Icing Smiles bakes up plan to provide cakes for sick kids

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IcingSmiles1WBy Betsy Stein

Icing Smiles, a nonprofit based in Ellicott City, makes life a little sweeter for critically ill children and their siblings by providing them with custom dream cakes.

For his 4th birthday, a Sugar Angel from Icing Smiles made Caelen Gorman the coolest cake ever. It was a two-tiered cake topped with his favorite monsters: Mike and Sully from Monsters Inc.

"They are such an amazing organization," says Kayte Gorman, Caelen's mom, who recently moved from Annapolis to Florida. "I am so appreciative."

Caelen was born with a heart disease and has undergone three open-heart surgeries in his short life. He will eventually need a heart transplant, his mom explains.

It's kids like Caelen that drove Tracy Quisenberry to found Icing Smiles four years ago.

"I feel everyone has an obligation to serve with the skills they have, and I have two skills — taxes and decorating cakes," Quisenberry says. "Cakes seemed more fun."

After both her children were born prematurely, Quisenberry was drawn to helping kids with medical conditions. She began by baking the cakes on her own, but the company grew quickly.

"It took on a complete and utter life of its own in months," she explains. "I like to joke that my 10-year plan was really a 10-month plan. It was a runaway train."

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