Tuesday, 25 September 2012

The Big Hour Cake Sale - Rainbow Trust Children's Charity

What is The Big Hour?

The Big Hour is Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity's biggest annual fund raising and awareness event. Between 22-28 October 2012 they are asking people across the country to celebrate the extra hour we all get when the clocks go back to raise vital funds and highlight just how precious time is for the families they support.
In 2012 Rainbow Trust are asking people to bake cakes and sell them on Friday 26th October to raise money. It’s a piece of cake.

This year Rainbow Trust want to raise £50,000 to help families at a time of crisis. Find out how Rainbow Trust helps.

Sign up to hold your own event
You can sign up to host your own Big Hour event. Or if you know someone who you think would make a great Big Hour host, get them to sign up too. Rainbow Trust can then send you The Big Hour Fundraising Pack with everything you need to make your event a fabulous success.

If you’re not able to organise your own event then you can still support The Big Hour by making a donation right now online. You’ll still be making a difference.
Every hour counts.
  • £20 is an hour of support for a shattered mother who has been up all night with her sick child
  • £50 gives a session of support to help families cope with emotional and practical pressures when attending hospital appointments
  • £100 will give an exhausted parent a day’s visit from a Rainbow Trust Family Support Worker so that there is someone there for them to talk to, to let off steam to and to help them cope with the demands of a sick child
And just to get your taste buds going here's a recipe for a delicious Rainbow cake. A good friend of mine recently made one of these for her son's first birthday party and it was absolutely delicious and the end result was stunning.

John Scott’s (This Morning Fashion Stylist) Rainbow Cake Recipe:

9oz caster sugar
9oz butter (cut into cubes)
9oz self raising flour
4 eggs
6 shades of food colouring (gel not liquid)
You will need to grease and flour 3 7-8" round tins and line with grease proof paper. 
Preheat the oven to 180/350 gas mark 4. 
Cream butter (at room temperature) with the sugar until pale and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time if it starts to curdle add a little flour. Sift in the flour a little at a time and fold into the mixture using a wooden spoon. 

Divide the mixture between 6 bowls and add your food colouring to each. 
Then add 3 of your mixtures to your pans. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes check they are cooked by pressing down on the sponge lightly if it springs back then it's cooked. 
Take out of pans and leave to cool on a wire rack. Repeat again with the 3 other colours. 
once cooled coat your purple layer with frosting and then place on top with your blue layer, coat with the frosting and then place in the fridge to chill for 1 hr. 
Then repeat with your next green and yellow layers and again with the final orange and red layers. 
I then sprinkled the top with hundreds and thousands and piped shells around the top and bottom. 
John had help from his friend Rachael who owns http://www.ring4roast.co.uk/

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