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    Love for Haiti

    Posted by  ·  January 16, 2010

    A heavy heart.

    I have tried not to think about it, actually keeping myself quite busy, but thoughts keep coming back. The complete devastation in Haiti is overwhelming. The pictures on the news of the blood flowing down the street made my heart hurt and my stomach ache.  I feel so powerless and have tried to ignore those nagging feelings to do something. So today I am frivolously baking again but today trying to make it worthy.

    Soule Mama I think said it best –

    The most important thing, I think, is to do something – in whatever way is right for you! Don’t be overwhelmed by the choices, or misled by your seeming ‘smallness’ – light a candle, sew a blanket, send a dollar…whatever it may be. It matters.” –Amanda Soule

    Please consider doing something –anything!

    To say thank you for your generosity, Steph at the DailyDigi and I have a special gift for you. Send me an email and tell me that you have made a contribution to a charity of your choice (no amount too small) and we will e-mail you a special download for printable heart cupcake toppers, printable cupcake wrappers, printable valentine papers and also digital files that you can manipulate.


    Individually we might seem small and powerless, but together we are big! Together we can make a difference! So for every mommy without their baby today, for the babies without mommies, for everyone that lost all that was important to them, for everyone that lived through the terror…. — lets just try to do something. Together in our little gestures we can show love, share kindness, provide comfort and give hope!



    Devil’s Food Cupcakes with Cream Filling and Whipped Chocolate Ganache Frosting

    Make your favorite chocolate cupcakes or prepare purchased cake mix. Let cupcakes cool.

    Creme Filling

    1 – 7 oz container marshmallow cream

    1/2 cup softened butter

    1/3 cup powder sugar

    1 tablespoon water

    1/4 teaspoon salt

    With electric mixer beat ingredients together until fluffy. Add in a few drops of red food coloring if you like pink filling like we do!

    Attach a large tip to pastry bag and fill with cream. Insert tip into cupcake and fill until cupcake slightly expands.

    Ganache Frosting

    12 oz semisweet chocolate chips

    1 cup heavy cream (must be heavy cream — half and half will not work)

    Place chocolate chips into a bowl and pour cream over the top. Heat in microwave until chips are soft.  Allow mixture to sit a minute to continue melting the chips. Stir well. Let mixture come to room temperature.  With electric mixer beat until fluffy. Fill pastry bag with large star tip and pipe onto cupcakes.

    Enough frosting and filling for 12-15 cupcakes depending on your frosting and filling style.

    Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere! Four out of five people live in poverty.

    If you feel you can’t contribute financially, consider donating something you have made to Craft Hope to help raise money.

    If you are one of the sweet families selling Hot Chocolate for Haiti, maybe whip up some cupcakes with the toppers and wrappers to sell along with your hot chocolate!

    It all matters!


    Comments

    1. Friday, February 11th, 2011
      These look absolutely divine! Thanks for sharing! Featured them on my blog this week! Have a great weekend!

      Blessings to you,
      Holly
      http://hallelujahsbyholly.blogspot.com/2011/02/favorite-things-friday-my-mamas-sugar.html
    2. Dennice
      Monday, January 24th, 2011
      Aca en Perú se hizo varias campañas de ayuda el año pasado para Haiti que hasta la fecha siguen con necesidad, oremos mucho por ellos y gracias por hacernos recordar la necesidad de otros saludos
    3. Thursday, January 20th, 2011
      I made this ganache frosting and WOW did it spruce up some box mix cupcakes. Thank you for giving me my new favorite frosting recipe!!
    4. keecam
      Thursday, January 20th, 2011
      I gave some money to my church for Hope for Haiti fund. I wish I could make a ton of these cupcakes and feed the children there. Thanks and God bless.
    5. alissa
      Tuesday, January 18th, 2011
      we have donated through my girls school.....they are young 5 and 8 and I think its important for them to realize how lucky they are and fortunate to have all the things we do. shelter, food, love In their little worlds they don't always understand that not everyone lives the way we do I hope by showing them early and having them donate too they will get it and something they will carry with them
    6. Amie
      Sunday, October 24th, 2010
      I made these for a work function. Everyone was tickled pink by the surprise inside. Thanks for a great recipe.
    7. Thursday, February 4th, 2010
      simple and impressive.
    8. Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010
      Besides donating my own money to Haiti, I will continue to pray for them. Lifting everything up to Heaven for them.
    9. Saturday, January 30th, 2010
      Thanks for your kindness and generosity- the recipe is making me hungry! I donated money to my church's emergency response fund and they are distributing food, water and other supplies there now.
    10. Saturday, January 30th, 2010
      I have made a contribution to charity--how could you not? I often feel like I don't have much, but in comparison to those suffering in Haiti right now I have A LOT.

