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Monday, May 6, 2013

Icing Smiles

I'm not sure if any of you are aware of Icing Smiles. It is an organization set up to bless children who suffer with illnesses with wonderful dream cakes for their birthdays. When I read all what they do I really wanted to be a part of it, so I signed up and I'm awaiting my first call. The baker gets to donate a wonderful cake and deliver it to the child locally. What a wonderful honour to bless a family in making their day so very special.

After I signed up it made me think of my dear sweet friends who had children last year. One was diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome and the other Down Syndrome. They have gone through so much this last year, adjusting to their new life style with different therapies and an hospital appointments, that they really wanted to celebrate this first year of life in a big way.  I wanted to bless these families with wonderful cakes for their little one, so my first "icing smiles" assignment was for my sweet friends.

Aerin Elizabeth
Sweet Little Aerin enjoying her cupcake
Aerin was born March 21st 2012. She was my friend's third child and her pregnancy had gone well, but when Aerin was born she was not responding like other newborns and through the persistence of her parents was taken to Winnie Palmer Hospital where tests were done to find out what was going on with Aerin.

Eventually she was diagnosed with Prader-Willi Sydrome 23 days later and it's been a long journey for them. This little girl is certainly a gift from God and has blessed so many of us with her triumphs in life. Her smiles steal all our hearts and we are all envious of her gorgeous hair. There is so much of it and I know my friend is going to have great delight when it gets long enough to braid and tie up. She is such a precious child. You can find out more about Aerin's story on her blog Bread Of Life

Owl Cake
I was so incredible blessed to be able to make her cake. It came together so well and I love the pastel colours. I used the invitation to create her cake. The bottom tier was Lemon Cake with Lemon Curd and Lemon Swiss Meringue Buttercream. The two smaller cakes were Chocolate Mud Cake with Chocolate Ganache.

Josiah David
Josiah having fun smashing up his little cake

Josiah was born May 1st 2012. My friend has 3 girls and they really wanted a little boy. I remember each pregnancy waiting in anticipation for their baby to be born wandering whether they had a girl or boy and each time it was a healthy baby girl. Her last pregnancy went somewhat smoothly. My friend has always had high risk pregnancies as she has low platelets, which is always a concern for doctors. Towards the end of her pregnancy there was some concern with baby's heart and so she was scheduled to have the baby at Winnie Palmer in case of complications.

When Josiah was born, immediately it was evident that he had Down Syndrome. We all were heart broken for them, but through this hard time we have seen their strength as they lean upon our Lord and oh what joy Josiah has been! His whole face lights up when he sees you. I love cuddling him and my husband and I argue at who will get first hold.

John Deere Tractor Cake

I don't often make all boy cakes, usually they are themes that either boy or girl would have. After having 3 girls my friend made sure his party would be ALL BOY!!  The bottom tier was Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and the top was Vanilla Cake with homemade Strawberry filling and Swiss Meringue Buttercream. It was great to see it come together and I totally love it. 

We had such a great time celebrating the first year of these special children God has given to these amazing families. They are surrounded with so much love and it has blessed me so much to watch my friends gain the strength from God to continue each day caring for their little ones, knowing it's a life long journey of constant physical care.

I am truly humbled by them. Thank you for blessing me through your lives Kristin and Michelle.

Sugar & Spice Cake Shop, Hannah~ 


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