This year National Baking Week falls between the 16th-22nd October, and is a great chance for you to get practising your baking skills for our Cakes4Cancer event in May and ‘raise some dough’!

Thanks to popular television shows such as The Great British Bake Off, Britain’s fascination with baking and cooking shows is growing every year, and baking at home is more popular than ever. Founded back in 2007 by Pyrex and other like-minded baking brands, National Baking Week aims to celebrate this and encourage people of all abilities to whip up some tasty baked goodies at home.

Baking at home has many benefits, including stimulating your senses and providing an outlet for your creative side, all while enabling you to enjoy your yummy creations. As well as this, baking is known to be meditative and has the ability to make you, and others, happy.

Why not use this week to get baking and hold a fundraising event for us here at Wessex Cancer Trust? Simply get together with friends, family or colleagues and ask for a donation in return for a cake and a cuppa. All money raised helps us to provide practical and emotional support to people living with, and affected by, cancer across the whole Wessex region.

If you are in need of some baking inspiration, why not try out our easy and delicious Carrot Cake recipe?

Ingredients:

For the cake:                                                          

  • 250g Self Raising Flour                                        

  • 2tsp Ground Cinnamon 

  • 400g Caster Sugar 

  • 350ml Vegetable Oil                  

  • 4 Eggs 

  • 350g Grated Carrots

  • 120g Chopped Walnuts

For the icing: 

  • 225g Cream Cheese

  • 110g Margarine, softened

  • 450g Icing Sugar

  • 120g Chopped Walnuts

  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Method:

For the cake:

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4 and grease 2 x9” round cake tins 

  • Mix together the flour, cinnamon and sugar in a medium bowl

  • Add the oil and eggs, and mix until blended, then stir in the carrots and nuts

  • Divide the cake mixture between the 2 prepared tins and bake for 25-30 minutes, until a skewer inserted comes out clean

  • Cool cakes on wire racks before removing from tins

For the icing:

  • In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and cream cheese

  • Add the sugar and mix well, then stir in the nuts and vanilla extract

  • Use to fill and ice the cooled cake layers

Remember to take pictures of your wonderful creations and share them with us on social media, we would love to see what you get up to!