Homemade with Fairtrade - October

Join us on a journey of learning and experimenting with the surprisingly large range of Fairtrade sugars from around the world with a particular focus on Mauritius, Belize and Malawi. As well as recipes, tips and cheats, Fairtrade sugar farmers will be giving us a window into their kitchens and homelife.

October's Halloween recipe

Simple and speedy Halloween cupcakes. No need to scrabble around for fancy dress, these will out-costume anyone! 

Download the recipe

This month we're delighted to be partnering with bake off finalist and food writer Miranda Gore Brown, and Waitrose who stock a wide range of Fairtrade certified sugar and baking ingredients.


Halloween icing tips

  • Meringues make great ghosts. If you have any black icing handy you can add eyes and mouth.
  • Remember snowball cakes? These also make great ghosts.
  • Make a pumpkin decoration for your cupcake using a round (or serrated) cookie cutter, orange and green icing. Cut the circle of orange and a green stalk to the top. Squires Kitchen have produced the first ever range of Fairtrade Sugar paste.
  • If you’re not the worlds best piper, try short words like “Rarr” “boo” “Eek”.

tip for quick icing

The Mauritian way 

Fancy a challenge? Shenaz Mohun, whose husband is part of the Rose CCS Fairtrade sugar Co-operative, has sent us a recipe from Mauritius. She would love to see your take on her Galub Jamun.

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Sugarcane harvesting in Mauritius

Share your creations

Whether they make you want to laugh or cry, we'd love to see your creations and hear some of your own baking hints and tips so join us on Facebook or Instagram! Pop the hashtag #homemadewithfairtrade on your post. If you prefer you can always email us at: homemade@fairtrade.org.uk There will of course be prizes along the way...


We're running an Instagram competition with Waitrose and have five £50 vouchers to give away. If you like to bake or create and you're on Instagram, entering is easy... 

details on how to enter instagram competition

The "Halloween Creation" can be something you bake or a make (we're open to creative interpretation) as long as it includes at least one Fairtrade ingredient. The Instagram post can be an individual photo or a collage. Remember to use the hashtag #homemadewithfairtrade. 

There's lots of inspiration on our Pinterest page!

We're campaigning

The interests and livelihoods of many Fairtrade farmers and workers continue to be undermined. Find out about our Show Your Hand campaign and help us to make trade fair.