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Hi all! My name is Becca and I am a 21 year old from Berkshire, England with an interest in all things cake. I have only been baking for the past couple of years and if someone had told me 5 years ago that I would be a passionate cake maker at the age of 21, I'm afraid to say I probably would have laughed in their face! I have had many cake disasters in the past (including a Barbie cake for my friend's 16th Birthday that was still raw in the middle when she cut into it...) However one Christmas I opened my stocking to find a Giant Cupcake making kit, and hey presto, my love for all things sweet emerged. I have developed this blog as a way of sharing my baking experiences with others. I love to read other baking blogs, you can learn so much from them and discover some great new ideas. Plus I just love looking at photos of yummy scrummy cakey goodness ;) (possibly a touch of 'food pornography' going on there!) Whilst I am still on a massive learning curve with my baking, I will share any tips I have with you as well! Thanks for popping by! Love Becca xxx

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Macmillan Coffee Morning

I have been meaning to write this post since we held our Macmillan Coffee morning at the end of September, so sorry it's late!

On Friday 28th September 2012 my Mum, sister and I took part in the World's Biggest Coffee Morning to raise money for the Macmillan nurses. This is the first year we have taken part and what a great time we had! We have witnessed the wonderful work the Macmillan nurses do and felt that hosting this coffee morning was our way of saying thank you x

This was our first experience of holding a proper bake sale, but we were determined that everything (and I mean everything) would be home made! I must admit, when I was still baking at 2am the morning of the bake sale I thought I was completely mad. My dog was looking at me as if to say, "You crazy lady, go to bed!" But it was so satisfying to be able to say everything on the table was home made. As this was our first time we had no idea how much cake we should make. Our worst nightmare was that we would run out of cake, so in the end we agreed...you can never have too much cake! ;-) Turns out we did have too much cake as we were sending people home with big boxes of the stuff, and our staple food the rest of the week was indeed, cake. But it was worth it! Of course, we couldn't have done it without the help of our beautiful, fantastic, wonderful friends who kindly made some treats for us to sell as well. In the end we had quite a selection!

Strawberry and vanilla cake;
Big old carrot cake with orange cream cheese frosting;
Assorted cupcakes (chocolate, vanilla, chocolate orange and lemon);
Coffee and walnut cake;
Home made fruit scones with clotted cream and jam;
Banana bread;
Chocolate caramel slice;
Rocky road squares;
Fruit loaf;
Raspberry and almond shortbread;
Cookies with white and milk chocolate chunks;
Bread pudding;
Rock Cakes

And what a delicious spread it was! Here are a few of the Becca Bakes creations...

Assorted cupcakes: vanilla, chocolate, lemon and chocolate orange

Home made fruit scones. First time I have ever made scones...and I think they turned out pretty well!

Luxurious rocky road with Maltesers, Mars bar, marshmallows and biscuit...see my blog called Chocolate Malteser Slice with a touch of Mars Bar! 

Strawberry and vanilla sponge cake

A whopper of a carrot cake finished with lots of orange cream cheese frosting

Soft and gooey chocolate chunk cookies
The coffee morning kicked off at 11am and went on until the evening. We decorated the house with bunting and balloons (provided by the organisers of the coffee morning) and set up our donation box in the middle of the table. We had invited all our friends, neighbours and family (who weren't at work!) and had a great turn out. Everyone was amazingly generous as well and we raised a total of...are you ready for this?....


We were all so chuffed and I want to say thank you again to everyone who came and supported us. We are planning to do it all again in 2013 so watch this space and let's see if we can make it even bigger than this year!!

Thank you, thank you, thank you. And thank you to the Macmillan nurses; the work you do is unforgettable and so valued xxx

I hope this inspires some of you to host a cake sale/coffee morning for yourselves. You don't even have to wait until next year. Get baking and raise some money for charity...there are lots of worthy charities out there who always need our help :-)

Happy Baking,

Love Becca <3

Me with my happy cake face on :-)

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