The Colossal Cake Sale – how to use the power of cake to change lives

First questions: do you love cakes?

(If you said no then just leave now. Come on.)

Second question: do you like being charitable?

This is a trick question as clearly it’s not really OK to answer no to this one.

You will be pleased to know that this year you can combine these two loves to help provide vital support to those who have suffered life changing injuries and their families, for life. All you have to do is take part in the Colossal Cake Sale, which has been set up by Help for Heroes, the charity which help those who have been wounded in Britain’s current conflicts.

Colossal cake sale

Help For Heroes are asking every community to get together between 19th April and 5th May to raise money by holding a cake sale, either at their local school or shopping centre or just making cakes to sell around the office or to friends and family. This year the event is being sponsored by Whitworths sugar and they have loads of recipes on their website to get you started.

Following her success raising over £100 making cakes for Sport Relief, Belle and I decided to get busy in the kitchen and whipped up a batch of cookies. True, I did eat most of them myself, but it’s was really just a practice run.

lemon and blueberry cookies

If you are thinking ‘how can I possibly raise enough money to make a difference?’ then fear not. For a start, every penny really does count. It’s when lots of people contribute just a little that big changes can happen. Secondly, we have some tips to help your cake sale go with a bang. (Metaphorically speaking. If anything actually explodes during the baking process it’s probably a bad sign.)

How to make your Colossal Cake Sale a success

  • Ask colleagues and friends to all pitch in with something they’ve baked – you don’t want to have to be doing all the hard work yourself.
  • Make sure that wherever you’re holding it, you advertise well in advance to make sure people bring lots of change on the day.
  • Take lots of change. Everybody will give you a £20 note.
  • Make use of social media and online networks to share the news of your sale and pester friends and colleagues until they promise to help you spread the word.
  • If you’re holding your cake sale in your office, take a tray of cakes round to busy people’s desks. People are lazy, so make it easy/impossible for them to escape. Back them into a corner if you can.
  • Think about the presentation of your cakes and the layout of your sale – the more attractive it looks, the more people will be likely to take an interest.
  • Don’t eat them all yourself before you get there. Unless you’re paying that is.

Register your cake sale now at Help for Heroes and turn that bag of sugar into something that could change a life.

Disclosure: this is a sponsored post.


Good luck with your cake sale, its for a great cause!


1 Comment

  1. 20 April, 2014 / 2:59 am

    Colossal Cake Sounds like a great Ideal for a Great Charity!

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