Christmas Celebrity Bake off | ActionAid UK

Christmas Celebrity Bake off

This Christmas, you can bake a world of difference by organising a Christmas get-together to help lift children out of poverty. Don't know what to bake and need some inspiration? Our favourite celebrity chefs have shared their best festive recipes withs us so there's no excuse!

Why not go bananas with Brian Turner's exquisite toffee puddings or dazzle your colleagues with Fay Ripley's sparkling chocolate tray bake?

Just scroll through the recipes below, read our top tips, and get fundraising!

Clockwise: Lili Vanilli, Fay Ripley, Brian Turner and Eric Lanlard

Once you've chosen your favourite recipes to bake it's time to start planning and promoting your event

Are you going to share your culinary triumphs with friends and family at home, or win some brownie points at the office with cake sales and coffee mornings? Why not do both?

Whatever you decide, here's three ways to improve your fundraiser.

3 top tips for baking a difference

  1. Share your photos on Twitter and Instagram to promote your event and inspire others to #bakeadifference.
  2. Raise extra pounds by selling our beautiful ActionAid Christmas cards, available on a sale or return basis.
  3. 'Whose cake's whose?': Why not mix it up and ask people to pay to guess which recipes belong to which famous chef, with the chance of winning one of your delicious cakes. You can find out more about our chefs below.

Meet our celebrity chefs

Celebrity chefs

Clockwise from top left:

Lily Vanilli is only “one of the most sought-after artisan bakers of her generation”! She has a beautiful boutique bakery just off London's Columbia Road, and is co-founder of the Young British Foodie.

Fay Ripley, may be best known for her acting skills, but she's also a cooking ninja, with three highly successful recipe books under her belt.

Eric Lanlard is an award winning master patissier and international baking star. He's presented Glamour Puds and Baking Mad and is the preferred baker to the stars.

Top chef Brian Turner is rarely off our screens, with regular appearances on Ready Steady Cook, This Morning, Saturday Kitchen, Daily Cooks Challenge and many others.

Lorraine Pascale, former model and current cooking sensation, wrote one of the fastest selling cooking books ever. You'll see why when you try her chocolate tart.

How to send us the funds

Once you've done your fundraiser, don't forget to send us the funds!

For cash donations, just pay them into your bank account and then donate the total to us either online or by sending a cheque to: Chataway House, Leach Road, Chard, Somerset TA20 1FR.

Baking not your cup of tea? 

Don't worry! You can find out about other ways to support us here.