Beads of Courage for Emma Faith

This week I had the honor of creating a cake for a special girl that has been through a lot in her first year of life including open heart surgery. Her sweet mother, Michelle, requested a cake themed around her Beads of Courage. This was a program I was unfamiliar with, but have since learned that it's a program for children with serious illnesses where they are given beads throughout their medical journey for every poke and procedure they undergo. You can learn more about the program at

Michelle shared this picture of Emma's beads with me.

She also sent me this inspiration image that is well circulated on the internet, but I'm not sure of the original baker.

I cannot begin to imagine how hard it was for this precious family to endure so much through Emma's first year!

These are pictures Michelle shared with me of Emma at the hospital just after her surgery.

Such a brave girl!! Do you notice the layered beads and mustard oval beads there? I sure did!

I really wanted to make the cake personal for Emma! So I decided to replicate the heart from the frame she keeps her beads in, and I chose to replicate those square beads that were layered with black, yellow, orange and red, and also the oval mustard colored bead.

It was important to me that beads appeared collected, and that not all of them matched or had a similar size.

The finished cake!

Her mother shared these images with me and posted such a heartfelt message to my page:

I am so honored I get to contribute to my clients milestone events! Thank you so much Michelle for allowing me to play a small role on this special day!

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