POSITIVE BAKES: VEGAN & SUSTAINABLE CAKES THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE
The brand new baker about town comes in the guise of Positive Bakes. Now, this is not just any baker, this is artisan baking, cakes hand crafted in an allergen friendly bakery, all plant based, with sustainability at the forefront of its business ethic. Vegan, dairy, gluten, soya, GMO and free from refined sugar, welcome to the future of sustainable cake making.
Full Disclosure: Positive Bakes sent treats featured to me in exchange for this post and social media coverage on my channels. All opinions and views are honest and my own. This is a brand that I buy gifts from regularly and therefore love. All photography is my own and therefore a copyright of Be-lavie. Please do not reproduce without prior permission.
The Team Vision
Headed by a front man, a creative, an operations manager and the artisanal baker this bijoux team has the vision to transform the way we eat cake. Their vision is to produce the sustainable cake of the future ‘being positively plant-based’.
Sustainability At The Forefront
Based in Leicester Food Park, Positive Bakes boasts a low impact on the environment, baking using minimal ingredients and concentrating their efforts on combining flavours with a big helping of kindness to the planet. Each cake is made from scratch and thus allowing control over the ingredients used as well knowing exactly what goes into them. Suppliers have been hand-selected to ensure 100% traceability, transparency and sustainability is adhered to throughout the process.
Introducing The Cakes
Positive Bakes selection of cakes comes in a variety of cake bakes, raw cakes, slices and bars, not forgetting brownies. These delectable sweet treats come in a tray of 14, so that you order less to reduce packaging and can be frozen.
Positive bakes kindly gifted me a Mixed Selection Box and was I in for a treat. The flavour combinations were a knock-out and included the following, cacao and orange cake, cacao, banana and almond cake, chai cake, mango and ginger brownie, lime sea salt brownie, hazelnut brownie, orange and cardamom brownie and the newly launched lemon and poppy seed cake.
Personally I’m a huge fan of lemon based cakes as well as chai flavour and cardamom, so I was totally sold. The flavours were absolutely spot on as well as texture. Cakes must be fresh and moist and these were just that. Additionally they were not overly sweet, with the omission of refined sugars and the cacao provided the right amount of good chocolatey flavour.
I’d also add that portion sizes are just correct, providing just that right amount to be eaten as a mid-morning or afternoon snack or an alternative to very unhealthy treats.
If you’re wondering what an allergen, plant based cake would taste like or can’t get yourself around to the idea of eating cake, which contains goodness then give these a shot as I have a feeling you may well be surprised and trust me there’s a flavour of cake or brownie to suit every palette.
Packaging & Recycling
In order to reduce the impact of plastic and packaging on the environment, Positive Bakes offers a range of large portion sizes so you’re ordering not so frequently and keeping them frozen means less shipping cost, packaging and food wastage.
Positive Bakes cakes are sent via an aluminium tray, in a card sleeve, which are both reusable and 100% recyclable and the wrap around the aluminium tray is also 100% compostable. This wrap is completely plant based and better for the environment than a typical BPA free plastic wrap, which tends to end up in landfill. A recycled denim liner is used to keep cakes frozen on their journey to the consumer, the bakery favours this over sheep’s’ wool liners for ethical and hygiene reasons.
The insulation that’s being used has a financial cost attached to it so Positive Bakes would pay postage if you sent it back to them for re-use or alternatively you could use it around the house. It’s a little detail like this that the brand considered to reduce their carbon footprint that I find endearing and an inspiration in the future of transporting food.
Positive bakes are aiming to offer smaller pack sizes in the future with more advancements in packaging and the brand will be able to achieve being 100% biodegradable and compostable.
New Additions to Positive Bakes
As from Autumn 2020, Positive bakes have been busy expanding their range of treats to include brownies as well as blondies, cakes, scones and flapjacks. Cakes come in variety of flavours such as pink berry rose, ginger and mango, carrot and orange, brownies and blondies include Margarita, orange and cardamom, pink peppercorn, pineapple and chilli, with fruit and classic scones. The flapjacks sound equally delicious with a few varieties, including a breakfast one! So many more flavours available too, just check out Positive Bakes’ website!
In preparation for Diwali 2020, Positive Bakes have launched a Diwali cake box and also brownie box. They contain the most gorgeous jewel like colours of their bakes and make for a fantastic gift or treat for yourself. the perfect alternative to traditional Indian sweets.
You don’t have to celebrate Diwali yo enjoy these and the same options are available to buy in different combinations. Just head over to them online and take your pick!
No pun intended but I can only report of a Positive experience with cakes from Positive bakes. Delicious tasting plant based, allergen free cakes and brownies, delivered to your door. Sustainability at the forefront of the brands mission and a notable effort to reduce their carbon footprint makes this brand very unique. I reckon you’ll be hooked once you give these artisan bakes a go and if that’s the case, they even do cake club, find out more on their website.
Go on what are you waiting for? After all you know a cup of tea should always be accompanied by a sustainable, moreish sweet treat. Make sure your next one’s from Positive Bakes!
Find out more about Positive Bakes at
Tel. 0116 340 6599
Tell me, are you a fan of cakes and does sustainably sourced foods form part of your lifestyle choices? let me know in the comments below…