Provided by Cakes by Happy Eatery
Manassas-based Cakes By Happy Eatery has been a ray of sunshine throughout COVID-19 crisis, While their thriving event business is coming back very slowly, the warm aromas of the bakery are particularly reassuring.
“One of the best things we did last year was to get even more involved with the community and charities than we already were,” said Victoria, who is the unofficial ringleader of this tight family-run and staffed operation. “We consider the local area to be part of our extended family, and we shared in every creative way we could think of.”
Baking for the Community
The Wu sisters have started a Thursday tradition during the COVID crisis of baking something special for
special donations to members of the community in need. For Feb. 25, it will be Three-Cheese Queso Mac & Cheese (smoked cheddar, gouda and Jarlsberg cheeses with diced jalapenos, the sisters’ special house favorite).
They started a partnership with Action in Community Through Service (ACTS) at the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis. CBHE provides fresh baked food on a weekly basis to community groups picked by the ACTS/Prince William Food Rescue staff. Past donations have included:
- Caramel Apple Cupcakes for National Apple Pie Day (May 13),
- Hot cross buns for Easter,
- Norwegian Meatballs and mashed potatoes,
- Their famous “Don’t Knock’em ‘til you try ‘em” chocolate vegan cupcakes for Earth Day,
- and they celebrated National Oatmeal Raisin Week with gourmet oatmeal raisin cookies.
“We’re very thankful for the collaboration with CBHE to get fresh food to those in need during these especially trying times,” said Aaron Tolson, Program Director for the ACTS Food Rescue Program. “There is always a need for this service, and it is growing a bit faster than usual because of COVID.”
Something Different Every Week
The cooking always starts at 10:00 a.m. The ACTS Food Rescue Heroes (program volunteers) pick up the weekly item between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. the same day. The food will again go to the East End Mobile Home Park.
“Week to week, we kind of decide what we’re in the mood to do in terms of an item,” said Victoria. “We made this queso dip for ourselves kind of fooling around in the kitchen, and it’s so good we had to share it.”
Cakes By Happy Eatery has made this program a permanent part of its weekly routine, and the menu will
continue to change every week. It has included gourmet cookies, bakery donuts and pasta salad, based on what ACTS needs group by group. The focus is on families hit hard by the economic impact of the COVID crisis.
For further information, go to cakesbyhappyeatery.com.