With World Baking Day on the horizon, the team at Bidfood share a delicious recipe for a sticky orange marmalade cake.

At Bidfood, our passion for great tasting food is something we share with all our customers. As one of the UK’s leading foodservice providers, we strive to go above and beyond for our customers. For us, it’s not just about delivering boxes, it’s about adding value to our customers’ businesses so they can grow. 

That’s why we have a host of experts from Chef Development, Technology, Nutrition and more, all on hand to share the latest industry knowledge, nutritional advice and guidance on food standards and legislation. Caring about our customers is the reason why we strive to deliver service excellence, and because of that, we’ve taken a forward-thinking approach to care home catering.    

With years of experience between them, our dedicated care team provide operators with support on hydration, dementia, diabetes and IDDSI meals, as well as keeping up to date with the latest food and drink trends. Our chef team have even developed an encyclopaedia of over 500 recipes, providing plenty of inspiration to ensure all residents experience joyful meal times. 

It’s World Baking Day on the 19th May and what could be better than a slice (or two) of something soft, moist and delicious? From cakes, biscuits, and loaves, a baked good can work across multiple meal times and the warm, comforting aromas wafting around your care home can create a sense of nostalgia and stimulate resident’s appetites. 

Remember to adapt whatever you’re baking for your resident’s various dietary needs such as gluten, dairy or sugar-free. Providing alternatives for ingredients will ensure that you accommodate every resident. 

World Baking Day also poses as a perfect opportunity to get your residents involved with some exciting baking activities. Involve them in every part of the baking process, from measuring ingredients to mixing and decorating! This promotes a sense of accomplishment and encourages social interaction among residents. Make sure you create a relaxing atmosphere; you want to make it an enjoyable experience, so why not play some soothing music and decorate the baking area with colourful decorations, this will also spark up some conversation between your residents. 

Our sticky orange marmalade cake is the definition of warmth and comfort. A light yet rich dessert, it oozes with citrusy sweetness, infused with the vibrant flavours of orange marmalade. Each bite offers a delightful burst of tangy, zesty goodness and can be made as individual cake portions or a charming loaf cake.  

For more baking inspiration and how to plan your menus throughout the week, check out our Menu Cycles guide here: https://view.bidfood.co.uk/bidfood-menu-cycle-care-homes/?page=1  

Ingredients:

  • 200g baking margarine 
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 4 large eggs 
  • 200g orange marmalade 
  • 60ml whole milk
  • 8g gluten free baking powder 
  • 275g self-raising flour 
  • 300g dried sultanas 
  • 100g whole glacier cherries 

Method:

  1. Preheat your over to 180 degrees.
  2. Grease and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  3. Cream the caster sugar and softened butter until it’s fluffy and light.
  4. Add eggs, milk and 125g of the orange marmalade to the cream mixture.
  5. Sift through the flour and baking powder. Mix just enough to create a silky batter. We don’t want to overdo it, gentle touch us key.
  6. Now, add the sultanas and cherries to the mix. Gently, mic them at low speed with a spatula, ensuring they’re evenly distributed.
  7. Pour the mixture into the prepped tray. Spread the batter evenly and let it settle for a while.
  8. Place the baking tray into the over, setting a timer for 40-45 minutes. When the cake has risen, turned a delicious golden colour and not sticky in the middle, take it out.
  9. Once out the oven, allow the cake to relax in the tin for about 10 minutes. Warm the remaining marmalade and brush on top of the cake before allowing it to cool.

To find out more about Bidfood’s care offering visit https://www.bidfood.co.uk/care-homes/