Baking Extravaganza for RSPCA Cupcake Day! August 15th

Thursday afternoon we got together in the student kitchen to do some baking in preparation for the official RSPCA Cupcake Day! It has been a delicious week so far! Many students have been participating by baking all sorts of incredible home made treats to sell. All donations will go directly to supporting animals in need!

 

Thursday afternoon we made Chocolate Chip Cookies (with extra chocolate chips) and Classic Cupcakes with chocolate sauce and butter icing!!!

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We followed this nice and easy recipe:

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Once we had rolled the cookie mixture into balls and placed on the tray we added even more choc chips to the top before putting them in the oven to bake! 😀

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Whilst the cookies were in the oven we got started on making the cupcakes!

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We didn’t have a muffin tray to use, so they did come out of the oven a little bit square.. but they still tasted delicious so we didn’t mind. They took around 20 minutes to bake, which gave us plenty of time to prepare the butter icing and chocolate sauce for decorating. We also had sprinkles, coconut and left over chocolate chips to use!

Don’t they look cute? ❤ You can try them in today’s bake sale at break and lunch time along with many other yummy treats! Help us reach our goal of $300 by donating generously!!

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RSPCA Cupcake Day!

As you all may know by now, this week is RSPCA Cupcake Day!!

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We have all ready had some delicious treats donated from the teachers that you can come and enjoy at reception for a gold coin donation!

Now we are encouraging all of you all to begin baking, selling and raising money for such a great cause!

Come and sign up at reception in groups of 2-4 people and get your own money collection jar to get started!

Throughout the week we ask you all to bake and sell as much as possible and the group who raises the most money will win the amazing prize of:

  • 2x Nimbin Tours + 2x Kayaking with Dolphin Tours!!
  • More runner up prizes!

from our great friends at Happy Travels and Byron Bay Tour Co.

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Also this Thursday, for our activity, we will be baking in the student kitchen in preparation for Friday’s Cup Cake Day! I will have a range of recipes and ingredients to get creative, all to add to the bake sale on Friday.

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We ask that everyone brings something along on Friday for the official Cup Cake Day in Room 8 at 2pm! It doesn’t matter if it is home made baked goods or store bought doughnuts, lamingtons, or traditional cupcakes.

Every cent raised will go towards improving the life of animals in need in RSPCA Shelters across Australia so make sure you donate generously.

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RSPCA Fundraising Week! 27 – 31 August

Throughout last week Lexis staff and students hosted bake sales to raise money for the RSPCA.

Tuesday through to Thursday our General English classes competed to raise the most money, with Pre-Intermediate winning themselves a picnic for raising $53 with their chocolate brownies!

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In second place we had Paul’s Upper Intermediate class raising $51 with their carrot cakes,

and Mel’s Intermediate class raising $47 with their chocolate chip cookies.

Last up on Friday we had the Lexis staff baking and selling to raise more money for this great cause (we unfortunately weren’t allowed to compete for the beach picnic)!

Campus manager Lisa made delicious vegan chocolate and raspberries brownies which she warmed up and served with vanilla ice cream

Teacher Kristy made cardamon and orange cupcakes with an orange and cream cheese icing

Homestay co-ordinator Koko made red velvet cupcakes with orange icing, Teacher Julia brought in a carrot and walnut cake,

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and I (Claire, activities and student support) made chocolate cupcakes topped with strawberry icing and a chocolate covered strawberry!

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We raised a further $82, so this combined with the $151 raised by our classes brings us to a total of $233!!!

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It was a brilliant week of sweet treats and everyone did a great job getting involved to help the animals! ❤

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The RSPCA  is a charity that works to prevent cruelty to animals by actively promoting their care and protection. To find out more about how our money will help them, or to donate more, check out their website: https://www.rspca.org.au/

 

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RSPCA Cupcake Day 3 – Upper Intermediate

Day 3 of our Charity Challenge! Last but not least we had Paul’s Upper Intermediate class competing to raise the most money for the RSPCA.

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Having been a pastry chef for 15 years we had high hopes for Paul, and he did not disappoint!

Along with his class he made delicious carrot cakes ❤

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Koko, our homestay co-ordinator, loved them so much she wanted to buy a third but they’d sold out!!

