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:
There are three categories you can enter:
Juniors: Age 14 and under.
Amateurs: Beginners and above – calling all you aspiring bakers who want to improve their skills – now’s the great time to get creative.
Professional bakers: for any cake maker with intermediate skills and above.
All submissions for the competition will need to emailed, you will receive further instructions closer to the event. Your entry will be viewed from every angle, so we will need you to submit approx. 10 photos to show every angle of your bake. We will need short videos to show you putting in your bake and one of you taking it out of the oven.
You will need to submit your entry by 7pm on 18th October 2020 - you can create your bake anytime before this as long as you upload by the 18th.
To enter you will knead to purchase a ticket for the event. Tickets are £15 for junior entries and £20 for amateur or professional entries and in return, you will get a fabulous FREE Baking Box posted to you as a little gift from us to practice your baking skills.
All ticket purchases will support the full range of care and support that we provide to local families with children with life-shortening conditions.
You will need to bake one of these tasty treats for the bake-off:
Once you purchase your ticket you will receive full details of how your wonderful creation will be judged, as well as plenty of inspiration from our amazing judges.
This pack, that we have baked to perfection especially for you, will give you recipes and ideas to help you present and share your fabulous creations, and let your friends and family know you are taking part.
Britain Loves Baking box
For those entering the Professional and Amateur categories, you will receive our fantastic Free Britain Loves Baking Box, which is packed full of high-quality ingredients with enough to make two standard recipes (cakes, biscuits or cupcakes) and there is a gluten-free box available too. Extra baking boxes can be purchased from Britain Loves Baking
- Bicarbonate of soda 20g
- Baking powder 20g
- Fine cake 11% flour (UK) mill 500g
- British light brown sugar 200g
- British caster sugar 200g
- British icing sugar 200g
- Belgium 70% dark chocolate drops 200g
- Cold-pressed Rapeseed oil 240ml
- 24% Royal Dutch cocoa powder natural flavour powder
- Mauritian vanilla extract 50ml
- Moroccan Almond natural extract 50ml
- Sicilian Orange natural flavour powder 10g
- Sicilian Lemon natural flavour powder 10g
- British strawberry flavour powder 10g
- Dehydrated banana flavour powder 10g
Little Cooks Baking Box
All you budding junior bakers under 14 years old, will receive a special Little Cooks Rocky Road Baking Box which is vegan and gluten-free. Extra baking boxes can be purchased from Little Cooks.
More prizes to be won for top fundraisers
Could you raise some extra dough to help local terminally ill children? Perhaps by selling your wonderful practice bakes, or even the real thing, after judging of course! If you want to avoid cash donations you can set up an online fundraising page, you never know someone might want to sponsor you without receiving any cake.
You could also set your friends the challenge of taking part and competing against you – may the best baker win!
If you raise some money for us, you could be entered into a prize draw (see terms and conditions) with three chances to win one of these amazing prizes.
- An exclusive online masterclass worth £200 with the uber-talented Karisha Pithwa from Crème De La Cakes. Karisha will be teaching you a must-have cake decorating skill and how to make your buttercream cake really smooth and clean. There will be an opportunity for a Q&A with Karisha before the masterclass finishes.
- A set of cake animal moulds and four printed tutorial cards worth £53.99 to make animal cakes from Molly Robbins from Sugar and Crumbs.
- A set of cake moulds and 26 printed tutorial cards worth £119.99 to make animal cakes from Molly Robbins from Sugar and Crumbs.
Terms and conditions
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.
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.