How Sweet it Is!: Sweet Blessings celebrates 4th annual bake-a-thon

Sweet Blessings is a nonprofit organization that creates specialty birthday cakes for children ages 4 to 17 who are facing a life-threatening illness or poverty. In 2014 Sweet Blessings served 1,100 children in Central Kentucky. Each birthday cake is handcrafted in a special shape or design made especially for that child.

The public is invited to help Sweet Blessings celebrate its fourth anniversary by participating in an all-day bake-a-thon on Tuesday, Feb. 24. Volunteers will bake, make and decorate a goal of 100 birthday cakes in one day for children in need. The bake-a-thon takes place at Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church (180 E. Maxwell St. in downtown Lexington) beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24 and continuing until the last cake is finished, which could take up to 24 hours.

“Gathering volunteers together for a bake-a-thon blitz is how we celebrate Sweet Blessings’ birthday,” said Ashley Gann, founder and executive director of Sweet Blessings. The delivery of Sweet Blessings’ first birthday cake was on February 26, 2011.

The inaugural bake-a-thon in 2012 lasted 24 hours and produced 28 cakes; volunteers at the February 2013 bake-a-thon created 50 cakes. In 2014, 55 cakes were made in just over 12 hours.

All cakes are made by volunteers. No experience is necessary. Volunteers are needed to bake and decorate the birthday cakes, as well as wash dishes, help out with organizing supplies and ingredients in the kitchen, box up the cakes, transport cakes by car, and provide moral support.

Anyone who is interested in participating in the bake-a-thon can sign up for a time slot through a link in the “Volunteer for the 4th annual bake-a-thon” section of the home page,, or contact Ashley Gann at

The fourth annual “Great Cake Race” 5K/1-mile fun walk is the day after Derby, Sunday, May 3 at Keeneland, to benefit Sweet Blessings.

This article appears on page 7 of the February 2015 print edition of HJ.

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