Do you have a favourite cake? Perhaps it’s one your Mum always used to make. Cornish charity Cornwall Hospice Care has discovered that behind every scrumptious recipe there’s a story just waiting to be told and have produced a book to prove the point.

The Great Cornish Cake Bake Cake Book is the brainchild of Community Fundraiser, Judy Lawton who runs the charity’s annual Great Cornish Cake Bake Day, “I had the idea two years ago when I realised many people have favourite recipes that have been handed down by relatives. It’s been a huge privilege to meet those who have contributed to the book and for many it’s been both emotional and magical to put their memories and their delicious dishes in writing.”

The book, which is on sale for £6.99, introduces such delights as Fat Nanna’s Dundee Cake and Eastbourne Pier donuts and features people like Doreen Donnithorne who’s still baking in her 91st year. “Doreen’s Marmalade Thatch Cake is one I had never heard of before”, says Judy, “and is as appealing as Sheila’s Sticky Ginger Cake and Graham’s Gypsy Tart.

The book’s eye catching cover was designed by Sally Eustice from Newquay who donated her time and skill. Cleverly woven in to the artwork is the Cornish crest and the Rodda’s logo as they are generous supporters of many Cornwall Hospice Care events.   The book with its wipeable pages, has been printed by the St Austell Printing Company and is raising money to help fund the care provided by the charity to terminally ill people in Cornwall and their families. “Some of those who’ve provided stories and recipes have a link to our charity, but others just wanted to help a Cornish charity providing support for people in the county. All the money raised will stay here to help us continue to do what we do best” says Judy the self-styled Great Cornish Cake Bake Cake Book Co-ordinator.

The book is now on sale in all Cornwall Hospice Care’s shops, there’s 31 of them stretching from Bude to Penzance, and on Amazon. “The book first appeared on Amazon on Wednesday 21st June and within an hour we’d sold two copies, one of which was heading to Bristol!”

The book also features pencil drawings of the charity’s two hospices, Mount Edgcumbe in     St Austell and St Julia’s in Hayle, donated to Judy by architecture student Paul Lynch. They accompany a slightly different recipe showing what makes Cornwall Hospice Care the charity that it is.

Notes to editors:

Copies of the book are available for review. Please contact Judy Lawton on 01726 66868 (option 3) or email

The attached picture shows Judy with the new Great Cornish Cake Bake Cake Book.

Cornwall Hospice Care contact:

For more information please contact Tamsin Thomas on 01726 65711 (ext. 254) or 07970 232505 or email

About Cornwall Hospice Care:

Cornwall Hospice Care is a 24/7 Cornish charity that provides specialist care for people with terminal illnesses. Our nursing teams support patients and their families at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell, St Julia’s Hospice in Hayle and in Cornwall’s hospitals, care homes and where necessary, in the community. The charity also runs a 24 hour advice line for other healthcare professionals. It costs over £5 million to provide the specialist care we offer to our in and out patients. Only 20% of this is funded through a contribution from Cornwall’s NHS Commissioners. The other £4million is raised via the support of people in Cornwall who leave us legacies, support fundraising events, play our lottery and visit our 31 shops.

Charity number: 1113140