Kelly’s Cake Off for a Cause

Sometimes, you can have your cake and eat it too.


Kelly Ripa and Electrolux hosted an incredible event to benefit the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.


TLC’s “Cake Boss”, Buddy Valastro, and two members of his team, Frankie and Remy, were present to help the teams decorate their cakes. 15 Foodbuzz bloggers, myself included, participated in this cake decorating event in New York’s Chelsea Market this week.

Before the space became full of fondant rolling machines, we learned a bit about the Electrolux induction oven. According to Kelly Ripa, this oven makes it much easier for her to make mac n cheese for her soon upon request, as the water in the pasta pot boils in just a few minutes. The oven is any cook’s dream. Not only is it 70% more energy efficient than gas, but it is more responsive than gas or electric. The heat can be adjusted instantly to achieve a quick boil.


When the presentation was complete, each team of three had approximately one hour to decorate Carlo’s Bakery cakes in the theme we were given. Team Mod squad, which included Josie of Daydreamer Desserts, Tina of Carrots ‘n Cake, and myself, worked hard with Frankie of Carlo’s Bakery to decorate our cake with a purple fondant base and beautiful psychedelic flowers.

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The event was a dream for me as it took something fun in the kitchen (cake decorating) and used it to bring awareness to a great cause (Ovarian Cancer Research Fund) in a great atmosphere. It is really important to take time out of your day to support causes you believe in. One person can make a difference, and if each person takes just a few minutes out of their day to help, we can make a great impact.

Buddy and Frankie made me miss my family in Rhode Island, as they were so warm and friendly. I loved hearing their stories about their families, working at the bakery, and all of the exciting things Buddy has in store in the next year.

Frankie and I:


Buddy signing the back of my Carlo’s Bakery t-shirt. It was the first time I have ever had anyone sign anything!


Buddy & I. By the end of the day, I felt like we were all friends.


I may have been a bit boastful about our gorgeous cake at the event, but I couldn’t help it. Just look at it!

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All of the other teams had beautiful cakes too.





Now that our hard work is done, it is your turn! Please visit to vote for your favorite cake ..hint, hint: the MOD SQUAD cake! Electrolux will be donating $1 to the OCRF for every vote made in the month of February. Thank you in advance for your votes! You may vote every day!

If you are looking for a quick and easy Valentine’s Day treat to make for friends and loved ones, click here. Enjoy!

Disclosure: My participation in Kelly’s Cake Off for a Cause was sponsored by Electrolux and Foodbuzz who provided me with travel arrangements and accommodations to New York to participate.

Also, many of the photos shown above are from the official photographer of the event.

28 responses to “Kelly’s Cake Off for a Cause

  1. something besides the mod squad cake was beautiful @ that event– YOU!
    Loved this post. Also hella impressed with these steal my heart pretzel rods. You go girl!

    off to vote for the mod squad cake! (haha, they were all awesome, but I’m biased πŸ™‚ )

  2. Your cake is beautiful and the event sounded so fun! I’ve never worked with fondant…was it difficult to learn?

    • Thanks! Actually, it was quite easy to work with fondant, especially once they taught us how to fix our mistakes. I am curious to try it again at home and will be sure to write about how it goes!

      I just hate that it tastes like nothing!

  3. Wow! I’m so impressed. I lived in Philadelphia last year and took a cake decorating course in the Italian Market (Fante’s- great for kitchen gadgets if you’re interested) and none of my cakes ever came close to yours!! You did a fantastic job. I love to hear about your life in Philly. It’s an incredible city and I miss it dearly. I lived in Dockside Apartments on Columbus Blvd. I hope to share some great meals from there on my new blog.
    Take care!

  4. Your cake came out beautiful, I just love the colors! Looks like you had a great time and met lots of cool people! So jealous πŸ™‚

  5. What a fun event — your cake is gorgeous! Love all the bright colors. πŸ™‚

  6. OMG I AM SO JEALOUS!!!!! I love Cake Boss!! Your cake looks gorgeous, it’s definitely the best! πŸ™‚

  7. Fondant weirds me out! It just doesn’t look edible lol but it sure does make for some pretty decorating. Your cake looks amazing!

  8. Your cake is so gorgeous I’d be reluctant to ever cut into it! Great job for a great cause πŸ™‚

  9. Your team did an incredible job. I’ve voted twice now. Good luck!

  10. What an awesome experience. I think your cake came out the best πŸ™‚
    We just got all new Electrolux appliances for our kitchen. Not sure if we have the induction cooktop though. It’s probably fancier than we could afford. I’ll find out next week! πŸ˜€

  11. I loooove fun events that also benefit a good cause. You are right; if everyone participates in some cause they believe in the world would be a much better place! Congrats on such a fun and inspirational day.

  12. What an awesome experience.. you look gorgeous and genuinely happy in all your pics!

    I love Buddy.. hes fun to watch πŸ™‚

  13. I will definitely be voting for the mod squad cake. I love the colors and the fondant looks so seamless and shiny!

  14. Good times, good times. Mod Squad Team Rocks!!

  15. Your cake is definitely the best! I confidently voted for it.

  16. Great pictures! It looks like you guys had so much fun!

  17. check out for the next big thing in the world of cake decorating…no need to buy the big new cricut cakes when you can use the one that is already out there. I just LOVE Linda McClure’s DVD and ideas!

  18. all the cakes were so gorgeous πŸ˜€

  19. I saw you on Extra last night! I usually don’t watch those kind of shows, but I did not feel well so I was laying down with the TV on. You look great on TV!!

  20. Sabrinaaaaaaa,
    I am so proud of you …….I have to say you look like a fish in the right water……you are so natural in front of a camera……your cake also reflects your sparkly personality.
    Go Sabrinaaaaaaaaa

  21. sharon (Ili's mother-in-law to be)

    I watched Kelly Ripa on Rachel Ray’s show this morning. I was totally moved on this topic, because my sister has been battling this disease since the summer of 2008. I was greatful that Ili sent me the video of you and your friends and the beautiful cake which will win!!!Thank you so much for giving your time and heart for the research of this disease. God Bless you and everyone that was involved.

  22. You guys did an amazing job! Your cake looks awesome and so professional! πŸ™‚ Go team Mod Squad!

  23. The “Mod Cake” is awesome, love the bright colors! It must have been an awesome experience, Going to vote right now πŸ™‚

  24. Sabrina, you are such a doll! I am so excited to have met you. I’m sure we’ll run into each other again. Have a fabulous weekend!

  25. Sabrina, you guys did an amazing job!! That’s really exciting that you got to have this experience and met Buddy and Kelly as well! Maybe you will have a side job decorating wedding cakes from now on? haha

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