The Kennel Club Charitable Trust

Bark and Bake returns in aid of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust

The Kennel Club Charitable Trust is inviting dog lovers nationwide to take part in its Bark and Bake campaign during National Pet Month, by holding a Bark and Bake sale during the last week of April (25th April – 2nd May 2016) to raise money for the Trust and help make a difference for dogs.

The Kennel Club is holding its own bake sale on 25th April and staff will be baking goods for both dogs and their owners to raise funds for the Kennel Club Charitable Trust.

The Kennel Club Charitable Trust funds a wide variety of work ranging from supporting research into canine diseases, the promotion of support dogs and funding for dog welfare organisations, all of which give dogs a healthier, happier life. Without the help of donors, this would not be possible.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “National Pet Month promotes responsible pet ownership as well as raising awareness of the role, value and contribution to society of companion animals. Our pets are very important to us and really are a part of the family.

“The aim of the Bark and Bake campaign is to merge people’s love of baking and their love of their dogs to raise money and awareness for the Kennel Club Charitable Trust. Anyone can get involved and we encourage as many people as possible to help us make a difference for dogs.”

Get involved and host your very own bake sale!

To help you promote your bake sale, you can print out our Bark and Bake poster below.

Bark and Bake poster

We have also suggested a couple of recipes to inspire you further down the page…

Make sure to share your pictures of your cakes through the Kennel Club’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages alongside the following hashtag #barkandbake on the day of your bake sale.

How to send KCCT the money you raise

Once you have collected your donations you have raised from your bake sale, donate the amount via our Virgin Money Giving page. All you need to do is select the amount you wish to give from the options provided on the page or if your total isn’t an option you can enter a different amount. You then click ‘Give now’.

If you are unable to access the Virgin Money Giving page, you can also send us the amount you have raised by downloading our donation form below and sending it to Richard Fairlamb, The Kennel Club, Clarges Street, London W1J 8AB.

Bark and Bake donation form

Good luck and happy baking!


Suggested recipes for dogs

Dog bone biscuits


1 x 170g jar chunky peanut butter

1 x 750g wholemeal flour (More flour needed for rolling)

2-3 beef stock cubes made up with 500mls. boiling water

I x bone shaped cutter


Pre heat the oven to 170°C /gas 4

Put everything in food processor. Roll dough, which can be quite sticky (!) – thinly and cut out biscuits using bone shaped cutter (or whatever shaped cutter you have)

Bake on grease proof lined trays for about 20 minutes until golden and crisp (sometimes they need a bit more depending on thickness)


Canine cakes


1 cup white or whole wheat flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 cup shredded carrots

1/3 cup honey

1 egg


Preheat oven to 180°C / gas mark 4

Mix together flour and baking soda. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Pour into a ring mold sprayed with a nonstick spray for 40 minutes.

You can ice the cake with low fat cottage cheese and decorate with carrot pieces. Store in refrigerator.


Suggested recipes for humans

Classic Victoria sandwich


For the cake

200g caster sugar

200g softened butter

4 eggs, beaten

200g self-raising flour

1 tsp baking powder

2 tbsp milk

For the filling

100g butter, softened

140g icing sugar, sifted

drop vanilla extract (optional)

340g jar strawberry jam

icing sugar, to decorate


Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Butter two 20cm sandwich tins and line with non-stick baking paper. In a large bowl, beat all the cake ingredients together until you have a smooth, soft batter.

Divide the mixture between the tins, smooth the surface with a spatula or the back of a spoon, then bake for about 20 mins until golden and the cake springs back when pressed. Turn onto a cooling rack and leave to cool completely.

To make the filling, beat the butter until smooth and creamy, then gradually beat in icing sugar. Beat in vanilla extract if you’re using it. Spread the butter cream over the bottom of one of the sponges, top it with jam and sandwich the second sponge on top. Dust with a little icing sugar before serving. Keep in an airtight container and eat within 2 days.


Lemon Drizzle cake


225g unsalted butter, softened

225g caster sugar

4 eggs

finely grated zest 1 lemon

225g self-raising flour

For the drizzle topping

juice 1½ lemons

85g caster sugar


Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4.

Beat together 225g softened unsalted butter and 225g caster sugar until pale and creamy, then add 4 eggs, one at a time, slowly mixing through. Sift in 225g flour, then add the finely grated zest of 1 lemon and mix until well combined. Line a loaf tin (8 x 21cm) with greaseproof paper, then spoon in the mixture and level the top with a spoon.

Bake for 45-50 mins until a thin skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. While the cake is cooling in its tin, mix together the juice of 1 1/2 lemons and 85g caster sugar to make the drizzle. Prick the warm cake all over with a skewer or fork, then pour over the drizzle – the juice will sink in and the sugar will form a lovely, crisp topping. Leave in the tin until completely cool, then remove and serve.