Friday just gone was Red Nose Day in the UK.
It’s a charity fund raising day, here’s a link to more information about the charity.
I enjoy getting involved with charity and doing something rather than only giving money, there’s nothing wrong with donating but I like to give my time as well and try to do volunteer work when I can. In my office we had a “casual Friday” event with a red slant, for a £2.00 donation we could wear casual clothes as long as they were red. I don’t have any bright red clothes so I borrowed my husband’s bright red dress shirt and tie teamed it with black leggings and killer red heels.
However my main offering was cupcakes, I made three different varieties, Chocolate and Cherry, with natural glace cherries on top to fit in with the red nose theme. I intentionally didn’t ice these ones as I don’t think they need it, they are very moist inside as I use a type of preserved cherry which are preserved in their own natural juice, even after cooking the cherries retain their moisture. Also a lot of people in my office do not like any type of icing.
The next flavour was coconut and lemon with vanilla butter-cream and fresh lime zest.
Last but definitely not least was the organic, gluten-free carrot cupcakes, surprisingly these were the first cakes to sell out. Carrot cake is my husband’s favourite but I didn’t know it would be such a popular choice in my office!
I set up a “trust box” system with a sign explaining the flavours and asking for a suggested donation of £2.00 per cupcake. When I left work at 4pm I had raised £49.00 and some change, it felt good that I could do my little bit for charity and my colleagues really enjoyed them, some people buying more than one cupcake each and taking some home for their loved ones. Friday is a quiet day for my team as most people have Fridays off. All in all it was a nice chilled work day and the office was nice and bright with many people in red.