Friday, 15 March 2013

A Bake Sale

Several weeks ago, when watching the Great Comic Relief Bake Off I had the idea that it would be fun to hold my own bake sale to raise some cash for Comic Relief.
 
 
I started to spread the word around and was very relaxed and laid back about the whole thing... after all, March 15th was weeks away and I had loads of time to stock my freezer with baked goods.

 
By Monday this week, my laid back approach had been abandoned and replaced with sheer panic as I realised that the one loaf of banana bread lurking in my freezer did not constitute a bake sale.

 
So with pinny on and mixer in hand I worked from dusk til dawn all day Wednesday and Thursday to produce a decent selection of baked goods.

 
You wouldn't believe the vast quantities of butter and sugar that have been whipped into shape around here!

 
Cookies, cupcakes and macaroons...

 
The bunting was up....

 
The table was laid.... and then my sheer panic changed from not having enough cake to worrying that not enough people would turn up. What if I was left with all this cake!

 
But fear not. My kitchen has been full of people all morning who have drunk tea, eaten cake, taken cake away with them and what's more important have dug deep into their pockets. Thank you all so much! (You were also kind enough to leave just enough cake to keep my menfolk happy!)

 
And despite Gill's disappointment that Paul Hollywood didn't turn up, between us we have raised £297.45* for Comic Relief!
 
And if you would like to help this fabulous cause there is still a chance to bid for the Red Nose Day Dolls, or add to their sponsorship page... total so far is a fantastic £2400! All the money goes to Comic Relief.
 
* Thanks to Stewart, Joe, my class on Saturday, Gill's Mum and other friends this has now gone up to £350!
Thank you!!!!
 

27 comments:

  1. well done Gina. Terrific amount raised
    so worth all your considerable effort. I can vouch for the fact the cakes and biscuits were very very good. Well Done.

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  2. Ooh I just pipped you to the post! It was a lovely morning, thank you for all your hard work. And - so far - I haven't eaten the biscuits I got for Val. But there's still time.

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  3. They all look absolutely divine! I am in awe of your baking--and fundraising--abilities! K x

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  4. Yet again I wish I lived nearer to you Gina!
    Everything looked amazing and well done on the amount raised, good work! :)
    V xxx

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  5. Well done, those cakes look so good. :)

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  6. Wow what an achievement! Wish I lived nearer those cakes look amazing.

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  7. Your baking looks wonderful - well done you - a brilliant fund raiser. x Jo

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  8. I think I would believe how much butter and sugar was used! What a darned good effort Gina, you raised a high sum, well done m'dear.

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  9. Well done, it all looks delicious - wish I could have come.

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  10. Everything looked stunning and the cakes were absolutely delicious. What a magnificent amount you raised Gina. I know you worked so hard.
    Yes, it is very very good to live in the Gina area!

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  11. Congrats Gina - the spread looks amazing!

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  12. That's fantastic Gina, well done you, and all your customers.

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  13. What a scrumptious array of goodies and a fantastic result - well done. You must have been exhausted after the last crumbs had been tidied away.

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  14. Gina, I so admire all that you mixed and baked for Comic Relief. There is nothing, nothing quite like this particular fund raising day over here in the States.

    I've been reading and hearing about red noses for many years. it just seems to go from strength to strength each year.

    So much imagination seems to go into individual creative approaches to raising funds for a very worth cause.

    xo

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  15. Well done Gina, your cakes look amazing.

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  16. Well done Gina, your cakes look delicious. Glad you had some left for the family. Jane xx

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  17. Wow, what a great total for Comic Relief!

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  18. That table of cakes is a sight to behold! Fantastic that you raised so much money!

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  19. I just spoke to my Mum, who had read my blog and was so impressed with the sheer quantity and the beauty of everything that you made, that I have a £20 donation from her to add to your final figure!

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  20. The sale was great Gina, well done. I can taste again today and the chocolate macaroon was delicious. How about a regular cake sale!!!!!

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  21. What an amazing effort on your part, and such a wonderful, thoughtful thing to do. Well done! Those cakes and goodies look brilliant ... I think you should go in the next Great British Bake Off, you'd give the other contestants a run for their money.

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  22. Wow - that's an amazing amount! Well done you!

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  23. Wow -- Congratulations Gina on a very successful Bake Sale!!!

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  24. Everything looks so scrummy Gina - no wonder you managed to raise such a terrific total!

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