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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  1. 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.

  2. 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 😉

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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!!

  8. 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!

  9. we sent- along with our church-boxes with tooth paste, tooth brushes, wash cloths, soap, ect. everyday things we normally take for granted.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. 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!

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