Ingredients supplier Bakels has added four new product launches and six new and improved recipes to its line-up of cake and sponge mixes, all aimed at increasing convenience for bakers.Leading the launches is Genoese Mix Complete for producing a Genoese slab for celebration and novelty cakes that require a flat and smooth surface, said the company.Meanwhile, Deluxe Creme Cake & Muffin Concentrate needs the addition of flour, sugar, egg, oil and water to create a wide variety of loaf cakes and muffins with excellent volume, flavour and shelf-life, said Bakels.Also in the range are Deluxe Chocolate Creme Cake & Muffin Concentrate and new Mid Muffin Concentrate.Pauline Ferrol, Bakels’ national sales controller, wholesale, said: “Everyone is aware how popular muffins and cupcakes are and we are offering bakers a choice between premium products and so-called ’price-fighters’.”The aim is to give our customers products that exactly match their needs.”www.bakels.co.uk
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BEN SMIDT/Herald photoComing off an impressive performance against Vermont last weekend, the Badgers travel to Mankato, Minn., this weekend, where they will square off against WCHA counterpart Minnesota State-Mankato. The Mavericks (3-1-0) are coming off a two-game sweep of North Dakota and are currently undefeated in WCHA competition. Minnesota State, who has given up an average of 1.75 goals per game this season, has been successful because of its stellar defense and superb goaltending.Mavericks sophomore goaltender Brit Kehler is 3-0 this season, with a goals-against average of 1.00. Last season, as a freshman, she accumulated six victories, including three shutouts. Defensively, Minnesota State is led by senior defender Jen Jonsson and sophomore standout Andreanne Thibault.The Badgers, who have thrived offensively this season, play a wide open, pass-happy brand of hockey that’s led to 16 goals on the year. This week, on a smaller rink, against a strong defensive opponent, Wisconsin will have to play a more defensive style of hockey.The Badger offense is averaging four goals per game this season and is coming off a weekend series in which it netted 10 goals against a struggling Vermont defense. Nevertheless, the Badgers are confident they can continue to produce against a more formidable opponent in Minnesota State.”We’ve been good offensively all season long,” junior forward Sara Bauer said. “We’re starting to build that team chemistry, which is very important. We’ve been working real hard and I think we’re taking strides in the right direction every game and it should be no different this weekend.”Offensively, the Mavericks have been efficient this year, averaging 2.5 goals per contest. Freshman sensation Maggie Fisher leads the attack with four goals in four games to start the year.After some early season struggles, the Badger defense stepped up their game last weekend, accumulating back-to-back shutouts. Bobbi-Jo Slusar and Mikka Nordby have combined for a +11 rating and lead a stingy defense that has allowed a total of eight goals on the year.The Badgers, who are used to playing on the large Kohl Center rink, will be playing on a much smaller surface in Mankato this weekend. Head coach Mark Johnson has been preparing his team for the adjustment that will certainly take place.”The rink is my biggest concern, we’re used to playing on a larger ice sheet. We’ve practiced the last couple days doing things in small areas to get the kids to understand they’re not going to have a lot of time with the puck compared to what we’re used to at home,” Johnson said. “Things are going to happen a lot quicker, but in essence we should be able to create some more scoring opportunities on the smaller sheet. I would anticipate us having a lot of scoring chances and hopefully our chances are better than their goaltender’s chances of making saves.”After a season-opening split against Minnesota-Duluth, Wisconsin is 1-1 in WCHA competition this year. The perennially competitive WCHA is as tight as ever at the top and the Badgers know the importance of an early season road series against a conference opponent like MSU.”Any conference game is really important for our team,” Forward Jinelle Zaugg said. “We have to make sure to win all those for tiebreakers, so numbers add up at the end of the season.”Both the Badgers and Mavericks enter the weekend set with momentum following strong performances to start the year. This weekend’s series should prove to be a big test for both teams as they face off against near mirror images of each other. Head coach Mark Johnson is confident in his team and has his players revved up and ready to go.”Obviously we need to be successful in conference situations because it’s going to help you in the power rankings,” Johnson said. “All the league games are important and the league is tighter than it’s ever been this season. When you go on the road, you have to play well and get as many points as you can.”