Be a Star, Bake a Cake

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Be a Star, Bake a Cake
Celebrity chefs back Be a Star, Bake a Cake to help stop bowel cancer in Northern Ireland

BBC Northern Ireland Masterchef’s Gregg Wallace, TV3 This Morning’s Gino D’Acampo and be3 Loose Women’s Nadia Sawalha are amongst the celebrity chefs encouraging the nation to bake their favourite cake for Be a Star, Bake a Cake, to raise funds for Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer in Northern Ireland.

April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month and this year Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer is hoping more people than ever will hold a bake sale and raise as much money as possible to fund must needed research, information and support services that will help save lives from bowel cancer in the country.

Ainsley Harriott, Deliciously Ella, Eric Lanlard, Gennaro Contaldo, Gino D’Acampo, Greg Wallace, Jo Pratt, Matt Tebbutt, Nadia Sawalha, Rachel Khoo and blogger Olivia Wollenberg have all whipped up their favourite recipes for the campaign.

French pâtissier Eric Lanlard says: “I’m thrilled to support the Be a Star, Bake a Cake campaign and help raise awareness to stop bowel cancer, the UK’s second biggest cancer killer. Let’s bake and save lives this April!”

Food writer and presenter Jo Pratt says: “Baking for Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness and share delicious homemade treats with friends, family and colleagues. Everyone can get involved!”

Niamh McDaid, Senior Health Promotion and Training Officer at Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer, says: “Our celebrity chef supporters are offering a wonderful range of recipes, no matter what your level of baking expertise.

“If you’re after indulgence, Ainsley Harriott’s chocolate parfait terrine will satisfy your sweet tooth, Matt Tebbutt’s Monmouth pudding is a family recipe passed down from generations, or if you’re after a health boost Deliciously Ella’s raw dates and hazelnut brownies could be the recipe for you. Hold a cake stall, coffee morning or afternoon tea and invite your friends, family and colleagues to make a donation and sample the delicious treats.”

Every year around 1,100 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer in Northern Ireland and around 400 people die from the disease. Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer and the second biggest cancer killer in Northern Ireland. However, it’s treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early.

Full list of celebrity chefs and their recipes:

  • Ainsley Harriott – Chocolate parfait terrine with fresh raspberries
  • Deliciously Ella – Raw dates and hazelnut brownies
  • Eric Lanlard – White chocolate and raspberry marquise
  • Gennaro Contaldo – White chocolate and almond semi-freddo
  • Gino D’Acampo – Coffee and ricotta tart
  • Greg Wallace – Pear tarte tatin
  • Jo Pratt – Courgette, pistachio and orange loaf cake
  • Matt Tebbutt – Monmouth pudding
  • Nadia Sawalha – Chocolate refrigerator cake
  • Olivia Wollenberg – Banana mocha bread
  • Rachel Khoo – Fig and chai treacle cake


Your bake will help to stop bowel cancer in Northern Ireland, sign-up here:,-bake-a-cake

Contact Niamh McDaid on 077 98523668 or [email protected] 

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