Friday, 30 March 2012

More details about Cake for Charity!

The plan is to have five separate cake auctions, using eBay, starting on the 18th of april with one being held every week until the 16th of may. Each auction will be raising money for a selected charity. A quick summary of the charity will be added alongside the details for the cake. There will be three different varieties of cakes for the winner to choose from and will be freshly baked by myself the day after the auction has finished. The cake then belongs to the winner,who will feel satisfied from their good deed and then satisfied again once they have enjoyed the cake.

I also have sponsor pages set up, separately from the auctions so that people can donate that way if they wish. I wanted the money made from each cake sold to be split between five charities but eBay and justgiving only let you select one charity to donate from each time so I had to do it this way, on the plus side you can also decide which charity you would like to support.
Click on the £ for the JustGiving pages where you can donate.

  1. The hunger project will be the first charity chosen and the auction will be held on the 18th of april. £
  2. 25th april is against malaria day. So the second cake will be to raise money for the Malaria no more charity on this date. £
  3. Sheffield cats shelter is the third charity I'm choosing and the auction will be held on the 2nd of  may. £
  4. Save the children is the fourth,  this auction will be on the 9th may. £
  5. The fifth and final charity is Water for africa and will be on the 16th May. £
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    Thursday, 8 March 2012

    Pear and Masala Chai Cupcakes with Rhubarb and Creme Fraiche Frosting Recipe

    Tuesday was the first Appetite event at my workplace and due to my boss being ill I had to take on his lamb pasty demonstration as well as my own cake one and also make sure the 50 or so people behaved themselves! (They did!). I was pretty nervous and had no idea what I was going to say as the other demonstrators just kept talking, but once I got up there any nerves disappeared and I was fine!

    Kirsty from Teabox was one of the producers and kindly gave me a bag of her delicious Masala Chai.
    I  decided to experiment with my first ever tea cake and the result was so popular at work we sold 14 in just over an hour!

    Here is the recipe!

    • 250g butter
    • 250g sugar
    • 4 eggs, beaten
    • 250g flour (I used doves gluten free but you can use plain)
    • 3 level tsps baking powder
    • 3 tablespoons loose leaf masala chai
    • 1 small tub creme fraiche
    • 2 tbsp icing sugar (adjust to your taste)
    • 3 tbsp cooked rhubarb

    1. Melt the butter and chai together and leave to infuse for at least ten minutes, drain off the tea and cool
    2. Mix the butter and sugar together until pale
    3. Add the eggs, gradually
    4. Add your flour and baking powder and beat til fluffy
    5. Bake at 180 degrees for around 25 minutes
    6. Whip up the remaining three ingredients and pipe or spoon on top of the cakes.
    7. Enjoy!