In the begining
Did you hear the one about cupcakes on the train?
On October 3rd my son Mike will be running The Virgin London Marathon https://www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com/ for Diabetes UK.
For the last 26 years I have lived with Type 1 Diabetes and my lad is running 26.2 miles to raise money for this charity. They provide support and advice to people like myself. https://www.diabetes.org.uk/
He has been raising money at work and wanted an incentive to increase donations. “Mum please could you make me some cupcakes and I can sell them”?
“Yes”, no problem I can whip up some cakes”. I decided on the most popular flavours, double chocolate, lemon with raspberry and vanilla.
What happened next
So far, we haven’t discussed logistics! My not so little pumpkin, lives in Durham and I bake from home in Hertfordshire.
Not one to be beaten by a measly 245 miles and the need to traverse several counties, I purchased some super strong, double walled cupcake cake boxes, each to hold 24 cupcakes and tried them for size in an Ikea bag.
Tah dah! The bright blue bag held 3 boxes, so he could sell 72 cakes and he did!
Early on Saturday morning hubby, 3 huge boxes each of 24 cupcakes, a small suitcase and I made our way to Kings Cross via taxi and train. So far so good.
We were certainly practicing our social distancing! If any other passengers came close, we moved away swiftly, carefully manoeuvring the aforementioned large bright blue bag.
Once on the train our precious cargo was ceremoniously placed on the luggage rack and wedged against our small suitcase. Any and all movement was strictly prohibited!
The train was extremely busy. The final destination of this LNER train was Edinburgh and many students were travelling for the start of Freshers Week.
As the train approached Durham, we gathered ourselves and gently retrieved our valuables. Ever heard cupcakes called valuables before? Once back at my son’s house, we then needed to decant the cakes into their individual orders of 6, in accordance with the spreadsheet of orders Mike had received.
You can donate here https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mikesmarathon21
Allergy and contents labels affixed; it was then time to deliver the cakes to their recipients. Each delivery was received intact and feedback received as delicious.
Mission complete. Let’s just say the journey home was much less stressful!
So if you need any cupcakes I am sure we can help, hopefully yours will not need to travel quite so far, here are some of ours. https://juliescakecompany.com/cakes/