South Africa takes the new Guinness World Records title for the Tallest tower of Cupcakes. The 10.7m tall tower showcased a whopping 6370 cupcakes. The previous record stood at 8m and was set up in Dubai last year.

This sweet event was organised by the charity Cupcakes of HOPE on September 23rd at Rio Sol, Vereeniging. “It’s all to help very ill children,” says Cupcakes of Hope founder Sandy Cipriano, whose team works tirelessly to raise money for the families of children with life-threatening diseases. 

“Right now, we need to raise R600 000 for stem-cell and bone-marrow transplants. There are desperately ill children in our network whose families need all the help they can get,” Cipriano says. 

Glenn Pollard, the adjudicator from Guinness World Records, says: “This was a very well organised Guinness World Records official attempt which was impressive enough. However to see the labours of those commendable efforts bring together the wider range of the community & for such a wonderful cause made the success of the attempt all the more special. Cupcakes of HOPE can justifiably feel incredibly proud of their achievement & of every single person that supported them.”

This “officially AMAZING” tower also paid tribute to more than 50 little cancer warriors who gained their Angel Wings. Cipriano says: “These brave little warriors will NEVER be forgotten and will always be in our hearts… I would like to thank all our Cupcake Angels across South African, more than R300 000 was pledged towards Cupcakes of HOPE. The funds raised today will be used to save children’s lives!”. 

Five year old cancer survivor Soso helped to stick the sponsor names on the tower. Sosa was diagnosed in 2014 with retinoblastoma and lost her one eye due to the cancer. Soso’s mom says:”I’m so grateful to Sandy and Cupcakes of HOPE, they are just a phone call away and make an unbearable situation more comfortable. Cupcakes of Hope also paid for Soso’s new prosthetic eye, something that I could not afford to pay for.” 

The Gold Sponsors of the event were Rio Sol Portuguese Restaurant, Domento and Bekker Steel. Daniel dos Santos from Domento says: “I was humbled by the time, effort, hard work and love that everyone involved put into this event. I was honoured and elated for having being part and would do it all over again.”

After the event each and every single cupcake was donated to the public as well as delivered to children’s homes and hospitals. 

Gold Sponsors: From left to right: Johan Bekker (Bekker Steel), Sandy Cipriano (founder of Cupcakes of HOPE), Cilo Cipriano (Rio Sol), Daniel Dos Santos (Domento) and Glenn Pollard from Guinness World Records

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and the 6th National Cupcake Day 4 Kids with Cancer will be celebrated at 63 malls across the country on 30 September, also know as the SWEETEST day of the year. For a R10 donation you will receive a deliciously homemade cupcake as well as a leaflet with the ‘Early Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer’, early detection can SAVE a child’s life! 

To find your nearest participating mall, visit