ICING SMILES

Rating: 5 stars   84 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
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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443-420-7096
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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  

We had the honor of working with Eric from Denny's 5th Street Bakery in Bloomington, MN. The cake he made for our son Tyler is AMAZING! It is so obvious that Eric spent a lot of time on this cake and my son just loves it. It is beautiful! We have never had a birthday cake in our household of that magnitude and I am so impressed with the friendliness and professionalism I encountered at the bakery. Thank you Icing Smiles for getting us in touch with this bakery! This was a fantastic experience and it made my sons day!

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

Maybe just a little clearer communication and easier website. Otherwise it was great!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

We at Ragan's HOPE Foundation, have come to truly appreciate this organization, whose bakers, nationally, go above and beyond expectations. Icing Smiles bakers, have provided Ragan's HOPE with some of most incredible cakes delivered to children, whose families we support. I remember, I was awe-struck upon seeing the first cake we were able to see delivered. Kudos!! Icing Smiles.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Three of our children have received cakes from Icing Smiles, 2 as medically fragile children, and one as a sibling to them. The bakers have gone out of their way to make our kids so happy! I never dreamed anything so positive would come of this. If I could share pictures here I would - we had requested a simple sheet cake, and received one that far exceeded anything we could have dreamed. Our kids will never forgot it.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our son was diagnosed with cancer a few weeks before his 13th birthday. We were given a referral to Icing Smiles and that is exactly what they provided for him. He was in the hospital receiving chemotherapy for the week of his birthday and the beautiful cake that was provided for him brought a huge benefit to his room. Not only did he have delicious cake to share with all of the doctors, nurses and therapists that came into his room on his birthday, but he had wonderful memories of something that was special just for him on his birthday. We were beyond thrilled with our experience and our hearts were filled with the joy on our son's birthday. Thank you!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

We had such a wonderful experience with icing smiles and our baker. Everything was beyond what I expected. Our daughter Astella had a tough start to life and fought 140 days in the hospital. She was born with a large abdominal wall defect (similar to gastroscisis and omphalocele). But she is now home and thriving. Her 1st birthday was such a celebration. Hearing at 28 weeks gestation that survival was unlikely, we never allowed ourselves to think of her 1st birthday. Our theme was Stars and sparkle and the baker really captured our thoughts. Thank you Icing Smiles and Keys bakery for such a heart warming birthday cake.
Andrea Kurtz
(Astella's Mom)

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Ginger from Icing Smiles made us the most amazing Nemo cake for our daughter! It was so amazing and meant so much to our family! Thank you Ginger and Icing Smiles!!!!!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Bonnie from Icing Smiles created an amazing Skylanders themed birthday cake for my son, Isaiah. It not only looked amazing, but tasted amazing as well! It truly brought a huge smile to Isaiah's face. We lost Isaiah's older brother, Eli (age 7), to cancer in January of 2012. This organization realizes that it's not just the kids fighting that need a smile, but their siblings as well. I am so thankful to Bonnie and to Icing Smiles for this amazing opportunity to give Isaiah such an amazing birthday cake!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

As both a client served and a volunteer this organization has been amazing! Not only that, but I've seen so many of my friends enjoying the wonderful gift icing smiles can give. I'm so lucky to be apart of this!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Birthdays are a magical time for children, but the magic can fade when illness takes over, or a hospital stay postpones party, or your sibling and a parent misses your birthday because they are the ones at the hospital. Icing Smiles can come into these families lives and put a smile on children's faces who haven't smiled in a while. Icing Smiles can provide memories of that special day to the children they serve. I am a medical mom to 3 very special kids. My kids are healthy for the disorders/defects they have. But some kids aren't and as a parent I will cherish as many birthdays as I can! What's Julia Childs saying? "A party without cake is just a meeting". My youngest received an Icing Smiles cake for her first birthday last month. I feel so blessed to have that memory of her cake and party as we are rapidly approaching her open heart surgery. Her sugar angel was amazing, the cake was amazing the memories are amazing! (I am lucky enough to also be able to volunteer my time with Icing Smiles as a state rep. )

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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