Category Archives: Charity

Eric Lanlard answers all your baking questions

Calling all Baking Mad fans!

In advance of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning we’ve teamed up with Macmillan Cancer Support to bring you a live web chat with Eric Lanlard on Macmillan’s Online Community (

Grab your diary and add in 14th September from 12 – 1pm to join Eric who will be on hand to answer all your baking questions.

Whether you want to produce the perfect pastry, master the art of the soufflé or if you’re simply in need of some inspiration, join in and put Eric to the test.

Don’t miss the opportunity to ask all those baking questions that have been tickling your taste buds.

To find out more, or to join our online chat, please click here to visit the Macmillan online community!

Silver Spoon’s Local Little Hero Awards

Do you know a little hero with a sweet tooth?

Eric Lanlard will be baking our Local Little Hero 2012 a delicious cake.

Our friends at Silver Spoon have teamed up with Macmillan Cancer Support to launch the Silver Spoon Local Little Hero Awards 2012. They are scouring the country for local heroes under the age of 18 who have done something truly special. Your local little hero could have looked after their little sister when they were ill, gone to great lengths to make Mother’s Day very special, or done something fantastic to raise money for charity.

If you know someone under 18 in your local area who you think would be a worthy winner, simply tell us in 100 words who you are nominating, why and what cake you would like to bake them to say thank you. 10 lucky runners up will also bag themselves a Silver Spoon baking hamper packed full of exciting treats. The competition closes on 20th September so get your nominations in now.

It’s the perfect chance to say thank you to your little hero so nominate today to make your hero’s day.

Click here to enter.

Win a chance to appear in the Little Book of Treats!

Our friends at Silver Spoon and Macmillan Cancer Support are collaborating to run an exciting competition for fantastic foodie bloggers in the UK.

They’re looking for keen bloggers who love to bake to enter their favourite luxury recipe to win a chance to feature in the new edition of Macmillan2011 Little Book of Treats Cancer Support’s Little Book of Treats 2012.

The book will be on sale in M&S Cafes  throughout August and September and 100% of the proceeds will go towards people affected by cancer.

The recipes should be

– Innovative and exciting with a touch of  luxuriousness
– Easy to replicate with everyday kitchen utensils and easy to source ingredients
– Visibly pleasing to the eye with a ‘wow’ factor
– Taste great!

Indulgent Chocolate and Cherry Brownies

The winning recipes will appear along with your name and blog in the book. They will be tested by a home economist and photographed professionally. The runners up will be featured on Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning website throughout August and September 2012.

Creme Brulee Cupcakes

How to Enter

To enter e-mail with the title ‘Little Book of Treats‘ in the subject header. Include the following in your e-mail:

– Recipe title
– Recipe ingredients
– Size/how many portions
– Recipe method
– A picture
– Your full name
– A link to your blog

Competition closes on the 25th April 2012, click here for the terms and conditions.

To take part in Macmillan Cancer Supports World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, follow this link to register your event –

Show Your Spots, Bake & Raise Lots

Allinson Nature Friendly Self Raising FlourAllinson’s have teamed up with supermarket giant Asda to help raise money for this year’s BBC Children in Need appeal. The annual event which will take place on 18th November will help raise money for disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

To support the appeal Allinson’s will be donating 15p from the sale of special packs of their Nature Friendly Plain White and Self Raising flours to the charity. The special packs, which will feature the iconic Pudsey bear character, are due to go on sale in November and are available exclusively at Asda supermarkets. So next time you’re out shopping be sure to look out for Pudsey in the home baking aisle!

And, once you’ve bought your flour, why not raise even more money by baking some scrumming treats for a cake sale? Allison’s flour is expertly produced by British millers and is a great quality ingredient that can be used in a whole host of recipes. We love these super cute Pudsey biscuits.

Pudsey Biscuits

To create these delightful treats, just download our Pudsey template and have your Silver Spoon decorating icings at the ready!

With your support, we’ll be able to make a real difference to the lives of children all across the UK. So go on show your spots, bake and raise lots for BBC Children in Need!

Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan Cancer Support’s biggest fundraising event. They are asking people across the UK – and sometimes further a field – to hold a coffee morning, where donations on the day are made to Macmillan.
Last year 43,000 people registered to hold a coffee morning, raising a massive £7.9 million. This year they need your help to raise over £8 million to help change the lives of people affected by cancer.

The event started in 1990, when a local fundraising committee decided to hold a coffee morning ,where people came along to meet and mingle – as they might ordinarily do – but donate the cost of their coffee to Macmillan in the process.
The idea seemed such a simple, yet effective, one that they suggested the model be taken up nationally. The first National World’s Biggest Coffee Morning was in 1991, when 2,600 people registered to hold coffee mornings across the country. Since then it has raised over £60 million in total for Macmillan Cancer Support.

My how you’ve grown…
Over the years, the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning has grown to include many different types of event – from a traditional coffee morning with cake and conversation, to a pub quiz in the evening.
There have also been several record attempts, including the Highest Coffee Morning (on a jet fighter in 2004), the Most Distant Coffee Morning (in Antarctica in 2002) and the World’s Deepest Coffee Morning (down Poldark Mine in Cornwall in 2002).
Nowadays, it’s about more than just coffee
They ask supporters to do whatever suits them – and have fun doing it. Whether it’s a traditional coffee morning at home, work or school, or something different altogether – a garden party, pub quiz, or karaoke night – the main thing is getting together with friends and knowing that your collective efforts are making a huge difference to people affected by cancer. Whatever you do, they hope you’ll get together with friends, family and colleagues on Friday 24 September and raise some money (and a smile) for people affected by cancer.

It really is simple and Macmillan provide everything you need to fund raise

1. Register today for your free fundraising pack!
Here and they’ll provide you with all you need. From posters to balloons – everything you need to make your coffee morning a great success.

2. Pick a date, any date

The official day is Friday 24 September, but you can pick whatever date is best for you.

3. Choose your event
You can hold a coffee morning at work, home, school or in your local community. Have a get together with friends, a garden party with neighbours, or a pub quiz with your colleagues. Whatever suits you.

4. Send invitations
Email, Facebook or traditional, get the word out about your event. Use the handy e-invites to email your friends! Remind people when the date is coming up and let everyone know it’s all for a very important cause.

5. When the big day arrives…

Just ask your guests for donations. You can put a collection box out, charge a small donation for the cakes and coffee, or if you’re having an event like a pub quiz, charge a fee for taking part.

There are lots of other ways to raise additional money at your event – from raffles and quizzes to ‘bake-offs’ or other fun competitions.
Remember to put up lots of posters and other information about Macmillan, so everyone knows it’s all for a great cause.
Above all, have fun. It doesn’t matter whether you raise £20 or £2,000. Every bit counts and will help people living with cancer.

Why not get together with Friends, Family and Collegues on Friday 24th September and raise money (and a smile) for people affected by cancer.

The perfect recipe to bake for your coffee morning is our toffee mocha cupcakes we love them so much that we have made them our recipe of the month in the Baking Mad kitchen.

For more information on how to hold your own coffee morning, you can visit the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning Website