      I would love the download, but my computer won't properly pull up your email address when I click on the link. I am definitely making these cupcakes!
    11. Brittany Anderson
      Friday, January 29th, 2010
      I am unable to send you an email from your link, but wanted to get your cupcake products for a bake/rummage sale I am participating in that all proceeds are being donated to help those in Haiti through our church. Really sweet of you ladies to post these, and share your ideas with everyone. Thanks!
    12. Ann
      Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
      Oooo thanks for this gorgeous recipe - they look so yummy! My nephew has been making bracelets to sell at school for the UNICEF Haiti appeal and I'm proud to say he has raised about £400 so far. He and his parents survived the earthquake in Istanbul in 1999 when he was just 4 years old. I have donated to my charity's appeal but must think about how to do more.
    13. Monday, January 25th, 2010
      It is not much but I was able to send to the Red Cross. Ladies I so know the Red Cross is truly getting the money there and they so help those that need it when they need it. I had a fire in my home and the RED CROSS was here within hours to see what we needed. The man and woman were wonderful and even offered to go pick my daughter up from school. They wanted to know we had what we needed...medicine...groceries...a place to stay...they blessed me and I so trust them! Thanks for letting me share this too! And the cupcake goodies are just an added bonus! Thanks and Hugs to you!
    14. Judy
      Monday, January 25th, 2010
      I am in tears reading all the beautiful comments from very generous people. The article about the two sisters from Pittsburgh and the wonderful work they do is heart wrenching, and I just want to go now and help but alas I am too old !!! so we are helping our local charities who are contributing to Haiti and also the Australian Red Cross.
    15. Sunday, January 24th, 2010
      oh yes I am unable to email you as I don't use outlook.
    16. Sunday, January 24th, 2010
      It is amazing to see the world pull together to help the people of Haiti. Our family has donated to several agencies. Red Cross being one, we are members of "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints" and we donate regularly to our Humanitarian program.
      Our hearts and prayers are with the people of Haiti and those who have come to their aid.
    17. Cynthia
      Sunday, January 24th, 2010
      We were able to donate at our local Costco to the American Red Cross.
      It was so easy!
    18. Sunday, January 24th, 2010
      I work in a middle school and we are currently having a week of activities where the students can donate money. I am trying to come up with an idea to sell something to the students. Sometimes people don't like to give unless they are getting something back.

