Baking for Street Children

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So I am home from my incredible USA adventure which you will hear lots more of shortly, but not before I share with you the bake sale I ran on Tuesday to raise funds for street children across four continents (Africa, Asia, South America and here in the UK) via StreetInvest, a UK based charity of which I am a trustee and have been involved with in various guises since before the name of the charity was even decided. Since then, the small charity with passion which would burst beyond it’s office walls, has grown and is a leading voice for street children around the world with some of the world’s experts in world development and the plight of street children as part of it’s team.

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The bake sale was to introduce the charity’s latest fundraising campaign to the local community and encourage those who stopped by to ‘Join Our Journey’! I was kindly sponsored by Curry’s PC World to run the sale, and was given a beautiful stand mixer to aid me in my 24 hour bake fest to create a whole range of vegan delights to sell. The total raised over just a few hours was £203 which is enough to pay 203 trustworthy adults to protect and befriend street children in the streets where they are, for a whole month in some of the poorest countries.

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StreetInvest is a charity based in Twickenham which helps street children across the World by putting trustworthy adults (street workers) into their lives. The charity is organising a 6 mile bike ride departing from the Twickenham Bike Festival on Sunday 29th June to Launch the exciting new cycling campaign called “Join Our Journey”.

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The Sunday ride will depart from Kneller Gardens, Meadway, Twickenham at 11am and all levels of cyclists are welcomed in this family event in support of street children. The charity entry donation is £25 (£10 for under 16’s). All money raised with the ride, including on the stall that StreetInvest will hold during the bike festival (static cycling activities, Banded Hi Vis vests to be sold for safe cycling, branded water bottles, wristbands…) will go towards the projects to train and equip many new street workers and help improve the lives of street children.

This event is part of the one year Ride & Raise campaign called “Join Our Journey” where supporters are asked to help cover the 55,000 miles path linking StreetInvest’s projects together. Joining the Journey can mean participating to an existing ride like the 29/06 Launch or organising any cycling event with the simple target of raising a minimum of £1 per mile. It only costs £1 in the poorest countries to put a street worker in the life of a child for one month, so any involvement can make a huge difference. Examples of an event include: a ride with your school, University, company, a race/competition against other groups, riding on gym bikes… Without forgetting all the collateral little events that can be organised to advertise the rides, the campaign, and recruit new supporters (bake sales, quizzes, raffles, online competitions…).

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Our target is to cover 55,000 miles and raise £55,000 before the next International Day For Street Children (12/02/2015), a milestone date for the recognition of the rights and needs of children living and/or working in the streets.

Learn more about StreetInvest at www.streetinvest.org and by following us on twitter @streetinvest #Cycle4StreetKids. Please share our “Join Our Journey” appeal, and here is a quick and easy way to support the campaign: text JOIN00 £2 to 70070 to put a safe adult in the life of a child for at least a month.

Get in touch and join one of our rides by contacting us on info@StreetInvest.org or +44 (0) 20 8892 9025, or if you have any event/partnership in mind for the campaign, wish to volunteer, etc. Our team is here to help! You can also contact me by leaving a comment here.

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I used the opportunity to bake up a load of treats from the delicious ‘Ms Cupcake: The Naughtiest Vegan Cakes in Town’ by Mellissa Morgan. I have been wanting to bake from this book for ages but just couldn’t justify baking 12 decadent cupcakes for myself. A bake sale is a great excuse. So here’s a round up of all the yummy treats that were for sale!

Bakewell Tart Cupcakes from Ms Cupcake

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 Blueberry Almond Crumble Muffins from Ms Cupcake

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Coconut Bounty Cupcakes from Ms Cupcake

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Chewy Brownies from Action for Animals

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Chocolate Chip, Orange and Pecan Cookies from Honk if You’re Vegan

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Citrus Scented Almond Muffins by Dreena Burton

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Ginger and Pecan Cake

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This cake baked in a 9 inch round pan and topped with pecans before baking and no drizzle.

Lemon Drizzle Cake

Using Ms Cupcakes‘ Blueberry Lemon Loaf minus blueberries and a drizzle of just under 1/2 cup/85g caster sugar and the juice of 2 large lemons drizzles over the pierced, hot cake and left to soak in the tin until cool.

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Maple, Cashew and Raisin Granola Bars

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Mix 3 cups of oats, 1 cup of cashew pieces and 1 cup of raisins or other dried fruit. Heat 1/2 cup maple syrup, 2 teaspoons of coconut oil (or other vegetable oil) and 1/4 cup coconut sugar or unrefined sugar in a small pan and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Mix into the oat mixture and press into a lightly greased and/or lined 9×13 inch pan. Bake in a preheated oven at 180’c/350’f for 15 minutes then leave to cool completely before removing from the pan and cutting into bars.

Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes from Ms Cupcake

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Rocky Road

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Melt together 400g dark chocolate, about 4tbsp golden syrup and 50g vegan margarine until smooth and glossy. Add in 300g of crushed cookies (I use bourbons and gingernuts), 100g halved glace cherries and 100g dried mixed fruit. Stir to combine then spread into a 9×13 pan which is greased or lined with parchment. Top with a few extra whole glace cherries and a sprinkle of dried coconut. Chill then slice.

The Ultimate Carrot Cake

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53 Responses to Baking for Street Children

  1. How incredibly wonderful! Everything looks delicious!

  2. kanzensakura says:

    What a super thing to do! Anyone can donate money to a cause, but you invested your time and energy and love and that is the best! I hope you all raised a ton of money.

  3. What a beautiful initiative! Everything looks delicious :)

  4. Fantastic Poppy! I cycle a lot so I will look into doing something. Well done, everything looks great.

    • Poppy says:

      April that is so exciting! I would love it if you did, it really does make a huge difference. Let me know and thank you for the lovely message xo

  5. I love this! Baking for a good cause is the best!

  6. AgileWriter says:

    I am touched and seriously, your post must be encouraged and society does need many more people like you. xxxx Ema

  7. All these treats look so good! Bravo for your charity.

  8. Rose says:

    What a great idea! Poppy you have inspired me to donate to the Wesley Mission here in Australia which looks after street kids.

  9. All the treats sound so good. But your cause is more admirable :).

  10. Deena Kakaya says:

    Welcome back Poppy and lovely to read about your wonderful project x

  11. Sophie33 says:

    A great initiative! All of the baked foods look super delicious too! Glad to have you back, Poppy! x

  12. You must’ve been EXHAUSTED, Poppy! Coming off of your trip, too! What a big heart you have. xoxo

  13. Wow! That Lemon drizzle cake looks to die for! So glad you are back safe and sound but we’re all looking forward to your post on the States! What a dear you are working for such a great cause here and suffering through not gobbling up all those sweets. I’d never have that much control ♥

    • Poppy says:

      Haha Angela, I think I was blessed with a lacking appetite from jetlag when I got home!
      Sorry for the delay, working on the states post!!
      Thank you for your lovely support xx

  14. afracooking says:

    What an inspiring post! Thank for bringing powerful thoughts and positive vibes :-)

  15. Such a worthy cause, the entire bake sale looks wonderful! Love that there were so many bloggers involved!

  16. What you did here was SO awesome Poppy!! I can’t imagine how you pulled off baking all that stuff and doing so without passing out from a sugar overload. All of your goodies look wonderful and it looks like you were having fun too. You rock girlfriend! I hope you’re getting some well deserved downtime now. Celeste :) PS – Mambo is taking good care of your bow. Normally he tears toys apart, but he just carries your bow around in his mouth. It’s so cute!

    • Poppy says:

      Oh my goodness, I just love that about Mambo, it gave me a funny twinge in my tummy, I just love him so much! I think it was fete that I left it for him!
      Thank you for all of your support and encouragement with the bake sale, and for the awesome cookie recipe. You know, believe it or not, I didn’t eat even a morsel of the stuff I baked! I had no appetite when I got back – probably a good thing ;)
      It was a fun day and I’m happy with what was raised!

  17. Reblogged this on Honk If You're Vegan and commented:
    Hey all! I’m still on a blogging break, but I just had to share this wonderful post from Bunny Kitchen. When I read posts like this, it reminds me of all the good that’s in the world. We all need reminders like that sometimes. Great job with the bake sale Poppy!

  18. Ray H says:

    Wow, that’s a great thing you’re doing and looks delicious!

  19. Well done Bunny Kitchen keep up the good work.

  20. Pratibha says:

    wonderful way to give back to the universe.

  21. Kayse says:

    Poppy, this is amazing! Everything looks so wonderful. What a great cause. Thank you for doing what you do!
    I can’t wait to hear about your adventures in the states!

  22. Such an amazing cause, Poppy! And it’s so inspiring that you put in so much energy and time to help. Everything looks beyond delicious!!! Hope you raised lots of $$. XOXO

  23. A tremendous cause, C, with a creative, healthier twist to it. Props to you.

  24. chefconnie says:

    We have a non-profit in Boulder Colorado called Street Fare and they make cupcakes to sell at the farmers market for homeless kids. The cupcakes are made by homeless people retraining for positions in bakeries. Nice blog. First time here. Keep up the good work.

  25. Pingback: A Whistle-stop View of my USA Vegan Tour | Bunny Kitchen

  26. roggbrown says:

    You made us inspire guys.. and your recipes are so irresistible and tempting!

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