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!

Bake and Brew Fundraiser for the Children's SocietyThe Children's Society party to raise money for this vital charity…A room full of balloons makes for happy tots indeed and we filled our lounge full of them before the kids descended.

children playing with balloonskids playing with a room full of balloonschildren playing with balloons and having a partykids playing

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!

selection of beautiful cakes on a table

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!

Cakes for Vicki of Honest Mum's Bake and Brew Party for the Children's Societybutterfly cakes

lemon madeira cupcake with a strawberry on top by Baker Lou

 Check out my party perfect chocolate cake adorned with jelly sweets, marshmallows and Cadbury’s Chocolate Fingers went down a treat.

Pretty chocolate cake decorated with jelly beans, chocolate fingers and marshmallows

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!

Vanilla and orange cupcake recipe with sprinklesbuttercream cupcakes with sprinkles

This super tasty banana cake was a favourite with the adults too and again took me no time at all to rustle up!

Banana CakeDad aka Papa G made he’s now famous dark chocolate truffles too! Delicious!

dark chocolate truffles

…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!

How to make a Zesty Lemon Madiera Cake Dripping with White Chocolate and Summer Fruits by Baker LouHow to make a Zesty Lemon Madiera Cake Dripping with White Chocolate and Summer Fruits by Baker Lou

Louise very kindly shared the recipe here.

Cake made by Baker Lou in Leeds

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!

woman eating bun


The kids burnt off all the energy playing together in the garden!

playing on the swings

kid in the gardenchildren having fun

Pure bliss!

For more information on hosting your own Bake and Brew, order a starter pack from The Children’s Society website.




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35 Responses

  1. Emma Peach

    The Bake and Brew is a lovely idea and looks so much fun! I’m going to be thinking about that banana cake all day long now!

    Emma xxx

  2. Jade The Parenting Jungle

    What an amazing thing to be an ambassador for 🙂 This looks gorgeous, I am now wanting cake at 7am! I love the look of the banana cake! The pictures are stunning as always…if I was there I would be under the table with a plate of cupcakes hiding from the lens! #brilliantblogposts

  3. Caro | The Twinkle Diaries

    What a gorgeous idea!! I love cake but generally give it a swerve as I only have to look at a slice to put weight on!! But when it’s for charity it sort of negates the calories doesn’t it? ;)At least, that’s what I like to tell myself!!!! 🙂 xxxx

  4. A Mum Track Mind

    Wow you take the most lovely photographs! Has quite ruined my diet this evening though 😉 It’s a great cause to raise money for and you get to eat cake so sounds like a win win all round. Thanks for hosting as always #brillblogposts

  5. teacuptoria

    Oh my goodness you have made me so hungry….this looks amazing! It’s just up my street, I love afternoon tea parties and especially when it’s for a good cause. It looks like you all had a super afternoon. xx

  6. Poppy Reflects

    These cakes look absolutely incredible! I want to pick one off the screen and eat it. It’s always lovely to host something for such a great cause. x #brillblogposts

  7. Caitlin smith

    Mmm these look fab! You’ve inspired me to… go and have a cake binge ??! I would definitely be up for hosting a bake and brew, looks like fun! Xx

  8. suz

    OMG I’ve put on 6 stone just looking at those pictures. What a fantastic party. Hope you raised lots for the charity.

  9. five little doves

    Oh wow those cakes look AMAZING! Since I went GF I miss cake so much, and GF cake really isn’t the same no matter how much I try to kid myself! What a great cause too, thanks for hosting. #Brilliantblogpost

  10. Rebecca

    Looks like it was a fun afternoon! An for an amazing cause. I am very partial to a cupcake… as you can see by my ink up this week! I am particularly drawn to the white chocolate drippy cake… stunning! and those truffles look delicious. <3

  11. Alison (MadHouseMum)

    Oh now that is just cruel…it’s not even 9am and I NEED CAKE! Looking at your amazing photos of your gorgeous cakes – wow! You certainly are a superwoman with your abilities to organise and bake (among many other things) and all for a great cause. Brilliant! Alison x #brilliantblogposts

  12. Sunita - Lucky Things blog

    Wow with your post and Bake Off on at the moment I need to get on with some serious baking this weekend. The photos are gorgeous so thanks for sharing so many ideas. Bake and Brew is a great idea. It’s so easy to organise as people love bringing round cake! #brillblogposts

  13. Lucy At Home

    Those cakes look A-MA-ZING!!!!! I love baking (and eating!). I’ve got a post publishing tomorrow on how to use fondant icing to decorate your cupcakes to look like farm animals.

    What a fantastic cause to be an ambassador for. Well done you! #BrillBlogPosts


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