101 Uses for a Brompton: Ferrying Cake

I’ve long argued that the rural economy around here runs largely on tray bakes and our local summer bike rides are no exception – since we’ve started providing home baking as part of the package, numbers have gone from strength to strength.

There’s just one problem: much as I love my cow pannier bag, it’s exactly the wrong shape for carrying cake tins, so everything I bake has had to be robust enough to handle being stuffed into it sideways. There’s a reason why cyclists are so fond of flapjacks, which are effectively indestructible. This week, though, I was experimenting with iced lemon cupcakes* which meant a more civilised conveyance was required. I’m pleased to report that the cakes made it down intact, and the leftovers were also safely carried back up the hill to home, where I suspect they will not last long.

cake tin in Brompton Basket

*top tip: lemon curd combined with icing sugar makes a wonderfully quick and easy lemon icing**

** top tip no 2: don’t try and eat the surplus with a spoon when you make too much though. A little goes a loooong way

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2 Responses to 101 Uses for a Brompton: Ferrying Cake

  1. zungg says:

    I have really struggled with transporting cakes and other delicate foods by bike. I do have a basket on one of my bikes but it’s not big enough for a large cake, lasagna, that sort of thing – also, the bike with the basket is extremely slow.

  2. disgruntled says:

    The Brompton basket is nice and wide, and the cake tin was resting on something soft to reduce the shaking. They still looked a bit squashed but not unduly so

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