You ain’t seen muffin yet

I bet you all woke up this morning thinking ‘Oh it’s Monday’, a day which often creates a mixture of feelings, but I imagine was something close to either of the following:

“Mooooondaaay, nooooo, back to work again. Where did that weekend go??!”

“Mooooondaaay, nooooo, I’ve got to entertain these children of mine and it’s bloody raining outside!”

Well I woke up this morning and realised today was not just any old Monday, but two months to go till this year’s Bake Off! With a real feeling of not just “Where did that weekend go?” but “Where did these few months go?”. It seems absolutely nuts that we’ve only got two months to go, but it’s also very exciting! I thought I’d share some of the reasons why you should be getting that date in your diary in PERMANENT marker and should get that application in too.

1. Joining in with the competition is easy peasy. You pick your category (or categories for the really adventurous!), enter via our online form, then all you need to do is bring your baked offerings on the day. And you might well win! We’ve got some lovely prizes for our category winners including baking courses with Sophie Grigson, at Le Manoir, Biscuiteers boutique and Dancing Trousers cookery school, Le Creuset bakeware, cookery books, and even an afternoon tea party for 8 people! For our overall winner, thanks to our sponsors Carter Jonas, we’re also offering £150 cash prize, alongside the coveted ‘Star Baker’ apron…

2. There will be an abundance of extremely delicious cakes, biscuits and bread, made by some really top notch home bakers. Not to the mention the fact that baked goods eaten for charity are calorie-free (fact of the day there for you).

3. We’ve got a day of fun and frolics planned for you and the whole family. There will be workshops where you can learn how to perfect the cupcake swirl, make cake pops and learn the art of sugarcraft. For the little’uns, we’ve got Steve Lenton, illustrator of children’s book ‘Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam’ coming along to do a storytelling workshop with some interactive elements, alongside cake decorating, face painting and a crafty corner. There will be foody and crafty stalls, a raffle and a pop-up tea shop! Best of all thanks to our brilliant sponsors every penny we raise goes directly to our charities, which brings me neatly to number 4…

4. It’s for two wonderful charities, close to the heart of Oxford. Helen & Douglas House, the world’s first children’s hospice, opened in 1982 and continues to provide hospice & palliative care to children and young adults in Oxfordshire & surrounding counties. Oxfam started in Oxford in 1942 and today is a global humanitarian, development and campaigning organisation working with the aim to overcome poverty and suffering around the world. Both charities change lives for the better and through our support can continue to do their amazing work. Now that’s got to be worth coming along to eat a slice of cake, hasn’t it?

No excuses! See you on Saturday October 5th,

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