GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Patients at Helen Devos Children's Hospital are seeing their cupcake designs come to life at The Salted Cupcake in Kentwood. For each cupcake sold this week, $1 will be given to benefit the hospital.
This is now the second year of the design competition with six selected.
"We love that we can make their creations come to life," said owner Korina Thompson. "It’s a lot of fun. We don’t usually work with food coloring that much, so just to be able to make these really cool creations is a lot of fun for everyone in the kitchen and the customers to see."
11-year-old Ashlyn Rogers designed ChocoBerry Bomb, a chocolate cake cupcake frosted with strawberry buttercream and topped with a milk chocolate-covered strawberry.
"I think that it's good because I know people like cupcakes, and it’s a good way to earn money for the hospital," said Rogers, who has been treated at the hospital for liver cancer.
"It was very good. It tasted exactly what I pictured but better," said Rogers when she was finally able to taste her cupcake for the first time on Tuesday.
8-year-old Queen Hardy submitted her design for Glitter Cup, a chocolate cupcake frosted with vanilla buttercream and decorated with rainbow sprinkles and edible glitter.
"When we found out that she was selected, it was just the smile for me because she hadn’t really been smiling like her normal self," said Queen's mom Markesha Jennings. "When she found out she was selected, that brought her spirit up."
If you would like to place an order, the easiest way is to message the bakery's Facebook page. You can also call them at (616) 990-9300.