What it’s all about
Cake makers from across Britain donated an array of tasty treats inspired by authentic Japanese flavours to raise money for the people of Japan following the series of natural disasters which hit the country; sold via Miss Cakehead’s Pop-Up Shop – CAKES FOR JAPAN – at Maiden, Shoreditch High Street, London.
Both amateur and professional cake makers took part with Edd Kimber, winner of the BBC’s Great British Bake Off, also donating some of his award winning baking. Other contributions included sushi cake pops & cupcakes, panda cookies, many green tea inspired delicacies and even a Japanese cheesecake.
Miss Cakehead, the creative behind the project, said of her motivation:
I just couldn’t watch all the devastation unfolding in Japan and not do anything to help; a cake shop was the only thing I knew I could make happen in a couple of days. This would not have been possible without the amazing Twitter & online community, the bakers and the people who came to eat cake. All involved were genuinely moved by everyone who gave up their time to bake cakes, who queued in the rain during their lunch hour, and who supported the event in a host of other ways; as we have been by the messages of thanks from the people of Japan directly effected by this disaster.
Miss Cakehead is also encouraging keen bakers across the country to hold their own ‘Cakes for Japan’ events to help raise essential funds for the people of Japan, offering advice and support to anyone wishing to set one up. For more information on Cakes for Japango to http://cakesforjapan.wordpress.com
How Stoke can become part of the Cake Craze and Help Japan…….
Following on from this great success Denise O’Sullivan, ceramic artist in Stoke saw all the fabulous tweets via twitter about the events and thought it would be a great idea to hold one in Stoke. Based on the theme of Cakes and Tea, by having an English Tea party @ The Exchange, 8 Cheapside, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 1HEon Saturday 2nd July.
Things to think about …….
- Japanhas strong links with theUKand its input into our own industries which develop opportunities and wealth that comes into our country.
- After exhibiting inJapanin 2009 I was touched by the welcomed reception I had as a guest, the people and personal experiences that I encounter that were inspirational. I made great links and exchanged thoughts and techniques with other potters and artists, whilst working alongside The British Embassy.
- The traditions of Tea drinking and how sacred the tea cup and saucer is to the Japanese, parallel to our own traditions and a celebration of our own local heritage.
What’s happening in Stoke
On Saturday 2nd July local business and the community can pop by and enjoy a brew, decorate ‘EAT’ a cake whilst sending messages toJapan which will be brought together in an online cake topping gallery. All proceeds made at the event will be sent over to Japan Tsunami Appeal
The Event will be housed at The Exchange, Hanley. Included on the day will be a laughter workshop, vintage clothing, cupcake makers and Arts & Crafts made by Stoke’s own arts community.
Art’s Market and Piccadilly Circus 2011 will also be taking place on the 2nd July in the Cultural Quarter, so it’s sure to be a fun day, so no excuse to NOT pop along 😉
How can you get involved?
To become part of Cakes for Japan Stoke either respond to the forms attached or contact Denise directly at email@example.com or on 07834923270
Cakes for Japanhttp://cakesforjapan.wordpress.com
Artist Pete Fowler, designer of the CAKES FOR JAPAN logo tweak by Denise O’Sullivan for Cakes for Japan Stoke
Cakes for Japan Stoke, Open Tea party
The Exchange www.thisisexchange.co.uk
Piccadilly Circus 2011
Denise O’Sullivan Ceramics www.deniseosullivanceramics.com