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Help Animals in Need on National Cupcake Day

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My Grandma June was a huge supporter of animals. She lived on a fixed income, but always made sure to allocate money every year to the her local SPCA. She loved animals and always had dogs for as long as I can remember. Supporting the SPCA and Humane Society is a cause important to me as well and every time I donate money, I always think of Grandma June as well as our family pets, both past and present.

Grandma June and Czar, our black lab

Grandma June and Czar, our black lab

I learned about National Cupcake Day last year and am glad to see it’s back again! National Cupcake Day is the first-ever national Canadian fundraiser for animal welfare. The money raised supports SPCAs and Humane Societies across the country. The campaign has been run successfully in other countries around the world including Australia, United Kingdom and New Zealand. Last year, the initiative raised almost $500,000 in Canada! Pretty amazing stuff right?

My nephew, Charlie

My nephew, Charlie

The money raised will help shelters across the country. It will help to:

  • Fight animal cruelty
  • Find a surrendered animal a new forever home
  • Rescue a neglected, abandoned or abused animal and help them find a forever home
  • Give emergency medical care to injured animals
  • Save wild, farm and domestic animals

With the National Cupcake Day campaign, you can help do all those wonderful things for precious animals with cupcakes. Sounds like a win-win to me. Let’s all bake up some scrumptious cupcakes and help animals in need! Are you with me?

Misty, one of my two furbabies

Misty, one of my two furbabies

How to Participate

Register for FREE online to become a Cupcake Day Host. Plan and promote your National Cupcake Day Party and either bake or buy cupcakes for your friends, family and co-workers in exchange for donations to the Humane Society or SPCA of their choice.

You can sign up on your own or get together with some friends and do it as a team effort. You’ll be able to pick which society your fundraising dollars will go towards when you register. Last year, I picked the Nova Scotia SPCA, but since I’m in Ontario this year, I’ll support our local SPCA here.

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After you register, you’ll be given access to an online personal fundraising page called your Online Bakery. Plus, you’ll receive a Host Kit in the mail with a fundraising guide and all the materials you’ll need to promote your own National Cupcake Day Party and collect donations for the animals in need.

The Online Bakery is great. It gives you templates, social media tools and even messaging on what to post to tell people you know about the event.

National Cupcake Day is February 23, 2015. You can hold your party on that day or whatever day is most convenient for you. Invite everyone you know – your friends, family members, co-workers, neighbours, etc to make a donation via your Online Bakery. Then host your Cupcake Day Party wherever is the most easiest and convenient for you. Make it elaborate or simple. It’s totally up to you how you want to set it up.

Another option is a virtual Cupcake Day party if your friends and family are spread out over far distances. Instead of delivering the cupcakes, email the donors a cupcake e-card. It’s still supporting the cause.

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Alternatively, you can choose to not have a physical party and just deliver the cupcakes to your donors. However you want to set it up is fine. The end goal is helping the animals with the added perk of a sweet treat!

Last year the average amount raised was approximately $300 per person! Set a goal for yourself and work towards achieving it. There is no minimum fundraising goal so its up to you to decide on your target goal. Learn more about how to submit the money you raised on this helpful post.

Let’s work together to beat last year’s total of $500,000 and raise even more money this year. We can do it! It will be sweet knowing with each bite of a decadent cupcake will be helping an animal have a chance for a better life. If my Grandma June were still with us today, I know she would supporting National Cupcake Day and more than likely making a batch of her Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes.

Head on over to National Cupcake Day and register now. I did yesterday – check out my Online Bakery!

Cupcake Recipes

Need some inspiration on what to bake?

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I’ve rounded up 15 luscious cupcake recipes you can use for your event.

  1. Valentine’s Day Cupcakes
  2. Peanut Butter Brownie Cupcakes 
  3. Cherry Coke Cupcakes 
  4. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cupcakes 
  5. Maraschino Cherry Cupcakes with White Chocolate Glaze
  6. Hot Chocolate Marshmallow Cupcakes
  7. S’mores Chocolate Cupcakes
  8. Not Your Average Vanilla Cupcakes
  9. Almond & Pomegranate Cupcakes 
  10. Peanut Butter Toffee Cupcakes
  11. Classic Vanilla Cupcakes 
  12. Chocolate Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting 
  13. The Best Lemon Cupcakes 
  14. Triple Salted Caramel Cupcakes
  15. Carrot Cake Cupcakes 

I have a pretty good idea of what I plan to bake – Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes! I bought all the ingredients last week to test out the recipe. If it’s a good one, I’ll be giving my donors some to enjoy.

Last year I made these Peanut Butter Brownie Cupcakes – yum!

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#CupcakeDay Twitter Chats

You are invited to join the upcoming Twitter Chats to talk more about National Cupcake Day. You are welcome to come to one or both if you like! We’ll be chatting about baking cupcakes (prepare to be hungry), National Cupcake Day and the important work that the SPCAs and Humane Societies do and learning about Pet Insurance from the chat sponsor, Pets Plus Us! I’m honoured to be a special guest (along with @charmian_c)  at the chat on February 3rd!

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Twitter Chat Details

Date

  • Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 8 pm EST
  • Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 8 pm PST

Hashtag: #CupcakeDay

Hosts: @CPantazis, @CupcakeDayCA

Gold Sponsor: @PetsPlusUsCA

Eligibility: Prizing is open to Canadians only

They’ll also be some fantastic prizes being given away at each chat to help you get your bake-on like a Cuisinart Stand Mixer, 12 Cup Muffin Pans and a copy of the book, The Messy Baker by Charmian Christie! There is also a prize for pets – a Conair pet grooming kit.

RSVP

There are two RSVP links set up – one for each chat. RSVP for the chat on February 3rd at 8 pm EST and/or the chat on February 5th at 8 pm PST.

What kind of cupcake will you be baking up for your Cupcake party?

Connect with National Cupcake Day on Facebook and Twitter.

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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