|My cake won't look anything like this!|
So I did put my hand up. And now I'm organising the school raffle. It's actually been fine. Lots of other mums have come up with brilliant prizes from local businesses - three-course meals from local restaurants, 4-day football courses for kids, so I think it's going to be really good.
But it hadn't always looked quite so healthy. In fact there was a point when I thought a bottle of plonk from our local Costcutter was pretty much the extent of it and I panicked.
So I offered to cook a cake a month for a year for a lucky winner. Whenever I mention this to other mothers or my friends I get a look and I can't work out if the concern is for me or the winner. But I think it is a GREAT idea (not my idea, I hasten to add, but my friend Sarah, who did it recently as a fundraising event for her local street party) and my cakes aren't that bad.
After baking 12 top quality cakes they should be a whole lot better too. I've decided to take this opportunity to improve my cake-baking skills as well as my cake-baking kit. I've got to cook the first one on Friday so I can display it on the raffle table on Saturday. It needs to look BRILLIANT. Anyone got any good recipes/ideas for me? I'm all ears. Or recipes and photos? If you've got a great pic, maybe stick it on our Facebook page so I can see it? Or Pinterest it. And do you think it should appeal to kids (get them to pester parents to buy tickets) or adults (it's their dosh so you want them to like it). Bear in mind I'm not an expert baker (or icer!) so keep your expectations low! The picture above is just eye candy (it's from here) and in no way relates to what I anticipate mine will look like...