Sunday, 18 December 2011

Cakes for Life Raises £1530.22!!!!

Thanks to a very generous donation from Timberland, the total raised has reached a smashing £1530.22. To celebrate, I've made some festive cupcakes to take to my new office and to Hal's office - no donations required this time!!!

Shout outs go to Hal for his help with the fondant snowmen, robins, Rudolph and holly, and to my sister Hayley for the inspiration for the chocolate Rudolph cakes. You can also see more pics on Flikr

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

August Bank Holiday Bake Sale Smashes Target

The August bank holiday bake sale raised a whopping £98.71, taking me well clear of the £500 target. Thanks to everyone who has supported this venture.

Monday, 29 August 2011

Bank Holiday Bake Sale

Since the sun didn't grace us with its presence this weekend, I spent this afternoon slaving away in the kitchen to make two different kinds of cupcakes, as voted for by my colleagues at Racepoint: Cookies & Cream and Lime Meringue, both recipes courtesy of Primrose Bakery.

The Cookies & Cream ones are chocolate cupcakes covered in marshmallow icing and broken Oreo Cookies and the Lime Meringue cupcakes are lime flavoured cupcakes filled with lime marmalade (should have been lime curd, but couldn't find any...) and topped with meringue.

Because this will be the last bake sale I do at Racepoint, I pledge to match however much I raise in the office in the hope that I can meet my £500 target....

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Summer bake sale raises £17.22

We've been having a bit of a heatwave in London so what better theme for this month's bake sale than 99 ice creams?!

I made vanilla cupcakes from the Primrose Bakery recipe book and topped them with fluffy white meringue icing.

See here for more pics :-)

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Wimbledon Bake Sale

To mark the first day of Wimbledon, I've made some strawberries and cream cupcakes along with some little mini tennis balls. The large cupcakes were based on a Primrose Bakery recipe, filled with strawberry jam and topped with vanilla butter cream. The small ones are the same strawberry cupcakes but topped with lemon flavoured fondant icing.

Monday, 30 May 2011

Cakes for Life meets Race for Life

For the May bake sale I went pink to mark the start of Race for Life season and to show support for my boss Cathy's efforts to raise money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

I pledge to donate half of the funds raised from this bake sale to her fundraising page.

For more pics of this month's cakes, visit my Flikr page. The ones with the breast cancer ribbons are rose flavoured cupcakes with rose flavoured fondant icing; the ones with the rose buds on are vanilla cupcakes with rose flavoured butter icing; the pink ones are vanilla cupcakes with vanilla butter icing. Shout outs go to Primrose Bakery and The Cocoa Box, whose recipes inspired these ones, and to Hal for his handy work with the fondant ribbons and roses. Watch this space for next month's bake sale - Hal's already been practicing for a Wimbledon themed bonanza!

Monday, 18 April 2011

Easter bake sale

I know it's a bit early, but I'm going to be on holiday for Easter and couldn't let the occasion go by without a bake sale. I made these cupcakes with marzipan and cherries, in a nod towards the traditional simnel cake. I got the recipe from BBC Good Food but instead of putting the almond essence in the actual cakes, I added it to the icing along with some yellow food colouring to make it look like egg yolks. I guess if you don't like almonds / marzipan you definitely wouldn't like these, but at least two people have said they're the best cupcakes I've made yet!


Tuesday, 22 March 2011

St Patrick's Day Bake Sale

For St Patrick's day I made chocolate and Guinness cupcakes topped with Irish cream flavoured butter cream and shamrock sprinkles. Thanks to Hal and his colleagues at SmartWool and Timberland for their donations totalling £26.44

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

January bake sale raises record donation of £59.59

A big thank you to my colleagues at Racepoint for their continued support and to Hal and his colleagues at Smartwool for their generous donations. The combined total came to £59.59, making it a record-breaking CakesforLife bake sale and taking me well past the half way mark. Please continue to give generously for this worthy cause and use the comment section below to post requests for next month's cakes.

Sunday, 30 January 2011

First Bake Sale of 2011 - Year of the Rabbit

It's nearly time to celebrate Chinese New Year, so I thought I'd mark the occasion with some bunny rabbit cupakes....the cakes are vanilla with a marshmallow centre (recipe courtesy of Hummingbird) and I topped it with vanilla butter cream frosting and some dessicated coconut before adding marshmallows and other sweets to make the rabbit faces. The whiskers are harder to do than they look - thanks to Hal for his help with those!

The other cupcakes are supposedly 'healthier' than your average cupcake as they're made with polenta and super food blueberries! The recipe for these comes from Primrose Bakery and another shout out goes to Hal for decorating them with the blueberries and icing sugar on top.