Blog post 14 June 2017
Best known for being a haute cuisine teacher on the reality television programme Ladette to Lady and as a judge on Soapstar Superchef, Rosemary Shrager is backing the Alzheimer’s Society Cupcake Day tomorrow.
The aim: To unite the public against dementia by encouraging families, friends and colleagues to bake or buy cupcakes to raise money for the charity.
The culinary whizz has not only spoken out in support for Cupcake Day, but has also shared her tips for making the perfect cupcake:
Rosemary, who also presented The Chopping Block on ITV and is a judge on BBC’s The Big Family Cooking Showdown to air later in 2017, said:
“I’m delighted to be a part of Cupcake Day because it’s an event that’s great fun for all ages to get involved with and for such an important cause. “Someone develops dementia every three minutes, and there’s currently no cure but your help can go towards changing that.
“Cupcake Day is a perfect opportunity to do a good turn and help others; dementia is little understood by many but is set to affect more and more of us.
“There’s surely no better way to do your bit for this great cause than by baking, buying and eating cakes.
“It’s not too late to take part in Cupcake Day! We’ll be making it a team effort at my cooking school; you can do the same with friends, family and colleagues.”
Okay . . . so I’m more of a chocolate person than a cake addict, but I’m almost tempted to give it a go. But my question must be: Who would be brave enough to sample such Debbie creations?
Tips from Rosemary:
- When you’re making any form of cakes, the first thing is to make sure you whisk your butter and sugar properly, that’s very important – I think it’s quite nice to make the mixture fluffy with plenty of air bubbles.
- The next step is to add your eggs and then you add your flour, folding it in.
- Make sure you add a rising agent to the mixture, ie self-raising flour or baking soda – as long as you do this the cakes will rise in the oven. The eggs are also a rising agent too.
- The fun really begins with the topping and you can actually start experimenting– you can make the toppings different colours, putting colouring in the icing.
- Try whipping a little bit of double cream into some curd cheese for a topping, or you could whisk some butter and some sugar for the top of the cakes, or simply top the cupcakes with icing fondant – anything goes!
- Just try it and if it doesn’t work try it again. The most important thing is not to be rigid, to just experiment and to have some fun!
Dementia is set to be the 21st century’s biggest killer and theses fundraising initiatives are so important.
To find out more: https://cupcakeday.alzheimers.org.uk/