What We Do ... We Bake a Difference!
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. We feel strongly that siblings are the unsung heroes in these families. They consistently put their own lives on hold and sacrifice the attention of their parents while their families are helping the medical child.
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."
Since delivering our first cake in 2013, Icing Smiles Canada has grown immensely. The year 2016 marked another amazing accomplishment for Icing Smiles Canada. Our 500th cake was delivered and we was on trend to complete more cakes than 2015 and the year was only half done. Every year since has been a growing success. It is truly amazing what our volunteers can accomplish.
Types of Cakes
Icing Smiles offers two types of cakes for our families: Dream Cakes and Fun Cakes.
Dream cakes are tiered, 3-dimensional (3D) or carved cakes. These cakes require signification amount of labour hours and have a "WOW" factor. Each child is currently allowed one under our program.
Fun cakes do not have all the elements of a Dream Cake but are still special to each child. These cakes can be used by the family for other events. Fun cakes are typically sheet cakes or single tier cakes that are customized for the child.