HBU on hold for another year!!

Happy Birthdays Unlimited (HBU) will continue to suspend operations for the 2021-22 academic year.  It pains us to skip a second year, but baking and delivering birthday treats continues to pose too high a risk in these times.


For over 65 years, Happy Birthdays Unlimited (HBU) has provided home-made cakes and other baked goods for Grinnell College students. We know that it can be difficult for students and their families to be apart during these college years, especially at important moments like birthdays or other special occasions.

What We Do

HBU is a non-profit fundraiser, comprised of local volunteers who bake the various cakes, cupcakes, brownies, cookies and bars that families order each year. You get to choose the kind of baked item you would like to send, the date of delivery, and compose a personal message that will be transcribed onto the accompanying card.

Because our goal is to connect families with their Grinnell students, we also offer the option of sending in your favorite recipe which we will bake so that students can have a treat “just like at home”.

Dietary Restrictions

While we enjoy the time-honored tradition of baking, we have also made a conscious effort to adjust to the changing dietary needs and concerns of Grinnell students. Please contact us if you would like to order baked goods that are vegan, gluten-free, diabetic, or correspond to a particular set of dietary restrictions/allergies.  We can make any recipe without nuts, but we cannot guarantee a 100% nut-free facility.

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