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Always wanted to enter a Cake Off? #cakedit is your chance

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Always loved the PANDSI Cake Off? Well, now’s your chance to enter.

From humble beginnings in 2016 when keen bakers created all 107 birthday cakes in the iconic Australian Women’s Weekly Birthday Cake Cook Book to cakes perfectly capturing Black Mountain Tower and Mooseheads, the PANDSI Cake Off has come a long way.

However, there have been a few important changes when it comes to this year’s 2020 Cake Off.

For starters, PANDSI is now the Perinatal Wellbeing Centre. Oh—and a pesky little thing called COVID-19 has prevented the event from taking place. Or so we thought…

Instead of the usual whole-day event where amazing homemade cakes are auctioned off to raise funds for vital wellbeing services for new and expecting parents, the spirit of the Cake Off will still persevere through the #cakedit Challenge.

Entries from the PANDSI Cake Off 2018. Image supplied.

Inspired by Netflix’s Nailed It! where amateur bakers re-create extremely epic cooking challenges with seriously mixed results, #cakedit will encourage a similarly give-it-a-go attitude.

The process to join in the fun is simple—and unlike the Cake Off, entry is unlimited.

Simply find a cake you like, give recreating it a red hot go and share your cake on social media—no matter what the results. Once your cake is complete, make sure to donate to Perinatal Wellbeing Centre and encourage others to do the same.

Peking Duk cake from the 2017 PANDSI Cake Off.

While the event’s format may have changed, CEO of the Perinatal Wellbeing Centre Dr Yvonne Luxford says it’s never been more vital to donate.

“We were so sad that we had to postpone Cake Off to 2021,” says Dr Luxford. “It is our largest and most beloved event that brings our community together and helps us raise much-needed funds for our perinatal mental health services that make a big difference to families.”

“However, postponing Cake Off 2020 will have a direct impact on our finances and will cause a strain our service capacity, especially with more families to help…this March we’ve seen a 44% increase in new clients.”

Dr Luxford says she hopes the #cakedit challenge will bring some levity to Canberra homes, as well as much-needed funds for the Centre.

“It’s just another example of the current situation being a little scary and difficult for all of us. But humour (and cake!) is a good recipe for hard times, and we hope you take up our challenge!”

How to participate in the #cakedit challenge

  1. Choose any cake you like the look of—aim for the stars!
  2. Recreate it and share the two photos on social media with the hashtag #cakedit
  3. Tag the Perinatal Wellbeing Centre on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
  4. Donate to the Perinatal Wellbeing Centre

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