Capability Mom gets sugared up for a reasonSometimes you just have a great day. The sun is shining, you watch soccer and aren’t freezing, you have a lovely afternoon at home helping with homework while providing snacks and encouragement, and you realize that some other people are doing even more amazing things and with genuine goodness. Then you sit up and take notice.

Today I learned about Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer an incredible event started by Carol Brownman Sneider in memory of her mother who died of breast cancer. Ms. Brownman Sneider wanted to do something more to help fund cancer research and this idea was born. It is now in its 12th year and includes over 275 bakeries, restaurants, a chain of grocery stores and even a cupcake food truck.

The concept is a simple one, for every Boston Bakes dessert you purchase from participating establishments (each dedicates one dessert for the week from now until Mother’s Day), 100% of the profits go to breast cancer research and care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.  For us – pretty easy lifting. Really, just find a place (so easy to do – here are a few of my favorites) and get a sweet. You will be happy and cancer research gets much needed funding. You can also host a bakesale of your own, order online (if you are out of the area) or just stop in one of the 200 plus places that are happy to be involved. Have a place that you think should join? Give them up, I mean, send the information to Boston Bakes For Breast Cancer (dot) org.

Flour Bakery, Boston

Sofra and Oleana, Cambridge

Isabelle’s Curly Cakes, Boston

The Four Seasons Hotel, Boston

Roche Brothers and Sudbury Farms, all locations

The Cupcakery, yes, a cupcake truck, hopefully coming to your town soon!

In the spirit of disclosure, I attended the press conference for this event today and tasted a sweet from all of the participants listed above – no, not all 275, please. And, no, you can’t come with me next year, yes, they were all exceptionally delicious and I am still sugared up.

Your assignment –  Buy some treats for Mother’s Day, it’s the sweet thing to do.

About Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer:
Boston  Bakes for Breast Cancer takes place each year commencing on the Monday prior to Mother’s Day and runs through and including Mother’s Day and has done so for the past 12 years.  The first year Boston Bakes had 42 participants in the Boston area and has grown each and every year.  Boston Bakes now has over 275 participants in over 80 communities across the Bay State.  Boston Bakes was designed to be an event that fit into everyone’s lives and did not require purchasing a ticket to an event to attend.   By simply purchasing a dessert anyone and everyone can make a difference in the fight against breast cancer which affects so many we know and love.  We call this raising money for breast cancer one sweet at a time.  Boston Bakes is grateful for the support of our participants, volunteers, partners and sponsors that make Boston Bakes come to life each year and to the many that enjoy the wonderful desserts benefitting breast cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.  Please follow Boston Bakes on Facebook and on Twitter @boston_bakes.Mission:  

  • Bring about wellness through nourishing the spirit of the individual
  • Enrich the soul of the city in order to support the wellness of its people
  • Share wellness through gastronomic discourse and commerce
  • Apply funding to breast cancer research and care
  • End breast cancer in our lifetime


  • $1.4 million donated to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Increase public awareness about breast cancer
  • Encourage community to share stories of triumph and victory
  • Fortify everyday those who fight cancer on the frontlines

















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