Alzheimer’s Society launches first ‘Cupcake Day’

Elizabeth Byrne McCullough and Lynda Williams from Alzheimers Society in Northern Ireland are pictured holding the Northern Irelands ultimate dream cupcake, chocolate base, chocolate topping and chopped nuts for decoration. (Submitted Picture)

Elizabeth Byrne McCullough and Lynda Williams from Alzheimers Society in Northern Ireland are pictured holding the Northern Irelands ultimate dream cupcake, chocolate base, chocolate topping and chopped nuts for decoration. (Submitted Picture)

Alzheimer’s Society is calling on everyone in Northern Ireland to join in celebrating its first ever Cupcake Day on Thursday June 16, in association with woman&home.

The charity’s staff members in the province rolled up their sleeves and got baking this week to create the Northern Ireland’s ultimate cupcake to raise funds to defeat dementia.

Alzheimer’s Society surveyed 2,000 people to find out what their ultimate dream cupcake would be – people could choose their flavour in three categories: cake, filling and topping. The top flavours voted for in the Northern Ireland were a chocolate base, chocolate topping and chopped nuts as the decoration. Nationally the top flavours voted for were chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate.

Lynda Williams, from Alzheimer’s Society in Northern Ireland said: “We’re calling on cake-lovers from across Northern Ireland to get involved and join our cupcake crusade. Whether you want to hold a cupcake sale or simply indulge in a tasty treat, everything you do to support Cupcake Day on 16 June will help 20,000 people in Northern Ireland who have dementia. Whether you bake, sell or simply buy a cupcake, join the cupcake crusade to raise money and help us defeat dementia. Every cupcake counts.”

Everyone is encouraged to bake, sell or buy cupcakes at events up and down the country. From organising a sale at a school to hosting a get-together at the weekend, it’s easy to get involved. Every cupcake sold will help Alzheimer’s Society find a cure for dementia, fund vital services and campaign for the rights of people with dementia. £60 would pay for a dementia research-focused blood test, £20 would pay for someone to attend an Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Café for a month.

You can sign up at cupcakeday.org.uk for a free Cupcake Kit and discover how to bring your own unique style to the table. Alzheimer’s Society is encouraging all bakers to share pictures of creations using #CupcakeDay on Twitter and Instagram.