VIDEO INTERVIEW: Kelly Ripa's Sugary Good Deed

Feb. 15 2010, Published 3:29 p.m. ET

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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 “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.”

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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 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 “We enlisted the help of Buddy Valastro from Cake Boss who’s been giving these five teams of women decorating advice."

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Ripa says she enjoys putting her passion for baking to good use.

“I bake quite a bit,” she told “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 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.”


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