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Cupcake Day: Supporting the Alzheimer's Society.

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There is some debate as to what differentiates the cupcake (American English) from the fairy cake (British English). The general consensus is that cupcakes tend to be bigger, whilst fairy cakes are not usually as elaborately iced. There is also the muffin, of course, but nobody seems to be able to agree on the difference there…

Cupcake Day 2019 falls today, on June 13th, and is organized by the Alzheimer’s Society to try and raise money for dementia research, sufferers and their treatments. The Alzheimer’s Society is trying to organise individuals to host a Cupcake Day to raise funds, and the day doesn’t have to be today - it can be any day you like!

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Having lost a family member to Alzheimer’s, I can attest to how dreadful this disease is, not just to the sufferer, but to those around them. According to the Alzheimer’s Society website, “in the time it takes to bake a batch of cakes, six people will develop dementia. It is now the leading cause of death in England and Wales, overtaking both cancer and heart disease.”

Cupcakes are a brilliant way to raise money, as they can be as simple or as decorative as you like, and it is a rare person who will turn down a cupcake with a cup of steaming tea! I was once a baker myself, and used to have loads of fun at certain times of the year, making ghost cupcakes for Halloween, and heart cupcakes for Valentine’s Day.

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The first recorded mention of ‘cupcakes’ was in 1796, when a recipe for a cake to bake in small cups’ was written in ‘American Cookery’ by Amelia Simmons. As cupcake and muffin tins were not yet commonplace, cupcakes were baked in small cups, ramekins and molds.

Interesting fact: The record for eating the most cupcakes in the shortest time is 29 cupcakes in 30 seconds.

For more information about hosting your own Cupcake Day fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Society, please visit https://cupcakeday.alzheimers.org.uk

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Food Photographer: Tom Davies, Lead Photographer, Full Steam Pictures.
Written by: Kate Davies, Media Manager, Full Steam Pictures.

Fairburn's Eggs: A British Family Business

Recently, the Full Steam Pictures team had the privilege of visiting Fairburn’s Eggs, a British family business, located in the heart of Lincolnshire.

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Fairburn’s has been a family-run organization since 1951, and is now run by Daniel Fairburn, supported by his wife, Sarah Louise, and his sisters, Caroline and Sarah. The company is one of the largest in the industry, producing and packing over 17 million eggs a week.

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Their fresh eggs are produced on their farms and packaged in their own facilities, and their brands include: Fairburn’s Free Range Eggs, Fairburn’s Lincolnshire Free Range Eggs, Heal’s Shropshire Free Range Eggs, and British Blue Free Range Eggs.

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Fairburn’s British Blue eggs are truly a spectacular sight. With a pastel blue shell and sumptuous golden yolk, this egg was acclaimed the ‘perfect egg’ since winning a Great Taste Award in 2017.

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The Fairburn’s family is also very active in charity work, having raised over £26,000 for Farm Africa, and £16,000 for the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance, to name just a couple of their philanthropic efforts.

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Animal welfare is one of their primary concerns. Their hens are kept in the best possible conditions, rigorously checked by their experienced rearing team, as well as being evaluated by the British Lion Code and RSPCA Freedom Food to make sure that the highest standards of hygiene and welfare are met.

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Tom Davies, our Lead Photographer, describes the week spent with the Fairburn’s family as a welcoming and enriching experience. He was gathered into the family fold, and made to feel a part of them. Despite the cold and rainy weather, there was a warm glow as the Fairburn’s clan described how important it is to them that their children are also a part of the business, and that one day they will hand over the reins to the next generation.

For more information about the Fairburn’s family business, please visit www.fairburnseggs.co.uk

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Food Photographer: Tom Davies, Lead Photographer, Full Steam Pictures.
Written by: Kate Davies, Media Manager, Full Steam Pictures.