Cakes for a Cure will aid youngster

SALEM – Both adults and children can help fight blindness while learning to create some sweet treats with icing during Cakes for a Cure, a cake decorating class set for Oct. 27 in Salem.

Sponsored by Eyes for Olivia and Giant Eagle, the event will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Emmanuel Lutheran Church Education Building with all proceeds going to the Curing Retinal Blindness Foundation, a parent-formed group trying to raise money for research.

Salem resident Kim Hoffman and her husband, Mike, joined the foundation after their 8-year-old daughter Olivia was diagnosed at age 4 with the rare CRB1 version of the degenerative retinal disease known as Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis, which eventually causes blindness.

They set up a website at and Facebook page known as Eyes For Olivia to educate visitors about what’s happening with Olivia and keep people informed about their various fundraisers for the foundation.

Their most recent fundraiser, the Scrabble Run and Carnival for a Cure, raised more than $9,000 after expenses, with all the money going to research through the foundation, which has a website at

“I’m overwhelmed at how the community has supported the family and helped out with Olivia,” Hoffman said. “It’s been great.”

She explained that Kim Coy, a member of their church, Emmanuel Lutheran, is a cake decorator at Salem Giant Eagle and has held fundraisers before with cake decorating classes.

Coy organized Cakes for a Cure and said Giant Eagle owner Mark Siegal donated all the icing, cupcakes, cakes, tips and material needed for the class which will be for beginners, both children and adults. This is the third cake decorating fundraiser they’ve held, with the first one known as Cakes Against Cancer in honor of the late Pam Lederman, a Giant Eagle cake decorator who lost her battle with the disease. They also did one for St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital.

“It’s just a nice thing to do to help people out,” Coy said, adding the other Giant Eagle cake decorators are helping, too.

People should sign up at the Salem Giant Eagle bakery or call 330-332-2027 and leave a message with phone information.

The requested donation for the class will be $20 for adults and $10 for children.

In the adult class, students will make a single layer round decorated cake with a pumpkin and sunflowers and a cupcake decorated with a rose. The class includes the cake, cupcake, icing, colors for icing and cake board. Kits will be available for purchase for $8 which will include tips, bags, rose nails and couplers, with all money from purchases going to the foundation.

Students are asked to bring with them a cake decoration spatula, turntable, small pointed scissors, two damp dish cloths, four empty containers for icing colors with lids and four tablespoons for mixing colors, along with any decorating equipment they may have, specifically tips #3, #352, #104 and #18, a rose nail and four deco bags and couplers (or buy them in a kit).

In the children’s class, children will make a big-eyed monster cupcake and a pumpkin cutout cookie, with everything provided, including a kid’s beginner decorator kit which has two tips, two couplers and two decorating bags. A snack of one juice box and bag of popcorn provided by the church will be included. Parents may want to dress children in play clothes.

Hot dogs, pop, water and popcorn will be available for purchase.