To help you plan your tea party, here’s a recipe suggestion from us for chocolate fairy cakes that’s sure to be a hit with the kids. The quantities we’ve given should be enough for at least 24 cakes.
- 40g (1½ oz) cocoa powder
- About 4tbsp boiling water
- 3 eggs
- 175g (6oz) butter or margarine
- 175g (6oz) caster sugar
- 115g (4½ oz) self-raising flour
- 1 rounded tsp baking powder
For the icing:
- 60g (2oz) butter
- 30g (1oz) cocoa powder
- About 3tbsp milk
- 250g (8oz) icing sugar
- Sift the cocoa powder into a bowl, add the boiling water, and mix to make a thick paste. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix with an electric hand whisk (or beat well with a wooden spoon).
- Line 2 muffin tins with paper cases and divide the cake mixture equally among them. Bake in a preheated oven at 200˚C for 10 minutes or until they’ve well risen and are springy to the touch. Cool on a wire rack.
- To make the icing melt the butter and pour it into a bowl. Sift in the cocoa powder and mix. Stir in the milk and then gradually sift in the icing sugar to make a glossy, spreadable icing. Spread the icing over the cakes and leave to set. Decorate with sprinkles or even more chocolate. Yum!
Our fun(d) raising tips
Use your tea party to raise awareness of Guillain-Barre syndrome and money for GAIN charity. Any money you do raise will be used to help those who’ve had a recent diagnosis of GBS, CIDP or one of the associated inflammatory neuropathies.
As well as asking for donations in a bucket or other container, how about running some fun activities the kids will enjoy? Here are a couple of our ideas:
How many sweets? Fill a glass jar with assorted sweets and treats and invite your guests (for a small fee) to guess how many items are inside. The person closest to the right answer wins the jar and its contents.
Lucky dip Wrap some small gifts and bury them in sawdust in a container. Guests pay to dig down and retrieve their prize. The gifts don’t need to cost the earth. You may have unwanted items around your home you can use or visit one of your local charity shops for suitable prizes. You might want to run different lucky dips for children and grown ups or colour code the prizes.