Hold a Strawberry tea
In Britain, it’s a fun and easy way to support Breast Cancer Care. An idea that can be copied anywhere.
Who doesn’t love strawberries, especially as they look so colourful. So why not organise a Strawberry Tea?
What about having a Tea in your hospital Reception? Then everyone can have fun – patients, visitors and staff!!
Or organise a tea at home. With a Strawberry Tea, you have the perfect excuse to catch up with old friends and tuck into delicious treats, all the while raising money for a great cause. And it doesn’t matter if you raise £20 or £200 because every penny helps charity continue to support anyone affected by breast cancer.
Somehow the word ‘strawberries’ grabs everyone’s attention! Get together with friends and family, buy or bake some cakes, add some strawberries, put the kettle on and away you go
Last year thousands of people teamed up with Breast Cancer Care and held Strawberry Teas across the UK – in back gardens, at work or in town halls.
How to raise money from your event
It can be as simple or as elaborate as you like.
Have a tea break at work – bring a smile to your colleagues’ faces by bringing in baked goodies and putting the kettle on.
Get your club involved – if you are member of a sports club, you could have a Strawberry Tea in the pavilion or club house.
Craft – are you good with a pair of knitting needles? Then you could create items to sell or raffle at your Strawberry Tea.
School – children love an excuse to get messy, so why not get them baking or making decorations for your Strawberry Tea.
Charge for cake – people are always happy to pay for a slice or two.
Spread the word – why not Tweet about your event? #StrawberryTea
Join us – find out what everyone else is up to for their Strawberry Tea via Breast Cancer Care’s Facebook page.
Sell tickets or charge an entry fee to your party.
Run a raffle – ask guests or local businesses to donate prizes.
Play the game – use the Strawberry Tea game or Afternoon Tea quiz in our resources section.
Guess the weight of the cake – this classic game is always popular and the winner takes the cake home!
Boss’s tea round – ask your boss to be on tea making duty for the day, with donations given for each cup.
Market stall – a craft, cake or plant stall can be held almost anywhere.
Sell Breast Cancer Care pin badges – you can order some from their resources section.
visit our ideas section for some great tips.
Have a look at our celebrity recipes section?
We have a host of resources and materials in our resources section to make your Strawberry Tea as simple and successful as possible.
To make strawberries taste old-fashioned, sprinkle them with Cointreau or any orange liqueur. I learnt this at the Ritz Hotel in Paris (as one does); complimenting them on the really intense taste, just like I remembered the fruit as a child, they let me into the secret that they used a tablespoon or two to soak them! You can buy a miniature of Cointreau for about a couple of pounds.
Classic Victoria sandwich cake
Who can resist this Great British favourite especially when filled with softly whipped cream and home-grown juicy strawberries?
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
For the Victoria cake
175 g (6 oz) butter, at room temperature
175 g (6 oz) caster sugar
Grated rind of 1 lemon
175 g (6 oz) self-raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 medium eggs, beaten
150 g (5 oz) strawberries, hulled, sliced
3 tablespoons strawberry jam
150 ml (1/4 pint) double cream
4 strawberries to decorate, halved, hulls left on
Little strawberry sugar, see tip or caster sugar
1 Preheat the oven to 180oC/350oF/Gas Mark 4. Lightly brush the base and sides of 2, 20 cm (8 inch) Victoria sandwich tins with a little oil then line the bases with 2 circles of non-stick baking paper the same as the base of the tins.
2 Cream the butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl with a wooden spoon or in an electric mixer until light and fluffy then stir in the lemon rind.
3 Sift the flour and baking powder on to a plate. Gradually beat alternate spoonfuls of beaten egg and flour into the creamed butter mixture until smooth, continue until all the eggs and flour have been added.
4 Divide the mixture between the tins, spread level with a round bladed knife then cook on the middle shelf in the oven for about 20 minutes until well risen, golden brown and the cake springs back when lightly pressed with a fingertip. Allow to cool for a few minutes then loosen the edges of the cakes with a round bladed knife and turn out on to a large wire rack. Peel off the lining paper then turn cakes back up the other way and leave to cool completely.
5 Mix the sliced strawberries with the jam, if the jam is very set, warm briefly in the microwave before adding the strawberries. Softly whip the cream. Transfer one of the cakes to a serving plate. Top with spoonfuls of the cream then the strawberry jam mix. Carefully lift the top cake in place, arrange the halved strawberries on top and sprinkle with sugar. Serve cut into wedges.
As kids we grew up on Devon/Somerset borders, and there we always called scones and cream Cut Throats (I suppose after the blood-red strawberry jam!). The only variation we were allowed was to cut open a scone, spread with cream, then top with real strawberries rather than jam.
Baby strawberry mousses
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes
Chilling time: 3-4 hours
625g (1 lb 6oz) strawberries
3 limes, grated rind only
3 tablespoons runny honey
4 tablespoons water
3 teaspoons powdered gelatine
250 ml (8 fl oz) double cream
250 g (8 oz) low fat natural yogurt
Extra small strawberries to decorate plus tiny biscuits, optional
1 Puree 225 g (8 oz) of the strawberries then press through a sieve and reserve for decoration. Puree the remaining strawberries, sieve then mix the puree with the lime rind and honey.
2 Add the water to a small heatproof bowl, sprinkle the gelatine over the water so that the water absorbs all the powder. Leave to stand for 5 minutes heat the bowl in a small saucepan of simmering water until it is a clear liquid.
3 Whip the cream until it forms soft swirls. Fold in the yogurt, pureed strawberry and lime mix then the gelatine in a thin trickle. Pour into 8, 120 ml (4 fl oz) small liqueur glasses or coffee cups. Chill for 3-4 hours or until the mousses have set.
4 To serve, stir the reserved strawberry puree then pour a little over the top of each mousse. Decorate with tiny strawberries and serve with dainty biscuits, if liked.