Origins of Red Velvet Flavor

We did some research on Red Velvet to see if we could find the origins ^_^

Unfortunately there is no exact proven origin, however there are two main stories that tell of the beginning of this wonderful flavor.

The first is of a lady who went to The Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City around 1930s.

Waldorf Astoria in NYC

She ate a slice of Red Velvet cake from the hotel menu and truly enjoyed it. She later wrote to the chef in that hotel and asked for the recipe. She was sent the recipe and a bill, the amount is rumored to be from $100 – $200. She was outraged at the bill and to get back at the hotel, went sharing the recipe everywhere, even as a chain letter so as to spread the recipe to everyone. That is one version of the history of Red velvet.

The other version of the story is  that it was a secret recipe of a Lady Eaton, the owner of Eaton’s Department store in Canada.

Eaton’s store in Canada

It is said that they employees of the Bakery department of the store were sworn to silence by their employer as to the recipe of Red Velvet Cake. This is said to be around the 1950s.
As the various hotels and bakeries continued to sell the Red velvet cakes, people begun to slowly make their own versions of the cakes in their kitchens at home. It grew more popular in time.

There’s also a third story that it was a cake developed during the hard times in the United States when sugar was scarce. Sugar beets were used in the baking of the cake; therefore a minimal amount of sugar was required to bake the cake. With the addition of a small amount of cocoa powder, baking soda and use of buttermilk; this created a chemical reaction that darkened the color to that of a deep beet red and gave the cake a ‘velvety’ taste and texture. This is how the color of the ‘Red Velvet’ cake came to be; a deep rich red.

You can choose one story to believe; I believe it’s a mix of all three stories ^_^ Whatever you choose to believe, it’s definitely an un-forgettable cake flavor and every baker should definitely be able to bake a delicious Red Velvet cake.

More recently, Red velvet has gained popularity in different bakeries all over Kenya and is a favorite go to flavor for a lot of cake-lovers ^_^

Red velvet booklet cake slice
Slice of Red Velvet cake

To get our Baking with Amari recipe book, please click here. 

6 Types of Icing used for Cake decoration in Kenya

Here at Amari, we have noticed some people are making inquiries on types of icings and may not be sure of the differences. We have decided to explain some of the icings that are generally used in Kenya for cakes for a better understanding of them. Of course there are many different types out there, we’ll mention six of the more popular ones used.

 1. Buttercream Frosting:

This is one of the most popular frosting that is used for cakes and cupcakes. This type of frosting is made with icing sugar, liquid and unsalted butter (you can also substitute the butter for margarine). It is very popular because it’s one of the best tasting frosting and looks great for most decorating projects. It’s easy to use and make, it’s also very economical to make as well.

One of Amari Chocolate cake with buttercream creations ^_^

It can be made into a thin or stiff consistency depending of the amount of sugar used – more sugar makes it stiff. It remains soft enough on all types of cakes and even flower designs can be cut with a knife. However, this frosting melts if it is kept in very hot conditions so it is not good for outdoor events like weddings, etc. The frosting can be stored in an airtight container in a refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Buttercream can be used on most cakes; especially those made using the creaming and folding method such as Vanilla or Chocolate cake. There are also variations such as Cream Cheese Frosting (Buttercream frosting that has an additional ingredient – Cream cheese); which are best used on Red Velvet cake or Carrot cake.

Click here for a buttercream recipe (bottom of the page)

Amari Lemon Frosted cupcakes with buttercream frosting

 

2. Whipped Cream Frosting:

This is another popular type of frosting. It is creamy, delicate and sweet. This type of frosting is made with icing sugar and cream. Color can also be added (very gently – since the frosting is super sensitive) but it works well with pastel colors only e.g. light purple, pink etc. It can be used on most types of cakes especially lighter ones such as sponges.It is of a lighter consistency and should be used immediately if possible. The iced cake or cupcakes must be refrigerated if they’ll not be used immediately. the cream frosting remains soft on cakes. This frosting is also not good for cakes used for outdoor events since the cream needs to be mostly refrigerated to remain stable.

