Help for Heroes Cake Sale over!

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After two months of planning and a week of baking and frosting, it was finally over.

We’d had our main Help for Heroes Cake Sale and, even if I do say so myself, it was a resounding success!!

Over the course of a whole week, we managed to raise £430 – with the added Gift Aid of £80, the grand total was £510.

Here are some of the cakes I made for the sale – I’d made 102 in total for the main sale.

It’s safe to say, I didn’t want to see another cupcake for quite some time!


Mini Cake Sale

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This week was the start of the mini cake sales in preparation for our actual Colossal Cake Sale this Friday.

I spent most of Mothers’ Day evening baking and frosting and I was really pleased with how all the cupcakes looked after I’d finished.

I’d put quite a bit of planning into which cakes would go in which cases and which buttercream colours would go with each cake. It may seem a bit weird but I’m such a rusher that I never think about it properly beforehand and always regret it.

All of the recipes used for the cakes were from The Hummingbird Bakery and I took my decoration inspiration from them and from the many fans who post pictures on HB’s Facebook page (link at the side of my blog).

They were all great but I’d slightly overfilled the chocolate cupcake cases and as a result didn’t cook for them for long enough as I was scared of them spilling over even more!

Never mind, I peeled them from their cases, blitzed them in the food processor and used them to make cake balls – and what a great idea, they went down a storm and everyone commented on them. I made around 65 balls from 36 cakes.

So, after mine and Lis’ efforts over the last two days, we’ve made £210 so far for Help For Heroes. Now our £500 target doesn’t seem like such a pipe dream!

Colossal Cake Sale update

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There’s only a few weeks left until the big day and I’m kind of freaking out a little!

I have decided to do three separate sales – one where I dispatch Charlie to work with 100 cupcakes and he forces people to buy them, a sale at two different times at Isabelle’s nursery and the actual Colossal Cake Sale at Ruby’s school on April 8th.

By the end of the week, I’m pretty sure I will be exhausted from all the baking, have developed frosting finger and never want to see another cupcake as long as I live!

I just have to keep the target of £500 in my mind – because if I manage to reach it, I will be overjoyed.


Help For Heroes Colossal Cake Sale 2011

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Help For Heroes is a charity I feel such an affinity for.

You may – or may not – know that my husband is a serving soldier. He’s in the Army Air Corps and we’re very proud of him.

He’s been part of a few tours of Afghanistan and Iraq and, luckily, he’s managed to come home from each tour and in one piece.

Others have not been so lucky.

So, I’ve signed up to be part of the Help For Heroes Colossal Cake Sale (weblink on the side of my blog). Along with a few friends, we’re going to try to raise £500. A drop in the ocean compared to what some fund-raising events make but, as a major supermarket might say, ‘Every Little Helps’!

I’m going to bake and frost and raise as much cash as I possibly can to help this brilliant charity that I hope I never have the unfortunate circumstance to need.