Friday, 15 March 2013

Red Nose Day Cake Sale!

That was fun!

It started when Karen, our department manager, announces that she and a couple of staff members will bake and hold a cake sale in the red nose day in the department to raise some donations. Once I saw the email I started to think of something to do. "I would love to bake a cake and join the event too", I said to myself. I decided to make a Victoria Sandwich as I tried it twice before and everybody loved it. I ran to Karen and told her that. She was delighted and told me that now we have different types of cakes will be on the show (for eating!). Being so much excited and counting the days, I made a small version of the cake three days before the event day and it was a disaster! (Victoria Sandwich recipe).
I didn't know actually why it is called Victoria Sandwich or Sponge. One of the staff members asked me about why it is called like this and I said I have never thought of it! Afterwards I googled it and got that the Queen Alexandrina Victoria (1819–1901) of the UK used to have a sponge filled with raspberry jam and cream. So that it has named after her preferences. 
Today, we gathered in the reading room, which is also a chatting room, a lunch room, a coffee room, and sometimes a group discussion-based study! There were cakes, cupcakes, German bread, flapjacks, mincemeat (not meat, but fruits) sweets. Everything was delicious. There was a very special Computer Science carrot cake, made by Roy. You can see it in the picture covered with icing and topped with almonds and red nose monster. We had a chat, free talks about the food and the comic relief and red nose day. 

I really enjoyed it. Thank you Karen!

Wikipedia says: 
Comic Relief is an operating British charity, founded in 1985 by the comedy scriptwriter Richard Curtis and comedian Lenny Henry in response to famine in Ethiopia. The highlight of Comic Relief's appeal is Red Nose Day, a biennial telethon held in March, alternating with sister project Sport Relief. Similar events are held in US, Australia, Germany, Russia, Finland, and Iceland. Comic Relief is one of the two high profile telethon events held in the United Kingdom, the other being Children in Need, held annually in November.