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Cake detective cracks 100th case

Laura Casey with one of her cake creations

Cake Detective, Laura Casey, makes birthday cakes for Waikato kids who are going through tough times, and recently celebrated a huge milestone when she delivered her 100th birthday cake to a family.

Mum of two, Laura, started making and donating birthday cakes last year after being asked for help by a foster mum neighbour.

“It just grew from there,” she says.

The Cake Detective now has charitable trust status and takes requests from a variety of agencies including Kids In Need Waikato, The Child Cancer Foundation, The Salvation Army and Oranga Tamariki.

Every child deserves to know that they’re special, and getting a fancy birthday cake that’s just for them is a great way for us to show a child that they matter,” she says.


Laura set herself the goal of donating 50 cakes in a year, but hit the 100-mark after only nine months, despite lockdown putting the brakes on things for a while.

She now donates her time and talent to make around three special birthday cakes a week, while the ingredients are paid for by various sponsors and donors. She says The Cake Detective felt like the right name as she tracks down missing birthday cakes for kids that might otherwise not have one.

Laura says that the inspiration for the birthday cakes for the younger kids comes from her own kids and what she thinks they would like, which is often over the top and packed full of fun.

First birthday ball cake

For older kids, Laura aims to make those cakes a little more mature yet still in keeping with their interests.

13th Birthday planet cake


Tik Tok cake


I follow a lot of cake decorators on social media and find inspiration in their work and then doodle some ideas until one sticks,” she says.


Linda Roil, of Kids In Need Waikato, thanked Laura for her efforts and said, “The children we support are getting necessities like clothes, toiletries and schoolbags from us. What Laura gives them is something really unexpected, extravagant and joyful.”

“These kids all remember their special birthday cakes for a long time to come. We’re so grateful to Laura for the happiness she brings the children.”

To celebrate the 100th cake, Laura organised a cupcake delivery fundraiser on Friday 7 August.

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The Cake Detective is run on donations. 100% of donations go directly towards ingredients and cake supplies.

There are 3 ways to donate:

1) You can set up a direct debit so that a small amount of money comes to The Cake Detective Trust on a regular basis and ensures an on-going donation stream so they can continue to donate birthday cakes.

2) You can donate directly to the trust through the website. This is a secure payment through stripe and the trust will send you the details of the cake that your donation contributed towards.

3) Givealittle, there is also a link on the Cake Detective give a little page on their website.

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