At City Centre Mall on Sunday, customers were making a beeline for two stalls in the lobby. While one sold vegetarian and non vegetarian sandwiches, the other had cakes and cookies.
Rima, a young girl, got two cupcakes packed to take home. She said she would share it with others.
Anjali Rao, public relations officer of Make a Difference (MAD), said the stall was set up by MAD, a network of youth volunteers who work for children living in orphanages. MAD, which is aligned to the Cambridge University Press, empowers them in different ways and helps boost their confidence by teaching them English. The network is engaging in different activities to raise funds for the children. This year’s first such event is the sale of baked items.
The red velvet cakes and the cupcakes were flying off the shelves. “All the children pull their parents to the stall when they see the cupcakes,” she said. By afternoon, the stall had run out of the red velvet cakes and chocopops.
The cakes were baked by Mariam Mohiuddeen, who won the Dubai Master Chef. The stall had Oreo cookie brownies, ‘M and M’ cookies, choco chip cookies and some savouries, too, such as calzones.
Basith, a student and volunteer at the stall, said since he was fasting for Ramzan, he was thinking of packing some of these colourful cupcakes. He said, “I don’t think I will share them.”