Saving the bees one cake at a time

Posted by sr390 at Jun 14, 2016 04:55 PM |
Staff raise over £250 by baking and selling deliciously unusual fruit and vegetable cakes
Saving the bees one cake at a time

Cake Off 2016

The 2016 Sustainability Festival on 8th June was all about celebrating our student volunteers for the hard work they have done over the year and we've had many successful projects, campaigns and events to show for it. Without staff to support them however, none of this would be possible and for the second year in a row colleagues have risen to the challenge to raise money for charity.

Last year £129 was collected for the Leicestershire Wildlife Hospital via a raffle held at Brookfield and two winners received hampers from the local shop, Green and Pleasant. This year's theme was a Fruit and Veg Cake Off to raise money for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust (BBCT) and departments from all over the University took part, including:

  • Development and Alumni Relations Office (DARO)
  • School of Archaeology and Ancient History
  • English Language Teaching Unit
  • Estates, Finance and Human Resources
  • Research and Enterprise Division
  • Core Biotechnology Services

Supplied with free tea towels and information packs, cakes were sold within departments and at Brookfield where a competition was held for the best cake.

We can proudly announce that the grand total this year was an amazing £276.50! How's that for creating a buzz?

James Trotter (Finance) and Susan Rees (DARO) chose the unusual Rainbow Cake as 1st place winner, belonging to Sandra Lee from the Environment Team.

Vegan, raw, gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free and low carb, it uses cashews, almonds and coconut derivatives instead of flour and egg.

Rainbow Cake Sprout Cake Courgette and Walnut Cake

2nd and 3rd place respectively go to Jonathan Angell (DARO) for his Sprout Cake and Claire Ellis-Ross (DARO) for her Courgette cake. All entries to the competition were asked to have at least one fruit or vegetable main ingredient and one ethical, fairly traded or organic ingredient.

These creations were not only very lovely to look at, but also incredibly edible.

  • Beetroot and Chocolate
  • Sweet Potato and Banana
  • Avocado and Almond

These were just some of the mouth-watering inventions on offer and it was made all the sweeter knowing it was for a good cause.

A huge congratulations and thank you to everyone who took part. Join our Environment Team mailing list for further news on fun events and interesting stories.

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