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$1575.75. That’s how much money we raised at our company bake sale. The event, dubbed “Craving for a Cure,” was an effort to raise money for one of our dear friends and co-workers who was just diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer.
My mother was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer and her fight is like a big blur in my memory because all I can remember is numbness — the kind of numb where you try to pretend it isn’t there and live a normal life, but there’s always something nagging at you.
She fought and she won. She’s the strongest woman I know for a number of reasons, but this is just one more thing to add to the list. I know first hand what a devastating prognosis can bring to a family, and for the rest of my life I’ll do what I can to help ease the lives of those who are ready to fight the same fight.
It is so amazing to see what people can do when they come together. There was so much excitement around the bake sale — people eager to get treats, but more eager to hand over their money in support of a friend and her family.
Plus the amount of food we had to sell — the outpouring of generosity there is touching. The number of people who took the time to bake and cook to make sure this thing was a success is beautiful.
Even though the bake sale is over, if this story inspires you or if you’d also like to help her cause, you can still donate here.
I made Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes as my contribution to the sale because I wanted to make something pink — as a nod to breast cancer awareness. I decided to use Duncan Hines Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcake mix because that box has everything you need already inside — the cake mix, the frosting mix, and even a pastry bag!
If you’d like to make these too, I’ll have the instructions below.
Here’s what you’ll need (for the cupcakes): Duncan Hines Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcake mix, two eggs, 3/4 cup water, and 1/4 cup vegetable oil.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Line muffin tin with baking cups.
- Add cake mix, two eggs, water, and vegetable oil in large bowl and mix together (if using a mixer, blend for about 30 seconds).
- Pour batter into cups, filling them about 1/2 way.
- Bake for about 20 minutes.
Here’s what you’ll need (for frosting): frosting mix from box, 2 tsp of water, and 1 stick butter.
- Mix butter with your electric mixer on high for about a minute — until light and fluffy.
- Slowly add frosting mix to butter while mixing on low speed. Once all together, mix for an additional minute.
- Add water.
- Mix on low. Once you see your frosting start to come together, gradually increase speed to high. (It could take up to three minutes.)
- Mix on high for an additional three minutes.
- Fill pastry bag with frosting and cut 1/2 inch from the tip of the bag.
Now you can use the pastry bag to insert some cream cheese frosting into your cupcakes, or just to swirl some frosting on top. Here’s a tip: put your empty pastry bag in a tall glass to make filling it a whole lot easier.
Whether you end up using this Duncan Hines mix or not, you can always make your own pastry bag out of a plastic bag. Just fill it up with your frosting, cut the tip off — same way as above — and voila! A makeshift pastry bag.
I added some finishing touches to my batch of cupcakes with heart sprinkles. Feel free to embellish your final masterpieces any way you want! You’ll be sure to make anyone’s day with these yummy treats.