Bake for Heroes in the Colossal Cake Sale!

colossal_cake_sale I’m looking for a favour!

While I’m gallivanting around South East Asia many wonderful people back home are baking cakes for a good cause, for the Help For Heroes Colossal Cake Sale. I won’t be home in time for this years Cake Sale so I’m hoping to inspire you to grab an apron and find some friends to bake for a Cake Sale of your own.

It’s fun and easy, all you need to do is find ten friends or family members who also love to bake and each of you bakes 10 cakes, that’s one full stall of treats to sell. Your sale can be as big or small as you like. You could hold it in your office, at school, the village hall, anywhere in your community really, between the 19th of April and the 5th of May 2014.

The money raised by the Colossal Cake Sale will help Britain’s injured service personnel and veterans. Since it began, the Colossal Cake Sale has raised over £500,000, that’s a lot of delicious cake!

It’s certainly a great excuse to share your love of baking and your favourite recipes. All you need to get the rolling-pin rolling is to register on the Colossal Cake Sale website to receive a free fundraising pack to get you started. It doesn’t have to be cake though, you could bake cookies, tray bakes, meringues, cupcakes.

Here are my top 5 tips for successful baking
  1. If you are baking a recipe for the first time, be sure to read it through thoroughly first and make sure you have all the correct ingredients. It sounds obvious but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve breezed through a recipe only to discover I don’t have a pivotal ingredient!
  2. Cake batter doesn’t like to hang around. The leavening agents get to work straight away so get those cakes in the oven immediately. Unless you’re making madeleines, but that is a different kind of baking magic!
  3. If you are working with an old, or unfamiliar oven, an oven thermometer {inexpensive} will tell you if the temperature you want is the temperature you have. I bake in a lot of different domestic kitchens with my house sitting and you wouldn’t believe how wildly the temperatures vary!
  4. Use fresh ingredients, especially raising agents like baking powder and self-raising flour. The longer it has been sitting around at the back of the cupboard, the less rise it is likely to have.
  5. You don’t need expensive equipment, baking in my van has taught me that a wooden spoon and a mixing bowl is all you really need. Those electric mixers and food processors just require less elbow grease!
Here are a few bakes from the archives to give you some inspiration:
Or how about some cookies or tray bakes?
Not forgetting wonderful cakes that can be sliced for sale!

Well I do hope I’ve inspired you to get baking for this wonderful cause, I would love to see photos of your Colossal Cake Sale. Share pictures on Colossal Cake Sale’s Twitter and be sure to follow Colossal Cake Sale on Facebook for more tips, recipes and inspiration. Thank you!

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By Rachel Davis

4 Responses

  1. Jorie says:

    These are great tips and your baking is just so lovely. 🙂

  2. Great post! I love a good ol’ fashioned bake sale.

    • Don’t we all! They are perfect for sharing baking love. My mum used to bake so much for bake sales in my childhood. Her fruit cake (I suspect it was Delia’s) was legendary!