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Icing Smiles

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Causes: Gift Distribution, Human Services

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: ICING SMILES by the NUMBERS: 14,163+ Smiles delivered; 9,042+ Sugar Angels in the United States; 1,000+ Volunteer hours per week donated to create Smiles; 12+ Countries waiting to create Smiles; 80+ New cake requests per week; 30+ New volunteers per week. Please like us on Facebook and Instagram to see our results daily!

Target demographics: Families dealing with the critical illness of a child.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 2,500 families in need of a smile.

Geographic areas served: The United States.

Programs: Custom celebration cakes

Community Stories

122 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Charmagne P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am blessed to be a Sugar Angel and to be able to give a child and their family a smile even when it is hard for them to find a reason or the strength to smile.
IcingSmiles makes this possible everyday. They are well organized and ask for nothing in return except support to continue the program for others.

Misty C.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am honored to be a Sugar Angel for Icing Smiles in Central California. Being involved with such a positive organization is amazing. Getting to see the children's faces when they receive their cake is an amazing experience and I eagerly look forward to each call to action.

Linda437

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was honored to make a cake for a local child! There was nothing more satisfying, than making a family happy with something given out of love!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer, I was contacted to bake a cake. This is such a great way to make the less fortunate children smile with out the family having to go through any financial burden! Love this organization!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Icing Smiles is such an amazing organization! The amount of selfless people that volunteer their time to help children all across this country absolutely touches my heart. Everyone is so nice, generous and helpful. They each go above and beyond to make sure a child gets their special cake.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A few months ago I started volunteering with Icing Smiles and LOVE it. Every person I have had the pleasure of speaking with that is part of the Icing Smiles organization has been so sweet and helpful. I am proud to be apart of something so great.

Bianca I.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is just amazing. Thousands of volunteers banding together to help children with medically critical illnesses and their siblings. Its so much more than cake!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Icing Smiles is a top notch organization. It's so much more than 'just cake'! Being able to bring a smile to a child and their family is a rewarding experience beyond anything I've ever encountered!

When I made my first Icing Smiles cake, I was SO excited! I poured my heart and soul into it. I was so moved by this little boy's story and I was proud to be able to give this gift to him. What I wasn't expecting was the fact that I got out of this gift far more than what I gave! This young boy inspired me with his strength, faith and positive attitude! Here he is fighting for his life against brain cancer, and yet he was SO happy, SO full of life, SO loving! It really puts your life into perspective!

These cakes that we make put a smile on the child's face. It impacts the family, the hospital staff, friends and other patients, too! We give them a brief moment where there is peace and happiness. The family doesn't have to stress over purchasing a cake, it's all taken care of! We truly help create memories that will last a lifetime!

I'm am blessed to be associated with Icing Smiles. What started as a simple gift of a cake has turned into a life-changing experience.

I'm proud to be a sugar angel, a state rep and the Volunteer Engagement & Appreciation Coordinator for Icing Smiles!

Pamela B.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Icing Smiles gave me the opportunity to give back in a way that not only uses my talent but so deeply touches the heart. I was humbled to make this Superman cake for the most courageous little boy I have ever met. Seeing the look on his face and getting the biggest hug gave me more satisfaction than any thing I have ever done. Giving him the opportunity to celebrate rather than fight for just one day, it really is SO much more than cake!

Yael T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was looking for to volunteer for a children's non profit, I stumbled onto Icing Smiles and thought it was a perfect fit for me, as I love to bake and wanted to make a difference to a child.
I became a Sugar Angel, and the joy on the child's face when they saw the cake I made for them made it even sweeter.
I also love that it includes siblings as well.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A talented group of compassionate people who are honored to bring a moment of joy.

3 Sandy122

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The amazing creative works donated for each of these families is given free and with so much love. An amazing group that we are very proud of in our area.

2 Kim_240

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've done a few cakes for Icing smiles, and I was really happy to be able to work with them! Extremely caring and professional.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been part of Icing Smiles for the past few years making cakes for these precious kids. Such a great program for so many.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a great way to lift up families and children who need it the most!

Dave94

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife makes cakes for this charity and we are blessed to see the faces of these young people light up. God bless them!

1 Shannon132

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Icing Smiles is a wonderful organization! I feel honored to be able to not only volunteer as a baker but also as state rep. It is such a joy to see smiles of children that benefit from this great group!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a hobby baker for my family and friends. I submitted an application to Icing Smiles and was thrilled to be accepted as a sugar angel. These children and families go through so much on a daily basis, if a cake can bring a smile then I am honored to be a part of that. This was my first Icing Smiles cake.

1 Johnna2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love being a volunteer baker for this non profit. I love to bake and enjoy seeing the joy it brings to those that receive the cakes. I continue to help spread the word about Icing Smiles by sharing information with local school couselors.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a cake decorator and have donated 2 cakes to Icing Smiles kids. The first was for a 10 year old girl who had fought cancer for 2 years and was finally in remission, the other was a 3 year old boy who had hardly ever lived outside the hospital. The families and children were thrilled and grateful for the cakes. I could tell it meant so much to them to have something to celebrate and it changed my life to see these families who struggle and are yet so strong. I love being a volenteer for Icing Smiles.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love being part of icing smiles. I love to create cakes for children. There is nothing better in this world than to put a smile on a child's face.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an icing angel. Donating my time and skill has completely changed my life. I'm forever grateful to Icing Smiles for this opportunity.