ICING SMILES

Rating: 5 stars   77 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth

Location: 4725 Dorsey Hall Drive Suite A807 Ellicott City MD 21042 USA

Mission: 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. 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.”
Results: Please like us on facebook to see our results daily! http://www.facebook.com/icingsmiles ICING SMILES by the NUMBERS: 5900+ = Sugar Angels in the United States 5200+ = Smiles delivered 600+ = Volunteer hours per week donated to create Smiles 12+ = Countries waiting to create Smiles 75+ = New cake requests per week 45+ = New volunteers per week
Geographic areas served: National

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Rating: 5 stars  

This was our first time receiving an Icing Smile for my son with severe brain damage. It was his fifth birthday and we were looking for a way to make it extra special. Every aspect of the process from the application to the communication to the pick up to the cake itself was fantastic and so easy!! We were amazed at the creativity of the cake design --it far exceeded our expectations, as did the taste! I nearly burst into tears when I first saw the cake! Talk about adding to the excitement of my son's birthday party!! This cake has helped us create special memories for him that we could not have accomplished with my usual humble homemade cakes. We will remember this birthday and this cake for years to come. Thank you so much Icing Smiles and Nadia Cakes for going the extra mile for my son's birthday. We are so very appreciative!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

This was my first time baking for icing smiles and it was by far the most rewarding experience of my baking career. I was able to donate a cake to a lovely young lady and I gained so much from the experience. Tracey and the entire organization support the volunteers and families throughout the process to make it magical. Thank you Icing Smiles for being such a wonderful organization!

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Rating: 5 stars  

This was my first time baking for an Icing Smiles recipient. I had a wonderful experience meeting the child and the family who received the cake. The child was only a year old but his family was so appreciative! I was truly moved by this family's story. Really made my week to bring smiles to such a wonderful family that had been through so much!

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Rating: 5 stars  

today i delivered my third cake for Icing Smiles. a little background--i am a home baker and pretty much self taught in cake decorating. when i see the cakes being donated on various posts i never feel as though my cakes would be as great. i know, i know, it's about the children but you know what i mean! i guess i always worried that a child would be disappointed. Anyway, when i received pictures of the little boy with his cake--and i saw that smile--true, genuine happiness--all of my self doubt went out the window.

i love this organization and i'm so proud to be a part of it. My rep in NC is such a delight to work with. She is so nice in addition to being super professional. Keep up the good work Icing Smiles!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Can i just say this is my second opportunity to bake for a child from this group of great bakers. Every time is just as exciting as the first. My first one was a year ago for a 16 years old boy who loved Miami Heat and yesterday I got to bake for a precious 2 year old who loves Mickey and got to meet TJ. The smile on each child's face and the reaction from parents who are forever grateful is payment enough and makes what I love to do so easy! I count it an honor and a privilege every time I get chosen to do what I do by baking and being a part of these families life and memories. It brings me great joy to relieve a parents worries about their child who has health issues and give them a few hours of happiness. what a BLESSING! Thank you Icing Smiles for allowing me to be a part of a great orginizations!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered to be a baker for Icing Smiles, and I got the privilege of making a cake for 16 year old Ashlynn, who has two younger brothers who are affected by a childhood illness called mitochondrial disease. This wonderful experience not only allowed me to do what I love, baking and decorating a cake, but also allowed me to meet an incredible family, and made me aware of the mito disease which I had never heard about. It felt amazing to provide this cake for this family, and being it was my first call to action for Icing Smiles, I know I will never forget this particular cake or the family. And also as for Icing Smiles, my NC State Representative was very helpful and involved with the entire process & was in contact from start to finish. I so hope I get the opportunity to do this again.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Icing Smiles is an amazing organization that I am very proud to be a part of. I just had the honor to answer my second call to action and it was just as great of an experience as the first. This organization provides such a great service to children in need! What a wonderful way to be able to give back even
if it is in such a small way. I would highly recommend this organization, everyone I have had contact with have been professional and courteous!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had the honor of creating a "fun" cake and cupcakes for an amazing young boy named Ben, Ben was
celebrating his 7th birthday amid his treatments, the SMILE on Ben's face when he first saw his cake and cupcakes was priceless. This was such a positive experience for me as a baker and as a person. This
organization is a blessing for these children and their families. I hope to be a part of Icing Smiles for a long time.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

It was a HUGE honor for me to be able to be a sugar angel. But i HAD to come and write about the experience from the volunteer side. i absolutely LOVED the fact that my icing smiles rep was super considerate of my time. They gave me a quite a bit of notice, and it was nice that they put a serving size limit on the cake. We all want to go above and beyond for these families, but it was nice for it to be acknowledged that we are donating. Everyone was really appreciative. I cant wait for the next cake!

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Rating: 5 stars  

My first experience with Icing Smiles has been an exceptional joy ride! I had the pleasure of making a Mickey Mouse Dream Cake for a baby boy turning 2. Thank you "Icing Smiles" for choosing me to be a small part of this little boys birthday. Your organization is truly making a difference! Thank You for all you do.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I love this organization! The service it provides is so simple but impacts the lives of so many people in such a HUGE way. I just happen to find this organization while surfing Facebook. When I read what they offered I immediately signed up and within a 2-3 weeks I was being called to action. I wholeheartedly welcomed this opportunity. My only concern was that I would not be able to make a cake deserving enough to be delivered to my child!

I spent days, looking and searching for cake ideas. Drawing out each tier and making sure I had all the colors, products and whatever I would need to make this the perfect cake. I didn't have the pleasure of personally delivering the cake but they sent me a picture of him and the cake and he looked very happy. I bake for the love of baking and the smiles that it put on my customer faces, but this smile is one that I will never forget!! It takes the cake!

I am so excited and patiently waiting for my next call!

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