A group of young ladies in Wisconsin have turned to the power of cupcakes to help them in their quest to raise money for charities. The Girls Bake Club was created by Madison Cloutier, Alysha Nelson, Cynthia Manson, and Ajia Hayden when they wanted to raise money for the Go Bo! Foundation. Baking cupcakes with orange frosting to match the foundation’s color scheme. Selling the cupcakes in local stores, the girls were able to raise over a thousand dollars for the charity. Wanting to continue what they started and help other worthy causes, the Girls Bake Club is reaching out with further cupcake sales. Read the rest of this entry »
When the long days of summer end and it is time to board the yellow bus back to school, having a special treat can make the ride a little less bittersweet for both parents and children. Over at The Cup (an off-shoot of the famous Cakery in St. Louis), they aim to take the bitter entirely out of the end of summer vacation. Working with KidSmart’s Push for Pencils program, The Cup has two new cupcakes that will help send local kids to school better prepared for the days’ tasks. The limited edition school-lunch inspired peanut butter fluff and pb&j cupcakes will only be available through August 19th.
On Thursday, June 30 from 4 pm – 6 pm, all Washington, D.C. military and their families are invited to “Cupcakes for Courage” at Hello Cupcake at their new location on Barracks Row (705 8th Street, S.E., WDC). An R.S.V.P. is requested.
According to the e-vite: “Families will decorate patriotic themed cupcakes, meet with friends and celebrate Independence Day early. Light fare from Matchbox Restaurant and Zest Bistro will be provided.”
Hello Cupcake is also serving charitable cupcakes from June 30 to July 4, when a portion of the proceeds from the sale of patriotic-themed cupcakes will be donated to Camp Desert Kids, a program under Military Families United that helps service members’ children. This 2 minute YouTube video about this special camp will more than inspire you to participate in this fundraiser.
This just off the cupcake Tweet wire: today only, Crumbs Bake Shop is asking you to help a family in need through the purchase of two cupcakes for $8 using NY Daily Deals. I called their main office and you can also walk in to their Brooklyn Heights location to make an in store purchase, too – just let them know that you’re buying for the Bond family charity.
Elisa, 36, was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer on 2/23/2011 and – only 9-days earlier – her husband Nathan, 38, was diagnosed with Stage III cancer. Parents of an 18-month old little girl, Sadie, this family is now facing all things medical.
Here’s the blogspot, including a YouTube video put together by their friends. Have a tissue ready, and then get on that Daily Deal or to the Brooklyn Heights Crumbs and let’s share the love of our cupcake community.
Crumbs Bake Shop – Brooklyn Heights location
109 Montague Street, Brooklyn
The third Saturday in October is Sweetest Day; this year that falls on October 16th. It’s a wee holiday that’s mostly celebrated up in the Great Lakes region with the giving of small gifts to loved ones. Sweetest Day originated in Cleveland, Ohio in 1922 as a PR move by a committee of Cleveland confectioners: on the first Sweetest Day, 20,000 boxes of candy were distributed to the city’s poor and unfortunate by movie stars. Admittedly, giving boxes of candy to the needy is great press, but what I take away from this is that Sweetest Day is about giving to those who need it most.
I want to advocate for a revival of Sweetest Day as a holiday where we again give to the most vulnerable among us. Since we can all agree that cupcakes are way better/sweeter than candy, it’s pretty easy to see how we can fit our favorite baked good into this equation. Also, from what I’ve read in All Things Cupcake, cupcake aficionados are all about uniting our favorite food with philanthropy. This is something we do naturally – it’s no secret cupcake-lovers are sweethearts.
Celebrations of Sweetest Day can be as literal as giving cupcakes to orphans, but they could also take the form of bake sales to feed the hungry or to raise awareness about epilepsy. We’ve already seen the outpouring of cupcakes and funds in the wake of the earthquake in Haiti and Jody Hall‘s use of Cupcake Royale as a platform for social justice. Let’s use Sweetest Day as a way to celebrate the best parts of ourselves and to use cupcakes to their greatest potential – helping our fellow human beings.
If you decide to plan something for Sweetest Day, let us know! We at All Things Cupcake would love to hear about our readers plans to bring back what is possibly the only cupcake-related social justice holiday in existence.