The Connection’s Great Charity Bake Off

The new-look Great British Bake Off is here! To coincide with its launch, we have developed a kit for you to host your very own “Great Charity Bake Off”.

With every slice of sponge, every smattering of buttercream, and every soggy bottom, you will be helping homeless people into accommodation, employment and a brighter future – here’s how you can join in!

STEP 1: Create your own bake categories
Each week competitors enter their bakes into one or more of 4 categories. You could change the categories each week or keep them fixed.

We would suggest…

  • Category 1: “Signature Bake”, “Technical Bake” or “Showstopper Bake” – try out what the real Bake Off competitors are making!
  • Categories 2–4: Anything you like! Ideas: “Best Cupcake”, “Best Gluten-free” or “Vegan”.

A “Best Decorated” category is perfect for including colleagues who don’t fancy cakes, as they can still take part as a judge. You can also open this category out to your social media followers!

You can choose to host your Bake Off on any day of the week – pick whichever is most convenient for you.

STEP 2: Find competitors
Get the word out and encourage people to take part! We suggest a £3 donation for each bake submitted.

Competitors can submit as many bakes as they like each week, across as many categories as they like, including more than one in each category. Competitors don’t have to take part each week – you could even limit the number of entries each participant can make.

Each week’s winners will have their entry fee returned, and at the end of the 6 weeks Bake Off Challenge, the competitor with the most points wins a prize.

Don’t forget to tweet your photos using #ConnectionBakeOff to @homelesslondon, and share them via Facebook with The Connection at St Martins!

STEP 3: It’s tasting time!
The moment of judgement – who has the perfect bake?

Tasters donate in return for a Tasting Token and Score Sheet. We suggest a £1 donation.
1 Tasting Token = 1 portion of cake = 1 vote.

Keep portions small – you want tasters to try as many different bakes as possible!

Any colleagues without a sweet tooth can be invited to make a donation in return for a Score Sheet and vote in the “Best Decorated” category.

Leftovers? Leave them out with a collection tin on the table and invite your colleagues to come and help themselves. If you are in a big office take them around to people.

You could choose to involve guest judges from senior management or from different departments, getting more staff involved across the board.

Each week, the winners of each respective category will have the entry fee for their winning bake returned – and at the end of the 6 weeks the competitor with the most points is crowned champion of The Connection’s Charity Bake Off Challenge 2017!

The prize can be as simple as a winner’s certificate. To get more people involved we would suggest sourcing a voucher, a hamper or a baking kit, for example. If you like we can help you to source a prize.

Download the kit here:

Thank you! Every last crumb will ensure that homeless people have access to the safe warm welcome of The Connection’s centre.

For more information, please contact appeals@cstm.org.uk / call 0207 766 5555.