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Teen Baker Cooks up Sweet Donations
Mitzvah Hero: Dani Kupersmith, 16, can have her cake — and donate it, too. The Bryn Mawr owner, producer and chief chef of Kupes Cakes has turned her love of baking into a business, but still saves some energy for tzedakah.
What It’s All About: “I started making cakes after I became in love with the show Cake Boss,” says the 10th-grade student at the Shipley School, referring to the TV series featuring Buddy Valastro, whom she met backstage during one of his local appearances.
Her burgeoning baking talent hit home: For her Bat Mitzvah, she made a three-tiered cake without any outside help. She is teeming with pride about being a teen “flour girl” and has donated some of her tasty artistry to charitable fundraising functions sponsored by her school.
She’s doing well in her evolving business, selling cakes for all sorts of occasions to friends and their relatives, family members, teachers and others who find out about her work through her website. But the Main Line Reform Temple congregant says she realizes the importance of giving back. To that end, Dani says, she hopes to donate even more cakes to worthy causes in the community.
Not a One-Time Thing: In addition to her sweet contributions, Dani volunteers for the Friendship Circle Philadelphia, a Chabad Lubavitch project that assists families with challenged children. She spends time every Sunday with Freida, a 7-year-old who has Tourette syndrome and some other disabilities.
"We do art projects, take walks, play with her toys, play outside … really, whatever she wants to do that day," Dani says. "She is the best thing that has ever come into my life.”
Good for Her: Wearing a pair of baking mitts and doing mitzvot provide an ideal combination for the teen.
“Baking relaxes me, and I love making other people smile,” says the daughter of Richard and Susan Kupersmith.