Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Join the Search - Bake a cake!

There are so many ways that you could help support the search for missing people. You can download an appeal poster from Missing People’s website, collect change in a Home Money Box, or leave a message supporting our campaign for families left behind on our Wall of Reminders. You can also bake a cake. Yes, joining the search could be as simple as combining eggs, butter, flour and sugar in a bowl.

The Missing People Cake Off is a fun and easy way that you can join the search for the 200,000 people who go missing each year and help their loved ones left behind.

Why not organise a Cake Off day at work or school? Recently Police constable Bev Sissons supervised a big cake-bake at the University Church of England Academy in Ellesmere Port. Bev, a Cheshire Police schools liason officer, and her team of children from years eight and nine baked, decorated and sold nearly 200 cakes to raise money for Missing People. (See their photo on the left!)

Bev said, “It was a good project which the kids enjoyed. We raised £70 very quickly. Missing People seemed like a good charity to support, as it provides a message-home service for people who have suddenly decided to break with their families. What is just as important, the charity's helplines also cater to children and adults who are even thinking about running away." 

There are a variety of ways you can create a unique event - pick a cupcake theme or encourage your friends or colleagues to come in fancy dress or non-uniform! Or hold a competition for the most eye-catching cake! We would suggest a minimum donation of £1 per cake. Make sure you send us any photos of your creations for our cupcake Hall of Fame! 

You can email any photos as well as queries to me at

To whet your appetite, here are a few of my favorite cupcake recipes:

And my very favorite - those made by a colleague for the Missing People's office's very own Cake Off. 
Clare Cook's Cupcakes

  • 125g butter (very soft)
  • 125g self raising flour
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Milk
  • Preheat oven 190c. Line muffin tins with cupcake papers.
  • Put all the ingredients except for the milk into a food processor and blend until smooth. Add a couple of tablespoons of milk so that the mixture is of a dropping consistency
  • Spoon into your prepared paper cases & bake for about 12-15mins, depending on your sizes.

I usually use “buttercream” style icing, which you can get from most supermarkets, and ice the cakes using an icing bag and wide nozzle. Glitter icing looks very effective, as do daisies made of edible paper (again available in the shops)!

What's YOUR favorite cupcake recipe? Tell us in the comments!

For more info on how you can join the search, visit

By Chrissy Birtwistle

Supporter Care Officer at Missing People

1 comment:

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