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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

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Icing Smiles gave my daughter a birthday she will never forget. After 4 years of waiting at home in bed and 4 months in intensive care, my daughter received her heart transplant and wanted to CELEBRATE! Icing Smiles stepped in and gave her an over the top 15th birthday cake that made her feel SO special. What a gift...

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The amazing people at Icing Smiles and the incredible volunteers who dedicate their time and talent to them have brought so many smiles to my children's faces! When presented with cancer as a child, it's the little things, like a gorgeous cake, that really make an impact!

1 Katie157

Client Served

Rating: 5

Icing Smiles provided my family with the opportunity to have a wonderful birthday cake on my son's first birthday! The baker, Tutu Cute Cakes that they coordinated with did an over the top job and the cake tasted delicious! Everyone I talked to through during the process at Icing Smiles was incredibly helpful & so uplifting!! My son has never left the hospital, and Icing Smiles helped us have the best first birthday possible! Our nurses were incredibly appreciative as well.

1 Lettitia U.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Icing Smiles has provided us with 2 beautiful birthday cakes for our children. It is such a wonderful way to celebrate every precious birthday and let our kids feel extra loved.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They have provided us with the most beautiful birthday cakes for my son the last two years. They have put such a smile on his face and really help us to celebrate his life in a fun way!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter had a gorgeous birthday cake made and donated by one of your Ice Angels near us.
Such a wonderful idea and a blessing for special needs kids and their families!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Best cake he ever had! Made his birthday forever memorable!!! Xavier absolutely loved it!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We received a beautiful cake for our son who has cystic fibrosis a couple years ago. It was his first Birthday that he wasn't in the hospital so we wanted to make his party very special he is feeding tube dependant but loved the cake and even tasted it even though he doesn't like to eat( a big deal). It was lovely and meeting the person who baked it. They are so awesome!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful non-profit that absolutely helped make my daughter's day! The baker we had was amazing and we couldn't have asked for a better experience! We love Icing Smiles and our amazing Sugar Angel! ❤️

Client Served

Rating: 5

Icing Smiles is an amazing organization that puts families first! My family has been through thick and thin; when I say thick, I mean it has been like molasses. Nonetheless, Icing Smiles has been there to put a smile on my families face! Thank you all for what you do! We are blessed by a service that makes our day, every time we ask!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Icing Smiles and their incredible volunteer made my daughter's birthday wish come true with an AMAZING Minecraft cake. The application process was simple and professional. Our volunteer was so kind and generous, we are so grateful to Icing Smiles and Sharon for everything!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

1 Dan Watson

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!!!!

1 HornIT

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!