Bake for the Bigger Cause

We all love to enjoy a coffee and a cake with our friends and family. Whether for a cosy catch-up at home, a little pit-stop while we’re shopping or out taking a walk. It’s warm, cosy and comforting and allows us to catch up and share thoughts.

So, why not take the time to host your dream coffee and cake catch-up while raising money for a very worthy cause? The Macmillan Coffee Morning might be the perfect opportunity to make a difference while doing what you love, and we’re here to tell you how.

Learn more about the Macmillan Coffee Morning here, and get all the tips and advice you need to be the host with the most – charity donations, that is!

What is Macmillan Coffee Morning?

If you have never heard of the Macmillan Coffee Morning or perhaps did not know what it entails, we want to let you know about the joys of the scheme.

Simply put, the Macmillan Coffee Morning is a fundraising event to support people living with cancer. But it is also so much more than that.

Happening all over the UK at any time, people gather together in various ways and numbers to drink coffee, eat cake, and chat, all while raising money. There are no sponsored activities or tickets, and your guests simply donate the cost of their cup of coffee, which the host has graciously given. Of course, guests are welcome to donate more if they can and contribute to the event in other ways, such as baking cakes for everyone to enjoy.

However, it is also a chance for guests to open themselves up and discuss their experiences with cancer.

Raising Money

At its fundamentals, the goal of the coffee morning is for everyone to donate the cost they would have paid for their cup of coffee. However, you can introduce other fundraising elements into your coffee morning if you want to raise additional money.

For example, why not have a mini bake sale in addition to the free cake you serve with your coffee? Offering a slice of traditional Victoria sponge with your coffee is a lovely surprise for guests, but you could also offer more specialist bakes for an additional contribution.

Cupcakes with personalised event toppers are a great way to do this and can be achieved with edible printing supplies. To help you get started, here is a simple and easy-to-follow cupcake recipe you can adapt to make your perfect tray of cupcakes.

Simple Cupcakes for your Bake Sale

This simple cupcake recipe is perfect for keeping on hand for all manners of last-minute events and occasions. However, we think it’s ideal for your Macmillan Coffee Morning, as you can decorate it however you see fit. The options are endless, from green buttercream to match the Macmillan logo to custom toppers and decorations! 

Ingredients

This list of ingredients and measurements will make twelve cupcakes. However, double up the recipe to the desired amount if you want to make more. For example, doubling these ingredients will make twenty-four cupcakes or using three lots will make thirty-six.

What you will need:

  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 125g Caster Sugar
  • 125g Softened Butter
  • 125g Self Raising Flour
  • 1tsp Vanilla Essence

Equipment

Gather these tools and equipment before you begin baking to ensure a smooth and easy experience.

  • Measuring Spoons
  • Weighing Scales
  • Mixer: Electric or Handheld Whisk
  • Cupcake Cases
  • Baking Tray

The Process

  1. Blend the butter, sugar and vanilla extract.
  2. Add the eggs and sift the flour into the mix.
  3. Mix the batter until smooth, be careful not to make it too dense.
  4. Fill each cupcake case until half full.
  5. Bake the cupcakes for around twenty minutes.
  6. To check if they are done, stick a cocktail stick in the middle. If it comes out dry, they’re ready!

Once your cupcakes are cooled, you can have fun decorating them. From piped buttercream frosting to sprinkles and edible flowers, you can theme them to the season or event.

The Benefits of Coming Together to Chat

You might wonder what makes the Macmillan Coffee Morning so unique when you could also organise a charity family day or sponsored fun run. Well, all of these events are a great way to raise money, but sometimes it is the message and awareness that gets left behind.

Macmillan Coffee Mornings are warm and welcoming, so everyone of any age can get involved to chat and laugh over a cuppa. Whether a small get-together with your friends or something a little bigger encouraging you to speak to someone new, the event vibes are always relaxed and calm.

Being among a welcoming group of people at your Macmillan Coffee Morning, whether you know them or not, allows you to be open about your experience with cancer. Whether you have or are currently battling it or have a loved one who has been affected, you can speak freely with people who also understand.

Even if you have not been affected by cancer, you can be a sympathetic ear for those needing someone to talk to. You don’t have to know what to say; being there and willing to listen is enough.

Experts have said that talking to others is a natural stress reliever and will make you feel less alone.

What Can Cake Do for your Mental Health?

We have established that talking to others is a great way to clear your mind and unload your thoughts and feelings, but where does cake come into all of this?

Of course, a cake is the ultimate comfort food and is the perfect way to cheer anyone up when they are down. But did you know baking is also an excellent way to relieve stress?

A study found that people who focused on small creative projects, like baking, felt more enthusiastic about what they accomplished the following day. Similarly, baking will help to boost your self-confidence by setting yourself a small attainable goal that you can easily achieve.

Focusing on small tasks like this that give you a sense of accomplishment and reward is the perfect way to shift negative thoughts and emotions into something positive.

A Slice of Cake with your Coffee

Here is a simple recipe for classic comfort, everyone’s favourite Victoria’s sponge cake. Whipping one of these up for your next Macmillan Coffee Morning will go down a treat.

Ingredients

To make a Victoria sponge cake to serve eight, you will need the following:

  • 3 Large Eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 160g Softened, Unsalted Butter
  • 160g Sifted, Self-Raising Flour
  • 160g Caster Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 100ml Double Cream
  • 125g Strawberry Jam
  • 1 Tbsp Icing Sugar

The Process

Follow these simple steps to create a classic Victoria sponge cake you will be proud to serve:

  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C or fan 150°C.
  2. Grease and line two cake tins (8 inches or 20cm).
  3. Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla extract using an electric mixer or handheld whisk. Do this until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the lightly beaten eggs a teaspoon at a time, and beat between additions.
  5. Fold the flour into the batter and then halve the mixture between the two cake tins.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until springy to the touch and a kebab skewer in the middle comes out clean.
  7. Allow the cakes in the tins to cool for five minutes before removing and peeling away the non-stick paper.
  8. Whip your double cream to soft peaks before smoothing over the bottom layer cake.
  9. Add the strawberry jam above the cream and combine the two cakes.
  10. Finish with a dusting of icing sugar for the picture-perfect Victoria sponge.

Getting Ready to Host

We hope our guide to the Macmillan Coffee Morning has given you the confidence to host your own event and start raising money for Cancer Support. Sign up to host your own coffee morning online now, and get your free coffee morning kit complete with more recipes, event posters and even a game to play at your event!

If you’re not quite ready to host your own coffee morning just yet, you can also find an event near you to attend! Don’t forget to use your baking skills and powers to create a sweet treat to take along with you. We have plenty more recipe inspiration to help you get started and a huge selection of affordable, high-quality cake-decorating supplies and tools.

Whatever your plan, hosting or not, remember to have a slice for us and, most importantly, enjoy yourself!

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