    19. Saturday, January 23rd, 2010
      Just a random reader in awe of your creativity and passion. We've been moved to give more than usual and I'm getting my students to develop some type of service learning project to benefit those sweet people.
    20. Danielle
      Saturday, January 23rd, 2010
      While watching the telethon last night, our 5-year-old son really wanted to help out the little kids. So far we've donated $10 through the Text Hope for Haiti and looking into more ways he can really feel like he contributed. The cupcake recipe looks delicious, definitely one we'll try! Thank you <3
    21. Saturday, January 23rd, 2010
      My son is doing a penny drive in his preschool for Haiti. We took him to the store to return pop cans, paid him to do odd jobs around the house, and helped him clean out the car and couch for extra change. We started a giving him all our change we get. It is a way to give but also include the kids too.
    22. Monique
      Friday, January 22nd, 2010
      We live in Califorina. Sport Chalet is doing a program were you bring lightly used shoes in and they will ship them to the needy in Haiti. i thought it was a wonderful idea. Everyone has a pair of shoes laying around home thar they could donate. Thank you for sharing the recipe and ideas ;)
    23. Thursday, January 21st, 2010
      It is hard to even comprehend what is happening in Haiti. How they continue to endure in spite of all the misery is a testament to their faith. We contribute through our church to the Fishers of Men ministry in Haiti, and to Feed the Children. Our church has been able to send 1800 lbs of beans and rice and make a contribution to World Vision. God Bless all of you who contribute what you can to help ease the suffering.
    24. Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
      I donated through my church's humitarian aid. Thanks for bringing the issue to my attention. With 5 kids I never watch the news or really clue in to the outside world much. Your comment about the mommys without babies, and babies without mommys brought me to tears. Thanks.
    25. Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
      We have donated also...but I feel like it is not enough. I too am hoping to come up with another way to help!
      In the mean time I will continue to pray for their country and the people and for all of us to know what we can do to help!
      Thanks for the great recipe!
      And for your outreach to help!
      Amazing!
    26. Tasha
      Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
      Recently Ashley from Lilblueboo did a donation day and donated 100% of her proceeds from her Etsy shop to Three Angels Haiti. The response was huge! I've been wondering what I could do and when I saw this I jumped on it! I had to support her in her efforts to make a difference. Alone we are small, but when we stand together we can make a HUGE difference!
    27. Tuesday, January 19th, 2010
      The statement about seemingly "smallness" reminded me of that Chicken Soup for the Soul story about the little boy on the starfish infested beach. We can make a difference!
      I actually told my 7 yr old daughter the starfish story (as I like to call it) and it provoked something within her to want to take action. She had been wanting to do a lemonade stand during our extended MLK weekend anyway, so she decided she wanted to give all the money she raised to the people of Haiti. So we enlisted 3 more first grade friends, asked them to make signs, lemonade and their favorite baked goods, and the moms might have sent out a few emails too (wink wink) and the girls earned $375 in just about an hour. We still have contributions coming in and we as a family have decided to donate enough to make it an even $500 and luckily enough, my husbands law firm has agreed to match our donation. Such a testament of what pure intentions can accomplish! I'm so proud of my little gal!!
    28. Tuesday, January 19th, 2010
      I too have been trying to stay busy and productive. I have also been trying to remember how lucky and blessed I am. My husband and I are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Through member donations the church is able to help out (all people and nations) in times of crisis. I believe the church sent the Haitian people 80,000 pounds of supplies last week. I have been so happy to see the outpouring of love in the past week - TOGETHER we can help!
    29. Tuesday, January 19th, 2010
      we sent- along with our church-boxes with tooth paste, tooth brushes, wash cloths, soap, ect. everyday things we normally take for granted.
    30. RG
      Tuesday, January 19th, 2010
      We donate to the Red Cross. Also, we support a missionary to Haiti through our local church, and are hearing of some spiritual victories already through this tragedy. I believe THAT has a greater impact than any other donations or deeds we can do. You can give water to one who is thirsty, and they may still die tomorrow, but if you give them the Gospel, they will never really die, as Jesus stated. That is of course not to say they don't need the water, etc. but in terms of greatest need. I commend those doing special things, but please do not neglect praying for the missionaries who already have contacts in Haiti and know the condition of many hearts.
    31. Tuesday, January 19th, 2010
      crafthope.etsy.com is where I donated a bag. Money is going to Doctors without Borders in Haiti... You can also visit http://crafthope.com/ to read more!
    32. Tuesday, January 19th, 2010
      I have been shopping at craft hope and have prepared some items to donate to the shop today. The deadline for donations is tomorrow, due to the vast number of donations that have been received.
    33. Tuesday, January 19th, 2010
      My heart is heavy for all the people of Haiti. When I watch the news, I want to help them all and adopt all of the children. I wish I could travel there and help, but I can't. So, our family donated money at church on Sunday to the Catholic Charities Disaster Relief Fund. I will also be supporting Craft Hope for Haiti.
      Thanks for the cupcake recipe! Can't wait to make them. I would love to have the toppers and wrappers, but couldn't get the email link to work :-( Could you please email them? Thanks again!
    34. Tuesday, January 19th, 2010
      I felt just like you. I kept crying last night everytime I saw someone being helped out of the rubble. It just makes me sad and my stomach
      just hurts from holding in the helplessness that I have. So this morning
      my husband and I donate money from our two companies to the Red Cross. I wish I could go there and help.
    35. Monday, January 18th, 2010
      we give to Episcopal Relief and Development http://www.er-d.org/ and will also be supporting Craft Hope for Haiti.
      Your cupcakes look delicious and can't wait to make them to donate $ to Doctors Without Borders!
    36. Monday, January 18th, 2010
      I donated an apron to Craft Hope for Haiti Etsy store, we gave $ to the Red Cross, and tomorrow I am donating baby items to a local group who will be taking supplies down. Thanks for this opportunity. Its a great way to see new ways in which I can help.
    37. Monday, January 18th, 2010
      My hubby and I donated thru TEXT HAITI to 90999
      I LOVE the cupcake! Looks delish! Can u send me the cupcake topper? I couldnt email you for some reason, Thanks!
    38. Stacey
      Monday, January 18th, 2010
      We sent money via our cell phone, have said many prayers, and have made my children aware of what is going on (as much as is appropriate for a 5- and 7-year old) and how lucky they are to have what they have. Thank you for making this something worth blogging about.
    39. Monday, January 18th, 2010
      We gave to Samaritan's Purse a organization that provides both physical and spiritual help to those in Haiti. Our prayers go to them too.