There is however a more stable commercial pre-mixed cream frosting option that is especially used by commercial bakeries – note that it’s non-dairy. Companies such as Puratos & Pristine, etc. have the 1L box package of pre-made cream frosting. It comes as a thick liquid, all you have to do is beat it with a whisk or electric mixer and in a few minutes you have cream frosting.

This type of frosting is best used on lighter cakes such as Chiffon cakes and other types of Sponge cakes.

Whipped Cream (courtesy: pixelatedcrumb.com)

3. Glazes

This is the simplest form of icing. It is made with icing sugar and a liquid mixed to form a thin consistency. It is poured and drizzled on all types of cakes, cupcakes or cookies.

Home-made Glazed chocolate cupcakes

A good example of recipes with a type of glaze are Sugar cookies or Lemon drizzle cake. Glaze forms a shiny hard crust when it sets.

4. Royal Icing

This type of frosting is made from icing sugar, egg whites and flavoring. An easier more hygienic way is to use meringue powder in place of the egg whites.

There are three main types of consistencies of this icing. One is that of a flooding consistency where it is shiny/glossy and more like a liquid or glaze. That way it can be used to drizzle on your cake or on cookies. It can also be beaten thoroughly until it is soft, fluffy and has peaks and also you can make it in a medium consistency that is in between the flooding & fluffy consistencies. You can also beat it longer for a stiff consistency.

When making this icing use grease free tools, any contact with grease will prevent peaks from forming. This icing dries candy-hard for lasting decoration. It is used for flower making, figure piping, making flowers on wire and decorating cookies.

It can also be used on most cakes; especially those made using creaming and folding method. It’s good to note that since it dries and hardens fast, you must work with it quickly. It is good for most climates since it sets hard and doesn’t melt under a lot of heat.

Click here for a recipe

Royal Icing (courtesy of foodnetwork.com)

 5. Rolled Fondant

This type of icing is a combination of icing sugar, glucose syrup, gelatin and food grade glycerine to make it pliable. It can also be made of icing sugar and melted marsh mellows. It is used on cakes with a firm structure like Pound cake or Fruit cake. It gives cake a smooth, sleek texture when finished and holds up very well. It can withstand high levels of heat and is therefore used a lot in outdoor events and occasions. It is particularly popular for wedding cakes with elaborate designs like bows and ribbons. However, some people may not enjoy the texture when they eat it, it’s chewy. It has a dough-like consistency that is rolled out before covering the cake. A butter cream or ganache layer (see below) is used on the cake before covering the cake with fondant. You can knead in the flavor or color preferred on the fondant. It stays semi-soft on cakes; it is highly recommended not to be refrigerated or frozen.

Click here for a recipe

Rolled fondant (www.wilton.com)

6. Ganache

This is a french term for chocolate melted with heavy cream. This type of icing is a combination of chocolate and cream (butter can also be added to make it shiny). It is used on cakes (especially chocolate ones ^_^ such as Chocolate fudge cake) and cookies as well; it gives them a shiny, beautiful drizzled glaze. It can also be used to drizzle as an extra garnish on cakes such as Black Forrest cake on top of a whipped cream frosting base.
You can make truffles if you beat until fluffy and stiff, then form into balls. You can also chill the ganache, beat it and frost a cake with it.

Click here for a recipe

Cake with Ganache (courtesy: allrecipes.com)

We hope this information has helped you get a better understanding of some of the different types of icing used on baked products. Any additions on the topic are always welcome ^_^!

We offer Basic Cake Decoration short courses if you know how to bake, but would love to learn how to decorate cakes. Check out Baking Classes page to find out the next intake on the Decoration classes.

Baking Equipment in Kenya-Cake Decorating

This is the second post on our series of Baking  Equipment Explained. If you haven’t read our previous post, you can read it here – Baking pans. This time our focus is on equipment used for cake decoration.

This post is helpful for those who would like to bake cakes at home and decorate them as well. These tools will help through every step of the cake decoration process.

