THE GREAT RAINBOW BAKE, HELPING RAISE FUNDS FOR THE RAINBOW TRUST CHILDREN’S CHARITY…

Help raise money for Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity which supports families who have a child aged 0-18 years with a life-threatening or terminal illness. We all love baking so why not bake and raise money for such a worthy cause at the same time.

There are an estimated 86,625* children in England with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. This number has trebled over the last 17 years and is rising. Thousands of families have to face the very real possibility that their child may die and struggle to cope on a day to day basis. Their Family Support Workers provide a lifeline to these families and children.

Life doesn’t always go to plan, but we won’t let that stop us. Bake on your own and donate, get together with others and plan a traditional bake sale (if you can), or go virtual and have a bake party on screen! There are so many ways you can have fun and raise vital funds to help families with a seriously ill child when they need it, now more than ever.

When you sign up you will get…

They have everything you need to make your #GreatRainbowBake a success. Get your (oven) mits on these handy resources by signing up today:

  • Bake sale posters and social media icons
  • Invitations and e-invites
  • Cake labels
  • Bunting
  • Rainbow recipes

…and more!

They will send you a downloadable pack to get started and other goodies over the coming weeks to help make your baking and fundraising a piece of cake.

If you are able to, you can hold a traditional bake sale within your community, school or workplace. Alternatively, you can promote and sell your bakes from your doorstep, your garden or even by delivery, involving neighbours, friends, and anyone you know who might be isolating. Charge a small donation per bake, or ask people to donate to your JustGiving page.

If you’ve rather go virtual and have become a dab hand at a zoom party, simply host a virtual bake party online with friends and family from all over the country, and even beyond. Set up a JustGiving page and then go live on social media or invite participants to a video call. Ask for donations to your page and hold competitions and games. 

Or, simply bake at home for yourself or with your family and then donate what you can to show your support. Whether it’s mastering a new recipe, or perfecting one you already know, there’s nothing like pulling a home-baked cake out of the oven!

When the world seems a bit crazy it’s a great way to relax and unwind.

For all the details and links head to the Rainbow Trust Website.

Source: Rainbow Trust

10 TIPS TO HEALTHIER BAKING…

A few simple tips with your baking can make your food a little bit more healthy.

  1. Avocado is a healthy fat and can be used to make a frosting, pudding, or replace butter in recipes for cakes, brownies, bread, and other baked goods.
  2. Use apple sauce instead of oil. Apple sauces are made with heart-healthy apples and they can also be low in sugar and high in fibre. Try making your own apple sauce. It acts like fat because it keeps the flour protein from mixing completely with the wet ingredients and forming a rubbery texture.
  3. Paying a little extra for high-quality products, like premium chocolate and pure vanilla extract, can pay off. More-flavorful ingredients make you less likely to miss any calories you’ve cut”.
  4. Beets add sweetness and moisture without taking away from the flavour,” says pastry chef Marisa Churchill, the author of Sweet & Skinny. Add two-thirds of a cup of finely grated raw beets to brownie batter and you can reduce the sugar by a quarter cup.
  5. For a lighter spin on cream cheese frosting, typically made with full-fat cream cheese and butter, beat together with an eight-ounce block of reduced-fat cream cheese, one cup of powdered sugar, and one teaspoon of vanilla extract. The fluffy icing contains a mere 59 calories and three grams of fat per tablespoon.
  6. Eat This also says when you’re baking try substituting the recommended oil or fat in the recipe with Greek yoghurt. You won’t lose any flavour and still have plenty of moisture in the consistency.
  7. The British Heart Foundation says using an unsaturated spread instead of butter has more benefits than simply reducing the amount of saturated fat: it actually gives a lighter texture, especially if you’re making an all-in-one sponge cake.
  8. Also, try using a drizzle of glacé (water) icing rather than butter icing for cake toppings. Or, a light sprinkle of icing sugar may be all you need to give your bake the final touch.
  9. Try a Whole-Grain Flour. White whole-wheat flour can be substituted one-for-one for all-purpose flour in most recipes. You can also replace up to half the all-purpose flour in a recipe with whole-grain flour without making any significant adjustments to the recipe.
  10. Significantly reduce the sugar in a cake by adding naturally sweet spices such as cinnamon, mixed spice, and vanilla, says Inman, or drizzle a small amount of honey or maple syrup over the top when serving. It fools you into believing it is sweeter than it is.

Source: Eat This Marisa Churchill The British Heart Foundation