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Music – “If I Knew You Were Coming I’d Have Baked A Cake” from I Got The Sun In The Morning by Ethel Merman. Released: 2011
Cake, “Cake and ice cream”, “Let them eat cake!” , “Piece of cake”, “That takes the cake”, “Beefcake”, “Cakewalk”, “It’s icing on the cake”, “pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake”, “If I knew you were coming, I’d have baked you a cake”, etc., etc. Everywhere, cake, cake, cake, but: you CAN have your cake and eat it too!
I’ve been fascinated by the plethora of cooking shows geared to baking: The Great British Baking Show, Ace of Cakes, Cupcake Wars, Holiday Baking Championship, Last Cake Standing, Save My Bakery, Cake Boss, Charm City Cakes, Sugar High. The list goes on and on. Cakes in their more or less current form have been around since the 18th century, that is, with layers and icing, however, in recent years, bakers have been creating cakes that are bigger, more exotic and in some cases, downright weird.
Rivalry is stiff, as one can tell by not only the variety of baking shows, but by the number of baking competitions. Bakers, like chefs, have joined the realm of the celebrities: Buddy Valastro of “Cake Boss”, Duff Goldman of “Ace of Cakes” are just two. When I was growing up, “Wilton” was about the only game in town in terms of cake baking and decorating. Now, there are thousands of books and publications on the subject.
The cost of wedding cakes is also rising, reflecting the incredible options and details, both whimsical and ornate, which the bride and groom can elect as options.
In 2013, the world’s most expensive wedding cake, created by “Cake”, a bakery in Chester, England, was valued at an incredible $52.7 million! The 8 tiers of white fondant icing were adorned with 4,000 diamonds. No mention of whether or not the diamonds were edible. The largest cake to date is the one created at the Mohegan Sun Hotel & Casino in Connecticut, weighing in at a hefty 15,032 pounds!
In addition to wedding cakes, birthday cakes, anniversary cakes, get well cakes, retirement cakes, sweet 16 cakes, even divorce cakes are abundant. I had a lot of fun scouring the internet for photos of the weird and wonderful world of cakes. Enjoy the slide show!