Ardra Tippett’s Foundation Gives Kids a Taste of Love
Cake Café Atlanta owner Ardra Tippett’s late grandmother had a favorite saying: “Something made with your hands comes directly from your heart.”
Ardra believes in that statement, not only in sharing her homemade sweets at her popular bakery, but also with her Taste of Love Foundation. The foundation provides birthday cakes and parties for children up to eighteen years of age whose parents are in shelters, deceased, or incarcerated. Ardra, whose own father was incarcerated when she was a young child, began the foundation as a way to bring to others what she did not have as a child – unconditional love.
“The foundation comes from personal pain and tears, but also from a place of promise,” she explains. “I want to give these children hope and show them that somebody cares – sometimes not the people we think should care – but at least somebody thinks they make a difference.”
Ardra has been baking since she was in the seventh grade and professionally for ten years. Three years ago she opened her bakery which offers cakes, cupcakes, cobblers, cookies, gourmet popcorn, brownies, and soft-serve ice cream.
Ardra has a passion for creating treats for people, believing that sweets make every day stresses in life more palatable. Cake Café Atlanta has quickly become a place for people to hang out, with Wi-Fi access, a small meeting room, and free monthly customer appreciation activities.
“I feel like I’m where I’m supposed to be, doing what I am supposed to be doing,” she says.
Ardra plans to expand her foundation. She also sponsors two local football teams, and would like to see others become more philanthropic in the community as well.
“People don’t need a lot of money or resources to help,” she says passionately. “They can impact a life by letting people know they care. We all need to help each other.”