Aug 05, 2010

Icing Smiles – Bake a Difference!

By: Amy Atlas, in Kids

I think I feel pretty close with all of you readers at this point. Do you feel the same way? I take the time to share lots of tips with you and I’m wondering if I can now ask a favor of all of you? I know it is the beginning of the morning and you all want to think good thoughts and not about cancer, but if you will, please just appease me….I think many of you know that cancer causes (especially for children) are near and dear to me. I lost my father to cancer and have a few friends with kids that are battling this ugly disease. Unless you see a family member going through it, it is hard to imagine how horrible it is. No kid should ever have to go through the emotional and painful pain that goes along with it. I recently read about the Ellie Potvin story, and was completely heartbroken. My husband, kids and I do some work for the Ronald McDonald House, but I knew I had to do more. My friend Kate Sullivan recently told me about Icing Smiles, and this seems like the perfect fit. Icing Smiles is a non profit organization that provides custom celebration cakes and other treats to families impacted by critical illness of a child. For kids with cancer, every birthday is a huge milestone that we may take for granted. Kate did a cake for Ben (see pictures above), who is battling brain cancer and had to be away from home on his 9th birthday. Can you imagine how happy Ben was to see that amazing cake on his birthday?

So here’s the favor…Right now Icing Smiles is up for a 25K grant from Pepsi, and need people to vote for them so they have more funding to make cakes for these special kids. Would you all take one minute to vote for them? I know we’re all busy, but this is such a great cause and can really make an impact on so many wonderful kids. If you want to learn more about Icing Smiles, you can check out their site here. Also, if you would like to do more, like bake a cake for a child — professional and amateur bakers are welcome — you can do that as well. All of my professional baking friends, here’s is your time to bake a difference. My other baking readers, please join in as well! You can all bake a difference! If you have a blog or twitter/facebook pages, please link to this or put this in your status update to spread the word. Thank you all for appeasing me. I REALLY appreciate it.

I’ll be back tomorrow with behind-the-scenes pictures from the Martha Blogger event. I also have great guest dessert features next week.

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  • Great cause! Will do….good luck.

  • What a great idea for a great cause! I just voted and wish I could vote twice. I’ll tweet this now and see what I can do to help. Thank you for this!

  • Amy, thanks so much for posting this & giving us to opportunity to vote. Unfortunately, cancer has impacted my life in significant ways in just the last few weeks. Icing Smiles seems like an incredible cause and I’m so happy to have been introduced to them. Thanks and all the best!

  • My 5 year old nephew was diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer last summer. He spent his 5th birthday in the hospital recovering from 2 surgeries and getting ready for chemo and radiation. I pray he never spends another birthday in the hospital- but if he does, this project should exist!!!! Amazing work!

  • just voted and had tears in my eyes while doing it…thanks for bringing this up to our attention! Great way to get involved. Sometimes it’s hard for some people to figure out how to help. I’m sure this program will be a great avenue for a lot of talented people out there who also like to do something for others. Thanks again!

  • Lynnie

    Thanks for sharing!! I have just been wondering what kind of volunteering I could do and HERE IT IS!!! I am going to contact Icing Smiles to see how I might be able to help them and I can’t wait!

  • just voted and thanks for sharing this with us!

  • I voted for this great cause. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

  • Hi! Done~ anything to make a child smile!

    here is my post on my blog
    heading over to facebook to post now!

  • Jennifer M.

    I just voted and posted this on my FB wall!

  • What a great cause! I just voted and promoted on FB and also on my blog.

  • THANK YOU for sharing this! I just voted and I too lost my father to cancer in the last year and a half. NO child deserves to feel all that is involved with that. I will promote on my FB page for sure. Have a great time tonight!

  • I am the founder of Icing Smiles. A friend, and loyal follower of your blog, e-mailed me today excited to see your post. As a young organization eligible for the grant for the first time, the odds are not in our favor. Your support has been a HUGE boost to our spirits and our ranking! We are so grateful and PLEASE KEEP THE VOTES COMING ALL MONTH. There are was to vote multiple times per day (e-mail, via facebook and text…see our FB page for details). If you want a daily reminder, sign up for our mailing list on our facebook page or website. We hope this will be the first of many opportunities to partner with you!

  • Mariela

    I’m writting from Argentina. Thank you for this post. I’ve just voted. And I’m thinking in this idea for a non profit organization which cares about children who are suffering from cancer, here in Buenos Aires. Thank you again and sorry for my poor English.

  • Jen

    Thank-You for sharing this link. Myself and other family memebers have been touched by cancer. And I personally think that this idea is absolutely wonderful. The cakes are amazing and I bet they bring bright smiles to every child they make one for. I’ve posted the link on my FB profile and asked in my status to vote.


  • My 10 year old son died Sept 2004 from Alveolar Rhabdomyoscarcoma (cancer). I “gave” my son my birthday during his three month battle with this disease so he actually had 2 birthday’s that year.

  • Thank you for sharing Amy, have voted and posted it on my FB page.

  • I love all your dessert tables, you’re such an inspiration!
    I left a little something for you in my Blog.
    Would love it if you do stop by.
    xox Nina

  • Done Amy – and posted on my FB page. What a wonderful way to celebrate each special birthday

  • No child should suffer from painfull disease, I can agree more ! Icing smiles is a wonderful projet so I voted for them righ away !!!

  • what a great cause. I will put it on my fbk and blog

  • I voted…and posted about it on my blog…such a great way to brighten a childs day.

  • Leanne

    My vote is in – good luck Icing Smiles, we hope you get the $$$

  • This is so sweet – I am a pediatric intensive care nurse so sadly I see these children when they are at their worse. These kids spend so much time in the hospital any little bit of cheer and special treatment they can get is so appreciated! I’ll definitely be voting for this one – thanks for sharing!