Sweet Blessings’ annual all-day bake-a-thon is Feb. 23

Anyone who enjoys having fun while helping children is invited to Sweet Blessings’ all-day bake-a-thon on Feb. 23.

Volunteers will make, bake and decorate a goal of 200 birthday cakes in one day for children in need. The bake-a-thon takes place at Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church, 180 East Maxwell Street, beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing through the night until the last cake is finished, which could take up to 24 hours. The birthday cakes will be delivered the morning of Feb. 24.

Sweet Blessings is a nonprofit organization that creates cakes for children ages 4 to 17 who are facing a life-threatening illness or poverty. In 2015, Sweet Blessings served 1,500 children in Central Kentucky. Each birthday cake is handcrafted in a special shape or design.

The first bake-a-thon in 2012 lasted 24 hours and produced 28 cakes; volunteers at the 2013 bake-a-thon created 50 cakes. In 2014, 55 cakes were made in just over 12 hours. In 2015, production almost doubled to 102 cakes.

“Sweet Blessings’ own birthday is in February, so we celebrate by creating cakes – not for ourselves but for the sweet children we are so blessed to serve,” said Ashley Gann, founder and executive director of Sweet Blessings. Sweet Blessings’ first birthday cake was delivered Feb. 26, 2011.

Participants may sign up for a time slot through a link in the “Volunteer for the 5th annual bake-a-thon” section of the home page,, or may contact Gann at