I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve always loved baking. It makes me feel calm; melting chocolate and butter together then whisking in the flour, sugar and eggs whilst blasting Taylor Swift over the speakers. That’s just me, though – obviously you can blast whatever music you prefer as you cook but for me it’s singing like crazy to 'Shake It Off' that puts the cherry on top of every baking experience (pardon the pun). Baking was one thing I missed dearly during my time in Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) but thankfully I always had plenty of sweet treats to get me through the days.
When I saw on Facebook that GOSH were organising a baking appeal to raise funds for their charity, I jumped at the chance to sign up. Not only do I watch The Great British Bake Off religiously, follow them on twitter and recreate the bakes in my own kitchen but I also love fundraising.
A week after I signed up on the GOSH website, my Bake It Better pack arrived in the post and I found balloons, bunting, signs and cake toppers all with the GOSH logo on them inside. It was the perfect set up for an eye catching cake stand.
All that was left to do was make enough cakes and sweets to satisfy my university friends. I knew it might be stressful, so I scheduled the event for the 24 October, a Saturday, made a Facebook event, invited all my friends, and planned my menu. I decided to make gluten free blondies (for anyone with allergies), chocolate and almond cake, lemon drizzle cake, banana cake, rice crispy squares, millionaire shortbread, vanilla cupcakes, and a classic victoria sponge.
I bought all the ingredients I needed on Friday and spent the whole day baking. Surprisingly, I didn’t encounter any disasters during the whole day (I did have to make two batches of blondies, though). It got a little stressful at points but my flatmates were really helpful and we had a lot of fun singing at the top of our lungs and mixing enough cake batter to feed a city.
On the day we raised just over £200 selling cakes to our friends and passers-by. It was a great opportunity to socialise and raise money for GOSH, I’d do it again in a heartbeat. My baking fever actually paid off and helped my old hospital, so I think that’s a win-win!