Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Cookbooks and Cake: A Winning Combination

A delicious way to celebrate Free Cakes for Kids Hackney’s hundredth cake. On Sunday afternoon, the sun shone, cakes arrived, shortly followed by people, a lot of people, who bought lots of cookbooks and ate heroic amounts of cake. Most impressive, most unstinting in this latter effort was my friend Lola’s husband who will now forever be known as Barry ‘Four Cakes’. Neighbours came. This being Stoke Newington, some of them came bearing gifts – a little tomato plant, some homemade smoked cheese. Strangers came and sat happily in the garden, chatting, flipping through their new books. My friend Julia made a NAAFI’s worth of tea and coffee. Séan washed up with characteristic cheerfulness. The hallway was full of bikes, pushchairs and scooters. In three hours, about a hundred people came through the door and helped us to raise a thousand pounds for Free Cakes for Kids Hackney. A THOUSAND POUNDS. That’s roughly twice as much as I hoped we might make and means a lot more birthday cakes for a lot more kids. Thank you to the many FCKH bakers who brought such beautiful cakes and to those of you who came and helped to make it such a happy, successful day. See you all again next year? DSCN8927
Julia makes yet another cup of coffee. DSCN8910
The dining room turns into a bookshop for a day.
Enjoying the precious sunshine. DSCN8946
The FCKH committee rocking their brand new tote bags.
My contribution – a lemon and blueberry layer cake, which I didn’t even get to taste. By the time I turned around, it was but crumbs.
Scones with clotted cream. I did try one of these and it was so good.

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A present from my neighbour, a little tomato plant. He also brought me this smoked cheese, below.

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  1. What a wonderful result! Did you say 'next year'? Where is my diary...I don't want to miss another cake and cookbook day.

  2. It looks wonderful I just wish I'd been there!
    Amazing to raise a thousand pounds....

  3. Looks like a lovely day. Congratulations to you and Julia and all for raising so much for a brilliant cause. Like Avril I wihs I'd been there. Mx

  4. We had hoped we might make it over but in the end got waylaid. What an amazing day and such a great amount of money you raised for such a great cause. I'm drooling at the sight of those cakes. Your garden looks beautiful too.

  5. We had a great time - bought some lovely books, ate some yummy cake (that lemon/blueberry combo was a dream!) and sat in your glorious garden for a quick catch up - left our kids in the park with their dads and lapped up some sunshine. Again, Again! Well done Deborah and the gang a super idea and I'm glad you made lots of dosh for a great local cause. x

  6. Debs, If we have another one, you really must come!
    Avril & Mum, thanks - it was great!It would have been even better had you both been here too. X
    Wellywoman, Thanks so much.
    Helen, So good to meet you finally. I hope we meet again soon, and that you enjoy your books.

  7. Oh my goodness this looks amazing! Gutted to have missed it xxx

  8. That's brilliant! Well done to you and everyone that helped out.

  9. Such a shame not to see you Emily - next time, perhaps? Because of course there has to be a next time.
    TOC, Thanks so much. X


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