Whether you're an expert baker or a newbie in the kitchen, follow our steps to create a fantastic event

Host a Bake and Brew

Just follow these simple steps and you're sure to have a fantastic show-stopper event.

1. Order your free Bake and Brew pack

The pack contains everything you need to host a great Bake and Brew, including a handy guide full of tips, ideas and recipes, a poster to promote your event, cake labels, leaflets about our work and more.

Order your free Bake and Brew pack 

2. Choose an event and location

Once you’ve got your pack and you’re ready to go, think about where you would like to host your Bake and Brew. There are lots of options, it could even be part of a birthday celebration or in conjunction with another event. Just holding a Bake and Brew because it's a chance to get together with your community is also reason enough!

You could host your event in many places:

  • At work - hosting a bake sale with your colleagues
  • At your church or village hall - gather your friends and community for a coffee morning
  • At home - have a cake and craft morning with friends and family

3. Get your recipes and invite your guests

We have loads of great cake recipes for you to try. When inviting your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours, encourage them to have a go at making their own show-stopper cake! You can use the poster in the pack to invite people along on the day and it also doubles up as a thank you poster to let your guests know how much you raised.

Take a look at all the yummy recipes available.

4. Make it easy for guests to donate

Make it simple for your guests to donate at your event. Inspire your guests to donate and make it super simple for them to do so. You could:

  • Have a central money pot and ask guests for a donation to attend
  • Sell each slice of cake or cuppa for a fixed price
  • Share leaflets about the work of The Children’s Society with your guests and inspire them to donate

If your guests don’t have cash on them, they could:

  • Write a cheque made payable to ‘The Children’s Society’
  • Pay in a donation online 
  • Text ‘BAKE07 £10’ to 70070 to donate £10. (They can also donate £1, £2, £3, £4 or £5 by texting 'BAKE07' followed by their donation amount)

Cakes and money tin

5. Extra ideas for your Bake and Brew

There are lots of great ways you can boost the amount of money you raise at your Bake and Brew with just a few added extras:

  • Sell extras such as homemade jam, chutney or bric-a-brac
  • Run some games such as ‘how many cookies in the jar’ and give the jar to the winner
  • Why not serve up some entertainment along with your tasty treats? Check out our cake-themed quizzes
  • Hold a raffle and ask local business to donate prizes such as a haircut or a meal for two

Then all that’s left to do is pop the kettle on and welcome your guests.

6. Thank and bank

Once you’ve counted up the money you’ve raised, give yourself and everyone who contributed, from cake bakers to prize donors, a pat on the back. Well done!
All that's left is to send in the money you've raised from hosting a Bake and Brew. There are some really simple ways to pay in your money:

  • If you ordered the pack you can use the enclosed giro to bank the money at your local Barclays bank which will ensure the money comes straight to us, then just post the stub to us. (Other banks and Post Offices will accept giros, but you may incur a charge). If you didn’t order a pack you can order a giro instead.
  • Pay in using our handy online form
  • Pay in using a cheque made payable to ‘The Children’s Society’

Our address for sending cheques or giro stubs to is:
Freepost RSYH-HEEE-XZEG
The Children’s Society
Edward Rudolf House
Margery Street
WC1X 0JL

If you have any questions or need any help please feel free to ring our friendly Supporter Care team on 0300 303 7000.

Order your free Bake and Brew pack to get started