Campaign Shopcakes
Advertiser Wunderman Thompson Benelux
Brand Wunderman Thompson Benelux
Date of First Broadcast/Publication
Business Sector Advertising Agencies
Philosophy Wunderman Thompson Benelux partnered with chef Dominique Persoone to create a tiny cake that prevents hunger-fuelled impulse shopping.Each year, food waste from households, retail establishments and the food service industry totals 931 million tonnes. Nearly 570 million tonnes of this waste occurs at the household level.[1]To raise awareness of this issue and join the fight against food waste, Wunderman Thompson Benelux, alongside the Agriculture and Fish Fisheries Department and the Public Waste Agency of Flanders, have created ‘Shopcakes’, a smart snack that can be consumed before grocery shopping to prevent hunger-fuelled impulse buying.Wunderman Thompson Benelux partnered with chef Dominique Persoone to devise a recipe using carefully selected ingredients that both satisfy hunger and offer a way of using products that often end up going to waste. The ‘Shopcakes’ contain:-       Banana, full of satisfying natural sugar-       Nuts, to help people feel fuller for longer-       Whole-wheat bread, full of fiber to satisfy the stomach-       Flaxseed to stimulate hormones that satisfy hunger-       Dark chocolate, which adds bitterness and helps people feel satedTo launch the campaign, the ‘Shopcakes’ were handed out at the Colruyt Laagste Prijzen shop in Brugge-Sint-Pieters to fill shoppers up before they started their food shop so they weren’t buying unnecessary items that would eventually end up going to waste.
Make your own ShopcakesIngredientsCakes:·       300g stale bread (or soft rolls, leftover Danish pastries or baps)·       0.5L milk
• 185g granulated sugar
• 2 sachets vanilla sugar
• 2 tbsp custard powder
• 30g butter
• 4 large eggs
• a few ripe or overripe bananas
• 80g block chocolate
• 50g sultanas
• rum (optional, if preferred)
• handful of nuts (all kinds are good)
• 1 tsp chia seeds or flaxseed
 Ganache:●      12 g icing sugar●      60ml water●      120g dark chocolate●      16g butter Recipe:-       Take the stale bread, cut off any crusts and cut into 2.5 cm cubes. The bread must be really dry. If not, it is best to dry it out in the oven.-       Add the granulated sugar, vanilla sugar and butter to the milk and heat on the hob until everything has dissolved and the mixture is lovely and warm.-       Soak the sultanas in lukewarm water. You can also use rum for this, but water is just as good.-       Mash the bananas with a fork. We are using bananas for two reasons: they are a good source of fibre that will satisfy your hunger, and otherwise overripe bananas tend to be thrown away. Plus, overripe bananas add loads of flavour, so they are perfect for our Shopcake recipe. -       Beat the eggs until fluffy. Eggs are full of protein and improve satiety.-       Roughly chop the nuts. If they are raw, toast them briefly in a dry frying pan to bring out their flavour. All nuts – hazelnuts, pecans, almonds, ... – are great sources of satiating fibre and protein. Nuts also contain healthy unsaturated fats that are digested slowly, which makes them perfect for our Shopcakes. Also, we all tend to have some leftover nuts lying around the house, so now you get to use them rather than throw them away.-       Dissolve the custard powder in a little water.-       Coarsely chop the chocolate into chunks. We are using dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa. The strong, rich taste satisfies the body so you will be less likely to feel hungry again.-       Pour the lukewarm milk over the bread. Mix well with a food processor or hand mixer. Add all the ingredients except the chocolate and mix well again. You can also leave some of the soaked bread cubes whole to add more texture.-       Add a teaspoon of chia seeds and/or flaxseed to the mixture. Chia seeds absorb moisture and form a gel-like mass in the stomach that makes you feel full. Flaxseed is also crammed with fibre and encourages the body to produce hormones that satisfy hunger.-       Grease some small cupcake trays with a little butter. Sprinkle with icing sugar and remove any excess. Divide the entire mixture between the cupcake cases. First fill the cases up to one third of their height and put a few chunks of chocolate in the middle. Then add the rest of the mixture to the cases up to about three quarters of their height.  -       Put in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 35 minutes, then bake for one more minute at 160 degrees. The baking time depends a little on the oven, so it is best to test whether your Shopcakes are done by inserting a small toothpick.-       While your Shopcakes are baking in the oven, make a chocolate ganache for a finishing touch. Add 120 g of icing sugar to 60 ml of water and heat on the hob. Break 120 g of dark chocolate into pieces. When the icing sugar mixture is close to boiling point, pour it over the chocolate and mix well until smooth. Stir in 16 g of butter and your ganache is ready. -       Once the Shopcakes are out of the oven and the ganache is lukewarm, spread the ganache over the cakes and finish each Shopcake with a pecan.Enjoy!
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