Milton Keynes’ cupcake record bid to help kids in need

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A sweet dream from one mum is set to whip up a frenzy of fundraising – in the form of 14,000 cupcakes.

Dabinder Hutchinson has spent the past 12 months organising a bid to break the Guinness world record for the longest line of cakes.

She and fellow Woburn Sands mums hope the sugary stunt, to be carried out on Children in Need day, will raise a whopping £50,000 for charity.

They have involved schools all over the city, asking each child to bake 12 cakes.

Now, backed by the Citizen, they are appealing for the public to get baking too and drop their cakes off at five selected community centres the day before the event.

“To qualify for the world record the cakes must all look the same, be made to the same recipe and iced with white icing with half a cherry on top,” said Dabinder.

Already John Lewis and Waitrose have offered vans and drivers to collect cakes from schools and pick-up points and ferry them to Middleton Hall at thecentre:mk ready for the grand display on Friday, November 14.

Here they will be mounted helter skelter-style on a giant five metre tall stand specially made by Northampton company Elevations.

The aim is to produce a line of cakes measuring 607 metres – a third of a mile .

“It’s a huge project and we started with a zero budget. But people have been amazing with their support and we’re determined to break the record,” said Dabinder.

Afterwards the cakes will be given away to shoppers in return for donations. Any surplus will go to homeless shelters and the city’s food bank.

Anybody willing to bake can find the official recipe for a batch of 12 on the event’s website www.cakesforkids.net. It uses 110gm (4oz) each of flour, caster sugar and margarine, two eggs and white glacé icing.

All cakes must be dropped off by 10am on Thursday November 13, at the collection points . These are Great Linford Cricket Pavilion, The Olney Centre in Olney High Street, Coronation Hall in Stoke Road, Bletchley, Swinfen Harris Hall in Stony Stratford or St Mary’s Church in Woburn Sands.

The proceeds will be split between Children in Need charity, Leo’s Appeal at Milton Keynes Hospital and The Lovebug Fund.

The latter was set up to raise cash for city toddler Neve Day, who has severe cerebral palsy. Her parents are determined to take her abroad for specialist treatment to help her sit unaided and use her arms to play.