This month the Martha Stewart Cupcake Club is taking a stab at Martha’s coconut cupcakes. When I first learned about this pick I was psyched. After baking these little beauties, I could not believe how incredibly delicious they were; so much so that both my husband and I agreed that there was absolutely no need to slather them in sugary frosting. In their naked state, they are light, fluffy, not too sweet, and full of wonderful coconut flavor. If you’re a coconut fanatic like me, you are going to fall in love with these guys.
But these cupcakes almost didn’t make it to the oven. By now all of you know of the tragic earthquake that struck Haiti. As I watch the images on my TV and read the stories on the internet, I can’t help but feel like my day-to-day activities, especially baking, are so trivial compared to the hardships that the Haitian community is facing and will continue to face for a long, long time. And beneath all of that I can’t help but think of what would have happened if the plates that shook underneath Haiti would have also shook underneath Dominican Republic. I can’t help but think about the “what ifs” like ‘what if my family had felt more than just a dozen after shocks’. Luckily, they are all safe.
Every time I eat anything coconut flavored, I think of my summer vacations to the Dominican Republic and the plethora of coconuts that were brought to my grandparents house for me and my sisters to enjoy. I’m not sure what we loved most – seeing my grandpa pull out his mashedi to break a hole into the top of the coconut, drinking the coconut water or seeing my how much of a treasure lied beneath the shell.
Although my grandpa is no longer with us, I hope to one day take my kids to the island to introduce them to the joys of coconut. But to think that all of this could be gone in a fraction of a second and that it indeed happened to my neighbors has really taken me for a ride; a ride where I search to find something that I can do to help these people that have lost everything.
Sure, most of us don’t have $500,000 to donate like the Yankees did. But if everyone did their part, just a little bit at a time, it would add up to way, way more than that. Last night, after seeing how other fellow foodie bloggers are helping, I decided that through A Chica Bakes I could help too.
So, I am pledging to donate $1 (up to $500) for every comment left on my blog from now until Sunday to Haitian relief efforts. In this time of need, we all need to look outside of ourselves and figure out a way to help. Figure out how you can do YOUR part to help. There is no better time to put your New Year’s resolutions to work. Resolve to help someone that desperately needs it.