It’s Pudsey Bear time of year, a time when the country comes together and go out of their way to raise money for Children in Need. In 2011 over £26 million was raised and that was £8 million more than 2010. The money is granted to organisations supporting disadvantaged children and young people in the UK and in my opinion this is why is has such a huge success as people like to know the money is going to help children and young people up and down Britain.
I don’t think anyone can say the Brits don’t do their bit for charity sending hundreds and thousands of pounds to all kinds of causes at home and abroad but Children in Need is all about looking after our young, the future of our country and teaching our own children to be giving to those less fortunate.
I love Pudsey Bear, last year we celebrated him locally with the other children from preschool, we also made some fabulous and easy Pudsey Bear cupcakes and some cheese straws too perfect for lunch boxes.
Build a Bear have a limited edition of Pudsey Bears out now and by buying one of their bears they will donate £5.00 to Children in Need
(£15, £5 donation)
This year the new Pudsey is available with either a hoodie, jeans and cute trainer combo or with gorgeous set of cosy PJs! The ultimate gift for the little Build-A-Bear Workshop aficionado in your house.
(£15, £5 donation)
Pudsey’s best friend Blush is right on trend for BBC Children in Need this season, showing off her spots with a pretty polka dot matching bow and pink t-shirt.
(£8, £1 donation)
New for 2012, Pudsey smallfry™ comes dressed in a cool t-shirt with signature patch and paw print.
(£8, £1 donation)
New for 2012, Pudsey’s best new mini friend Blush smallfry™ wears a cute polka dot bow with fetching red t-shirt.
The limited edition Build-A-Bear Workshop collection is available across all Build-A-Bear Workshop stores nationwide and via the website: www.buildabear.co.uk.
Pudsey is an enormous hit with my girls, luckily my raffle ticket got pulled out at an event last year and we came home with the gorgeous Pudsey bear you see here. A favourite pastime of the girls is serving tea and cakes to their growing collection of softies and now Pudsey can take pole position as his month is almost upon us
Pudsey Bear cupcakes
An easy recipe that takes 20 minutes to prepare and a further 25 minutes to bake. Children can help too.
225 g unsalted butter
225 g golden caster sugar
225 g self raising flour
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
For the decoration
500 g icing sugar
160 g unsalted butter
50 ml milk
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
yellow food colour
coloured choco beans
black writing icing
Watch out for Allinson’s self-raising flour showing the cuddly bear on the front as for every bag sold a donation is made to Pudsey’s Children in Need fund.
How to make Pudsey Bear Cupcakes
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C/ 160 degrees C fan/ Gas 4. Line a muffin tin with 12 muffins cases.
- Cream together the butter and sugar until pale, add the vanilla extract and eggs, one at a time, beating until mixed. Gently fold in the flour.
- Spoon the mixture into the cases until half full.
- Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes until golden brown or a skewer comes out clean.
- Allow cakes to cool on a wire rack.
- For the frosting use an electric whisk to mix together the butter and icing sugar then add the milk and vanilla essence and whisk until light and fluffy, then add a few drops of yellow food colouring to achieve a bright yellow frosting.
- Using a palette knife, smooth some frosting onto the top of the cupcakes, places some choco beans on the top left side of the cupcake for Pudsey’s patch, then use the black writing to draw in his eye, nose and mouth.
The girls sat patiently waiting for their cakes to rise and be ready, in fact we dragged them away for a bath whilst they were waiting to cool!
As you can see a lot of time and attention went into the decorating process
Do allow us to show off our handy work :)
And of course the best part – the eating! Both girls thought they were delicious.