On Aug. 20, Australians may walk into their offices to the smell of something tempting. That’s because it’s RSPCA Cupcake Day, and 93 percent of the cupcake parties held to raise funds for the organization take place in the workplace.


What’s a cupcake party? It seems to be anything the organizer wants to make it as long as there are cupcakes involved and money is raised for and donated to the RSPCA. Parties can take the form of a traditional bake sale, a contest to see who bakes the best cupcake with entrance fees going to the RSPCA, or any other way to raise funds where cupcakes are involved.


I love the idea of raising funds through cupcakes (yum), but there’s one detail that particularly struck me. The RSPCA is asking bakers to choose wisely when it comes to the eggs they use in their cupcakes.


It’s important to use eggs that have come from either RSPCA Approved or cage-free farming systems. Cupcake Day raises funds to help the RSPCA fight animal cruelty – so by baking cupcakes using cage-free eggs you’re not only raising much- needed funds for the RSPCA but helping get hens out of cages at the same time.

This is good advice for all of us to remember when we’re baking for a good cause (or just for a treat at home). Bake sales to raise money for a good cause like schools or sports teams or community organizations are always popular, but let's not inadvertently support cruelty to hens.


Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

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