Who would have thought that Twiggy loves a slice of Coconut Cake or that the Duchess of Cornwall’s favourite bake is a healthy Sultana Flapjack Bar?
And did you know that former Spice Girl Emma Bunton likes to indulge in Squidgy Chocolate Cake while Joanna Lumley’s favourite dessert is Fancy Bread and Butter Pudding?
These are just a selection of the 150 politicians, actors, singers, models, TV personalities and much loved chefs who have donated recipes to the Celebrity Bake Book which is raising money for the Ben Kinsella Trust to increase awareness of knife crime amongst young people. .
With a foreword and recipe from Great British Bake Off judge Mary Berry and sponsorship from food entertainment TV channel Food Network UK, the Celebrity Bake Book is rising to the challenge of becoming the must-have cookbook for Christmas.
Gok Wan’s Chinese Steam Pudding
Lauren Goodger’s Rocky Road
Lorraine Kelly’s Dundee Cake
Gareth Malone’s Orange Almond Cupcakes
Mary Berry’s Best Chocolate Fudge Cake
Nigella Lawson’s Birthday Custard Sponge
Barbara Windsor’s Sour Cream Topped Cheesecake
Samantha Cameron’s Figs with Barbados Cream
Other famous faces include Jane Asher, Lauren Goodger, Fearne Cotton, Claudia Winkleman, Samantha Cameron, Russell Grant, Leona Lewis, Anneka Rice, Harriet Harman, Rachel Stevens Tamsin Outhwaite, Loose Women Jenny Eclair and Lynda Bellingham, national treasure Barbara Windsor, Downtown Abbey’s cook Mrs Patmore – alias actress Lesley Nicol – and TV’s top celebrity chefs Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson, The Hairy Bikers, Gino D’Acampo, Michel Roux Jr, Marco Pierre White and Ainsley Harriott.
All proceeds from the sale of the book will go to The Ben Kinsella Trust.
The book is the idea of Linda Morris and her committee, “The Baking Belles” which comprises the following people:
Linda, enjoys baking and is mother to a professional chef, Ed Shaerf (Chef Patron at One Blenheim Terrace).
Ingrid Salida, loves cooking and volunteered to test our celebrity recipes by baking all of them to ensure they all work.
Lindsay Shaerf, is our legal eagle, a solicitor and wife to Ed Shaerf.
Anouska Plaut, is a childbirth educator, journalist, great cake baker and mother to two young children.
Elisa Margolin, studied BSc in Food & Consumer Management at university and is a fantastic novelty cake baker and a mother to two young children.
Linda has been involved with charity work in Islington for the past eight years and knew of The Ben Kinsella Trust and how it important it was for it to take an anti-knife crime exhibition to schools around the country to educate children of all ages and achieve its aims. The committee all agreed that this was such a worthwhile cause and set out to compile this book and raise the much needed funds for the Trust.
The idea to raise the funds, came to Linda after she started a Cake Club, where a small group of her friends get together, share recipes, bake, taste and discuss the fruits of their efforts one evening a month. From this came the idea of producing a baking book using recipes from well known people. Linda’s friends from the Cake Club offered to help and so “The Baking Belles” committee was formed to produce the book. Linda came across the publisher Hazel Cushion at Accent Press who told her that if she could find a high profile baker then she would publish the book. The first person Linda contacted was Mary Berry who immediately kindly agreed to write the Foreword and contribute two recipes and who, unbeknown to Mary, was the person who convinced Hazel to publish the book and gave Linda the confidence to contact as many celebrities as possible, which she did mainly through Twitter. The response has been overwhelming, with so many people saying how they are delighted to contribute and support such a worthy cause.
About the Ben Kinsella Trust
Ben Kinsella was knifed to death in June 2008 in Islington. He was just 16 years old. His sister, Brooke Kinsella (who is an actress and was in Eastenders) and her family created The Ben Kinsella Trust to promote the growing problem that is knife crime. Later this year Brooke will be launching a project to take a knife crime awareness exhibition to schools throughout the country to educate children that knives are not cool . The Trust also hopes, one day, to build a youth centre in Ben's name in Islington to help protect, support and nurture the kids on our streets.