1. Sifter/Sieve

This is a tool used to sift dry products like flour or icing sugar. It’s used to sift icing sugar into a mixing bowl before mixing it to allow for a smooth, lump-free consistency in the frosting. For baking purposes, stainless steel versions are the easiest to use and are easily found in major supermarkets. Also bake-ware shops like Topserve Ltd on Accra road in Nairobi CBD. They are available in medium to large sizes and range from Kshs. 50 to 500, depending on quality and size.

Stainless steel sifter

2. Cake Turn-table

This tool is used to set a cake on before icing it for stability and also mobility. There are two types of stands/tables; stationery stands which can also be used for display as well as for icing and Turn-tables – these are best for frosting a cake with ease of movement.

cake turntable
Cake Turn-table

These revolving cake stands are available for use when icing cakes.

Steel revolving Cake stand

They make icing a cake easier since you can move them in any direction. Turn-tables are available in plastic or stainless steel material. They are found in bake-ware shops such as Topserve Ltd. Stationery cake stands are available in bake-ware shops as well.

3. Cake Leveler

String Cake leveler (neartonothing.blogspot.com)

This is a great professional baker’s tool used to level a cake. Leveling a cake is done after the cake has cooled for at least an hour or more. This is when you cut the crown or top part of the cake that has peaked to create a level surface on the cake.
Cake levelers come in different sizes: small and large sizes that are adjustable.

Adjustable Cake leveler (courtesy of cakejournal.com)

Cake levelers are available in house-hold shops or cake supply shops like Topserve Ltd for about 1,000 to 3,000. You can also search online for distributors who sell them as well e.g. vituzote.com.

4. Bread Knife

Large serrated bread knife

If you don’t have a cake leveler, you can use a large bread knife. This is a serrated knife that can be used on smaller size cakes to do the leveling before you frost your cake. They can be found in major supermarkets or cake accessories shops as well. They range from Kshs. 90 to 1,500 depending on quality and brand.

5. Spatula

This tool can be used to scrape the frosting from the sides of the bowl. It is also used to scoop frosting onto a cake to be decorated. It is available in different sizes and materials. You can find silicone or wooden versions of the spatula, they are affordable and functional. Wooden spatulas can be found in some local market shops and supermarkets.

wooden spatula (courtesy of etsy.com)

Spatulas are also available in silicon versions; they are more durable and flexible. However they are more expensive but completely worth it. You can get them in cake supply shops, house-ware shop or major supermarkets.

Rubber spatulas – diff. sizes

6. Icing Spatula or Palette Knife

This very useful tool is used to spread frosting on a cake while decorating it. It is usually made of stainless steel material with a handle. It comes in a straight or beveled shape – these are known as off-set spatulas/palette knives.

Icing spatula-small (courtesy of annesfood.blogspot.com)

They are available in different sizes; from small to large. You can find them in major supermarkets, bake-ware shops like Topserve Ltd or some house-hold equipment shops for around Kshs. 550 to 3,000 (depending on size). You can also search online for any vendors who may sell them online.

Icing spatulas - various
Icing spatulas/ Palette knives

7. Fondant Smoother

This is a decorating tool used for smoothing fondant icing on sides and tops of cakes. It is available in stainless steel or a flexible plastic or silicon. It’s fitted with a handle for easy use. This tool is available in bake-ware shops in Nairobi or you can search online for vendors who sell it.

Icing Smoother
Icing Smoother

8. Nylon Icing bag with Nozzles

This is a triangular shaped hand-held bag made with nylon that is used to pipe frosting through a narrow opening at one end fitted with an adjustable nozzle attachment. Different nozzle designs are used based on the shape, design or sizes required by the decorator.

Nylon icing bag with nozzles

Nylon bags are used by bakers because they are easy to use and clean as well. They are available in small, medium and large sizes. You can also purchase them in bake-ware shops You can purchase a set; this include the bags, nozzle attachments and nozzles of different shapes; they range about Kshs. 970 to 3,000. You can also purchase the pieces separately for easy planning e.g. nylon bag (Kshs. 720 – 970), nozzle attachments/couplers (Kshs.90) and different nozzles (Kshs. 130 – 250 per piece).

