“I know that a cupcake won’t end hunger but a tasty treat, when times are tough, can make life sweeter. ” — Michael Platt, 14-year-old owner of Michaels Desserts

When we go about trying to brighten someone’s day, sometimes a cupcake does just the trick. Michael Platt, now 14, has taken this to a new level—having donated over 10,000 cupcakes to people in need in the 3 years that he’s been in business!

Not a single one of us will be the cure for the biggest problems our world faces. But every single one of us can be a part of getting us there. This is a story of a young baker with a passion for the sweeter things in life who’s making a positive impact on thousands of people’s days while shining a light on food insecurity.

Courtesy of Michaels Desserts

Sharing the sweetness!

An 11-year-old Michael Platt knew that he loved baking and was good at it, and he also knew he wanted to end food inequality. So, in 2017, he started his own business, Michaels Desserts, on with a 1 for 1 model; meaning that for every dessert sold, there would be a dessert donated to someone going through a rough time.

Now, 3 years later, he’s still going; showing the world the true impact kids can have on some of the world’s toughest issues. And illustrating how, most of the time, what makes an impact isn’t anything big and fancy or expensive. Big impacts can start small; the love and care it takes to create a cupcake can shift someone’s entire outlook—making them feel seen, remembered, and cared for. That feeling can radiate out in unpredictable ways.

One of our favorite creators, Great Big Story, brings us to meet Michael and see some of his delicious confections in this video:

Discover more amazing stories from around the world with Great Big Story over on their website or YouTube channel! They’re one of our favorite creators to keep up with—as you can probably tell from this collection of articles featuring them. And you can also stay connected with their work by subscribing to their channel or giving them a follow over on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter as well!

Want to support Michael Platt’s work?

If you live around Bowie, Maryland you can pick up some of his beautiful desserts directly from him—but don’t worry, Michaels Desserts also ships! Check out their menu to see if anything strikes your fancy.

You can also support his family’s nonprofit, PLLATE, where they’re on the mission to create a pay-what-you-can grocery store and provide food and gardening resources. Find more information and where to donate over on Michael’s website!

To learn even more about Michaels Desserts, make sure you check out the TEDx Talk he gave last year! He goes deeper into the impact of his business and the huge difference that young people can make when they’re supported in their passions. It’s titled “Kids Can Solve Big Problems” and you can give it a watch here!

Follow Michaels Desserts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay in the loop with what they’re up to!

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  • Sam

“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” —Albert Einstein

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  1. Great Big Story. “How a 14-Year-Old Is Fighting Food Insecurity With Cupcakes.” YouTube, 2020, www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVWwIuq5SDk. Accessed 11 Feb. 2020.

Sam has written and edited hundreds of articles since joining the EWC team in 2016. She writes about topics from the wonders of nature to the organizations changing the world and the simple joys in life! Outside of the EWC office, she’s a part-time printmaker, collector of knick-knacks, and taster of cheeses.