      Love the cupcakes!
    40. Monday, January 18th, 2010
      We sent a check off right away to the American Red Cross. Our church is also taking up a collection next Sunday. Sending lots of prayers their way.
      Cupcakes look awesome! Thanks for sharing.
    41. Pam
      Monday, January 18th, 2010
      I, along with several people from my church, am making a hygiene kit to send to Haiti. It's not a lot, but like you said, even the small things make a difference and if we all did something small it would make a huge difference!
    42. Monday, January 18th, 2010
      http://myhomespunthreads.blogspot.com/2010/01/help-hiati.html

      Craft Hope is selling my Patterns for $10 and they are going like Hot Cakes! It's an easy item to sell and donate!
    43. Laura
      Monday, January 18th, 2010
      This is a great site to check on a charity you may be considering for their oververall percentage of donation to recipient. They have a page dedicated to organizations helping the people of Haiti.

      C H A R I T Y N A V I G A T O R
      America's Largest Charity Evaluator
      http://www.charitynavigator.org
      info@charitynavigator.org
    44. Monday, January 18th, 2010
      I wrote an article on Squidoo about how to make responsible donations to Haiti.
      If you click on my name, it will take you to the article. I give 100% of any revenue to Hope for Haiti.

      Thanks for giving me the opportunity to share!
    45. Brenda
      Monday, January 18th, 2010
      Thanks so much to all who are working for relief for Haiti. I used to live there and this situation is just killing me. I still have people unaccounted for and the orphanage is in dire need of help. They have only a handful of people caring for hundreds of kids. The handicapped kids are getting bedsores from not being moved around. They haven't had food in 2 days. It's just so sad to see children suffering.
    46. Michelle
      Monday, January 18th, 2010
      We had a collection taken at church for Haiti. I gave to take. Thank you.
    47. Monica Williams
      Monday, January 18th, 2010
      Our family donated $140.00 to the Haiti victoms thru our church and our kids school is collecting socks for the childrens so we are donating socks too - my son thought it was stupid to give socks and couldnt see how that would help but I told him that they need everything - even socks! Thanks for all that you do!
    48. Laura
      Monday, January 18th, 2010
      We are taking up a collection at the elementary school where I teach. The money will be sent to the American Red Cross. I know World Vision is a reputable organization to send money through as well. Thank you for the downloads!
    49. Monday, January 18th, 2010
      I just sent you an email about the things we are doing in my home for Haiti. Thank you for your warm generous heart.
      Cindy
    50. Monday, January 18th, 2010
      I have linked the etsy page from my site...and sent for info to donate...thanks so much..I always love your blog..every day..how do you do it....you are special indeed....hugs
    51. Monday, January 18th, 2010
      Ditto. That's about all I can say. I can't even wrap my brain around the horrors that are besieging the Haitians. Much sadness. I've contributed to the Red Cross and to another group, but no need for any downloadables for me. Thank you for offering them to everyone, though! Really nice of you. :-)
    52. Monday, January 18th, 2010
      Please make sure you e-mail me for the Valentine treats! I am having a hard time keeping it all straight -----
    53. J. Wong
      Monday, January 18th, 2010
      I donated to Heartline Haiti and to Compassion International. I have a horrible stomach flu, but am grateful for a good washing machine, a helpful husband, and two kids to hug in spite of feeling miserable. In light of Haiti, there is much to be thankful for.