Please note that there are also disposable plastic piping bags that can be used once or twice before discarding.

disposable bag
Disposable Piping Bag

You can choose to use these as well.

disposable-piping-bag-thin
Thin Disposable Piping bags (one time use)

9. Icing Set

This is a cake decoration set that has a narrow pipe shaped container that has a fitted nozzle on one end and a movable handle on the other end to push frosting towards the nozzle side. The icing set comes with its own set of nozzles; usually 5 – 10 pieces. The sets are usually easily available in major supermarkets, bake-ware shops or online vendors. They come in plastic or stainless steel material. They range from Kshs.800 – 2,000.

Icing Set with nozzles (courtesy of overstock.com)

A lot of these decorating tools can be easily found in Nairobi in most leading supermarkets, bake-ware shops like Topserve Ltd on Accra Road in Nairobi CBD and you can also search for vendors online. Any other additions and/or suggestions are always welcome. Happy Cake Decorating ^_^!

We offer baking classes if you would like to learn how to decorate. We’re also offering online classes, click here. Email us at: amaribreads@gmail.com for more info or call/text: 0701796688

If you would like to get a Decorating set that has all the above tools and more; check out the Topserve decorating kit. We did a video for the unboxing of the kit with a breakdown of all the things included; the video is shared here = Topserve Decorating Kit.

Click here to check their site – Topserve Ltd.

Amari New Years Resolutions for 2013

We hope that you all had a very Merry Christmas and an even Happier New Years. 

We are glad to be back from the holidays and very ready to serve you. Like everyone else out there, we love to recap on goals we had set for ourselves last year to see if we achieved them, if not, plan on better ways to achieve them. We also make our own resolutions; as a team and also to our customers as well. We’re sure that you, our customers, have also made resolutions and we hope you work towards them and achieve them as planned. We will offer some tips on how to make and keep your resolutions, hope they help.

Goals we achieved in 2012

We were very happy with everyone’s response when we opened on March 15, 2012 and as we offered our products we gained customers and lot of fans on both our Facebook and Twitter pages. For that we are grateful and we will continue to serve you well and gain support ^_^.

Another great achievement was being able to make payment very convenient and low-cost for our customers. This was possible through our MPESA Buy Goods Till number 89736, thanks to a great company called Kopo Kopo Inc.  Payment is now very easy to make at no cost to you since there is no transaction fee.

We are also glad that we now deliver to all areas in Nairobi. We are able to do so thanks to a courier company that we are currently working with called E.C. Errands. We are now able to deliver to even more people in Nairobi and that makes us really happy ^_^.

Goals to achieve in 2013

For this year we want to work even harder to serve our customers. We will start offering baking classes, our goal is to be ready by April 2013. We have had numerous requests for classes and it is a project we are currently working on right now. We will keep you updated and let you know when we start.

Another goal we have is to continuously extend our menu. This will be in line with our mission – to provide variety in taste and choice to our customers. We will add more flavors of our fruit breads, cakes and cupcakes. We also plan on adding cookies to our menu as well, that’s also in the works.

Starting next month, we shall also start a new feature – “Flavor of the month.” We will showcase a flavor every month and offer sales on products of that flavor. This will give us an opportunity to highlight the different flavors we use in our products and share the love of those flavors with you  ^_^.

We are also promising more sales, discounts, offers and free stuff for our customers this year. We will do so with our monthly and holiday offers. We will also have e-books that will help us share more recipes and detailed tips to help you with your home-baking projects.
We’re very excited about 2013, we hope you are as well ^_^!

8 Tips on making and keeping your New Years Resolutions

Here are some tips we use to make and achieve our goals, we hope they will be helpful to you.

1. Be true to yourself:

– Be honest about what you want and why you do what you do while making your goals.

2. Create and maintain a good lifestyle that will keep you energetic:

– Keep a healthy lifestyle and get enough sleep. Have a good and reasonable exercise regimen and get at least 7 hours of sleep.

3. Set few important goals and stick to them:

– Select a maximum of 3 things that are your highest priority and make a plan on how to work on them.

4. Set aside time in your daily schedule for focused effort:

– Make sure you schedule a specific time everyday to work on just one thing.

