Alexander Francis Garden Furniture Does Bake Off

After a busy season selling our lovely rattan garden furniture the Alexander Francis team go straight into preparations for 2017. However, we aren’t just about garden furniture. Company culture is important to us too and you will often find us having lunchtime BBQ’s or cooking brunch.

So in true spirit our Alexander Francis Garden Furniture Team have joined the Great British Bake Off fun by having a 4 stage in house baking competition running over several weeks.  Everyone from warehouse to the Managing Directors rolled their sleeves up and created their own little masterpiece based on the random ingredients picked out of a hat.

The ingredients varied from chilli & chocolate to cinnamon and citrus, and to make it more challenging we also threw in some techniques too including layers, frosting and pastry. The tasting was anonymous and we voted out of 10 for taste, technique and presentation.

Here are some of our favourite entries from our very talented bakers –

Fruity Cupcake showdown –

Bake Off Fruity Cupcakes

Death by chocolate layers –

Bake Off Chocolate Cake

Cinnamon tear and share –  

Bake Off Cinnamon Cakes

The Final 4 –

It was a tough Final 4 (Danny/ Marketing, Chris B /MD and James & Karen / Operations Managers) with equally tasty elements but one entry came out on top.

Alexander Francis Bake Off Winner

The winner was………a salted caramel baked cheesecake made by Karen. With a biscuit base, creamy vanilla filling and a salted caramel topping this entry went down a treat –

Salted caramel-cheesecake


It wasn’t a happy ending for all our bakers though…….


Bake Off steamed pudding disaster

Karen Wichard

I am the Operations Manager for Alexander Francis. I'm passionate about outdoor furniture design and enjoy writing pieces for our blog page. We are always happy to hear from our customers, so if you have any questions or photos you would like to share, send them over to

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