Let Them Eat Cake!
RAF Halton held three cake sales in aid of MacMillan Cancer Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning this year.
The Defence Centre of Training Support tucked into cake in their tea bar in Kermode Hall, organised by Flight Lieutenant Jo Johnson, who said: “The cake sale was very busy and a real success, we raised £278.”
Specialist Training Squadron’s cleaner, Elaine Edney, baked cakes herself with the help of Karan Dendy and Cheryl Doulton, raising £131.03. Elaine said: “The three of us baked all the cakes and had a lot of customers. My father died of cancer so the MacMillan charity is close to my heart.”
Recruit Training Squadron Bake Off and Cake Sale
Meanwhile Recruit Training Squadron (RTS) staff held a Macmillan Coffee Morning with a twist. The morning started with a staff bake off. The bakers lined up their best bakes in the RTS tea bar. The entries were crispy cakes with a twist (raisins!), flapjacks, chocolate orange cake, white chocolate and raspberry baked cheesecake and drunken carrot cake.
Twelve cake connoisseurs were recruited as judges to sample each cake, scoring them out of ten and providing Mary Berry inspired feedback. One such expert, Cpl Jonny Heaton, said: “It was great to be able to sample so many cakes whilst also donating to such a worthy cause. The crispy cakes were crispy but the raisins weren’t popular and so they ended up in fifth place. The flapjacks were a good consistency but the judges preferred the cakes, and SAC Kim Grove’s chocolate orange cake came in third. It was a close call between first and second with the giant triple layer drunken carrot cake baked by Petty Officer Stu Brown (PEd Section) finishing second and the white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake, baked by Flt Lt Rhian Watts (Campion Intake) triumphing. With the judges suitably full of baked goods, it was time for the day to proceed onto stage two.”
Over lunch there were two cake sales, one at the Henderson Mess and another at the Initial Force Protection Training IFPT Canteen. Recruits and staff were treated to an array of cakes including lemon drizzle loaf, chocolate butterfly cakes, fresh cream swiss roll and lemon meringue cupcakes. By early afternoon all of the cakes and treats had been sold and a magnificent £327 had been raised for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Station Commander, Group Captain Adrian Burns, said: “I now realise, having sampled a few of the cakes on offer, how many talented bakers we have on the Station. Thank you to all who gave up their time to make this year’s MacMillan cake sale a huge success.”
RAF Halton’s donation to MacMillan Cancer World’s Biggest Coffee Morning this year is £736.03.