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Children in Need 2011

Children in Need 2011 will be celebrated on Friday 18 November.

Every year I have made special Pudsey Bear cakes which Will and I used to take round to our neighbours. It is a tradition he may have grown out of but I haven’t and each year sees me disappear into Lakeland to stock up on Pudsey Bear goodies. Muffin and fairy-cake cases, Pudsey cake toppers and biscuit cutters all ready to make yummy cakes and biscuits. 

My favourite Pudsey Bear recipe is for chocolate and vanilla sponge fairy cakes which also hide a chunk of chocolate in the middle!  Here are the instructions. Have fun and enjoy!

Pudsey Bear Cakes-makes 12

For the cakes you will need;

12 fairy-cake cases (Pudsey Bear ones available from Lakeland)
115g butter
115g caster sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
150g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp milk
12 squares plain chocolate

For the topping (If not using Pudsey Bear cake toppers, again available from Lakeland)
150g icing sugar
2-3 tbsp warm water
Red icing tube

Method

Pre-heat oven to 180c. Cream butter & sugar until light & fluffy. Add egg, little at a time and beat until smooth. Add vanilla extract, flour & baking powder. Mix well. Place a generous amount in one side of each cake case. Add cocoa powder & milk to the remaining mixture and mix well. Place some chocolate mixture next to the original mixture in each case and place a square of chocolate in the centre of each cake. (Yum). Bake for 15-20 mins.

When cool, make up the icing for the topping and smooth over the cake. Add red icing dots to look like Pudsey’s bandage.

Otherwise, decorate with Pudsey Bear cake toppers

Delicious!

Annie Lennox-Woman Of The Year 2010

I was supposed to be working in Scotland this week, but my best-laid plans were thwarted by the weather. Disappointed that I’m missing out on seeing my friends and doing some funky Christmas shopping in Edinburgh, I realised that I still need my Scottish fix.  So, here we have a tribute to the great Annie Lennox, a true modern-day Scottish heroine and a huge inspiration to me.

Most people associate Annie Lennox with great music, dynamic on-stage performances and spiky hair. But there is more to this amazing woman than her incredible musical talent and she is an awesome role model for women everywhere who want to make a difference.

Annie has been voted the Barclays’ Bank Woman Of  The year, and GQ’s Charity Woman Of  The Year for 2010 in recognition for the work and active campaigning she does for a number of charities focussing  primarily on peace, poverty and the one closest to her heart, women’s struggle against HIV/AIDs in Africa. The facts and statistics for HIV/AIDs in Africa are astonishing;

At the end of 2009 there were an estimated 22.5 million people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa (the part below the Sahara desert), and 460,000 in North Africa and the Middle East. AIDS is now the leading cause of death in sub-Saharan Africa – killing an estimated 1.3 million people in 2009 alone.

Life expectancies have fallen below 51 years in some African countries due to AIDS, which is lower than they were in the 1970s. Most AIDS deaths occur among young adults, and these deaths have a devastating effect on families, communities and economies. The epidemic is wiping out development gains, orphaning millions of children, fuelling the spread of other diseases (including tuberculosis), and even threatened to undermine national security in highly-affected societies. (Courtesy of AVERT)

It is usually the women who have to pick up the pieces and try to keep their families together, often whilst suffering symptoms themselves and it is for these victims of the HIV/AIDs epidemic that Annie Lennox fights so tirelessly.

Annie set up the fund raising SING Campaign-a voice for HIV/AIDS women and children as part of her Annie Lennox Foundation. The money raised by SING helps prevent the spread of HIV in South Africa. But the awareness that SING raises in countries all around the world is just as important. One of SING’s aims is to increase global action to support infected and affected women and children, especially in the UK.

                        

June  2010 was also when Annie was named as the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for AIDs and I’m sure that she will relish the challenge and opportunities that the role will bring to her campaign of raising awareness of HIV/AIDs. It will be a long, long haul fraught with difficulties but this woman has all the qualities required to galvanise global support for this cause.

Go Annie and Good Luck

You may also like;

Christmas Cornucopia-Annie’s new album

Annie Lennox Blog

The Big Issue 22 Nov 2010-Interviews with strong women

Children in Need-Pudsey Bear cakes

Well, Children in Need day is almost upon us, celebrated this year in Friday 19 November. What better way to support this wonderful charity than by making Pudsey Bear cakes, simply for your own consumption (they are delicious), or to raise funds. Children and adults alike love these two-tone fairy cakes, all with a chocolate surprise in the middle.

This was one of the first Pudsey Bear recipes released, and is difficult to get hold of now. It also pre-dates the involvement of Lakeland (“Crapland”, as my brother-in-law calls it), “the home of creative kitchenware” , who sell funky Pudsey Bear related items every year to raise money for Children in Need.

http://www.lakeland.co.uk/F/keyword/pudsey

So, here’s the recipe & instructions. Have fun and enjoy!

Pudsey Bear Cakes-makes 12

For the cakes you will need;

12 fairy-cake cases (Pudsey Bear ones available from Lakeland)
115g butter
115g caster sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
150g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp milk
12 squares plain chocolate

For the topping (If not using Pudsey Bear cake toppers, again available from Lakeland)
150g icing sugar
2-3 tbsp warm water
Red icing tube

Method

Pre-heat oven to 180c. Cream butter & sugar until light & fluffy. Add egg, little at a time and beat until smooth. Add vanilla extract, flour & baking powder. Mix well. Place a generous amount in one side of each cake case. Add cocoa powder & milk to the remaining mixture and mix well. Place some chocolate mixture next to the original mixture in each case and place a square of chocolate in the centre of each cake. (Yum). Bake for 15-20 mins.

When cool, make up the icing for the topping and smooth over the cake. Add red icing dots to look like Pudsey’s bandage.

Otherwise, decorate with Pudsey Bear cake toppers

Delicious!