The Event – Hope Through Cupcakes campaigne

Nicolette van Niekerk
Preparing for an event at this scale or magnitude, has never been so much fun before. I’ve worked on a lot of other projects before, but not to this extend where this virtually would touch someone’s life so dramatically. This probably changed everything, that we all could feel a sense of responsibility and drive behind the project we have so long worked for. For those of you not familiar with our outreach in November, I’ve written about it about about a month ago on the blog, you can follow the post here. We had the great privilege to provide and donate decorated cupcakes to the Atlantic Hope Home for Vulnerable babies, based in Sea Point, Cape Town. They could then in return, sell it at a food market to raise some funds for their home. This would then also create some awareness to the subject of babies being abandoned, and this is where our help most critically was needed. After the previous blog post, the calls and emails started streaming in from our students, relatives, friends and even companies offering to either lend a hand on the day of selling or coming in to assist with the decorating of the cupcakes on the 22nd of November 2013. Bright and early on the Friday morning, we as a team here at La Petite Patisserie Training Academy started baking and preparing for a huge day in the cupcake decorating world 😉 work   From 10:00 in the morning, the help started to stream in, with people arriving with either undecorated cupcakes that needed some icing, to helpful hands ready to assist where ever we needed it. The most beautiful decorated cupcakes were received by us and also by Atlantic Hope Home as some people deliver them straight to their doorstep.How blessed were they! decorating At 17:00 we had almost 250 to take to the market the next morning with more promises from people to deliver to us on the day as well! cupcakes On the 23rd of November 2013, the team from Atlantic Hope home and ourselves from La Petite Patisserie started the set up at the V&A Market on the Wharf here in Cape Town. Just when we thought we have everything on the table, more decorators came streaming in and delivered not only cupcakes for our tables, but also cake pops and cookies as well! tables Raffle tickets were sold as well and great prizes were up for grabs from places like Protea Hotels and Dante Spa.Would actually love to know who won them, I think I missed the winner’s name 🙂 Group The team from Atlantic Hope Home and ourselves at La Petite Patisserie would like to personally extend our thanks to everyone that got involved in this project and assisted with the cause.We managed to raise just over R5000 for the home, which we are very proud of. Below is a list of donors and contributors: Juliet Wilson – Creative Cakepops Dessy & Nessy – Cake my Day Fayyaad Hendricks – OMG Cake vir jou! Natashia Hanekom – Cakes by Natashia Tanya Erasmus – Rosy Cheeks Patisserie Wanda Geldenhuys & Dina Baroutsos – Fantasia Petite Bakery Caro Swart – Divine Cupcake Sea Point Renate Lubbe  – Little Cooks Club Northern Suburbs Adrienne Berelowitz – Made with love Estelle Rosen – Estelle Rosen Cakes New Line Kitchens V&A Market on the wharf Candice Brouwer Bronwyn Brigden Roshaanah Mohamed Genevieve Botha Rene Sterling Francken