5. Turn down things that are not consistent with your goals:

– When necessary, learn to say NO.

6. Look for ways or systems that will do things better and faster.

– Find out tasks that you do repeatedly and find ways to improve how you do them or how to delegate them to others.

7. Break goals into small segments and work on each segment at a time:

– Instead of thinking of a big goal, that might be a bit scary, when you divide the process into many steps; it will seem manageable.  Then work and think of only that one step at a time and you move towards achieving your main goal.

8. Stop doing things that are not important and finish what is:

If a certain task is not important and not in line with your goals and it consumes a lot of your time – you should stop doing it. Do only that which is important and in-line with your final goal.

We hope that the tips on goal making we have provided will be helpful to you. We will definitely use the above tips to achieve our 2013 resolutions so as to achieve our ultimate goal which is to keep you happy and loyal to our brand ^_^!

Christmas Home Baking Ideas in Nairobi

For the holiday festivities, after a hearty Christmas meal, dessert is definitely a must. That’s where we come in ^_^! We are here to help out with your home-baking for Christmas this season. If you’re not sure what to bake this Christmas, check out some of our previous recipe posts that will be good ideas for a delicious and easily prepared cakes and cookies to bake for your family.

 

FOR BREAKFAST:

* 7 Easy Steps to Fluffy Orange-flavored Pancakes

This is a great recipe for breakfast with the family. You can always change the recipe and make additions like raisins or sultanas in the batter to make it very festive ^_^. You can also skip the orange juice and put Vanilla essence instead for a different flavors. Chocolate chips are also a fun addition to make it truly delicious with vanilla. Try it out this Christmas.

delish pancakes

 

CHRISTMAS DESSERT:

SNACKS:

* Oatmeal Cookies

This is a nice option for both kids and adults. It’s delicious and healthy.

* Sugar Cookies

This is a favorite for the kids and you can always make different shapes and colors for the glaze to make it more festive and fun. They are also very sweet and delicious.

Sugar Cookies

 

* Lemon Drizzle

This is also another kids favorite. You can make it a large sheet size or in a large rectangle or square pan and cut into small bite-sized squares. We haven’t yet met a child that doesn’t like them ^_^!

Lemon Drizzle Cake

 

CELEBRATION CAKE:

* Pound Cake with Frosting

This is a crowd favorite. Just bake it in any large size you would prefer, then frost and decorate it to your heart’s delight.  Everyone will love it ^_^! Simple and hustle – free baking.

Pink Pound Cake

 

* Apple Cake

This is a very great option for those family members who do not like frosting on their cake. It is a delicious cake but if  you would also like to add frosting, you can. Everyone will enjoy this special treat for Christmas.

Apple Mini-Cake

 

* Red Velvet Cake

This is an all-time favorite and I think it’s great for Christmas especially. We don’t currently have a Red Velvet Cake recipe right now (You can try out this cupcakes recipe though ^_^) We however want to share from a blog we truly love and would like you to love since we all share a passion in baking. Try this recipe of hers. The blog is Sweetapolita. She’s a lovely blogger based in Canada and she inspires us with all her baking projects. This is a great Christmas recipe if you can manage it. Enjoy ^_^

Red Velvet by Sweetapolita.com

We hope these recipes will be of help to you. Good luck with the Christmas festivity planning and Happy Baking ^_^!!
Merry Christmas!

Our 10 Most Popular Blog Posts of the Year – 2012

As we wind down this fruitful year, we’ve been taking a look at our blog posts to see which ones you like so that we’re able to keep bringing you more information on baking that you’re more interested in. So as we prepare for next year, we want to recap the list of our most popular blog posts of 2012. If you haven’t seen them all, make sure to do. We also love getting feedback so post a comment for us for any suggestions for future topics or just any additional information you may like. Thank you for your continued support ^_^!

1. Home-Baking in Kenya

This is our most popular post, it has had over 1,200 views to date. We’re glad that people in Kenya are very interested in baking at home. We understand the passion and if you already do bake at home; keep it up! We will continue to provide you with baking tips, tricks and recipes as well.

