September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and OXO has started up their annual program benefiting Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. This program was founded by two OXOnians (OXO employees) who were inspired by their 2-year-old son’s battle with pediatric cancer, a disease which claims the lives of more children in the US than any other disease. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer provides inspiration and support to allow anyone to easily get involved in fundraising to find a cure for pediatric cancer.
Since the beginning, OXOnians have pledged their time and energy by baking cookies and hosting bake sales, with proceeds matched by their parent company. This year, OXO will donate up to $100,000 to support this cause so close to their hearts. Starting this month, you can buy any of their specially marked baking tools, and 25¢ will be donated towards Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. To help promote this campaign, OXO was kind enough to send me some of these baking tools:
Since their new Cupcake Corer was included, I decided to make Chocolate Cupcakes filled with Vanilla Cream. I’ve done filled cupcakes once before, and it was kind of a pain in the rear end. The cupcake corer made things MUCH easier:
When I did these before, I didn’t make the opening big enough, so they were harder to fill. This time around, it was easy to just take a dollop of vanilla cream and fill the center. I decided to err on the side of laziness and not pipe frosting on top:
That, and I thought it would be easier to hide the cupcake “divot”.
Baking cupcakes is really nothing, when you consider the devastation cancer causes. It took 3 of my grandparents. My mother-in-law has beaten breast cancer. I’ve had coworkers who’ve had their own battles with cancer, one of whom lost a child to it. I can’t even begin to imagine the pain that family in particular has been through. If nothing else, it makes me hug my own child a little tighter and give thanks that he’s healthy.
So, if you’re in need of some new baking tools, consider helping OXO reach their donation goal, and pick up some of their specially marked Cookies for Kids’ Cancer products.
DISCLOSURE: OXO provided me with a set of baking tools, but all opinions are my own. In exchange for this blog post, OXO will be donating $100 to the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Campaign. I am happy to be a part of this campaign, as I think OXO makes great products and this is such a worthy cause.