Cakes for Causes Newsletter

MAY 2017                               


On the first Monday of every month, we have the honor of being a guest on the Tucson Morning Blend show on KGUN 9 at 11:00 AM.  We will be on the 1st of May with our Jeanne Treder.  Project is Churro Cupcakes.  If you didn't get to see last month's segment, please go to this link:…/cakes-for-causes-sweet-spring-snacks


IOTCC is for all levels of bakers, cakers and sugar artists, ages 13 and up!  We have some "Back to the Basics" classes along with some more intermediate classes.  IOTCC usually meets the third week of every month on Saturday afternoons from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM!

Our next meeting will be Saturday, May 20, 2017
Contact us for more information and details!

For additional information, dues, schedule and location, please email us at:  or give us a call at:  520-303-7893.

New members are always welcome!


It is great to get kids started young!  Classes are usually the last Sunday of the month.  May's Kids' Club is on a Saturday afternoon.  We accept children from ages 3-12 years old.  There is a different activity every month.

Come on out for some sugar and art fun!  We will meet on the 20th of May from 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM. The theme will be Emojis!  Kids will learn how to make homemade emoji theme cupcakes and masks!  We will be meeting at Las Colinas Clubhouse.

Please visit our webpage at: to register your child, niece, nephew, grandchildren or friends!  We are excited to teach them!


Hosted by Raewyn Read Cake Design

Join us for a fun filled day making this cute as a button Cake Topper AND raise money for Cakes For Causes at the same time!
Sunday, May 7 at 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Buckeye, AZ

Class information and sign-up:​


(Modified from a Betty Crocker Recipe)


1 box white cake mix plus ingredients needed for cake mix (eggs, oil)
1 large can of pineapple rings (reserve the juice)
6 – 8 TBLS butter, melted
1 cup light brown sugar
Maraschino cherries
You may need extra pineapple juice


Makes one 9x13 Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. Take a 9 x 13 inch cake pan (DO NOT grease or flour pan) and pour melted butter into the bottom of the pan.  Make sure butter coats the entire surface.  Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over the butter.  Place pineapple rings on top of the brown sugar/butter mixture making a decorative design if you desire.  Place a Maraschino cherry inside each pineapple ring. 
  3. Make cake according to package directions but replace the water with pineapple juice (this is where you made need extra pineapple juice or you can just top off the measurement with water if you so desire). 
  4. Pour cake mix into the pan making sure to smooth the batter evenly over the pineapple rings. 
  5. Bake according to package directions or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Remove from oven and let cake cool NO LONGER than 5 minutes. 
  6. Cut around the edges making sure cake will release from pan when inverted.  Invert onto serving plate. 
  7. If the pineapple rings stick, you can immediately put them back onto the cake where they belong. 
  8. Let cool and enjoy! 
  9. NOTE:  This is a very moist cake so it is best to refrigerate it so it doesn’t mold.


Homicide Survivors, Inc. is a non-profit victim assistance organization dedicated to meeting the crisis and long term needs of families of murder victims. Through support, advocacy and assistance we help survivors cope emotionally, stabilize economically and help survivors seek justice for their loved ones. Homicide Survivors is committed to ensuring that no one has to endure the murder of a loved one alone. We can’t change the tragic loss, but together, we can ease the pain & prevent further victimization.

Homicide Survivors Inc. (H.S.I.) is a non-profit victim assistance organization. We offer support, advocacy & assistance to families and friends who have lost a loved one to murder.

H.S.I. has served victims in Tucson and Southern Arizona since 1982. Our program offers services at no charge to survivors of homicide victims.


Q: What is the difference between baking using glass or metal?
A: The heat distribution is different in glass than in metal.  Baking in glass may require more baking time, but the heat distribution is very uniform.  Metal conducts heat better so it stays hotter as does the contents.  To ensure proper cooking, make sure you use the type of pan the recipe calls for.

Q: What is the difference between using Baking Powder and Baking Soda?
A:  Baking Powder is a combination of baking soda and an acid and cornstarch to help absorb moisture.  It has an expiration date and is perishable and should be stored in a cool dry place.

Baking Soda is four times stronger than Baking Powder.  It only requires about 1/4 of a teaspoon for rising to every cup of flour where Baking Powder requires 1 teaspoon.  It is a better choice when your recipe contains more acidic ingredients like buttermilk, yogurt, sour cream, citrus juice, molasses and/or brown sugar.  It reacts quickly to liquids so always add it to the dry ingredients first.

*If you'd like to see more of our work, please visit our Facebook page.



A very special thank you for the support from the following organizations:
**American Home Shows, Inc.   
**Tucson Electric Power  **Tucson Morning Blend
**Tucson Masonic Lodge #4   **Robert M. with Valley Imaging Solutions
**Las Colinas Condominiums **LaMonte Hunley with Arizona Health Inc. 
​**Vail Christian Church  **Conarroe Farms

Thank you to all of our individual donors as we could not do this without all of you and our sponsors!  YOU ROCK!!

Have a question or content you'd like for us to share?  Email us at: