As most of you know, I sell cupcakes and 10% goes to Daisy’s Place Retriever Rescue. I donate to Daisy’s Place because Number One: I love animals and Two: I have a Lab myself from their rescue named Murphy. He is a sweet 9 year old black lab.
They are a small rescue for older dogs and have recently had some sick Labbys. One of them is one of my foster dogs, Iris who recently had a cancerous tumor removed from her hind leg. That surgery cost approximately $900 and with other sick dogs’ surgeries and treatments, they are in a tough situation. The costs of the surgeries and treatments have been very high, so they are doing all they can to fundraise. They have created a bake/cook sale auction. I offered two of my items to the bake sale, my pecan pie cupcakes and my applesauce spice muffins. Please visit their auction site on September 24th to make your bid if you live in the local Charleston area to help the rescue and the sweet labbys. It is only a 24 hour auction, so bid quickly to win your item! I will have the auction site posted as soon as I get the information.
This is my official first order for the Danielle Fund. As many of you know, I’m raising money for my friend’s sister who was diagnosed with neurocytoma. I’ve been taking cupcake orders to raise money and I’m going to the bank this week to set up an account for the online fund for those who would like to make a money donation. Thank you to all who support my friend’s cause.
Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Edited recipe from: Martha Stewart
1 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons orange juice
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
1 1/2 cups shredded carrots
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup shredded coconut
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Oil a standard 12-cup muffin tin or line with paper liners. In a bowl, combine sugar, vegetable oil, orange juice, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, and eggs. Stir in baking powder, baking soda, allspice, and salt. Add flour; mix. Stir in carrots, walnuts, and coconut. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Bake until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean, 25 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting.
Cream Cheese Frosting:
8 ounces bar cream cheese, room temperature
3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Whisk until smooth. Frost cupcakes, and garnish with chopped walnuts.
Danielle was a very lucky girl today. The surgeons were able to locate her tumor and remove it without shaving her head. As you all can imagine, brain surgery is not a cheap task. The approximate cost of removing a tumor from a child’s brain is $200,000 without health insurance. With health insurance, it is still about $18,000.
Most people these days can’t whip out $18,000, much less $200,000. With all the stress in my friend’s family’s lives, this is one thing I may be able to help with. I am will be looking into setting up a fund by selling cupcakes as you all already know. I will be going around to local bakeries to see if they can help bake and sell the cupcakes to help raise money to pay for the cost of this pricey surgery.
Leave me a comment if you are local and would like to purchase a cupcake or two to help my friend and her family or you own a bakery and would like to help.
My day was stirred by some suprising and tragic news and as a result I came up with an idea. Here’s the news first.
I get on facebook like any other day. I see my best friend’s status which had me concerned. My best friend’s sister posted “Hospital” and that was it. I had no clue what was going on and me being close to them, I was freaking out. The news was later told through my friend’s trembling voice that her sister was in the hospital and she may have cancer. A girl who just turned 14, in the hospital, with a possible cancer diagnosis. Brain cancer, the tumor the size of a tangerine.
Why would something like this happen to someone so young? Why should anyone have to deal with that the summer before their first year of highschool? Why my best friend’s sister? Questions flood my mind.
I’ve been talking off and on with my best friend and her sister. Her sister has to have her head shaved for surgery, so my friend is shaving hers too. Before senior year, before homecoming, before winter formal, before prom. People will ask why, and she will respond “Because I did it for my sister.”
Her sister fears people will make fun of her when she starts up school again. I don’t think so, not if they know what she’s been through. I think they’ll admire her. I told my friend if her sister was worried about the teasing to get a wig. So here comes my idea, it’s pretty rough still. I mean I just came up with it before I started writing the blog.
But I thought, “Hey I sell cupcakes, so why don’t I sell some to raise money to buy my best friend’s sister a wig?” If you have any ideas on how I can go about this, that would be terrific. Just leave a comment below.
I was recently told by a family friend about a food blogger who holds a annual online bake sale. She has fellow food bloggers prepare bake goods and she posts them on her site to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. This appealed to me because I can help find a good cause while showing off my blog! I decided to make these Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies (above) because they sounded so awesome. If you get a chance, please check out Steph’s Bite by Bite and bid on a baked good!
The photo belongs to alligirl on food.com.