Baking inspiration with Biscuiteers
We know that many Roberts radios take pride and place in the family kitchen, whether you tune into the day’s news over your breakfast, or stream your favourite podcast or playlist while cooking or baking. Listening is a passive habit for many of us while in the kitchen. We've teamed up with the extraordinary luxury biscuit brand Biscuiteers to create our popular Rambler radios as delicious edibles, and we were curious to know what their icers and bakers listen to while they spend hours in the icing parlour on their sensational creations. Read on to find out...
How do your team come up with designs, where do they get their inspiration from?
As part of the product development team, we always know that we need a fresh look for each seasonal occasion, so we work hard to make sure that every year, each season that we celebrate looks different and there is always something new for our customers to get excited about. There are 6 major seasons throughout the year that we celebrate (Mother’s Day, Easter, Father’s Day, Halloween etc..) but there are also seasons such as teacher gifting, exam congratulations and back to school which are great gifting occasions for us to explore. We also like to take time to look at all year round gifting occasions, such as birthdays, new baby, thank you to refresh the range. Most collections start with an idea which can come from customers sharing what they’d like to see, to successes on social which we created for fun, to ideas which I have in my head from my own design inspiration - I interpret that into a biscuit design, taking into consideration colour palettes and complexity of the biscuits as all the designs I make will be reproduced by our team of icers. Usually we are able to finalise the new collections for a season in about a month. The range for Christmas is so vital to get right as it is a huge part of our business, so it can take around 3 months to get everything finalised.
The Grand Icing hall sounds like a wonderful place! Can you describe a day in the life of a Biscuiteers icer?
Icers at Biscuiteers start their day mixing the colours that are needed for production that day and organising all the biscuits we need for the days work. Icing the biscuits is done in three stages. Outlining the biscuits, which means creating an icing barrier around the edge of the biscuit. Next comes flooding the biscuits, this is done with a runnier mix of icing, biscuits then enter our low-temperature ovens to dry the wet icing for an hour. Lastly, we pipe the detail onto the dried biscuits, giving them to a high-quality finish that our customers know and love! On average the icing team creates around 5,000 biscuits per day.
What songs would be on your ultimate Baking playlist?
There are lots of varied music tastes in the Biscuiteers Icing Hall so we switch it up often to ensure that no one gets too bored of the same songs on a loop! We ice thousands of biscuits a day and so ensuring that we have music which helps us to concentrate is essential. As soon as it hits December we get the Christmas playlist on to keep us going through our busiest icing and dispatch month of the year!
Heard it through the Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
Wild is the Wind – Nina Simone
Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles
Say a little Prayer - Aretha Franklin
Young Hearts Run Free – Candi Staton
When Doves Cry – Prince
Under Pressure – David Bowie
Rocketman – Elton John
Heatwave – Martha and the Vandellas
Move on Up – Curtis Mayfield
Papa Don’t Preach – Madonna
Go your own way – Fleetwood mac
Faith – George Michael
Linger – The Cranberries
Dancing on the Ceiling – Lionel Richie
You’ve collaborated with some world-famous brands, which have been your highlights?
During my time at Biscuiteers, I have been lucky enough to help out with some of our Grand Design projects. Back in 2014 I was part of a small team that created the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory themed window display for Waterstones in Piccadilly, and in the same year I worked on the installation of Leeds Castle these grand designs are created entirely from biscuit and fondant icing. Building and moving such large creations is very tricky, as was adding the finishing touches once it was in place! It was great to visit the installation when they were on public display to see the amazing reaction it received from the people that came to see it. More recently we recreated the whole of Waddesdon Manor in biscuit form, which was our most fantastic grand design yet.
If Roberts fans would like to try their hand at baking biscuits like Biscuiteers, how can they get involved?
Whether you want to learn how to ice like a pro in our School of Icing, or enjoy a delicious Afternoon Tea – our Icing Cafés are just the ticket. We run a range of events seven days a week at both of our Icing Cafés in Notting Hill and on the Northcote Road. Our Icing Café experiences make great gifts and we have a range of beautiful gift vouchers to suit every budding Biscuiteer – more info is available on Biscuiteers.com. We also have a Biscuiteers blog and recipe book crammed with recipes to help Roberts fans get inspired, we even sell our recommended icing equipment essentials in our boutiques!