Fundraising and charity work are part of our every day social interactions.  Sometimes we have to rise to the occasion for school, or the office sponsors a drive, or a personal cause speaks to us and motivates us and it’s quite handy when we can combine our personal hobbies and passions with that good cause.

As you might expect, baking is the foundation of my career, but it continues to be my personal passion – it’s not as if I “clock out” at 5 pm and the baking stops. It’s a constant and dynamic process, and whether I bake and develop recipes for a TV series, a book, an article, at an event, there is always a personal element to it. So when I learned about National Cupcake Day and it’s connection to SPCA and Humane Societies across Canada, I had to learn more.

My beagle, Priscilla, came from the Humane Society here in my hometown of Welland. When she locked eyes with me upon a visit there, we were bonded forever. For the 13 years I had her, she was such a dear companion – she would always hover near the kitchen door (never in, too much activity – better to watch at a distance) and she was even involved featured in the opening to my series “Fresh with Anna Olson” (along with Michael’s beagle, Oscar).

National Cupcake Day is today, and it is the perfect way to combine a love of baking with support for the care of our furry friends, be they feline or canine. Anyone can make a difference, and it’s easy to do. You set up a cupcake bake sale, at school, work, home or you can even deliver or send virtual cupcakes on that day, based on advance orders you take and also selling on that day.

Here’s what you need to do:

  • 1. Go to and register your on-line bakery. A cupcake hospitality kit will be sent to you to help you along.  In registering your bakery, you can select the SPCA or Humane Society closest to you, so that they receive the funds you raise.
  • 2. Send out emails announcing that you are making cupcakes and invite people to order and donate on-line – it’s easy and secure.
  • 3. Bake away! Jump in the kitchen and bake up your cupcakes – get the whole family involved, and you can make them as simple or elaborate as you wish.
  • 4.  Set up your cupcake sale & pick up station and make sure those whose donated get their treats (and have extras for those who want a cupcake on the spot).  For those who ordered virtual cupcakes, email them their cupcake message (remember – virtual cupcakes are calorie-free, and ideal if you’re schedule is too busy for 3-D baked cupcakes).


What a fantastic way to put your love of baking to a good cause.  And even if you don’t have the time or means to create your own cupcake sale, you can always go to to make a donation.

I developed this recipe especially for National Cupcake Day (and it includes a school-safe, peanut-free frosting option, too) or you can make your own favourite cupcakes and decorate them as you wish.


Happy Baking!