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It’s Fundraising Time – Get Baking for Children In Need

It’s Fundraising Time – Get Baking for Children In Need

BBC Children in Need is on this Friday – a time where all of the celebrities and fundraisers come together (alongside Pudsey Bear of course) to raise as much money as possible for children who are in need across the UK.  Whether it’s children who are in poverty and deprivation; children who have been the victims of abuse or neglect or disabled young people, it’s a fundraising extravaganza for all.

How can you get your family involved in all of the exciting events? The simplest way is to get baking and sell your wares to family and friends – or maybe schedule a cake bake at school – a great treat for a Friday!

First of all, head down to your local Lakeland store where they have lots of Pudsey baking accessories on hand – chose from moulds, yellow icing and even edible brush on pen colours to help you make a masterpiece in minutes.Then visit the official Children in Need site and download everything you need – you will find links to posters, bunting and tips and tricks to make your sale perfect.  Get creative!

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Pudsey Cupcakes:

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Ingredients                                                          For the topping

125g plain flour                                                   600g sifted icing sugar

250g condensed milk                                         300g butter

1 egg                                                                          Yellow Food Colouring

85g of butter                                                          Smarties

1 tspn of baking powder

1tspm of Vanilla essence

Image by Baking Mad

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Method:

Beat all of the ingredients together in a bowl until light and fluffy.  Pour the mixture into 12 greased cupcake cases in a bun tray and pop in the oven at 180 degrees.  Leave to bake for around 10 minutes or until they rise and are firm and golden. Then take the icing sugar and sift into a bowl, add butter and whisk until it makes a nice thick gooey icing.  Add yellow food colouring and use to decorate the cakes (once they have cooled). Add smarties to create an eye bandage for Pudsey and black icing pens to create his mouth, nose and eyes.

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Pudsey Bear Cake Pops:

Ingredients

Sponge cake or muffins (any flavour)

1oz butter

300g sifted icing sugar

8 wooden skewers

Fondant icing (yelllow, red, white, black and green)

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Image by Great British Food Magazine

Method

Take the cake (I used plain Madeira sponge cake) and crumble into a mixing bowl.  Beat together the butter and icing sugar and add it gradually into the cake crumbs until you have a sticky mixture.  Then form the cake into balls and insert a wooden stick into each. Once you have 8 balls, pop them in the freezer and leave for an hour.  Then get some yellow fondant icing and cover each ball – freeze again. Decorate each with more coloured fondant icing until they look like Pudsey bear.  

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Spotty Cornflake Cakes:

Finally for the more culinary challenged, there’s always a spotty chocolate cornflake cake which is guaranteed to be a hit with any child – and still has a Children in Need theme.  

Ingredients

Unsalted Butter

A tin of Golden syrup

Rice Crispies or cornflakes

A bar of Dairy Milk chocolate

A tube of Smarties

Image by Marmalade and Me

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Method

In a heavy bottomed pan, melt 2oz of the butter with around 4 big tablespoons of golden syrup.  Break up the chocolate and melt in a bowl, over a pan of simmering water. Then add to the gooey chocolate and syrup mixture.  Stir in the rice crispies/ cornflakes and then divide the mixture between 12 paper cases, add some Smarties to the top of each and then chill until they are ready to eat.



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