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Well done Upper Intermediate, you’ve raised… $51 to help the animals!!

 

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RSPCA Cupcake Day 1 – Pre-Intermediate

Today we had the first of our bake sales to raise money for the RSPCA Cupcake Day: https://www.rspcacupcakeday.com.au/

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The RSPCA is a charity that works to prevent cruelty to animals by actively promoting their care and protection. Throughout August they are encouraging people to have a Cupcake Day to raise money to help the animals that come into their care.

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Rather than just the one day, we are having four!! Each of our General English classes will have their own day to raise the most money, with Friday being the turn of Lexis staff!

The class that raises the most money will be treated to a beach picnic as part of their lesson on Friday!

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First up we had Michelle’s Pre-Intermediate class, who made delicious brownies and decorated them with pink ribbon and cute dog stickers!

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Well done Pre-Int, you raised $51 so far!! Remember you can still donate until Friday! 🙂

 

Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing and Yoga in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

Baking Koala Cupcakes!! 16 February

Today we baked delicious chocolate almond cupcakes with buttercream icing and decorated them to look like koalas!!

 

If you’d like to make these at home here’s how:

Koala Cupcakes Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

For the choc-almond cupcakes:1 cup self-raising flour

½ cup plain flour

1 cup raw sugar

4 Tbsp cocoa

½ tsp bicarb soda

Pinch of salt

65g butter, melted

1 cup almond milk

½ tsp vanilla essence

 

For the buttercream icing:200g butter, softened

2½ cups icing sugar

Grey food colouring:
5 drops blue + 5 drops red + 2 drops green

1 Tbsp almond milk, as needed

 

For the koala decoration:

Desiccated coconut

Pink marshmallows

Licorice

Choc chips

DIRECTIONS:

For the choc-almond cupcakes:

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celcius and line cupcake tray with cupcake papers.

In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients and mix well. Mix in melted butter. Combine milk and vanilla together, then add to dry ingredients and mix well.

Spoon the mixture evenly between prepared cups. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a knife inserted in the middle of the cupcake comes out clean. Allow to cool on a wire rack for 15-20 minutes.

For the buttercream icing:

Using a fork, beat the butter until it is pale and fluffy.

Gradually beat in icing sugar, half a cup at a time.

Add food colouring and mix through well. Add milk, if needed to thin the mixture.

For the koala decoration:

Sprinkle the icing with coconut then assemble the features of a koala face – use pink marshmallows for the ears, licorice slices for the nose and choc chips for the eyes.

 

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Baking Koala Cupcakes! June 29

This afternoon we baked chocolate-almond cupcakes, covered them with a sweet buttercream icing, then decorated them to look like koalas!

They were fun to make and delicious to eat.

If you want to try them at home, check out the recipe below!

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Koala Cupcakes Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

For the choc-almond cupcakes:

1 cup self-raising flour

½ cup plain flour

1 cup raw sugar

4 Tbsp cocoa

½ tsp bicarb soda

Pinch of salt

65g butter, melted

1 cup almond milk

½ tsp vanilla essence

 

For the buttercream icing:

200g butter, softened

2½ cups icing sugar

Grey food colouring:
5 drops blue + 5 drops red + 2 drops green

1 Tbsp almond milk, as needed

 

For the koala decoration:

Desiccated coconut

Pink marshmallows

Licorice

Choc chips

DIRECTIONS:

For the choc-almond cupcakes:

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celcius and line cupcake tray with cupcake papers.

In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients and mix well. Mix in melted butter. Combine milk and vanilla together, then add to dry ingredients and mix well.

Spoon the mixture evenly between prepared cups. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a knife inserted in the middle of the cupcake comes out clean. Allow to cool on a wire rack for 15-20 minutes.

For the buttercream icing:

Using a fork, beat the butter until it is pale and fluffy.

Gradually beat in icing sugar, half a cup at a time.

Add food colouring and mix through well. Add milk, if needed to thin the mixture.

For the koala decoration:

Sprinkle the icing with coconut then assemble the features of a koala face – use pink marshmallows for the ears, licorice slices for the nose and choc chips for the eyes.

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Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.