BEL AIR, Md. - Dazzling cupcakes, adorned with flowers, footballs and Minnie Mouse ears. Each is handmade by 16-year-old Amelia Clifton, and she’s not baking just for fun. She’s baking for a cause.
Clifton is the founder of Cupcakes for Care, which she started last year. She got into baking when her grandmother gave her the book “Hello Cupcake!” The idea for Cupcakes for Care came when she baked cupcakes to raise money for a band trip. But like all new business ventures, Clifton’s charity plan got off to a slow start.
“I was really worried that nothing was going to happen for a couple months, that this was just going to be cut off,” said Clifton. “But it has gotten larger than I ever thought it was going to be, which is very fantastic.”
With the help of her family, Clifton has been able to make large donations to several charities, both local and national. She raised $1,000 for “No Kid Hungry” and also works with the non-profit “In the Glow.” She’s also fundraising for an organization that raises awareness about ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
In the summertime, you can find Clifton and her family selling cupcakes during First Fridays in downtown Bel Air. “The support around my community and within my family has been immense and very special to see,” said Clifton.
It’s that time in her life when Clifton has to start thinking about college and what she wants to do with the rest of her life. One thing she knows is that she has no intentions of stopping Cupcakes for Care.
“I hope it’s something that I can continue and that it gets larger and it spreads out to helping more organizations.”
To order cupcakes from Clifton, head to her “Cupcakes for Care” Facebook page.