The Great British Bake Off: Ready, Steady, BAKE! | ActionAid UK

Every Wednesday at 8pm, we are glued to the Great British Bake Off on BBC1. But, if you think you've seen Bake Off at its best, then you ain't seen muffin yetStay tuned to hear more about the great baking challenge as we navigate our way through the showstoppers and soggy bottoms of Bake Off 2015.

Paul, Mel, Sue and Mary with the Great British Bake Off contestants

Raise some dough for ActionAid

Strap on your aprons, preheat the oven, and put your baking to good use for women and children living in poverty around the world. Bake for a better world and organise a cake sale or bake off competition.

Download our Bake Off poster to promote your baking prowess, and keep checking back for recipes with an international twist - inspired by some of the countries ActionAid works in. Share photos of your best bakes and we’ll be sure to share them too. So, stay tuned for some of our state of the (t)art recipes.

Register your baking

Most recent updates and recipes display at the top.

Week 5 - Free-from

Wednesday 2nd September:

It’s free-from week, and this week’s recipes are going to test a whole new host of technical skills. To continue on our South Asian theme, we’ve developed a dairy-free icecream recipe, using almonds and raspberries. Most recently our work has focused on the Nepal Earthquake response, helping communities to rebuild their lives following on from the devastation.

Raspberry and almond dairy-free ice cream

Week 4 - Delectable desserts

Monday 31st August:

In commiseration of Sandy’s departure, Laura, from the ActionAid team, made her own classic dessert: a blueberry cheesecake with a white chocolate topping. Yum!


Wednesday 26th August:

We’ve created some Middle-Eastern meringues for you to enjoy. This spin on the stiff-peaked marvel is inspired by our work across Central Asia and the Middle East.

We work with Asia’s poorest and most disadvantaged people, including tribal and homeless people, trafficked women, orphans and street children, small-scale farmers and bonded labourers.

Pistachio Meringue Recipe

Week 3 — Bread, glorious bread

Paul, Mary, Mel and Sue enjoing Bread Week

Tuesday 25th August:

Dorret’s days in the competition were clearly numbered when she began the Bake Off challenge with that mudslide of a gateaux, then used… *shock-horror*… biscuit cutters in week two.

But, in the ActionAid office, the sweepstake continues, and Dorret’s stilton and walnut bread recipe was hailed as a triumph when baked by our very own Richard… 

ActionAider Richard takes on the Bake Off Challenge

Rainbows and races

Friday 21st August:

Disappointed not to have had the chance to bake yet, and unable to wait any longer, ActionAid’s Ellie brought in this rainbow creation, to supplement her sponsorship for the Royal Parks Half Marathon.

A slice for £1? We were more than happy to oblige…

ActionAider Ellie bakes a rainbow cake to raise funds for the Royal Parks Half Marathon

Week 2 - The snap of a biscuit

This week’s star international recipe was inspired by the avocado — the delicious, creamy fruit, grown in Guatemela, Central America. We began working in Guatemala in 1996, at the end of a devastating civil war where thousands lost their lives, and hundreds of schools, hospitals and homes were destroyed.

We focus on supporting indigenous Guatemalan people to access their basic rights, such as an education for all, health services and women’s rights.

Give this recipe a try and we promise you wont be disappointed — gluten and dairy-free cookies that are delicious? Just thank the humble avocado! 

Big thanks to one of our favourite bakers — the wonderful Bee’s Bakery, for this recipe.

Dairy and gluten free chocolate and avocado cookies recipe

Monday 17th Aug:

Everyone in the office was dreading the prospect of going out of the sweepstake in biscuit week. Surely there is nothing harder than pastry arlettes? And getting that biscotti to snap? Impossible!

However, our ActionAid ladies excelled, with Milly’s biscotti dipped in chocolate orange and Lisa’s arlettes going down very nicely with a cuppa.

ActionAid Biscotti and Arlettes


Week 1 — It’s back! The moment we’ve all been waiting for

Here in the ActionAid office we love to bake. As part of this year’s Bake Off we are running an office sweepstake. The rules are simple — you pick the baker and bake what they baked the week they leave the competition. And, unfortunately for me, I picked Stu - which signalled the end of my Bake Off dreams before we had even started. To commiserate crashing out of the competition, I brought in my own version of the Black Forest Gateau, complete with actual handmade trees. 

My Black Forest Gateaux

A Brazilian twist on a Bake Off Classic

In Brazil, cakes are a common breakfast food, and the classic Madeira cake that Bake Off constestants will attempt tonight is a twist on the Brazilian Bolo de Laranja. 

We’ve been working with communities across the Brazil to help change the lives of more than 300,000 peopleIt’s one of the world’s biggest economies but there is a wide gap between rich and poor with 16 million people living in poverty.

Why not give this Brazilian breakfast cake a try and help bake a difference for women and children across the world?

Bolo de Leche recipe from Brazil