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Crafting from the Heart — A CaringBridge Sweet 16 Cake

Sweet 16

Who doesn’t love cake? The answer, of course, is almost no one. And 97% of those people are most likely gluten intolerant (I made up that statistic, but it sounds accurate).

Unfortunately, there isn’t always an occasion to justify making a cake. So, we have to anxiously wait months until a family member or friend has a birthday which requires a celebratory confection. Well, don’t worry — we’ve got your back this time. CaringBridge is turning 16 on June 7…thus creating the perfect reason to make a cake to share with your family, friends or coworkers. We’re hoping people all over the world will celebrate with us by hosting a Sweet 16 CaringBridge birthday party sometime this summer.

You can host a Sweet 16 party and raise money to support CaringBridge using Event Central. We even included step-by-step instructions to make the perfect CaringBridge birthday cake.

Not exactly “skilled” in the kitchen? No problem! Here’s another way to help. You can throw a virtual birthday party for CaringBridge by creating a customized CaringBridge fundraising page on Event Central. Then you simply email the link to friends and family telling them why CaringBridge is important to you and ask them to donate. It’s easy, takes about 15 minutes and will help ensure that CaringBridge is available at no cost to anyone, anywhere for years to come!

Create Your Own CaringBridge Sweet 16 Birthday Cake.

Ingredients/Supplies: 1 box of white cake mix (plus ingredients for creating the cake), white frosting (store bought or homemade), neon food coloring, mixing bowls (at least two), 14 inch round cake pan, heart shape template (cardboard would work just fine!), a knife and sprinkles (optional).Heart Cake Instructions

Step 1: Mix cake mix according to directions on the box and separate mixture into two bowls equally.

Step 2: Color both bowl of batter with two colors—berry and orange would be perfect for this Sweet 16 party!

Step 3: Add one bowl to your cake pan then add the other color on top.

Step 4: Swirl the two with knife for a tie dye affect and then bake the cake according to directions. After it is done baking, let it cool completely before cutting and frosting—it will help it hold better.

Step 5: Cut the cake into a heart shape using your template.

Step 6: Using the remaining cake pieces to cut out amplifiers to go above the heart.

Step 7: Color your frosting.

Step 8: Frost the heart and amplifiers.

Step 9: Decorate however you wish—we used sprinkles.

Step 10: Party!

Interested in hosting your own CaringBridge Sweet 16 party? Check out the Amptivity on the Amplifier Hub for further details as well as check out other ways to get involved with CaringBridge!

About the Author:

Susan Umlor is a CaringBridge Amplifier and staff member. When she’s not running a race or helping enthusiastic people like you plan fundraisers for CaringBridge, you can find her spending time with her husband in Minneapolis.


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  • By Carolyn

    Thanks, Susan! …and love the made-up statistic.