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. I made these for a work function. Everyone was tickled pink by the surprise inside. Thanks for a great recipe.

  2. Besides donating my own money to Haiti, I will continue to pray for them. Lifting everything up to Heaven for them.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

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