2. 10 Baking Terminologies Explained

This post explained some terms that may not be familiar to new home-bakers, but are often found in recipes. This post has had over 320 views to date. We’re glad we can be of help in decoding bakery language. ^_^

3. 5 Things you must know about Baking

This is another post that explains some tips that will definitely come in handy while preparing for your baking at home. It has had over 150 views to date.

4. Baking Equipment in Kenya Explained – Baking pans

This post breaks down the different kinds of baking pans used. For those people who don’t really know what the different types of pans you may see in Kitchen-ware or Bakeware shops. All those questions are answered in this post. This post has had over 140 views to date. We’re glad to be helping out with your baking hobbies, as well as making it easier for you  ^_^

5. Best Oatmeal Cookies in Kenya

This post is a recipe for one of our top favorite cookies of all time – Oatmeal Cookies! This delicious treats are crunchy, sweet & even a bit healthy due to the Oatmeal in them. They are also very easy to make. If you haven’t tried it, check it out and make some cookies for Christmas! This post has had over 125 views to date. 

6. 7 Easy Steps to Fluffy Orange-Flavored Pancakes

This is also a favorite recipe, mostly because you don’t need an actual oven to make this beauties. You just need to make this cakes on a pan ^_^. We’ve just made the pancake recipe a bit more interesting by adding some Orange juice for a great flavor. Try them out today – very easy. This post has had over 105 views to date.

7. 10 Benefits of our three favorite fruits

This post highlights the advantages of our favorite fruits – we say favorite because we use those fruits: Bananas, Oranges and Lemons to make our fruit breads. Banana bread, Lemon bread and Orange bread. We make awesome fresh bread for you that is value added with great fruits – isn’t that great? ^_^ Check out more reasons to order our breads from us. This post has had over 100 views to date.

 8. 5 Unexpected Ways to Rock @ Baking

This post give you some tips on helping you prepare and organize yourself for your home-baking projects. It also helps your baked products be more personal, presentable, easier and fun. If you bake at home, check out these tips our and try them if you don’t already – very helpful. This post has have over 95 views to date.

9. 15 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for your loved ones

We love to help out in any way during special occasions and holidays. This post was to help anyone out with their gift buying for their loved ones during Valentine’s Day. It is also helpful this season as well ^_^! Glad we could be of service to you in any way. This post has had over 90 views to date.

10. Fruit Bread in Nairobi – Dried Fruits benefits

Our 10th most popular post to date is this one that highlights our launch of the Fruit bread and the benefits of dried fruits that we use in it. Most people may not know that dried fruits have benefits and of course; we’re always glad to give you information on the ingredients we use in our products. You can always buy some dried fruits to snack on at home or in your office any time ^_^. Check it out if you haven’t already, this post has had over 75 views to date. Also if you feel you would like to try out some fruit bread, order from our website or call us on 0707557091.

We’re so happy that we’re gathering more followers for our blog and we’re glad that we’re able to provide information on baking and recipes for you to try at home. Stay tuned for more of the same this coming year and make sure you enjoy this holiday season ^_^!

 

5 Gift Ideas for Christmas in Nairobi

Most people by now have probably done their Christmas gift shopping. However if you’re doing last minute gift shopping like some of us do, here are some ideas that may help you out ^_^.

1. Amari Christmas Offers

We have Christmas offers on our Cupcakes and cakes as well as our Fruit breads. You can order any of our Christmas packages and have it delivered by Christmas Eve to your loved one or that special friend. We are offering delivery for all our products this Christmas up to Christmas Eve for the utmost convenience and because we want you to eat Christmas dessert when it’s as fresh as possible. Check out our offers and don’t forget we also deliver anywhere in Nairobi, so check out our areas and rates.

Amari Red Velvet Christmas Cake

2. Christmas Gift Baskets and Hampers 

Christmas gift basket and gift hampers are very common in supermarkets and stores in Nairobi this season. If you enter most major supermarket chains such as Nakumatt, Tuskys, Naivas or Ukwala; you will find Christmas gift baskets that are already arranged and ready for purchase. This can come in handy for a quick Christmas gift buy. You can also check your local or specialty stores for their current Christmas gift offers and baskets. Stores such as jewelery shops, clothing shops, salons, spas and restaurants also offer holiday dining specials. Visit the stores physically or their websites to know before-hand what they have on offer.
Another idea is to check out malls which have holiday specials, such as; Sarit Centre, Westgate Shopping Mall or The Junction. An example is The Junction Mall which has a website you can visit to see if they have any offers.

