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Guest Post: Vicki du Plessis – Big Bandana Bake

This month marks Brain Tumour Awareness month in the UK and to bring much needed funds and awareness to their campaign, The Brain Tumour Charity has launched its first ever Big Bandana Bake to help raise funds for vital research. In honour of this vital campaign, I reached out to my #’sugarsister Vicki du Plessis of Tiki’s Bakehouse to find out more…

The Brain Tumour Charity is at the forefront of the fight to defeat brain tumours, making a difference every day to the lives of people with a brain tumour and their families.

They are committed to having the biggest possible impact for everyone affected by a brain tumour and to defending the most amazing part of the human body, so that the diagnosis of a brain tumour is no longer a death sentence. They fight brain tumours on all fronts through research, awareness and support to save lives and improve quality of life. They fund pioneering research to find new treatments, improve understanding, increase survival rates and bring us all closer to a cure. They raise awareness of the symptoms and effects of brain tumours, to reduce diagnosis times and make a difference every day to the lives of people with a brain tumour and their families. They provide support and information for anyone affected to improve quality of life.

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This March, The Brain Tumour Charity kicked off Brain Tumour Awareness Month by baking a difference for everyone affected by brain tumours – with their first ever Big Bandana Bake officially scheduled for yesterday, the 2nd March. Unfortunately, the snowy weather threw a bit of a spanner in the works, causing some bake sales to be postponed a little (although some brave heroes powered on regardless!). But don’t worry if you need to reschedule your Big Bandana Bake until the snow has cleared, the whole of March is Brain Tumour Awareness Month and I know the charity would love your support on any day!

If there isn’t already a Big Bandana Bake near you, there is still time to sign up for a fundraising pack and you can hold your event whenever you like in March – people love cake on any day after all! Your fundraising pack contains tons of fabulous resources to help you hold your own event, including everything from handy guides and recipes, to cake flags and bunting. You can also visit the charity’s online shop if you want to buy one of their exclusive bandanas, so you can get messy in the kitchen!

Next year I am hoping to put a project together to get as many bakers and cakers as possible to do something for the next Big Bandana Bake. If any of you amazing cake folk out there would be interested in joining me, and it doesn’t matter where in the world you are, everyone is welcome. Please drop me a message via my Facebook page and we will get planning!

Thanks Vicki!

If you would like to know more about The Brain Tumour Charity you can read about them here.

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Back to normal… -ish

It’s nearly all back to normal here at Mr Baker’s Cakes HQ. The Magical Dragon Machine has been packed away and Paddington is safely ensconced in his display spot in my cake room (which still needs a jolly good sort out, if I’m honest). Gearing up for Cake International, my head, diary and emails had been entirely full of dragons, bears and crammed-in tutorials and I barely managed to think about life beyond the shows. It’s both a blessing and a curse that it’s all done and dusted for the year – I’m happy that there is now the chance to stop and breathe, but I’m also sad that it’s all over. Naturally, plans are already afoot for next year’s collaborations and exhibits though, so there isn’t THAT much breathing space!

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Next on the agenda though is a charity fundraiser (I try to do at least two a year) and the baking possibilities offered by festive season. I love Christmas baking and am so excited to get my teeth into some festive tutorials for my friends over at Fabricake and of course, share some of my favourite recipes with you guys too! Fabricake have thrown me a real curveball for this month’s project though and I can’t wait to show it to you – if I can pull it off!

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My charity fundraiser went live earlier today over on Facebook and it is supporting local radio station, Wave 105’s Cash for Kids appeal. After a quick poll to find out what people would want to win, the people spoke and, with a resounding 69% of the vote, the people wanted chocolate!

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Made for a recent charity event, the prize will be along these lines…

As a result, up for grabs is a devilishly decadent loaded chocolate extravaganza: my gorgeous (if I do say so myself) original recipe mud cake, filled with luxurious milk chocolate ganache and topped with a ridiculous amount of tasty chocolatey sweets and treats! If you want to get in on the action, head over to my fundraising page and donate just £2. Yup, that’s it! Want a better chance of winning? Donate more! For every £2 you donate, you’ll get another name in the hat. More information can be found on my fundraising page. I love how baking and cake decorating has given me a platform to do some real good in my local area and I can’t wait to see how much we will be able to raise together.

Right, I suppose I ought to start thinking about that cake room sort out – but maybe a nap first… 😉