Royal cake takes the (Mcvities) biscuit.

Apr 06 2011

One of our oldest customers, McVitie’s has been commissioned to make a chocolate fridge cake for Prince William.


Paul Courtney (pictured) is the chief of cake design and also the development head chef at Mcvities, United Biscuits. Paul is a former pastry chef, who trained at the Savoy and worked in a number of restaurants. Paul is continuing a proud tradition in McVities. In 2007 he’d helped with the baking of the official cake (fruitcake and marzipan) for the diamond wedding anniversary of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh. McVitie’s also baked the cake for the marriage of George V to Queen Mary back in 1893, and for the Queen’s wedding in 1947 (it was 9ft tall and 4ft in diameter).

 Eastick’s Golden Syrup vital ingredient for Royal cake.

Eastick’s Golden Syrup vital ingredient for Royal cake.

See the Ragus recipe here

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Royal Wedding Golden Syrup and Chocolate Biscuit Cake Recipe

Apr 04 2011

Iconic Eastick’s Golden Syrup tin.

                                                                              Iconic Eastick’s Golden Syrup tins.

Prince William and Kate Middleton have revived a Victorian tradition by deciding to feature two cakes at their wedding, a traditional bride’s cake and another less formal cake for the groom.

Prince William has made an unconventional choice for his groom’s cake by requesting a Biscuit Cake made with Chocolate and Golden Syrup.

For all you bakers out there why not share the occasion with your customers. Here is an old recipe we came across in the archives.

1 packet of of Rich Tea Biscuits
170g of Eastick’s Golden Syrup
400g of plain Chocolate
85g of Butter
150g of rum soaked raisins

Put the biscuits into a plastic bag and crush them into irregular pieces, the biggest piece should be no bigger than a 10p coin
Put the Golden Syrup, chocolate and butter in a pan and heated slowly until melted. Stir in the broken biscuits and raisins,
Scrape the mixture into a 12×8 tin lined with plastic and press down well.
Refrigerate until set and cut into squares
Use your imagination to decorate if required


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Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Windsor Knot

Mar 21 2011

One of our favourite customers, the famous brewery, Elgood & Son Ltd based in Cambridgeshire has created a beer to celebrate Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding in April.
Windsor Knot, uses sovereign hops developed for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, malt from the Sandringham Estate and Honey syrup from Ragus.
The bottled beer will be available to buy in March while the draught version will be sold in Elgood’s pubs in April.
“It’s a lovely pale golden beer,” explained the head brewer Alan Pateman. “With a lovely aroma of hop and also some sweetness from the honey we’ve used.”
The label combines the traditional Union Jack flag colours of red, white and blue with the couple’s initials.

For more information on Elgood & Son Ltd products click here

Ragus brewing sugar for Royal brew.


















Ragus brewing sugar for Royal brew.

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Bako Western Trade Show

Oct 09 2010

Bako Western Trade Show

Frank and I travelled to Bako Western for their annual suppliers’ day.
I met some of my Bako friends and it was a real delight to meet Willie Harcourt-Cooze, aka Willies Wonky Chocolate Factory who came by again this year.

There were Bako 65 suppliers on display which was up from last year and there was a great atmosphere – no doubt helped by the pleasant Devon weather.

The theme was Halloween and Christmas with many suppliers putting on eye catching displays and tempting snacks.

We look forward to attending next year and breathing in that West Country air!

Frank O Kelly

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Bako Northern Trade Show 2010

Sep 05 2010

Frank and I travelled to Durham to attend the Bako Northern & Scotland annual supplier Trade show.
As in previous years Bako put on the usual selection of entertainment and refreshment for attending children allowing parents to more effectivly browse the supplier displays.

A Halloween/Christmas theme went down well with some suppliers displaying some creative displays.

Celebrity Chef, Yorkshire Chef of the Year 2010, Thierry Dumouchel demonstrated typical Gallic charm while he put on two fascinating chocolate displays.

We had a fantastic day and we look forward to attending next years’ show with some more Northern hospitality.



Yorkshire Chef of the Year 2010, Thierry Dumouchel

Yorkshire Chef of the Year 2010, Thierry Dumouchel. 


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Bako North Western come to Ragus

Jul 19 2010

Ragus hosted a training morning for part of the account manager team at Bako Northern.

It was a successful Day hosted by Ben Eastick and the support team.


Ben Eastick running a Q&A session for the team at Bako Northern.


Ann Tomkinson account manager for North Wales, Tina Clare account manager for Derbyshire & Notts, Richard Ellis account manager for Lancashire,
Greg Statham account manager for Yorkshire, David Harrison (Back to camera)account manager for Derbyshire & Notts

Good luck to all and thank you all for coming to visit.

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