Allison Day


I would like to ask you all for some help. A little while ago I told you about how my brother has been diagnosed with leukemia again, and that he will probably need a bone marrow transplant. Unfortunately, we have just found out that none of us are a match for him. My brother isn’t the only one… there are many people who have leukemia who can’t find a bone marrow match. So I was hoping that as many of you as possible can try to get tested for a bone marrow transplant registry… there are many different ones in the US and in many other countries, so even my foreign readers can get tested. By doing this, your blood sample is put in an international registry, so in the case that you are a match for my brother or one of the many other children (and adults) who have leukemia or a similar disease, you can help save a life.

Here are some national and international Bone Marrow Transplant Registries that anyone who is interested can contact:

Thank you to anyone who decides to get tested!

Anyways, time for Taste and Create again! This month, I got paired up with Abby from Confabulation in the Kitchen. There were so many yummy things on her website (for example, I really would have loved to make her Chocolate Pecan Pie, but believe me… I don’t do pies. My last pie ended up looking like a turkey. Long story. :P) After much deliberation, I decided to make her Orange Cupcakes.

I had already decided on the orange cupcakes, when I saw her Cupcakes for the Cure post. What a great idea!!! Now I’m sure you’re thinking, “Orange cupcakes??? I thought breast cancer was pink?!?!” Here’s where I’m changing it up a little. While everyone knows that pink is the color for breast cancer, very few know that orange is the color for leukemia, and gold is the color for children’s cancer. (In case you were wondering, September is the month for both leukemia and children’s cancer… yeah I’m a month late, but that’s okay!) This turns out perfect, because I can use the orange cupcakes with gold wrappers as a mini tribute to my brother!

These cupcakes were super easy to make, although I have to admit, I did make a few changes to the recipe. I had no orange zest, and I forgot to add the pinch of salt, so those were both omitted from the recipe. I also shortened the cooking time to 20-25 minutes, since the cupcakes cooked faster than an 8-inch cake would have. (I made 12 cupcakes, but I probably could have filled the cups a little more.) I also used store bought lemon flavored frosting (*gasp*!!) Real bakers, please don’t hate me! 😛 Really though, this is super yummy frosting… if it weren’t unhealthy, I would be eating it straight out of the container!!! Also, I used dried mango strips for the orange leukemia ribbon decoration.

All said and done, these cupcakes were really good! Son absolutely loved them (I had to keep him from eating too many!) I sent some to my parents and my brother, and for the most part they loved them (my mom ended up eating half of my brother’s, but he wasn’t feeling so great from the chemotherapy at the time which explains that). These will be made again… I just need an excuse to make them!

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  1. Abby says:

    They are so pretty! I’m glad you enjoyed them. I didn’t know about the different colors so I’m wracking my brain to see how I can help out other causes now, too! My thoughts and prayers are with your brother and family – I wish you all the best and lots of comfort. When he’s feeling better you’ll have to make these for him again! (And no shame in my game, either. I love store-bought icing. Sooooo creamy.)

  2. Nicole from: For the Love of Food says:

    Allison, I already sent out an email to a donation center in Texas close to where I will be in about 3 weeks when I go to visit my family. I will, however (to see if it can go faster), call my local Red Cross when they open tomorrow and see what I can do. I’ll try to get the word out and will keep my fingers crossed for you guys.

  3. Robert-Gilles Martineau says:

    Dear Allison!
    Lots of my cricket friends in Japan are actually into that:
    could you please check:
    It will certainly be of help!
    Yours faithfully,

  4. Allison says:

    Abby – Thanks! Here is a pretty comprehensive list of all the different colors for awareness of different causes (not just cancers). Thanks for your thoughts and prayers… they are very much appreciated. Definitely will be making these again!

    Nicole – Thank you so much. 🙂 Every extra person who can get tested is another possible match for a cancer patient. I’m in the process of getting my results from when I got tested for my brother put in one of the bone marrow databases.

    Robert-Gilles – Thank you so much! That’s another great website for the cause!

  5. Yvo says:

    Allison- I am already registered, but thank you for encouraging people to sign up! My thoughts are with your family. Wouldn’t it be weird if we were a match? (I don’t think I’d find out if we were, though- I don’t think they tell you who you’re donating to.)
    As for the cupcakes, they look lovely. I thought orange was the color of hunger. And I know this is odd and perhaps awful to say, but all the “good colors” were taken up by the more popular (as charities) cancers already… Pink, red… everyone knows breast cancer, AIDS, and Lance Armstrong- and it’s great to help those causes, I know! But renal cell cancer, which is green, man, that was hard convincing people to donate…
    In any case, I was thinking you could probably- if you have time or the inclination- raise a lot of money for the cause (either for the organizations or for your family, if the medical bills are giving you trouble) by making these cupcakes and sending them out. Just a thought…

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  7. Allison says:

    Hehe yeah, that would be weird if you were a match! Yeah, a lot of the colors are used for a ton of different things (like red for drug awareness and AIDS, etc.). I don’t know how well the cupcakes would ship… but you have given me the great idea of maybe doing some bake sales at my school and my brother’s school… I’m definitely going to see if I can get something like that together! Thanks for the idea! 🙂

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  9. sarah says:

    Thank you for your post and helping to raise awareness! I know this post is several years old, and I don’t know where this terrible journey has taken your family, but it’s good to know when you’re not alone. My 7-year-old former nephew was diagnosed with Leukemia in February and it has been a roller coaster of emotions for his family. Though I am now slightly on the outskirts of their family, it has been difficult emotionally for me as well. I didn’t even know bone marrow donation was a thing until a few months ago and I registered as soon as I learned about it. I hope your family is well.

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