I had the great honor and pleasure of creating my first Icing Smiles cake this year for a beautiful little girl by the name of Alyssa.
If you are not familiar with Icing Smiles Foundation, they are the cake version of the “Make a Wish Foundation”. Icing Smiles is a wonderful organization with over 8,000 volunteers that are charged with bringing sweet smiles to children with critical illnesses.
I received my first call to action email for a birthday request in July. I could not have been more blessed to have been given the opportunity having read both the companies mission statement but also the backstory of my little candidate.
The theme and colors were the birthday girls choice. I must confess i had to research Sheriff Callie as I had never heard of the character before. The final design was approved by mom and all that was left was to execute. The vanilla and dark chocolate cake was frosted in buttercream and decorated with fondant accents. The handmade "Happy Birthday" banner completed the cake.
I was very happy withe the final outcome but started to freak a little to hear of the 110 forecast for the delivery date. Would it survive the trip or would it melt it to a heaping mess. Temperature soared to 110 but the cake was safely delivered and the birthday girl and parents were super happy with it.
Sometimes in your life you are asked to be apart of something great, to do for other and to be guiding grace for those in need. If you hear the call I hope you are able to answer it.
Thank you Icing Smiles! and Happy Happy Birthday Alyssa
If you would like to know more about Icing Smiles, please visit their website at https://www.icingsmiles.org.
Directly from their website:
Icing Smiles is a nonprofit organization that provides custom celebration cakes and other treats to families impacted by the critical illness of a child. We understand that the simple things, like a birthday cake, are luxuries to a family battling illness. Our goal is to create a custom cake for the ill child, or their sibling, that provides a temporary escape from worry and creates a positive memory during a difficult time.
Memories have magical powers. Long after the cake is gone, the memories linger – memories of the kindness of a stranger, of the art of the design, of the sweet smells of a special treat, of the smiles and laughs, of a normal childhood experience so often stolen from these children. These memories are why we say, “It is so much more than a cake.”
We are not a bakery, as a matter of fact, Icing Smiles doesn’t even have an oven! We rely on a generous team of volunteers spread throughout the U.S. to fulfill our mission.
We are Baking a Difference®."