Charities to share a slice of the cake

Komal Khan & cake
Komal Khan & cake

Cakes made by pastry chef Komal Khan sell like… well, like hot cakes, and now she’s cooking up a plan to give five charities a slice of the action.

Komal plans to bake five different cakes – one a week – and then auction them off to raise money for five good causes.

“Inspiration struck me one day when I was contemplating the amount that people are willing to pay to eat good, home-made cake,” she says.

“Then I thought about how amazing it would be to have some sort of charity cake auction – and I knew that I could use my experience and skills to make this happen and help those who need it.”

The first auction, on April 18, will support the Hunger Project. Other charities are Malaria No More, the Sheffield Cats’ Shelter, Save the Children and Water for Africa.

Details will be posted on eBay each week. There will be three varieties of cake on offer and the winner’s choice will be freshly baked by Komal the day after the auction.

“I hope they will feel satisfied from their good deed – and then satisfied again once they’ve enjoyed the cake!” says Komal, who also plans to have a sponsorship page for anyone who simply wants to make a donation.

Komal, who has loved cooking since she was a child, got her first job at 17, working for Pizza Hut. She returned to college to study for her chef’s diploma and gain work experience at places including London’s Park Lane Hotel.

She then returned to Sheffield as sous chef at the Bohemian in Chesterfield Road and is now pastry chef at Fusion Organic Café off Arundel Street. Last year she launched a supper club in her spare time and is also a keen blogger.

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Lesley Draper