Posted: 28 November 2017

Baking a Christingle cake for The Children's Society

Reverend Kate Bottley is a Children's Society supporter

Ready, steady, bake

I’ve done a fair few wild things to support The Children’s Society, from riding a rollercoaster to dressing up as a giant Christingle – so when they asked me to support them by baking a cake this Christmas, I have to admit I was a little relieved.

I’ve always been a keen baker, and following my stint on celebrity Masterchef I was feeling quite confident in my culinary competence. However, I soon learned that it was no ordinary cake I would be baking: it was a Christingle cake, complete with complicated curves and bright orange icing. Oh, and did I mention that my efforts would be being filmed and screened on Facebook Live?!

Fortunately I was assured I would get some assistance as I took on my baking challenge – assistance which came in the form of the extremely lovely Emily Timmins, one of The Children’s Society’s relationship managers. Emily’s a baking fan herself, and we soon found ourselves standing before an impressive array of kitchen implements armed with our ingredients.

The Children's Society Christmas appeal

Emily proved to be an expert tutor – and multi-tasker. She effortlessly took me through the ins-and-outs of the Christingle-cake-making process, whilst also telling me about the amazing work The Children’s Society does to make sure no child in this country feels alone.

We watched two really moving videos showing the huge difference The Children’s Society’s project workers make to children’s lives, and it really bought home how people’s donations help children look forward to brighter futures.

Then before I knew it, the cake was out of the oven and Emily and I were rolling out our orange fondant icing. We very skilfully (if I do say so myself) got the icing onto the cake, wrapped it in a ribbon and then decorated it with some rather delicious sweets on skewers. Each element of a Christingle represents something different , and naturally no Christingle cake is complete without a lit candle on top. Once Emily and I had added that, we sat back to admire our handiwork – and then eat it!

Children's Society apron and the Christingle cake in the making

Enjoying Christingle this year

So not only I can tell you first-hand that Christingle cake is delicious, I can also attest that baking one is great fun – especially if you have children or grandchildren around to lend a hand.

Plus, of course, a Christingle cake serves as a reminder of the hope and light Jesus brought to the world, and of the incredible work The Children’s Society is doing to help this country’s young people.

Knowing that my baking exploits helped raise money to help young people this Christmas really was the icing on the cake (sorry) and I‘d like to say a big thank you to Emily, The Children’s Society and everyone who donated during the Facebook Live screening (there’s still time for you to make a donation too if you fancy).

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year all

By Kate Bottley

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