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NeedCake Hit The Road

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It’s been an exciting few weeks here at NeedCake HQ.  Firstly, the arrival of our beautiful banner meant the good people of Bathgate could finally find us without the need for maps, SatNav and tracker dogs.  I think you’ll agree that it fairly catches the eye Apronsand brightens up Drumcross Road!

We’ve also treated ourselves to some fantastically personalised aprons, courtesy of the wonderful women at Fun With Fabrics at Kidzeco.  How great do these look?

Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, NeedCake were delighted to finally be able to join the ranks of some of the best small producers in the local area and take up our place in the Bathgate Food Assembly.

Food assemblyThe Food Assembly aims to bring together people to buy fresh food directly from local farmers and foodmakers.  If you haven’t already checked them out, take a look at their website or keep an eye on their Facebook page and come along to the next Meet The Producer night.

Speaking of which, we were lucky enough to hold our own event at the Food Assembly a couple of weeks ago.  We took along samples of some of our delicious cakes, including NeedCake Gluten Free Vegan Friedly Allergy Friendly Shop Local West Lothian Bathgateour new sumptuous Red Velvet cupcakes and limited edition Sticky Gingerbread.  It was great to meet some of the Assembly regulars, plus catch up with some familiar faces.

Bathgate Food Assembly are hosting an Artisan Farmer’s Market in Whitburn on November 18th, starting at 9am and featuring some of the best local producers.  It would be wonderful to see you there – we’ll be showcasing our Christmas range, alongside some of our regular favourites.

NeedCake will also be popping up at some local Christmas Fayres, including Simpson Primary’s in Wester Inch and Balbardie Primary’s – some along, say hi and get some lovely goodies and gifts.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page and Instagram feed for details of future events.

Before we go, we’d love to know what you think of our new look website.  Please feel free to leave a comment here, or on our Facebook page.

Until next time, cake lovers, take care.

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Only 92 Sleeps…

Yip, that’s right folks, it’s only 92 sleeps till Christmas.  Ninety-two sounds like quite a lot, though, doesn’t it?  Ninety-two more bath times.  Ninety-two more bedtime stories.  Ninety-two more arguments about choosing the wrong pyjamas/cuddly toy/bedtime drink receptacle before the mince pie and carrot are sat by the fireplace.

There’s something almost wrong in beginning to turn one’s attention to thoughts of mince pies, Christmas presents and chipolatas when the leaves are still green and the days are only beginning to shorten.

However, when it comes to planning things in advance, I have discovered there is no such thing as too soon.  That’s why I find myself pouring over the internet and Pinterest to gather ideas for our Christmas range while my children are still playing outside in T-Shirts.

So where does one start?  The most obvious place would be cupcakes, and so far I’ve managed to find these little gems:


healthy Christmas Tree Cupcakes

I love these perfectly piped christmas trees and think they would look great decorated with our Vegan-Friendly star sprinkles.  Then there’s these minty little numbers:

Eggless Cupcakes with Candy Canes and Dairy Free Frosting! This vegan dessert is  perfect for the holidays! ChristmasDessert Recipe

Wouldn’t these be great with a hot chocolate after a wintry walk?  For the traditionalists, I’ve found these dinky little puddings – perhaps they could work with a fruit cake mix too?

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From IevaBakes on

And it really wouldn’t be Christmas without a nod to the most famous reindeer of all:



Then there’s the celebration cakes.  I’m currently on the hunt for a suitable allergy and vegan friendly fruit cake recipe that can be decorated as a traditional Christmas cake.  I’m thinking lashings of dried fruit and possibly a wee nip of brandy!  Contenders so far include:


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I love the high fruit content of this one, which would be the perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea and an old Christmas film.  Or there’s this little beauty, which just looks so moist and juicy:

Vegan Richa: Spiced Fruit and Nut Cake Recipe

As with all NeedCake recipes, all my discoveries will need tweaking and testing to ensure I can make them nutless and free from gluten – and that means eating a whole lot of cake between now and December!

Then there’s gift ideas.  NeedCake will be venturing out and about to some local markets and fayres in the lead up to the big day and we’d like to ensure we’ve catered for everyone, so I want to provide an option for people planning to post gifts or those who need something with a longer use-by date.

I’m thinking along these lines:


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The beauty of these recipe jars is that the person making them will be able to recreate NeedCake recipes in the comfort of their own home. They’ll have the choice of which milk they use, plus eggs can be added instead of the replacer we use here.

Then there’s the ever popular sharing pots.  Hopefully I can infuse a Christmassy vibe with rich flavours of chocolate, mint, red velvet and cinnamon to bring comfort and warmth to those cold winter days – albeit not in the same pot!

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So I’ve got lots to be getting on with during those ninety-two short days!  It would be great to take on board some of your ideas too – what would you like to see available this Christmas?  We’d love to be able to fill a gap in your Christmas preparations, whether it’s something for your own Christmas table or a gift for someone who is usually difficult to buy for.  Get in touch with your ideas, we’d love to know what you think.