The Blooming Great Tea Party In Aid Of Marie Curie - Raise Money To Help Those Living With Terminal Illnesses.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

We all like to eat cake right?! I know I do I even like to bake my own cakes too! It is the time of the year again when Marie Curie are asking people to get together with friends to bake a cake for change; to bake and eat cakes and raise some much needed funds: 
An hour of nursing care for a person living with a terminal illness in their own home
Two slide sheets, essential equipment used by our nurses to move someone living with a terminal illness safely.
A Marie Curie Nurse to look after someone with a terminal illness for a full nine-hour shift through the night.
The tea party is taking place between 23-25 June 2017 but you can hold your tea-party whenever you have the time and just send the money in afterwards, easy! You can hold your tea party anywhere, at work with your colleagues, at home with friends and family or even with your local church group or nursery. Anywhere you meet a lot of friends who love to indulge their sweet tooth whilst donating to charity. You don't have to bake your own cakes if you aren't that good in the kitchen! I'm sure you know someone who wouldn't mind whipping up a cake or two for your own Blooming Great Tea Party

Like I said, I love getting in the kitchen and baking my own cakes and producing Victoria Sponges for my family. If you want to bake your own, follow my simple recipe below! 


175g/6oz Self-Raising Flour
175g/6oz Stork or Marg
175/6oz Caster Sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or essence) 
3 large eggs 


Cream together butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, the longer the better!
Slowly add in the eggs (beaten), mixing in between each. If it looks like it's going to split add in a spoonful of the flour to help prevent splitting. 

Once all the flour is fully mixed in, add in the baking powder and vanilla, mixing until everything is equally combined. Shouldn't take too long! You can mix everything together in a food processor too if you have one! I sure did! 

Once everything is mixed in, grease two 8 inch round cake tins, placing greaseproof paper in the bottom to help prevent the cakes sticking to the bases. I have pre-cut circles which I use, saving the hassle of cutting out circles from a big roll of greaseproof! I always then grease the tops of the circles once in the tins, just to prevent the cakes sticking! (Obviously the paper itself prevents this but i guess it's just a habit I've gotten into!)

Place the two tins into the middle of the oven at 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 for about 20-30 minutes, until the cakes are golden brown on top, slightly coming away from the sides of the tin and well risen. To test if the middle is done, simply stick a skewer or knife in the middle, if it comes out clean (i.e. no cake mixture is stuck to the knife.) 

Place the tins onto a wire rack to cool for 5 - 10 minutes before using the side of a round bladed knife to loosen the cake from the tin. Turn them out onto the wire rack and remove the greaseproof paper from their bottoms. If you don't want the wire rack to mark the cakes, you can place a tea-towel onto the rack. Once completely cold, fill the middle with jam and sprinkle the top with icing sugar. Enjoy! 

Well I hope you do give this recipe a go and hold your own tea-party for Marie Curie. Please let me know what goodies you come up with and be sure to tag me in any pictures on Twitter and Instagram! (@sunshinesarahxo on both!) I would love to see!

Find out more about Marie Curie on their Website./Twitter/Instagram.

Love, Sarah

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