03/21/2011 07:00 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Japan Relief: Two Ways To Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth While Contributing To Japan Relief Efforts

With reports of continuing strife and devastation in Japan, many Angelenos are looking for ways to give back and help victims affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Some have opted to look for opportunities in their daily lives that will benefit those in Japan. So even if you have already donated directly to organizations like The Red Cross, you may be looking for eateries or events you can enjoy while also giving back. Luckily, two such events have popped up our our radar, and they are perfect for those who want to indulge their sweet tooth for a good cause.

Sprinkles Cupcakes
For one day, Sprinkles will donate 100% of the proceeds from its Red Cross Red Velvet cupcakes to the American Red Cross to benefit Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief efforts.
When: Tuesday, March 22
Where: Sprinkles Cupcakes, 9635 South Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA
Why: Last year on January 16, Sprinkles created its Red Cross Red Velvet cupcakes to help raise money for the American Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund. The bakery raised $20,000 and hopes to raise the same--if not more--amount of money for Japan this year. Compassionate cupcake lovers will be happy to hear they can help others by helping themselves to some sweets this Tuesday.

LA Bakesale
The LA Bakesale for Japan at Black Cat Bakery is an opportunity for amateur and professional bakers alike to come together and share hundreds of desserts in the name of a good cause. Food will be sold based on suggested donations.
When: Saturday, April 2, 10am-2pm
Where: Black Cat Bakery, 519 S. Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Why: Like the folks at Sprinkles, chef Samin Nosrat was able to raise money--about $23,000--for Haiti last year with a similar event in San Francisco. This year, with the help of Tavern's pastry chef, Breanne Varela, Nosrat is once again using food to help earthquake and tsunami victims, with proceeds from the Bake Sale benefitting Peace Winds Japan. Visit Varela's blog for more details.