Our free range fundraising month, Bake with Compassion, is returning this September and we ‘knead’ our Compassionate Bakers all over the UK to get involved and make this year’s Bake even bigger and better than ever!
The idea is simple: bake with higher welfare produce such as free-range eggs and organic dairy, or with vegan ingredients, and then hold your very own cake sale, dinner party or bake-off!
At Compassion, we believe that no farm animal should be kept in a cage. That's why, this year, Bake with Compassion is backing our End the Cage Age campaign.
Staggeringly, 700 million European farm animals – hens, pigs, rabbits, ducks and quail – are kept in cages every year. These cages confine, restrict, and thwart many of the animals’ natural behaviours.
Even if you don’t eat animal products yourself, Bake with Compassion is a great opportunity to raise awareness of the plight of animals farmed in cages and end this outdated, unnecessary cruelty.
Here are some ideas to help you on your way:
You could invite friends around for a tea party and charge an entry fee for your delicious bakes. Or how about staging a ‘come bake with me’ dinner party competition with friends or neighbours? Afterwards, you’re bound to have a handy recipe book, and you’ll have raised much-needed funds and awareness for farm animals everywhere!
In the workplace
It's fun and easy to get your colleagues involved. Organise a fun treasure trail around the office with baking prizes, or encourage everyone to bake a cake to sell to the workforce and keep them happy! This is a great opportunity to spread the word about Compassion and the benefits of higher welfare and vegan ingredients.
Ask your local school if they would be willing to hold an event where children can sell their cakes, or even set up a cake decoration station using icing and sprinkles. Sleepovers and birthday parties often involve cake, so why not use these opportunities to contribute to a good cause? You could even use a theme like superheroes, festive times of year... or of course, farm animals.
Baking doesn’t have to be just for the sweet-toothed. Look up some recipes for quiches, savoury pies, or cakes made from vegetables such as beetroot or courgette - you’ll be surprised at how tasty these are!
In your local community
Organise a bake-off or ‘guess the weight of the cake’ competition at your local fair, festival or fete. You can even include your very important animal friends when Baking with Compassion: Pet treats are just as fun and easy to make, and perfect to sell at Farmers’ Markets or community events. It’s so lovely to think how many tails you can get wagging with some simple doggie biscuits!
Actor, Pauline McLynn has recorded a very special recipe of her own to celebrate the start of Bake with Compassion. See below to watch it now– and you might even recognise an appearance of Mrs Doyle from Father Ted - ah go on
I support Compassion in World Farming because I want to live in a world where the animals are treated with as much respect as we should treat each other
Pauline McLynn, Actor
Bake with Pauline McLynn
Click here to get your free fundraising toolkit. It includes more ideas on how to get started, plus a special celebrity recipe book with delicious ideas for baking. We can send this toolkit to you in the post or you can download it after registering online. Alternatively, contact the Supporter Engagement Team here for more help with your bake.
Thank you for being part of a free range future
Bake with Compassion Recipes
A host of celebrities are supporting Bake with Compassion and have kindly donated their own delicious recipes for you to try. Take a look below.