Cakes for Carers

Ahead of National Carers Week (7-13 June), we are campaigning to raise awareness of the huge number of unpaid carers across the borough.

Bake a Cake for an Unpaid Carer

We are encouraging everyone to let anyone they know who is looking after a friend or family member about the events taking place in Carers Week. We’re also asking residents to show unpaid carers support and appreciation by baking them a cake for the coming Thursdays in May.

It’s well known that health and social care workers have been completely stretched over the pandemic, but it’s less well advertised how great the impact has been on those who are providing unpaid care to friends or family on a regular basis. We hope you will join us in celebrating unpaid carers by baking a cake. Islington carers and ICH staff will be sharing a recipe each week!

Take Part in How to Enjoy Cooking! Session

We’d also like to invite you to take part in a special How to Enjoy Cooking! session on Tuesday, 18 May from 4-5pm, run by volunteer Natascha Franklin, who will be showing us Easy to Make Cakes! To book, click here.

Victoria Sponge

Week 1 – Victoria Sponge
Recipe by Jeanne Pring

Victoria Sponge is one of my most requested cakes at StAn’s Café and it is as vintage as it comes – it is everyone’s favourite. Just lovely with a nice hot cup of tea and a great conversation starter. Here is the full recipe or you can watch my video on How to bake Victoria Sponge.

Gluten Free Blueberry Muffin

Week 2 – Blueberry Muffins (Gluten Free)
Recipe by Torps Boukens

Many people are eating gluten free these days, whether it’s a dietary requirement or not. I simply wanted to try something different. I’ve not had any complaints from anyone who’s tasted them so far – even a friend who doesn’t like nuts! They’re also super quick to make – 30 minutes including baking time. Here’s the recipe.

Carrot Cake

Week 3 – Carrot Cake Muffins
Recipe by Natascha Franklin

It’s always lovely to have a cake to offer visiting family or to take round to a kind neighbour or friend as a gift. This carrot cake is quite easy to make. It stays nice and moist and will keep for about a week in an airtight container, that is if you can resist eating them as soon as you’ve iced them!David's cake Here’s the recipe.

“I have been following Natascha’s ‘How to Enjoy Cooking‘ class and it is a real pleasure to take part in this zoom session. This time she demonstrated a very easy to do ‘cake for carers’ day… I will share this cake with my partner and my neighbour”, David, Islington carer.

Week 4 – Cinnamon Rolls
Recipe by Safiye Mustafa

One of my favourite things to bake are cinnamon rolls. I found this easy recipe for making cinnamon rolls on BBC GoodFood website. As you can see, I’ve been busy!