Years ago, when I volunteered at a Soup Kitchen I witnessed many parents coming to the side door of the kitchen requesting a complete cake. It was their child's birthday and they could not afford a birthday cake for their kids.
I decided that I was going to do something about this, in whatever small way I could, so I posted an ad on craigslist offering free birthday cake to anyone who wants/needs one. One person replied with worries that I would poison her. Another person replied with a request for a pink and/or barbie cake for her daughter. Sweet!
I baked and decorated and ended up with this cake. It's not perfect but hopefully it made a little girl happy!
I get some much needed cake decorating practice out of the exchange. Perhaps I, and my cake, even get to live in the birthday memories of a child - which is pretty cool to think about.
If you are interested in a free birthday cake please email me at wingedsnail99 [at] hotmail [dot] ca.
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