Are you a creative baker? Hungry for competition? Do you want to make a difference?
Get your apron on and get baking! One of the most fun and popular ways to Act Aware and raise funds for NAT (National AIDS Trust) is to 'Bake Aware for NAT' — also a great excuse to share some tasty treats.
Not enough people understand basic HIV facts, and it is this lack of awareness that causes stigma and discrimination in a number of areas such as schools, workplaces and healthcare systems. We want you to help us to change this by taking part in Bake Aware and getting people talking about the Birds and the Bees and HIV awareness.
Birds vs Bees is launching on Monday 25th March, we want you to join us in creating a creative baker gallery.
You're just 4 simple steps away from your Bake Aware Event.
- Pick a date ( between 25th March and 24th May)
- Choose you team (Birds or Bees)
- Make your cupcakes and send us a photo on Twitter and Facebook.
- Sell your Birds and Bees cupcakes at your bake aware event
We have everything you need to make your event a success: Posters, mini birds and bees factoids and tasty recipes to give your baking a kick start.
NAT also has a Bake Aware fundraising pack with all the information you need on how to Bake Aware, including top tips on how to make it a big success — including a recipe from Yotam Ottolenghi, owner of restaurant 'Ottolenghi' restaurants and Guardian food writer, for Individual Plum Clafoutis Cakes — yum!
A Birds vs Bees event is perfect for Easter and baking some great tasty treats, at schools, work places or in your community.The important thing is to raise much-needed funds for NAT - but don't forget to take some fantastic pictures of all your goodies so we can put them on this website!
Once you've Baked Aware, email email@example.com to send in your pictures and find out the different ways to ensure your hard-earned money reaches NAT as soon as possible.
Celebrities supporting 'Bake Aware for NAT'
"What a great excuse to bake and share and eat cake!"
"Bake Aware is a fantastic initiative for an important cause. NAT’s Bake Aware pack is fun and makes it easy for you to take part... so why not sign up and show that you’re acting aware and supporting people with HIV in the UK! I’m delighted to donate my delicious sour cherry macaron recipe and hope it will encourage you to get baking for NAT!"
Tim Kinnaird, former MasterChef runner-up, 2010 - and Head of Macarons & More
"Baking is such an enjoyable and friendly branch of cookery, and it's fantastic to be able to use it for this wonderful initiative. What could be better than making and eating some of the delicious recipes in the Bake Aware pack (or one of your own favourites) and at the same time have the satisfaction of knowing that all the money you raise will go towards this very important cause? I hope Bake Aware has the huge success it deserves and that you and everyone involved has great fun taking part."
Jane Asher, Jane Asher Party Cakes
"At Buttercup Cake Shop, we are pleased to lend our support to Bake Aware! Baking for others is an excellent way to show you care while at the same time doubling the pleasure for you. Baking can be as simple or as complex as you like... what’s important is to have fun with it and know that no matter the outcome, your efforts will be generating good results!"
Buttercup Cake Shop
"I love baking, and more than that I love when friends share their baking and their recipes. It is life affirming and I think Bake Aware is a wonderful thing."
NAT wants to thank Jayne Harrison for giving us permission to use her red ribbon cupcake images!