      Once I feel better I am going to write to lawmakers to help a family that is trying to bring their adoptive son home. More info found here to help this family:

      http://thehowertons.blogspot.com/

      Thanks for doing what you can, anything helps.
    54. Marie Grubbs
      Monday, January 18th, 2010
      I am in the process of making 100 baby blankets (with help) for the Baptist Haiti Mission's hospital and we have contributed financially as well to BHM.

      The earthquake has effected the nearby mountain villages just as severly as Port-au-Prince although you don't hear much about it on the news.

      I know 12 workers at the Baptist Haiti Mission in Fermathe just @ 10 miles south of Port-au-Prince. Because this mission supports over 300 churches and 50,000 school children many naturally head to the mission. It is over run with desperate Haitians with needs of every kind. Fortunately the hospital was not damaged in the quake. For those of you who don't know, most Haitians depend on filling cisterns with rain water to drink and the typical village family, if they are lucky, live in a one room cinder block house with a tin roof and dirt floor.

      I 'm sorry I have gone on and on. It's just because of the close ties I have there with locals I've met, friends, and the 4 children we have supported for 7 years. The Haitians are a strong people who have been in dire straits for decades. This earthquake was the last straw! I don't know if yet if my kids are safe but I just keep doing what I can and pray.

      To see first hand photos and accounts from the locals go to www.bhm.org
      BHM is an approved donation organization just like the Red Cross!
    55. kay
      Monday, January 18th, 2010
      donated anextra $35 to Feed the Children to go to Haiti
    56. Heather
      Monday, January 18th, 2010
      Thank you for your words of encouragement. Our family donated to Compassion International, and the kids are planning a neighborhood cocoa and cookie sale to earn money to send to Haiti.
    57. Tracy H.
      Monday, January 18th, 2010
      We are making baked goods for a sale this weekend. All the proceeds go to the Red Cross for Haiti Relief. I am going to try your recipe above. Thanks for posting it.
    58. Angelina Little
      Monday, January 18th, 2010
      We gave through IMB(International Mission Board) which is an entity of the Southern Baptist Convention. A Southern Baptist assessment team is working out logistics for a trip into Haiti early the week of Jan. 18 to connect with Haitian Baptist leaders and craft plans for disaster relief efforts.Initial funding for the relief effort is coming from the IMB’s disaster relief fund. New contributions toward the relief effort can be made online at the Haiti Response Fund.
      Apart from donating to the disaster relief fund, concerned individuals can help greatly by joining in focused prayer for Haiti’s people
    59. Mandy
      Monday, January 18th, 2010
      We donated to the red cross through the text to 90999 too. It is hard to know what to do in this situation- so we figured every little bit helps.
    60. Monday, January 18th, 2010
      GOSH! thanks for letting me know there's others out there who are feeling and doing just like me. I guess I need to go to my ole neglected blog and type out those words too. I've even been weepy too. Not like me at all. We have given to the Red Cross and on our cell phone and I also contributed to Rebecca Sowers Haitian sales with the purchase of some soap. It just breaks my heart for those people and having been there back in 2006 and knowing how incredible they really are and walking through my house and looking at the bits of art I purchased from them back then makes it even harder. I just hope everyone everywhere takes the time to do one little thing for them and make a difference. thanks so much for your contribution and God Bless! Robin :)
    61. Monday, January 18th, 2010
      The fastest easiest way to help I've found... Text the word Haiti to 90999 to send $10 to the Red Cross. You can send multiple texts too!
    62. Monday, January 18th, 2010
      Feeling very inspired by all the ideas and recipes here.
      I'm on my way to school now and will organise the "Hot Chocolate for Haiti" idea as an after school fundraiser this week. I'll bring the donation to OXFAM.
    63. Jennifer
      Sunday, January 17th, 2010
      Thank you for the post including the recipe that looks delicious. I haven't given enough thought to the Haiti problem so thank you for making me think about it. You may have seen this article: http://www.pittsburghmagazine.com/Pittsburgh-Magazine/January-2009/Love-and-Haiti/

      Its such an inspiration. Thanks for your awesome blog :)
    64. Michelle Stewart
      Sunday, January 17th, 2010
      Thanks for the great comments on Haiti. We all have broken hearts over their situation. I did make a contribution to their cause but wish I could do more like we all so. thanks
    65. Sunday, January 17th, 2010
      We donated last Wednesday to the American red cross. We do every year. Thanks for the cupcake recipe and all you do. -Jennifer