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Bake Off stars help raise dough for deaf children

Published Date: 15 May 2017

Selasi, Val, Andrew and other beloved Bake Off contestants have donated recipes to the National Deaf Children's Society to mark Deaf Awareness Week (15-21 May).

The star bakers gave us some delicious recipes to help all those taking part in our Big Cake Bake event to raise some dough and some deaf awareness for the 50,000 deaf children in the UK.

Celebrated chefs such as Gordon Ramsey, Gino D’Acampo and the Hairy Bikers helped to launch the event in 2015, so these amateur bakers are in good company in our Big Cake Bake fundraising packs.

Val ‘The Cake Whisperer’ Stones shared a simple vanilla cupcake recipe for families to make together, biking banker Selasi Gbormittah gave budding bakers an impressive layered lemon cake recipe, and Andrew Smyth pushed the ‘cake’ boundaries with a banana pancake recipe.

Welsh TV cook Beca Lyne-Pirkis (series four), bearded Belfast baker Iain Watters (series five) and fun-loving Yorkshire mum Sandy Docherty (series six) have also donated recipes in support of the charity’s Big Cake Bake.

Hanna Sturman, managing the event for the National Deaf Children’s Society, commented: “We’re so grateful that Great British Bake Off stars have shared their expertise to help us raise funds and awareness. I hope all those excited for the next season will get involved in the Big Cake Bake and see if they’ve got ‘star baker’ potential!

“Most deaf children have hearing families with no experience of deafness, so specialist support is a real lifeline – but 95% of our services are funded by the public, so we couldn’t do this alone! Every penny raised by the Big Cake Bake will help us to improve the lives of thousands of deaf children and young people across the UK.”

To find out more about Deaf Awareness Week and download the recipes, go to