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Love for Haiti

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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!


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