Gift  Basket (Photo courtesy of olx.com)

3. Christmas Holiday Vacation Packages for Tours and Safaris

Another idea is if you want to give a gift in which the person can travel or go on vacation. This is good for family members because you can enjoy the gift with them ^_^. You can choose one of the many travel destinations in Kenya to go to. Whether it is in the Coast in Mombasa, touring in the Mara or a vacation in a lodge in Nakuru. There are many Tours and Safaris packages available this season. Check with your local travel agency or visit this website for ideas on bookings:
www.gokenyasafari.com

kenyaecosafaris.com

4. Online Deals and Discount offers this Christmas

A currently popular trend in Kenya that is a good gift idea are online deals and offers. There are different online marketing companies that offer online deals and discounts for products or services at a 50% discount of the original price. You can look at different current deals that are running and choose one that would suit the person you would like to purchase the deal for as a gift. We ran such a discount with Rupu a few weeks ago ^_^. They are a fun way for customers to try out new products and services from a vendor at a high discount. Try out some of these websites to check out their current deals; Rupu, Mocality, Zetu and Eatout (They connect you will restaurants and even offer delivery to you)

5. Personal Gifts.

If you would like specialized personal gifts for your loved ones or for that special someone; you can just check out our previous post on ideas for gifts for him or her here.

We hope this is helpful for your Christmas Shopping this season. Good luck and Happy Holidays ^_^!

Amari Online Christmas Offers in Nairobi

Christmas season is truly here, we’re sure most of you have put up your Christmas tree and decorations and you’re busy planning the Christmas festivities and doing Christmas gift shopping.

Here at Amari, we have holiday offers to share with our wonderful customers to show our appreciation of their support this whole year. We hope you all take advantage of them and enjoy this season.

Here are the various offers we’re having this month:

* Jamuhuri Day Fruit Bread Sale

Period: Monday December 10th to Wednesday Dec. 12th, 2012.

This sale is on our popular fruit breads; Banana, Lemon & Orange bread. If you buy 3 or more loaves, you get each at Kshs. 100 each. Free delivery will be available in some areas – Level 1, 2 and 3. Check here for the rates for other delivery areas. Rates & Areas.

* Amari 12 Days of Christmas Facebook Give-away

 Period: Wednesday December 12th to Sunday December 23rd, 2012

We will be having a 12 day give-away for some of our products. Every day we will post a challenge, question or small trivia on our Facebook page and the number of people stated to win will receive the free product. We have different products every day and more people are eligible to win every day. Winners will be announced daily at the end of the day. Free delivery for the products will be available only to Riruta, Ngong road, Hurlingham, Lavington, Westlands, Valley road & CBD areas.

“like” our page ^_^

* Amari Website Christmas Offers

 Period: Wednesday December 12th to Friday January 4th, 2013

We are going to be having sales on our Cakes, Cupcakes and Fruit breads for Christmas. We have different packages to suite a large number of people or a small gathering for Christmas. The packages are all at discounted rates. Check out our website Christmas offers page to get the details of the rates and discounts. This will make your Christmas dessert shopping easy and convenient since you will just order online, pay electronically and your order delivery will be scheduled to suit your plans. We will offer delivery up to Christmas Eve and we now offer delivery to all areas in Nairobi.

Red Velvet Christmas Mini Cake

* Amari Christmas Season Deliveries

Our Fruit breads, Frosted Cupcakes & Cakes are made fresh daily and do not contain any preservatives or bread stabilizers. Since we know you want to have Christmas desserts that will be fresh and very delicious. We are going to be offering delivery right before Christmas on Sunday December 23rd from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Monday December 24th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This will ensure that you get fresh baked products for your Christmas Festivities.
Make sure you make your order early to make delivery scheduling easier and more efficient. We deliver to all areas in Nairobi so make sure you check out our areas and rates for better planning.

