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Six ideas for your MacMillan Coffee Morning

Six ideas for your Macmillan Coffee Morning

What a different coffee morning it will be this year! However, it will of course still involve cake and donations!

There are Covid-19 guidelines to follow, which means (where we are in the UK), no more than 6 people gathering together and keeping 2 metres apart. Precautions around sharing foods means I might have to actually do some work at this coffee morning! The cakes will be pre-cut where possible, we will have more serving slices and tongs and ensure all the guests are kept as safe as possible.

I am writing this at the beginning of the week. There is a plan for what to make, but whether that is what will get made… we will wait to see!

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Coffee Morning Favourites

Coffee Cake

There are some things you just ‘have’ to have at a coffee morning! I always make a centrepiece cake such as this coffee cake (coffee flavoured not just a cake to serve with coffee).

Coffee cake on a plate with MMM Moreish banner on top.
Coffee Cake

Chocolate Brownies

There just has to be something chocolatey and brownies are the perfect answer! These brownies combine biscoff spread and biscoff cookies with chocolate and are so really yummy!

Plate of freshly baked biscoff brownie squares
Biscoff Brownies


You just have to have cookies with a hot drink! Whether you drink tea, coffee or hot chocolate, cookies are a must! To dunk or not to dunk though? I might make these delicious spiced pecan shortbread again! Definitely for dunking!

Heart shaped white bowl full of shortbread fingers topped with pecans
Spiced Pecan Shortbread

Blueberry Muffins

The first time I had blueberry muffins was at a friend’s house after school one day. This must have been around 1984 and they were put on the table with the main meal! This might be normal practice somewhere, but in the UK, thirty plus years ago, that was definitely not a thing! Blueberry muffins were not bread rolls! I think I’ll stick to eating them with coffee!

White plate with three blueberry muffins.
Blueberry Muffins


When I first started hosting the Macmillan Coffee Mornings, I used to just make cake. Nowadays, I tend to add a few savoury options too, usually involving puff pastry or similar. I might make these mini quiches

Three mini vegetable quiches with rocket & tomato
Mini Vegan Quiches

or, I might make some cheese straws, or these retro style (but much healthier) vol-au-vents!

Three vol au vents on a plate with various vegan fillings
Healthier vol-au-vents

Raising Money

Of course, the main aim of the Macmillan Coffee Morning is to raise money. I love seeing everyone and having a catch up too, but ultimately the goal is to raise awareness and money for the fantastic work that Macmillan do.

If you want to check out how the donations are going, here is my page for the coffee morning. If you want to find out more about the coffee morning, you can do that here.


  • tulips79 25th September 2020 at 20:24

    Hi Laurena, I imagine the Coffee Morning was quite different this year. Hubby has to bring individual muffins to a tennis tournament tomorrow, whereas last year I made a cake (basic lemon sponge) that was cut later on, can’t do that anymore. Hope it went well today X

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 25th September 2020 at 21:03

      Thank you Eva. It was so lovely to see people again!!! Even if it was without hugs and moving around the house like we were scared of each other😋😂 It was very successful and I actually got to see some real money again😂

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