Happy weekend all!

This weekend, the lovely @Bubakes has asked if she can host a week, and we are very happy for her to do so for this brilliant cause. There is also a prize for the winner!

This weekend’s theme is Grey Bakes, in order to raise awareness for the mental health charity MIND, and Help for Heroes, and to raise awareness of our own mental health. Many of us have been affected by this matter, and it is very close to our little hearts.

As @Bubakes puts it – Be it cakes, frosting, meringues, macarons, cookies or any other treats, we want to see your grey Depressed Cake inspired bakes.  Bonus points will be given to those who can also incorporate a pop of colour!   Please submit your bakes to @SBCTakeover @BuBakesCakes using #BakeADifference.  The winner of the week will receive on of my limited edition Bake A Difference with BuBakes tea towels!

@Bubakes will be running the Baking Club through our takeover website – @SBCTakeover , so please join us!

Please see the below from Bubakes, and we look forward to seeing you all! For those in Essex, do pop along to the County Cricket Ground on the 7th as well.

Laura and Dominique xxx

The Depressed Cake Shop comes to Essex this August!

Local cake business BuBakes is hosting an event on Sunday, August 7th to raise money for Mind and Help the Heroes, and to raise awareness of mental health issues

On Sunday, August 7th, the County Cricket Ground in Chelmsford will play host to The Depressed Cake Shop, organised by me (AKA BuBakes!) to raise money for Mind and Help the Heroes.

As many of you will know I suffered a breakdown in 2014 and was subsequently diagnosed with anxiety and depression, I then left my job to found cake business BuBakes: for me, The Depressed Cake Shop is a perfect fit.  

Baking and cake decorating help to ease my anxiety symptoms, I’m so pleased to have found a job that allows me to continue to work as well as helping me to feel better.

I’m excited about hosting The Depressed Cake Shop here in Chelmsford – I’m hoping that it will give those concerned about mental health a safe haven to talk openly and for the public to find out more about mental health issues, all while enjoying some delicious cakes and knowing that the proceeds are going to a good cause.

One in four people will be affected by a mental health issue at some point during their lifetime – either by being diagnosed themselves or by having a loved one diagnosed with a mental health issue.

Initially founded by Emma Thomas in 2013, the Depressed Cake Shop revolves around the simple act of baking and selling baked goods to raise both awareness and funds: the one stipulation is that these tasty treats must be grey (but can have a splash of colour to represent hope).  Although Emma is no longer involved, the reigns have been taken up by a group known as the “Depressed Cake Shop co-conspirators” who continue to spread the word.  


I am delighted to be named as the newest co-conspirator, and my Depressed Cake Shop event will take place…from 11am to 5pm on Sunday, August 7th, at the County Cricket Ground in Chelmsford. The trademark Depressed Cake Shop grey bakes will take centre stage, and there will be a number of activities – including a raffle, face painting and more – taking place on the day. All proceeds from the event will be split between mental health charity Mind, and UK military charity Help for Heroes.

To compliment my Depressed Cake Shop pop up, the lovely Sunday Baking Club have given me permission to take over for a week.  So for the weekend d. 6/7th August the theme will be grey bakes.  Be it cakes, frosting, meringues, macarons, cookies or any other treats, I want to see your grey Depressed Cake inspired bakes.  Bonus points will be given to those who can also incorporate a pop of colour!   Please submit your bakes to @SBCTakeover @BuBakesCakes using #BakeADifference.  The winner of the week will receive one of my limited edition Bake A Difference with BuBakes tea towels!  


 (The tea towels are available to order via bubakescakes@gmail.com and cost £10 + £1.99 P&P, will all profits being shared between Mind and Help for Heroes.)


A tiny bit about Bu

I publish regular blog posts on the BuBakes website: posts that cover both cakes and mental health. Since founding BuBakes, I’ve been honoured in both fields: depression suffered Stephen Fry endorsed one mental health blog post, Michel Roux Jr favourably critiqued a BuBakes cake on Great British Bake Off – Extra Slice, I also recently reached the final of the 2016 North Essex Business Awards. 








Charity Cherry Week – The Winner!


The votes have been counted and verified and we are delighted to announce that the golden spoon winner for charity cherries week was…………..


The lovely Claire has shared her recipe below, and has told us a little bit about why she supports her chosen charity who will receive £110 from the very generous people at French Glace Cherries!

We just wanted to say again a huge thank you to everyone who entered the week, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. It was wonderful not only seeing all your bakes but hearing about the charities you support too.

Claire, Jo and Dominique xxx

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From Claire:

 @HGsupport is the twitter account for Pregnancy Sickness Support ( pregnancysicknesssupport.org.uk ) who offer help and advice to the many women who suffer from severe pregnancy sickness and Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG). I was unfortunate enough to suffer with HG last year during my 3rd pregnancy, unable to keep the meerest sip of water down, let alone food (or cake!), resulted in me being admitted to hospital 4 times. Pregnancy Sickness Support stopped me feeling so isolated, helped me understand that it wasn’t all in my head, gave advice on anti-sickness medication available and put me on the road to functioning as a near normal mum again.

Coconut Cake

75g golden caster sugar
75g butter (room temp)
200g Plain Flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1 egg
125ml milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
50g dessicated coconut plus extra for decorating
Your favourite buttercream recipe
French glacé cherries

Preheat oven to 180°C
Cream the butter and sugar until smooth.
Whisk the egg in a small bowl with the milk and vanilla extract, add a little at a time alternating between sieving the flour, salt and baking powder.
Stir through the coconut and place the mix in a greased 6inch tin and bake for 40 minutes.
Remove from the oven when done and knife/skewer comes out clean.
Leave to cool. Once completely cool cover the top with buttercream and gently press the coconut onto the icing and decorate with lovely French glacé cherries!!

Charity Cherries Week

Hello there bakers, 


We’re pretty excited today to tell you about a theme we’re planning for the this weekend that’s a bit different from usual.

Sunday Baking Club began life as a community baking project and over the last three years has grown to be (we think…) one of the biggest baking clubs in the world! Naturally, with over 4,000 of you part of our baking family, we are regularly approached by brands looking for sponsored posts etc.


We’ve always run SBC because we love baking and we love you – not to turn a profit, and therefore we have come up with an idea to raise some money for charity instead!


This weekend, we would like you to bake with French Glacé Cherries. Every baker who enters will earn £2 for charity – so we need as many as you as possible to enter!


And the stakes are high, when you send us your entry, tell us which charity you would like the money to go to, and all the money will go to the charity of the winning baker. PLUS the winning baker will win some fab goodies including an apron, scales and a timer.


All of this is thanks to French Glacé Cherries (www.glacecherries.com) who are sponsoring this charity theme. French Glacé Cherries are 100% natural, being grown in Provence (France), where they are then candied following the traditional process perfected by French Glacé Cherry producers over the centuries. They hold their texture, flavour and shape throughout the baking process, and deserve to be much more than a decoration.


You can buy French Glacé Cherries at most major supermarkets, and a full list is here:http://www.glacecherries.com/where-to-buy-french-glace-cherries/


Plus if you need some baking inspiration, there are lots of lovely cherry recipes here:http://www.glacecherries.com/recipes/


So that’s all bakers! We need you to spread the word far and wide to encourage as many people as possible to bake for this theme, and to maximise our chances of reaching 50 entries and raising £100, we’ll be accepting entries all through the bank holiday weekend!  


Cherry love!

Claire, Jo and Dominique xxx

Ps. we’re really sorry but the winners prizes can only be sent to a UK address x