All the best in your Christmas holiday shopping, be prepared and plan ahead for a stress-free Christmas season. Good luck ^_^

Holiday Online Shopping in Nairobi even easier this December

In our continued efforts to serve you better and to be our preferred online bakery needs supplier in Nairobi; we are now offering delivery to all areas in Nairobi.

 In order to streamline our delivery operations, we are now using a courier service that will be efficient and effective while delivering your order directly to your office or home. This will be very helpful to you while doing your holiday shopping this Christmas. Just make your order online or call/text us at 0707557091. Pay electronically at no cost using our MPESA Buy Goods Till no. 89736 and we’ll deliver to you the next day. Complete convenience ^_^!.

For our new delivery rates, click in this link: Amari Delivery areas & Rates.

AMARI Frosted Cupcakes and Cakes Deliveries:

For efficiency in delivery of our cakes and cupcakes which require very delicate care while handling and transporting them; we now have a schedule for specific delivery days of the week. Make sure you order a day before by 4 p.m. for the next day delivery.

Frosted Cupcakes & Cake delivery days:

* Monday (make order on Saturday or Sunday by 1 p.m.)
* Wednesday (make order by Tuesday 4 p.m.)
* Friday (make order by Thursday 4 p.m.)
* Saturday (make order by Friday 4 p.m.)

We thank you for your continued support and for growing with us.
To order: Make sure you visit our website www.amaribakery.co.ke.
order online through our shopping cart, e-mail us: info@amaribakery.co.ke or call/text us on 0707557091.

Happy Holiday Shopping ^_^!

4 Helpful Tips & Tricks to use while baking at home

While baking, just like in any other craft, there are tricks to use to make the end results more delicious, making the actual preparation process a bit easier or just to add a personal touch.

We’ve decided to share some tricks we use in our bakery to help us out, you can try them our as well while baking at home ^_^

1. VANILLA SUGAR

In a glass jar, put sugar and an opened Vanilla bean pod and close it tightly. After a week or more, you will have vanilla flavored sugar in the jar. This is helpful for Vanilla Cake recipes; you can also reduce the amount of Vanilla essence you use in the recipe as well. Naisenya Foods is a great brand you can buy from who sell Vanilla Beans. You can also find vanilla beans being sold in some supermarkets e.g. Carrefour, Healthy U or Chandarana Supermarkets.

Vanilla bean (courtesy of myvanillashop.com)

 2. LEMON/ ORANGE SUGAR

For Lemon or Orange bread or cake recipes; same applies as above. While preparing before baking, put the required amount of sugar for the recipe in a bowl. Grate the rind as required and mix it with the sugar. Let it sit for at least 3 – 5 minutes then use it in the recipe. Your cake or bread will have a stronger fruit flavor.

Lemon sugar
Lemon rind & sugar (courtesy of Attainable Sustainable)

3. CAKE FLOUR

Some recipes call for cake flour; if you don’t have access to Cake flour you can purchase – just make your own. Measure 1 cup of flour, then remove 2 Tablespoons of flour and replace it with 2 Tablespoons of Corn Starch. Corn Starch can be found in bake supplies shops such as Topserve Ltd or in major supermarkets. Voila! You have cake flour.

4. DRIED FRUITS

For fruit cake or bread; pre-soak the dried fruits in a jar or bowl with water, juice, strong tea, coffee or a dark liquor e.g. Brandy or Rum.

Drain them, pat them dry and use in the recipe as instructed. If you find that when you use dried fruits in your cake recipe and they’re sinking to the bottom of the batter; after patting them dry, dust them with a little bit of wheat flour before using them to avoid them sinking.

Dried fruits

These tips and tricks have helped many bakers out, hope they come in handy in your kitchen at home.
If you have any other tips you use while baking at home, please feel free to share below, thanks ^_^

You can learn more tips and trick while learning how to bake with us. Join today and start learning. Click on this link to find out our available short baking courses.

Click here to find out our current intake and class dates.