Why do we still have children living in abject poverty? Why are our children still being bullied? Why are children with disabilities treated with such disrespect? Every child has a basic human right to a childhood- let’s not send our children to school dirty and hungry. We live in 2010 not 1810………
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.
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 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
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