A Cinderella Story

by Jushawn Carter
(Atlanta, Ga)




This is a photo of my aunt cutting her cake.

On December 28, 1947, my aunt Hazel was born. Hazel grew up living a wonderful life. Spending time with family and friends was always first. She took in her sister Gwen’s daughter as if she was her own. In 1995, her niece, I, Jushawn was born. To me, Hazel, was a strong woman. I looked up to my aunt Hazel and admired her.


Fashion was also a must to Hazel. She wore the nicest dresses, the best accessories, and the cutest hats. She was looked at as Cinderella. She walked around with pride. She was a role model to many. She was what I considered a real woman.

On one tragic day, she was cleaning and a mix of chemicals she was using got into her system and she was rushed into the hospital. Due to the strength of these chemicals, Hazel lost were memory, and was now considered handicapped and unable. She now spends every hour of every day in bed, and the task of getting her up and active is a hard one.

The day of the incident I was actually with her. I was young and watching her carried off in an ambulance was one of my worst experiences of my life. The event affected me in the worst way possible. I had lost my role model, my friend, and most important my aunt.

Inspired By The Draping Fondant


On her birthday, when I was asked to make her birthday cake, it was hard finding an idea or theme for the cake. I continued to finish the basics, and after I had iced the cake and began to place the fondant, the way the fondant fell around the cake inspired me. It had me think of a wedding dress. When the picture of the dress came to mind, I instantly began to reminisce of the times I'd watch my aunt, Hazel, get dressed in her finest dresses. Those memories are what inspired me to create this cake in the design of a unique dress.

Thank you Jushawn for your very touching story about your Aunt. She obviously means the world to you. Her sweet Cinderella birthday cake is beautiful and made with so much love.

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Feb 22, 2012
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A Wonderful Tribute
by: Nayshunda Burke

Hazel has been an inspiration to all she has come into contact with, whether it be as an aunt, cousin, god parent, usher, supervisor, co worker or friend. She represented the fine gkue fir keeping her family not only together but involved in each others lives. She is also one of the reasons why I have striven to become an independent contractor. She drilled the concept of career and not job into my mind.

I see an energetic, outgoing, outspoken person who loved life and the newness of each day to become idle, nonchalant and with out words was devastating.

Jushaen, I appreciate your tribute cake to a true Cinderella.
That is beautiful. Thank you Nayshunda
Lorelie

Feb 22, 2012
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Job well done!
by: Chanell Perry

Jushawn this was a very special cake for a very special person.. It was well put together with lots of detail. I can see that this is your passion considering the time and effort you put into this. Job well done!

Feb 23, 2012
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Tru Cinderella
by: Hava Crawford

Jushawn,
Beautiful job for a Beautiful lady. I am sure your Aunt Hazel is very proud of you. You can see that much Love and Admiration went into the cake. The admiration for your aunt is shared, about three years before you was born Hazel attended my wedding, and excluding myself, she was by far the best dressed woman there. She also wore the most beautiful hat. Of course I remember that day vividly; I remember her presence and appreciated her sharing that day with us. I am very sorry to hear of her illness, but I am sure her legacy of beauty and pride will continue to shine on in you and the other young people she has touched.

Feb 23, 2012
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You Truly Shine
by: Linda Ogletree

Jushawn,
Your family must beam with joy when they see your artistic skills used in such a loving way.
You have the compassion that many of us would hope to have in our lifetime. Continue on your beautiful path of using your gifts to share with other people.
I will remember the way you chose to honor your Aunt. You are not just a skilled young entrepreneur but one who truly cares to make something memorable.



Feb 23, 2012
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the cake (A Cinderella Story)
by: GwenPeeks

Jushawn, that was so loving, your love for your aunt,an the cake showed the love. I hope you continue,an go as far as you can. You will always have my support an love.The cake was lovely as well as good,That also counts.

Feb 24, 2012
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Lookin boy....
by: L

Good job, looks great!

Feb 24, 2012
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Beautiful Act Jushawn!
by: Amber S. :)

I think that this cake is ravishing and I'm sure that it tasted just as good as it looked. The story is touching and It's nice that you used your skill to do such a selfless act for someone you care about. It has inspired me to use my talents to bring happiness to others selflessly. Wonderful Ju-Ju :)

Feb 24, 2012
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Awww..
by: Emerald

That story was really touching and the cake was too cute! Im sure she loved it and it tasted real good!:)

Feb 24, 2012
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Awesome
by: Tasha Perry

This story was very heart-warming and touching and I loved it! The cake is beautiful and I actually wanted a piece of it (smile). Great job and I am proud of you...! Love you!

Feb 25, 2012
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So Proud!
by: Cousin Gail

It was very touching to read the comments of our Aunt Hazel. You described her A-1 perfect! I feel the same as you do when speaking of how she was and it is great that she was such an impact on you (us). We will always love her and once again I am so proud of you growing up to be a "strong" young lady. The cake was awesome and wish I could have joined you guys to have a piece (smile). Continue doing well and hope to see you guys soon! Love you & take care.

Feb 25, 2012
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Beautiful Cinderella
by: Siti Carter

Great Job ! Beautiful cake ,wonderful reason, I love it. Keep it up the great work.

Feb 25, 2012
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Great cake!
by: Dontavia

Fabulous cake and touching story! Love it! I would love to have one of your cakes!! Keep up the good work!

Mar 03, 2012
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Beautiful!
by: DeAnna Swope

You are truly blessed with talent and your aunt is already so proud of you. I would love to have a sample of it and I will definitely contact you for my twin daughters or my mother on their upcoming birthday this July. I pray that you win this contest. Thanks for sharing this beautiful story with us. I wish you the best of luck!

DeAnna Swope

Mar 03, 2012
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by: Anonymous

Wow!!!!Awesome. This is your cousin from down in the south of Georgia, a little, town call Cairo where your Aunt Hazel was born. You sum everything in a nut shell. She is still all that and more because God is still in control.And we all on this end Love her dearly. I am so proud of you, you are awesome. The cake looks beautiful. Keep up the good work. Couldn't have done it no other way. The story was so touching and lovely.

Love,
Cousin Sharon

Mar 04, 2012
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CAKE
by: Zana Peeks

Jushawn the cake is beautiful! Keep up the great work! Very proud of you!

Mar 06, 2012
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You Rock!
by: Angie Slade

If I did not know any better, I would have thought that this cake was made at Publix. Great job Jushawn!.

Mar 07, 2012
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Lovely Cake!
by: kristi de seve

i LOVE the doll cakes -- great work!

Mar 08, 2012
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You Are An Inspiration
by: Marvette St. Clair

Jushawn,

When I look at your work, I think of many famous talented artists who use their gifts to give a special experience to the world. That is what you do with your beautiful cake creations. You inspire us as we view a snapshot of the world through your eyes. I know there are great moments in your future. Enjoy them all.

Marvette St. Clair

Apr 24, 2012
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Thinking of others
by: Shirley Roebuck

Coodos to this young lady for her revelation of a special relationship in her life. It wasn't about her, because this generation is all about me,me and mine, mine. It just goes to show that all our young people are not selfish. Jashawn you have my respect and I know you will go far. May YAH bless you.

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