We love two things at The CATS Foundation – sweet and orange! So I wanted to share a recipe of some amazing cupcakes from the Hummingbird Bakery.
These have been tested at home and although we do not recommend them to beginners they are delicious and look incredible!
210g (7.oz) plain flour
250g (9oz) caster sugar
1 tbsp Baking powder
1/2 tsp Salt
210ml (7.oz) whole milk
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
100g (3.oz) smooth orange marmalade
450g (1lb) icing sugar, sifted
6Og (2oz) cocoa powder, sifted
150g (5.oz) unsalted butter, softened
60ml (2fl oz) whole milk
Mini Jaffa Cakes, to decorate
one or two 12-hole deep muffin tins
When: Throughout the month of August 2013
Objective: Raise awareness of Tay-Sachs and funds to support The CATS Foundation
Where: Your garden or any table in your home that is big enough to accomodate your family and friends
How: Invite your loved ones around for afternoon tea (be as traditional or as OTT as you wish), ask for a small donation per guest for the lovely tea you are providing (suggested £5.00) and take a photo of your event at its best!
Theme: Tay-Sachs and The CATS Foundation! It’s all about raising awareness, so we will provide not only appropriate merchandise packs (more details on these coming soon) but will also be posting some ideas on hosting and party decoration!
What’s in it for you: fun, spending time with loved ones, raising awareness of an awful (and sneaky) disease and funds for a very good cause! Ah! And a prize (this is ‘suspense’ still)! So we will ask you to take a photo of your event and send to us or post on our FB page, the most voted photo wins!
So start looking into your diary and book a date! We will be asking for merchandise pack orders soon!
We have somewhat neglected this blog for the past few months as we have been busy with setting up The Cure & Action for Tay-Sachs (CATS) Foundation. So, one of our New Years Resolutions for 2012 is to get back to updating this blog regularly!
So, we will start with Christmas – this year we spent it in Porto, which was great fun and a big change from last year where we were in the UK with my parents.
We were in Portugal for just over a week, which gave the three of us a chance to catch up with Patricia’s family and also her friends. Amélie was, as you can imagine, spoilt rotten by everyone which she really enjoyed!
The main highlight for me was seeing how happy she was with all the cuddles and kisses she got! Amélie seems to take after her mum and doesn’t mind being kissed and cuddled by everyone she met – being British I still find the whole kissing everyone you meet, including strangers, a little bit weird! The only downside to all the affection she was shown is that she enjoyed all the cuddles so much it has made putting her down for her afternoon nap a bit more difficult. Now we are home as she expects me to rock her to sleep in my arms!
It was also great to see her enjoy her food over Christmas. Feeding is always a concern due to her posture (we have the special chair at home) but she ate better than ever. She devoured everything put in front of her, which put a smile on her Grandparents as they kept saying she must prefer Portuguese food! It was also a great break for Patricia as she was able to catch up with her friends and family who she doesn’t get to see that often anymore. A few of them have already said they will try to come over to see the three of us later this year which will be nice. It sounds like we will be having a busy 2012!