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Banana Oat Energy Bites

So don’t get me wrong, I won’t normally turn down a cookie or a slice of cake with a cup of coffee for a snack. And in the evening I do love ice cream for dessert. But even so, it is always good to have these bites in the freezer or fridge as they tend to curb my otherwise VERY sweet tooth.  They are super easy to mix up and what’s really great about them as well is that you can roll then in coconut, cinnamon, and dip them in chocolate for a little extra something. Or to switch things up a a little more you can also add chocolate chips or dried fruit to the mix too. Enjoy! x

 

BANANA OAT ENERGY BITES

– 2 ripe bananas, if you’re not a banana fan you can substitute the banana for 200g of dates.
– 180g cup of rolled oats
– 65g of your favourite nut butter
– 85g honey

  • Mash up the bananas in a large mixing bowl. If using dates you will need to use a food processor to break them down, then add all the rest of the ingredients.
  • Stir in the rolled oats, almond butter and honey.
  • Scoop about 2 tablespoons of the mixture and roll into a 1-inch ball. Repeat with the rest of the mixture.
  • Refrigerate for 2 hours, allowing the oats enough time to soften.
  • Store the energy bites in the refrigerator for up to a week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months…but they won’t last that long!

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Dessert table Awesome-ness!

Hope everyone has had a great weekend!

This week’s blog post is all about the dessert table and how awesome they are!

Here at Bella’s I (Sydney) work with couples to create the perfect dessert tables for there after meal dessert or for the evening receptions. There are many items that you can have on your dessert table so at Bella’s all dessert tables are customised to order. Here are some images of dessert tables as well as some ideas for putting together an Awesome dessert table for your wedding day or any celebration!

  • You’re wedding day dessert table is all about celebrating your love so go ahead and show case this in your dessert table. Pick your favourite treats. Keeping your love for each other and sweets in mind.

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  • Dessert tables don’t need to just be tray bakes and cupcakes. Here at Bella’s we can also make doughnuts, cake truffles, mini pies, and chocolate mustache lollipops. Have this fun and a bit different dessert makes the table even more whimsical and fun to have. The different heights and textures incorporated also help with the creativity of the table too.

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  • Say you can’t decide on a cake flavour? Why not have a cutting cake and smaller cakes around this to cut into too! Here at Bella’s we can also make all our cakes into cupcakes!

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  • We also make handy place cards for your dessert table so everyone will know what flavour of cake they will be trying too!

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  • If your wedding has a unique colour palette, then carry it into your desserts table. Like Bella’s did here for Bryonie and Andy’s wedding dessert table. This was done here with gold on the chocolate naked cake, cake topper, and gold cake pops!

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  • Say you want a dessert table for a birthday party or another celebration! This can be done. Bella’s can mix candy, mini cakes, and a birthday cake all together to create a fun and delicious centrepiece for any type of party.

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(Baby shower dessert table!)

  • Do you need gluten free or vegan friendly cakes too for your dessert table? We can do this! At Bella’s we have a menu of vegan and gluten free cakes that is ever involving. And we believe wholeheartedly that everyone at a party should get to eat cake!

 “A Party without cake is just a meeting”

Julia Child <3

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(Vegan rose cake)

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Blossom Cakes

Happy Sunday evening! Hope everyone has had a great weekend and is ready for Monday and the week to come.

Recently I have been very lucky to have had the chance to create some lovely cakes decorated with buttercream flowers. As I love buttercream and making these cakes I want to spread the love of these beautiful cakes and have created a special offer for 3-tier blossom wedding cakes.

3 tier blossom cake for £295.00: This includes three round tiers to feed approx 100 people. It also includes a wood slice cake stand for you to keep, a custom cake topper, and choice of cake flavour. Delivery is not included in the price of this offer. All cakes can be customised with an array of buttercream flowers.

If you have any questions please contact me (Sydney) at : syd@bellascakes.biz

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The Naked Cake

So a big sorry for not posting much this week. There have been a few 5am baking starts which have kicked my tuchas! I would also like to say for those who say it getting lighter out in the mornings…I just don’t see it! It’s still pretty dark at 5am. Enough about that now on to the naked cake!

“It’s what’s on the inside that counts” certainly applies to the naked cake. No getting embarrassed or blushing at the sound of this dessert. Bella’s promises this is one aspect of your wedding day where it’s totally acceptable to be frosting-less (in the buff).

Here at Bella’s Cakes we love naked cakes not only because some are filled with Bella’s all time favorite buttercream frosting but they are unique in that instead of frosting the outside with layers of fondant the layers between are filled with buttercream and other fillings such as lemon, strawberry, and salted caramel. The sponge can also be different flavors and not just vanilla, they can be chocolate, carrot cake, and even bakewell.

Whether you’re just not a fan of sweet frosting or love the rustic vibe of these bare cakes, the naked cake is a great option that allows you to have a modern wedding cake that still has a beautiful classic finish. And with just as many ways to customise these cakes as a fully frosted wedding cake, you can achieve a custom look that reflects your wedding’s style.

Here is a little Q&A for you all as well. If you have any further question though please feel free to contact me at syd@bellascakes.biz

What is a naked cake? A naked cake is a style of cake where the layers are left un-frosted. Most naked cakes are finished with fresh flowers and fruit. But can also be finished with other edibles such as meringues, candy, syrups, and sprinkles. It really all comes down to how you would like your cake to be dressed. And what the cake is for a wedding, birthday, or a treat for home.

How to dress your naked cake? Naked cakes can be elaborate or very simple, it really comes down to what you see for you cake and how you would like it to reflect your event. With fresh flowers and fruit you can match these to the season or to the flowers you have on your wedding day.

Can you have different flavors of cake for each tier? Yes you can. Each tier might vary in colour depending on the flavor of cake. But this can then add to the final look of the cake which only then adds to the lovely rustic look of the cake.

Do the naked cakes have to be completely unfrosted? Nope! A naked cake can be as rustic as you would like with as little or more buttercream as you would like. In some of my cake consultations lately I have been asked to put a light icing finish on the outside of the sponge or a crumb coat which is the base coat of icing on a cake. This will give the cake a smooth finished look with some of the cake being covered and then some of the sponge coming though.

Do naked cakes stay fresh? Yep! Because of the style of the cake naked cakes are baked the day before the event date and are assembled the morning of your event. At Bella’s we take all possible measures to make sure that the sponges stay at their best for as long as possible.