This post was written prior to me becoming vegan.
…..Cake always tastes so much sweeter when it’s in aid of charity.
One Sunday in August, I hosted a fun-filled Bake and Brew as a fundraiser for vital charity, The Children’s Society who I’m an ambassador for.
Inviting friends and family over, we had an afternoon full of cake, cuppas, laughter- and also a sneaky couple of proseccos.
I’ve never seen the kids so quiet-cupcakes will do that to children!
…A room full of balloons makes for happy tots indeed and we filled our lounge full of them before the kids descended.
Hosting a Bake and Brew is the perfect way to spend an afternoon.Not only do you raise money for an amazing cause – it’s also the perfect excuse to spend time with loved ones. And of course, there’s the cake! Lots and lots of cake!
Hosting a Bake and Brew is super simple.
You can either host it at home like I did – or if you want to up the ante – hire out a village hall or local cafe.
Invite your guests and then it’s time to unleash your inner Mary Berry (or Paul Hollywood for the fellas) and get baking.
Guests can either donate at the event, on a Just Giving page (here’s mine, hint, hint) or you can sell cakes and cups of tea individually – all to raise valuable funds for The Children’s Society.
It’s an honour to be an ambassador for the Children’s Society and represent a charity that has positively impacted on so many children
The Children’s Society worked directly with over 18,000 vulnerable children and young people last year, and the charity’s current campaign will bring life-changing support to more than 5.6 million.
Their support services help children and young people when they are at their most vulnerable and have nowhere left to turn.
They also campaign for changes to laws affecting children and young people, to stop the mistakes of the past being repeated in the future.
Such an incredible charity. And one you can easily raise money for, by hosting your Bake and Brew!
I love baking – it’s one of my favourite pastimes and chills me out like nothing else – baking and then hosting the party was fun from start to finish.
And here’s the final results – ta da! I’ve included links to the recipes (buns at the front were bought so you don’t have to make everything you know)!
My friend Louise of Baker Lou made the magnificent lemon drip cake at the front and raffled it off on her FB page to support the charity too. What a star!
Check out my party perfect chocolate cake adorned with jelly sweets, marshmallows and Cadbury’s Chocolate Fingers went down a treat.
Orange and vanilla cupcakes were ones I made the night before and decorated that morning! They were so quick and easy to make- and tasted delicious (even if I say so myself)!
I added some sprinkles on the top to make them extra-pretty!
This super tasty banana cake was a favourite with the adults too and again took me no time at all to rustle up!
Dad aka Papa G made he’s now famous dark chocolate truffles too! Delicious!
…And now to properly check out the pièce de résistance, this stunning zesty lemon Madeira cake dripping with white chocolate and summer fruits cake by my friend Louise of BakerLou.
She even made some matching cupcakes with the remainder of the mixture!
Louise very kindly shared the recipe here.
All the yums!
Post cake and tea we headed out into the garden to watch the kids play and enjoy the summer sun.
…Stacey of The Teaching Mum blog loved Lou’s cupcakes!
The kids burnt off all the energy playing together in the garden!
For more information on hosting your own Bake and Brew, order a starter pack from The Children’s Society website.