The Alzheimer’s Society Cupcake Day is back for its sixth year running, so it’s time to heat up your ovens, grab the over ripe bananas and get involved on the 17 June 2021.
2020 has seen a huge rise in baking. With more time being spent at home, lots of us have been practicing our tray bakes and lemon drizzles to perfection. It’s now time to put those efforts to good use.
Whether you organise a delivery ‘drop off’ of goodies to your neighbours, host a driveway bake sale in your area or have a virtual ‘bake-off’ with colleagues, friends, and family, you will be helping to raise money to support the 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK.
By dusting off your pastry-stained cookbook and getting involved in Cupcake Day, you will be helping us reach more people through our vital support services, like the Dementia Connect support line.
Support services for dementia
Dementia is set to be the 21st century’s biggest killer and affect 1 million by 2025. Each cupcake sold this Cupcake Day will help Alzheimer’s Society reach more people through our vital support services, like the Dementia Connect support line. Our services have been used nearly 3 million times since March and have been a lifeline to thousands, but there are so many more who urgently need our help.
People affected by dementia have been left severely impacted by coronavirus and never needed our help more. As well as people with the condition being the worst hit in terms of deaths, we’re hearing daily from people who are seeing their symptoms increase, mental health decline and family carers in complete despair.
So whether you’re a piping queen or baking newbie, we are encouraging everyone to have a go and raise vital dough-nations for this fantastic cause.
Vegan chocolate orange cupcakes
- 150g plain flour
- 140g caster sugar
- 50g cocoa powder
- ¾ tsp bicarbonate of soda
- ½ tsp baking powder
- Grated rind of 1 orange
- 230ml non-dairy milk
- 1 tsp white wine vinegar
- 100ml sunflower oil
- 20g vegan chocolate, melted
- Extra cocoa for dusting
- Preheat the oven to 180°C, 160°C fan, gas mark 4. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with 10 paper cases.
- Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, bicarbonate and baking powder into a bowl. Stir in the orange rind.
- Whisk together the milk, vinegar and sunflower oil.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix together well. Divide between the 10 paper cases. Bake for 20-15 minutes, until risen and springy to the touch.
- Remove from the tin and allow to cool on a rack.
- Decorate with swirls of melted chocolate, bits of orange rind and a sprinkling of cocoa.
Images and recipe Joy Skipper
Find out more
Whether you choose to celebrate on 17th June or mark the occasion another time in the month, there are no excuses not to get involved. Dust off your baking bowls, whip out your whisks and unite against dementia by signing up for Cupcake Day: cupcakeday.org.uk
To sign up and receive your free fundraising pack please visit www.alzheimers.org.uk/cupcake-day