Photos by Lee Pellegrini 

Members of the Boston College Baking Club worked with BC Dining Services Executive Pastry Chef Tim Fonseca to hold the University's first cupcake fundraiser with the national non-profit Bakes for Breast Cancer. Five hundred of the pink-frosted treats were purchased for the cause on April 27 at various campus locations, with proceeds benefiting the Dana Farber Foundation for Breast Cancer.

Fonseca had participated in the annual Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer initiative during his 16 years as executive pastry chef at the Four Seasons Hotel, prior to joining BC. His grandmother, a 20-year breast cancer survivor, was the 2009 Boston Bakes honoree.

“It was around the time when I was 17 or 18 and she was recovering from breast cancer that I made a strong commitment as a young adult to get to know my grandmother,” Fonseca said in an interview with The Pastry Channel that year. “In turn, we forged a friendship and a bond that really grew.

“My baking genes and my cooking genes come from my grandmother,” he said.

Go behind the scenes at this frosting fest in our photo gallery; read more about Tim Fonesca in the Boston College Chronicle.

Cupcakes for a Cause