• Thursday , 23 March 2017

Let Them Eat Cake 2016 Gets Animated from Dr. Seuss to Looney Tunes

Story and photos by Dana J. Prophet

Once again it’s that time of year for Let Them Eat Cake. This event stands out because it’s Philadelphia’s premier wedding cake design competition open to both culinary professionals and students. Proceeds from this event benefits City of Hope‘s cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS research.

Held at the Loews Hotel’s Regency Ballroom on March 28th, as usual the theme’s competition goes beyond the previous year’s theme. City of Hope – In Animation allowed cake artists go above and beyond the dreams of any bride. There were cakes designed as favorite cartoon characters to cakes with moving toppers.

Ticket holders travelled from table to table tasting delectable cake and viewed in awe beautiful designs. This year’s judge was celebrity chef Ron Ben-Israel and he had a tough challenge ahead of him.

Out of the challengers, only two went home with the four available trophies. UNIK Cakes swept Best Theme and Artistry and Granny Schmidt’s Bake Shop earned Best Tasting and Best of Show.

It will be exciting to see what Let Them Eat Cake will reveal for 2017.

Cupcakes Gourmet

Cupcakes Gourmet: Hummingbird Cake – Signature Madagascar bourbon vanilla cake infused with grilled pineapple and toasted coconut, topped with pineapple cream cheese frosting, garnished with grilled pineapple and spiced coconut.

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TV Time With Hanna Barbera and Friends – SophistiCakes Bakery Pretzel cake with peanut butter and milk chocolate mousselines, chocolate ganache and pretzel pieces.

Eliza's Bakery Let Them Eat Cake

Eliza’s Bakery brings the whimsy of Dr. Seuss to life.

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Cescaphe Event Group presents a banana cake, candied bacon dacquoise, maple buttercream, and bourbon syrup.

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Presentation is key. Ten Pennies Florist brings gorgeous flowers and a superior touch to any event.

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Queen Bee Pastry interprets Fantasia in a cream cheese pound cake, passion fruit caramel, vanilla mousseline, and fresh raspberries.

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Queen Bee Pastry goes above and beyond with a moving cake topper.

Kriebels Custom Bakery Let Them Eat Cake

Don’t eat the cake Taz! A fun Bugs and and Lola Bunny cake from Kriebels Custom Bakery.

Wines 'Til Sold Out Them Eat Cake

I don’t mind if I do, Wines ‘Til Sold Out (WTSO).

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Wall-E from Granny Schmidt’s Bake Shop.

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Senior Director of Development for Northeast Region of US at City of Hope National Medical Center, Harry Giordano and Celebrity Chef Ron Ben-Israel.

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UNIK Cakes – Best Theme and Artistry.

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Granny Schmidt’s Best Tasting and Best of Show.

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UNIK Cakes won over the judges with lemon sponge cake, apricot preserves, and apricot mousse.

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Two of the beautiful bride models wearing the latest styles.

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An elegant and demure wedding dress.

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Do you want to try your hand in creating your own masterpiece? Owner Noelle DeSantis of Ella Vanilla in Chestnut Hill has every tool and gadget any inspiring or master pastry chef needs.

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Everyone had their personal favorite cake.

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