Chinti Bakes: Our Macmillan Coffee Morning
In honour of Macmillan Cancer Support's 'World's Biggest Coffee Morning', our team took to home baking with the same zeal they take to knitwear in the name of charity. We dropped patterns for pastry, buttons for buttercream, you get the idea. Here's a peek into the sweet treats and show-stopping winners.
Chinti and Parker's Creative Designer Chirag made a Rosewater, Pistachio and Polenta Cake decorated with rose petals. Ever the fashion enthusiast, Chirag was inspired by what he's seen of the botanic and floral prints he's seen on the SS16 collections so far. Unsurprisingly, this cake won the Aesthetics Award.
Our Co-Founder Anna made Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake Squares. Even in baking, it's all about contrast.
Office Coordinator Jasmine used her grandmother's recipe for a Chocolate Wedge containing biscuits, raisins, cherries, chocolate. "Unbelievably naughty" she says. They were. But they were also unbelievably good.
Garment Technologist Alex, who won the Taste Award, used Jamie Oliver's Hummingbird Cake recipe. She used caramelised pecans, banana, pineapple, and dessert power ingredient, cream cheese frosting.
Our Designer Laura's dad Barry happens to be a baker, so she was off the hook. Her dad (of Akins Family Bakers) generously donated a Lemon, Ginger, and Walnut and Raisin Cake (that's three cakes) as well as Lemon and Raisin Biscuits,Chilli and Ginger Biscuits and Ginger Snaps. Thank you Barry!
Sophie, our Wholesale Manager, made a Blueberry Buckle (an American cake filled with fruit and given a buttery crumble topping). She was inspired by a recipe from Ruby Tandoh, Guardian columnist and winner of the The Great British Bake Off.
Phiona, our Production Manager, made a Rainbow Layer Cake which won the Technical Award for its meticulously coloured layers. Our new Lead Designer, Florence (who hails from Paris) used her grandmother's recipe for Apple Tarte Tatin - a decadent, traditional French dessert. It was so good, we didn't manage to photograph it before it was bought and sold.
To find out more about hosting a coffee morning or similar initiatives such as a golf challenge, hiking or cycling (all looking like very attractive options after an afternoon of cake consumption) to raise money for cancer care through Macmillan, visit their Fundraising page.