What six-year-old doesn’t want a Sonic the Hedgehog Birthday Cake for their birthday.
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Our 6-year-old Jersey was born with congenital heart disease. Last year she went into heart failure and had two open heart surgeries. One was for a mechanical aortic valve and the second one was because a leaflet in her mechanical aortic valve stopped moving.
Needless to say, it was a rough year. We were in the hospital a total of 7 weeks.
With all the hardships and challenges having a child with congenital heart disease, there are some amazing people out there, who volunteer their time to make great memories linger for our family.
Jersey’s childhood experience has had a number of hospital stays and surgeries. The carefree childhood experience is so often stolen from these children with congenital heart disease.
A Special Treat
Jersey was in the hospital last September, and she was kept confined to her room for a week because she had a cold on top of just recovering from open-heart surgery.
There are a lot of enjoyable things to do for youngsters at Sick Kids Hospital, but you can’t visit them when you’re contagious, obviously.
While she was confined to her room, a special guest paid her a visit.
She was ecstatic to have a visitor who would play video games with her. Jersey taught Sonic to play Lego Star Wars. His hands were a bit too big for the remote controls, so he wasn’t the best player.
But he had a great heart and tried really hard. Now Jersey loves Sonic even more.
Because Jersey was in the hospital so much last year, we were able to apply to Icing Smiles for her birthday cake wish. A Sonic the Hedgehog Birthday Cake.
Icing Smiles Cakes
Icing Smiles is a charity that connects families with children who are impacted by critical illness to locate bakers who will create custom celebration cakes and other goodies.
I was a little concerned that they wouldn’t be able to locate someone, as I’ve heard from other heart moms who have been through the process, sometimes they can’t find a local baker to donate their time.
Some of these unique cakes may require up to 8 hours to complete.
Icing Smiles offers two types of cakes for families: Dream Cakes and Fun Cakes.
Dream cakes Tiered, three-dimensional (3D) or carved cakes are examples of dream cakes. These cakes demand a significant amount of time and have a “WOW” factor. Our facility only gives one child under our program at the moment.
Fun cakes do not have all the elements of a Dream Cake but are still special to each child. These cakes can be used by the family for other events. Fun cakes are typically sheet cakes or single-tier cakes that are customized for the child.
We delayed the Dream Cake until Jersey was older and could appreciate it more because we knew she would require further operations. We requested for a Sonic the hedgehog Fun Cake instead of a Dream Cake.
Jersey’s birthday cake was made by Roilene Giosi from Pipe Dreams, who offered to volunteer her services.
Roilene is a home baker, following her dreams. She specializes in vegan and gluten-free cakes, cupcakes, pies, cheesecakes and is working on learning how to decorate cookies.
She did a fantastic job on Jersey’s cake, and it was delicious. We can’t thank her enough for putting in the effort and imagination.
It’s amazing the smiles and laughs that can come from the kindness of a stranger. For many heart families we know, memories are all they have, and they last long after the cake has been eaten.
Thank you again.
Spread the Word
It’s wonderful to have non-profit organizations like Icing Smiles around. They take pleasure in being able to provide every eligible youngster with a birthday cake. This is a big job, and they can’t do it without the help of generous contributors and volunteers.
If you would like to help, visit their website to get involved.
If you would like to Receive a Smile, visit Icing Smiles to ensure that your family is eligible and request a cake.
Icing Smiles US
Icing Smiles Canada
Sonic the Hedgehog Edible Cake Image
What exactly are edible pictures? Edible pictures are images printed with edible ink on edible icing paper. These designs may be applied to a variety of confectionery items, such as cakes, cookies, and cupcakes.
How do you decorate cakes with edible images?
Make sure your cake is completely cool before adding the design. Hold the ends of the printed sheet and press down on the middle first, then lower it towards the ends. Gently smooth out any wrinkles if they appear. Decide how you want to decorate your cake’s border or edge.
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