MINNEAPOLIS - The Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro, made a special stop at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital on Thursday.

Valastro, along with special guest SpongeBob, visited with and gave cookies to patients and their families.

“We come bring a little joy here and inspire the kids to keep fighting and believing in themselves,” he said. “Anytime I do things like this, people say to me ‘that is so wonderful you are doing it for the kids. Selfishly, I do it for myself. You thank God and it puts things in perspective for you.”

Valastro is in Minneapolis ahead of the opening of Carlo's Bakery in Mall of America.