Birthday cake is a sweet favour for wildfires

2015-05-19 06:00
Maya Stephen with her birthday cake, which she is raffling off to raise funds for the Volunteer Wildfire Services.
nicole mccain

Maya Stephen with her birthday cake, which she is raffling off to raise funds for the Volunteer Wildfire Services. PHOTO: nicole mccain

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Most twelve-year-olds wouldn’t dream of giving up their birthday cake.

But Fish Hoek resident Maya Stephen is giving up her cake this year for a good cause.

The Grade 6 pupil has been running a raffle to raise funds for the Volunteer Wildfire Services (VWS) – with the prize being her birthday cake created by Charly’s Bakery.

Maya was inspired by a fellow girl guide who requested that friends donate pet food to Tears Animal Rescue instead of buying her birthday gifts.

“After all the recent fires, I decided I wanted to do something for a good cause,” she says.

The VWS was an easy choice for Maya, who wanted to be a firefighter as a little girl.

“The firefighters have been so brave. They never give up and are always there to prevent other people getting hurt,” she says.

Maya developed a relationship with the bakery after writing a children’s story which featured the bakery and other Cape Town landmarks.

She sent it to the bakery.

The owner encouraged her to have the story published and offered to bake her birthday cake.

The cake is an A4-sized “Wicked chocolate” cake, iced with white chocolate ganache.

It features edible photos of firefighters in action, as well as the VWS logo on top. A small edible bee also adorns the cake, to represent Maya

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