Cakes for a Cause

Nearly 500 Students Participate in Annual Cake Wars Competition to Raise Funds for Breast Cancer Awareness

On February 4, nearly 500 students gathered in Furst Hall on the Wilf Campus to participate in one of the most popular events of the year, the Fifth Annual YU Sharsheret Cake Wars Competition. The event raises money for breast cancer awareness and was sponsored by the Stern College for Women Student Council, Yeshiva Student Union, 16 Handles and Sharsheret, a national nonprofit organization that supports young Jewish women diagnosed with breast cancer.

Students competed on more than 50 teams with creative names like Meet the Frosters, 50 Shades of Pink, Batters Up and For Goodness Cakes to decorate cakes in just a half an hour, which were then judged by a panel of expert food judges. Students, mostly dressed in pink, rushed to complete their confectionary masterpieces while crowds of their peers watched and cheered on their favorites.

“Organizing this event takes a lot of work, but it doesn’t feel like it because it’s so much fun,” said Rachel Mirsky, president of the Beren Campus Sharsheret Club, which co-organizes the annual event with the Wilf Campus Sharsheret Club. “Everyone loves cake and everyone loves cake for a cause.”

Judges included Dominick Costa, manager of Gotham Burger on the Upper West Side; Dani Beckerman, founder of JARS by Dani, INC.; and a representative from 16 Handles.

Sharsheret’s Director of Navigation and Support Services Shera Dubitsky was on hand at the event to answer student questions about Sharsheret and the cause it represents. Dubitsky connects newly diagnosed young women and those at high risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer with suitable peer supporters, counsels them and develops specific programs for their needs as well as those of their families.

“The best part of Cake Wars is that students are using creativity for an amazing cause,” said Mirsky. “From the team names and signs to the costumes to the slogans, and of course, the cakes, we are giving our all to help kick cancer.