we baked hundreds of mini gingerbread pieces – four for each house. Here are the side pieces on sheets of baking parchment waiting to go into the oven.

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Once all the pieces had been cut and baked, we started the delicate task of assembling the shell of the houses. It’s tricky work constructing gingerbread and takes time and patience and light fingers!

 

 

Once they had dried overnight, the houses were carefully packed and shipped off to the parlour at Fortnum’s for the chef’s to work their magic.  We were really chuffed to play our small part in creating these delightful and delectable desserts!

If we’ve inspired you to turn your hand to making some mini gingerbread houses then you might like our mini gingerbread house kit – each kit comes with all the pieces you need to construct the mini houses already baked. Great fun and super yummy tasting too! We have lots of other gingerbread gifts available too.

If you’re a retailer looking to source gingerbread biscuit products for either your foodservice or food / gift halls then do drop us a line via our wholesale iced biscuits enquiry form and we’d be happy to send you a copy of our Wholesale Christmas Iced biscuit brochure.

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You may also be interested in reading about our Gingerbread U turn earlier in the year!

Happy Baking!

Nila x

 

 

 

 

 

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Biscuits to launch Harrod’s Summer 2016 Sale

At the Nila Holden Bakery, we have a lot of expertise in creating 3D biscuits, based on our experience of making our unique 3D biscuit birdhouses and christmas gingerbread houses so we were super excited when Harrod’s commissioned us to make some 3D biscuits to launch their Summer 2016 Sale.

Together we came up with the idea of making some 3D replicas of their iconic green bag all made entirely of biscuit and completely edible. This coincided nicely with the installation of a giant Harrods Bag outside the store, and tied in with  one of the campaign hashtags #mygreenbag

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Each bag was made up of 5 individual biscuits, beautifully iced and carefully constructed as you can see in the video below:

We also decided to fill the bags with some mini fashion treats including dress, shoe and lipstick biscuits.

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And here’s the finished result!

 

Don’t they look amazing? We were so pleased with the finished biscuits, they certainly provided the wow factor the sale launch and proved a real hit on social media alongside the smaller Harrods Bag & fashion biscuits we made!

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Click here to read all about the smaller Harrod’s Bag and Fashion biscuits we made as part of the commission.

To see other branded / logo biscuit commissions we’ve worked on be sure to check out these posts:

Biscuits for Benefit Cosmetic’s Bold is Beautiful Campaign

Biscuits for Benefit Cosmetic’s High Rollers Club

Cookies for Colour Saturday

In the meantime if we can help with a bespoke commission or branded biscuits for your next charity campaign, corporate event, trade show or product launch do drop me a line via our corporate biscuit enquiry form.

Nila x

Biscuits for the launch of Harrods Summer Sale 2016

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There’s only one Harrods Sale or so the slogan goes.  So we were really excited when the iconic Knightsbridge store approached us to chat about a special biscuit commission for the launch of their 2016 Summer Sale

The Harrods Corporate Affairs team were looking to source some biscuits to giveaway as tasty gifts for the first 200 people through the doors on Sale Opening Day, and also something a bit special to send to key press & PR contacts in the lead up to the Sale.

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Together, we came up with the idea of making biscuit versions of the iconic Harrods Green Bags to coincide the installation of a giant Harrods Bag outside the store, and to tie in with the #mygreenbag hashtag.

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The team were also keen to come up with something really special to send to key press contacts and came up with the idea of a 3D version of the bag with some sleek haute couture inspired fashion biscuits. Click here to read more about the Biscuit 3D bags for Harrods.

One of Harrod’s key stipulations was that all the icing would need to be in natural colouring.  With such dark colours, mainly Harrod’s green, and the red & black for the fashion biscuits, this was challenging but we managed to overcome with this with help from our friends at Knightsbridge PME.

And here they are – Harrods green bags with Chanel inspired handbag biscuits, Louboutin inspired shoe biscuits and YSL inspired lipstick biscuits. And some dress biscuits!

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And here’s a close up!

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A huge thanks to the Corporate Affairs Team at Harrods for selecting us to work with them on this exciting commission.

To see other branded / logo biscuit commissions we’ve worked on be sure to check out these posts:

Biscuits for Benefit Cosmetic’s Bold is Beautiful Campaign

Biscuits for Benefit Cosmetic’s High Rollers Club

Cookies for Colour Saturday

In the meantime if we can help with a bespoke commission or branded biscuits for your next charity campaign, corporate event, trade show or product launch do drop me a line via our  corporate biscuit enquiry form.

Nila x

 

World Kissing Day 2016 – biscuits for Benefit Cosmetics

 

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It’s World Kissing Day 2016 today and to celebrate, our lovely client Benefit Cosmetics commissioned us to make some beautiful lip biscuits!

The idea behind the World Kissing Day is to remind people of the simple pleasures associated with kissing. As I’m sure most of us would agree, kissing can be an enjoyable experience and is a lovely expression and experience of intimacy or love.

Whether it’s a kiss from a husband or boyfriend, or child or a quick bisous from friends, kisses are thought to have many benefits for our physical and emotional health. From reducing stress and high blood pressure, to boosting up your happy hormones.

If you’re heading down Benefit’s London Boutiques in Carnaby Street, Covent Garden, Spitalfields or Islington, be sure to look out for these yummy treats.

Here’s a quick (if slightly shaky!) video of the iced biscuits drying in the bakery earlier this week.

 

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To see other branded / logo biscuit commissions we’ve worked on be sure to check out these posts:

Biscuits for Benefit Cosmetic’s Bold is Beautiful Campaign

Biscuits for Benefit Cosmetic’s High Rollers Club

Cookies for Colour Saturday

 

In the meantime if we can help with a bespoke commission or branded biscuits for your next charity campaign, corporate event, trade show or product launch do drop me a line via our corporate biscuit enquiry form.

Happy Kissing!

Nila x