Bake It ‘Til You Make It

18th October

  • 18/10/2020 - 18/10/2020
  • Baking
  • Anywhere

Bake It ‘Til You Make It

18th October

  • 18/10/2020 - 18/10/2020
  • Baking
  • Anywhere







About the event

We knead your help! Whip out your wooden spoon, bring out your baking bowls and make a stir to celebrate National Baking Week by taking part in the Helen & Douglas House virtual bake-off on Sunday 18th October 2020.

As many of us have been whisking up tasty treats at home since lockdown began we thought it would be a great opportunity for baking enthusiasts to show off their newly found skills whilst raising some dough to help a good cause.

Helen & Douglas House hospice improves the lives of local children with life-shortening conditions and their families living in Oxfordshire and the surrounding counties. We are the world’s first children’s hospice and we provide one-to-one respite and end-of-life care at our hospice in Oxford as well as end of life care at home and in hospital.

Now you have the flour power to help families who have terminally ill children by baking a difference. 

All you need to do to get in on a slice of the action and be in with the chance of winning a baking kit worth £250 is purchase a ticket for the event and submit photos of your entry by 7pm on Sunday 18th October 2020.

We have some amazing prizes to be won! One winner from each category; Junior, Amateurs and Professionals will be chosen. All three winners will receive an exclusive baking kit consisting of baking and cake making gadgets to whip up more tasty treats, worth £250 each. A big thank you to Britain Loves Baking for donating these exciting prizes.

This fabulous baking kit includes:

  • 1 x Cook Professional 6.2lt stand mixer
  • Gadgets and bakeware
  • Cake making equipment
  • A #1 baker apron

Your bake will also become famous as your winning recipe will be included in the ‘Britain Loves Baking’ Christmas Cook Book!

You will also get a FREE baking box with your entry to help you whip up some tasty treats.

This is how our virtual bake-off will work:

Meet the judges

Karisha, Molly and Emily, will be judging your blissful bakes on appearance, originality and difficulty and will decide who will be our star bakers. Crumbs will it be you?! They will also be judging your exquisite creations on your creativity as well as passion. We are egg-cited about our virtual bake-off. Go on, challenge your bestie or your mum, winner takes all!

Karisha Pithwa from Crème De La Cakes, featured on Channel 4’s Extreme Cake Makers

We are thrilled to have luxury cake maker Karisha on board as our judge, she knows how to make life a little sweeter. Her speciality is creating the most opulent, grandiose and elaborate wedding cake designs and edible works of art.

Molly Robbins from Sugar and Crumbs, featured on Channel 4's Extreme Cake Makers

We are delighted to have Molly Robbins, a professional cake maker, on board as our second judge. Molly won Gold, Silver and second-in-category awards at Cake International and specialises in animal-shaped cakes and cupcakes.

Emily Martin, a 14-year-old up-and-coming and very promising baking star

We are so excited to have 14-year-old Emily Martin as a judge, who has raised over £4,700 baking cakes to raise money for Helen & Douglas House in memory of her friend Izzy who died at the hospice.

How your dough-nations will help our local families

You don’t think it could ever happen to you. You couldn’t imagine how you’d cope if it did. Because how could anybody ever be prepared for the devastating news that their child will die?

For the families we care for, the loss of a child isn’t just a nightmare – it’s a reality. When their world is falling apart, we’re here to support them through this heartbreaking time. We help terminally ill babies and children to live their short lives to the full, creating happy memories in their final days, weeks, months or years with their families.

Your participation in our virtual bake-off will help a family facing the toughest situation imaginable

As a charity, we need to raise £3.6 million this year just to pay for care. Almost all of this comes from people like you, and every donation makes a huge difference to the help we can offer to terminally ill children and their families.

Cost examples

A donation of £25 could pay for an hour of music therapy at the hospice to help a terminally ill child smile and express themselves.

A donation of £50 could pay for one of our Specialist Nurses to visit a child at home for end-of-life care.

A donation of £100 could pay for two 2 hour bereavement counselling session for parents of a child who has just died, to help them cope with their loss.

Win a baking kit worth £250

All you need to do to enter the Helen & Douglas House virtual bake-off is purchase a ticket and submit photos of your entry by 7pm on Sunday 18th October 2020.