Sugar, Spice And All Things Nice

We may have waved goodbye to the Bake Off tent for another year but with generous cooks around the country, cakes are still bringing joy to hundreds…and all without the steely gaze of Paul Hollywood. Free Cakes For Kids is a not-for-profit started by Henriette Lundgren in 2008, and has since become a heart-warming go to for families across the UK that are not able to provide their little ones with a cake on their birthday.

Families are referred to the charity from a variety of places such as food banks and refuges which is when a local volunteer baker finds out a bit more about the child and makes them a cake to remember.

For Lucy Ashcroft, whose son Oscar received a cake last year while they were living in a Safer Places refuge, the pirate-themed donation made all the difference.

“When we went into the refuge we left with nothing. We couldn’t afford a cake, that wouldn’t have been possible. So the cake just kind of set it off really, and my little boy loved it…he was so excited.”

Henriette’s idea started as something based solely in Oxford, but due to huge interest, has since spread across the country. There are now 60 groups getting their Mary Berry on for local kids, and from Pirate cakes to Frozen frosting they are turning tricky situations into something a lot…sweeter.

Free Cakes For Kids has a complete guide available for those who would like to be involved with the initiative in their area. For more information, click here.