Kelly Ripa is putting her sweet tooth to good use!
The Live With Regis And Kelly host is spearheading Cake-Off For A Cause benefiting The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. It’s a cause close to her heart – Ripa lost her childhood friend to the disease.
“I knew very little about ovarian cancer,” Ripa told RadarOnline.com. “And then my childhood friend and neighbor who I grew up with was diagnosed and died very rapidly from the disease. I watched this happen. She was my age. She didn’t have any children, she didn’t have time to get married. She really didn’t have time to start a grown up life. She didn’t have any symptoms. She thought she had gas.”
Ripa decided to put together Cake-Off For A Cause to benefit her two passions: baking and raising awareness for Ovarian Cancer. Five teams of women came together to decorate a cake, all of which were submitted online at KellyConfidential.com. America then has to vote on which cake they like best. For each vote cast, Electrolux donates $1 to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. The goal is to reach $500,000. The event ends on February 19.
“It’s the best idea that I never came up with,” Ripa told RadarOnline.com. “We enlisted the help of Buddy Valastro from Cake Boss who’s been giving these five teams of women decorating advice.”
Ripa says she enjoys putting her passion for baking to good use.
“I bake quite a bit,” she told RadarOnline.com. “My kids don’t really get into it, but they lick the bowls and the spoons.”
So what’s Kelly’s biggest baking disaster? She tells RadarOnline.com that she tried to make a pumpkin pie once and it exploded inside the oven.
“The whole house smelled like one of those Thanksgiving candles for about a year,” She said. “Every time we’d cook something, it would come out smelling a bit like Pumpkin.”