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Which eggs to choose

Most cupcake recipes call for eggs but do you know which eggs are best to use? Chicken foraging

When you bake your delicious cupcakes for SPCA Cupcake Day, we invite you to use SPCA Blue Tick® high animal welfare approved eggs in your cupcakes.


Because SPCA Blue Tick® approved eggs have been farmed to our high welfare standards on SPCA Blue Tick® approved farms. Those farms are audited yearly with announced audits as well as un-announced (random) audits throughout the year by our independent auditors (Extensively trained to our standards) to ensure that our standards are maintained all year round.

SPCA Blue Tick® have both free range and also barn/cage-free eggs under its high animal welfare accreditation to make it affordable for everyone.

What’s the difference?

The SPCA Blue Tick® high animal welfare accreditation is the only animal welfare accreditation in New Zealand, independent from the food and farming industries, run by SPCA New Zealand.

Without an independent trusted third party certification, you consumers could be paying more for free range eggs than you should with no assurance of good animal welfare (Let alone high animal welfare) or that the product is living up to its packaging claims. Click here for more information about free range.

So remember, a ‘good’ SPCA Blue Tick® approved barn operation is better than a ‘poor’ free range operation that has limited access to the outdoors, no access to litter inside the sheds with birds able to forage and dust bath, poor ventilation system inside the sheds not preventing dust and overall not meeting the full behavioral needs of the birds based on the Five Freedoms and strict standards set out by our animal welfare experts.

Tell me more about the SPCA Blue Tick® approved eggs…

SPCA Blue Tick® eggs are easy shopping!  Just to look out for the SPCA Blue Tick® certification logo on the eggs cartons for your assurance of high animal welfare.

Click here to find out which free range eggs or barn/cage free eggs brands are SPCA Blue Tick® approved.

Buying SPCA Blue Tick® approved eggs shows yoursupport to the farmers’ hard work to ensure they farm to our high welfare standards. You are also indirectly supporting the charitable work of the SPCA.

For more information about the SPCA Blue Tick® please visit our website.

Posters and resources

Make your SPCA Cupcake party stand out by downloading and printing these resources to dazzle and delight your guests.  Make sure to take photos of your amazing displays and share them with us on the SPCA Cupcake Day Facebook page.

A4 posters – 4 designs

A6 recipe cards – 4 designs

Facebook cover image – 4 designs

Facebook tiles – 4 images

Certificates – 4 designs

Party posters A3 – 4 designs

Flavour labels

Party invitations

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Baking through your business

There are lots of different ways that your business can get involved in supporting SPCA Cupcake Day.

See below for our top tips: 

Cafes & bakeries:

If you own one or manage a cafe or bakery then why not make a difference to the lives of NZ's animals while showing your customers that you care. Try one of the ideas below or come up with your own:

Create an animal-themed item:

Design and produce a limited-edition animal-themed cupcake or muffin to sell during the week of SPCA Cupcake Day or throughout August and donate all of the profits from sales to New Zealand's sick, injured, abandoned and abused animals. We can provide you with artwork to support your promotion and can even advertise it on the website. Get in touch via  or (09) 256 7312.

Run a cupcake day promotion:

Run a day, week or month-long promotion where a dollar or a percentage of each sale is donated to New Zealand's animals in need. We can provide artwork for your promotion and will even advertise it on the website. Get in touch via  or (09) 256 7312. 

Become a corporate partner:

If you are interested in becoming a national or regional partner of Cupcake Day either financially or in-kind, please contact us on (09) 256 7312 or  to discuss how we can work together.

Baking at school

If you think that you could make tasty treats for your friends and teachers, and would like to give some money to animals in need, then SPCA Cupcake Day is the perfect event for you.

See below for some ideas of how your school can get involved in SPCA Cupcake Day:

What do I have to do?

It's really easy to take part in SPCA Cupcake Day at your school, but make sure you get permission from a teacher first.

Cook with your class:

Ask your teacher to run an event with your class. Some schools run inter-class competitions to see who can bake the best cupcakes and raise the most money. Ask your parents, friends and family to donate to your event to make sure your class wins.

Run a cake stall:

Challenge everyone to bake 6 cupcakes at home and bring them to school on SPCA Cupcake Day. Set up a whole-school cake stall and sell cupcakes to parents, teachers and other students. These cupcakes can be displayed and judged by the teachers and sold at morning tea or lunch time. You may even want to organise a roster, so you can make sure all classes can see the yummy cupcakes! This is a great way for classes and year groups to work together.
Do it yourself:

There are lots of other ways to fundraise on SPCA Cupcake Day! You could have a cupcake-themed mufti or disco, or ask local community groups and businesses if they will sponsor you to bake cupcakes for them! If you have any fun and interesting ideas, make sure you give your local SPCA a call, we would love to hear about what you have planned.

Invite the community:

Advertise your Cupcake Day around your local community, inviting neighbours, family and friends to come along and buy a cupcake. Your teachers might even like to organise a trip to a local retirement home to deliver some delicious cupcakes to the residents.

Baking with your colleagues

Shake off the Monday blues and gather your team together for the sweetest fundraising of the year this August! Running an event in your workplace is simple, just ‘Bake, Take & Make’!

  • Bake cupcakes at home
  • Take them to your place of work
  • Make lots of money for New Zealand’s animals

Below you will find our top tips to make the most from your Cupcake Day event.

How to run a cupcake day event at work:

Get approval:

Before you start, talk to your boss and make sure they’re happy for you to host an SPCA Cupcake Day event.

Pick a date:

SPCA Cupcake Day is on Monday 14 August but if this date doesn’t work for you, just pick one that does.


It’s important to think carefully about what you’re going to do. You could run a really simple ‘Bake, Take & Make’ event, or be creative by setting challenges, running competitions, adding themes or running a charity bake-off.

Be prepared:

Who’s baking the cupcakes?

Do your colleagues know that they have to bring money with them to work that day?

How much are you charging for your sweet treats?

Will your company (or your boss) make a donation to support your event?

These are all important questions to ask yourself before the big day. Leave nothing to chance and you'll raise even more for the animals.

Spread the word:

If no-one knows about your event then it’s not going to be very successful. Put up posters, send emails, use notice boards, speak to people, use social media – whatever it takes.
Make extra money:

Share your online fundraising page and send your unique URL around to everyone in your office. Even people who aren’t in the office that day or 'forgot to bring cash' will have no excuse for not contributing

Will your company join in?

Many companies actively support the fundraising efforts of their staff, although they may not promote it. Ask your company if they would be willing to make a donation, or even match-fund the money that you raise. This can be a great way of significantly increasing your donation.

Got any questions or want some help with your event? Give us a call on (09) 256 7312 or email