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Buzz: Let Them Eat Cake, Philly’s Wedding Cake Design Competition

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Photos courtesy of Majestic Images

Let Them Eat Cake is Philadelphia’s popular wedding cake design competition for professionals, students and those who love to bake to create.

Let Them Eat Cake is Philadelphia’s popular wedding cake design competition for professionals, students and those who love to bake to create.

Cake bosses and cake lovers mark your calendars for the city’s sweetest spring fundraiser! City of Hope will hold its annual wedding cake competition, Let Them Eat Cake, on Monday, April 12th. Let Them Eat Cake is Philadelphia’s popular wedding cake design competition for professionals, students and those who love to bake to create. Brides-to-be and fondant foodies will converge for the sixth annual competition featuring the best of the best. Proceeds benefit City of Hope, a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.

More than 700 people are expected to attend the highly anticipated event, to be held at the Loews Hotel. Guests will be wowed by the skills of over 35 of the best professional pastry artists from the Tri-State area entered, as well as 15 up and coming student pastry chefs. “We started out with ten bakers the first year at The Park Hyatt and this just has grown and grown. Now, we have expanded to max out at fifty in our sixth year. And, this event is really all about the cakes and the great pastry chefs. There are other cake contests across the country but nothing like this in Philadelphia,” enthused Harry Giordano Senior Director of Development for City of Hope’s Northeast territory.

Participants are requested to provide one totally edible creation, after a blind tasting and judging we will allow participants to re-enter the room to add signage and business cards to their tables. Participants will demonstrate their creativity by displaying what they feel is their single best design, be it traditional, non-traditional, ethnic, fantasy or seasonal… the sky is the limit! Cakes will be judged in nine categories like Most Artistic, Best Tasting and Best Overall – Professional, College and High School Vocational. VIP judges from the culinary arts and wedding industries, as well as local celebrities, will be on hand.

Proceeds of the sixth annual event will benefit City of Hope, a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.

Proceeds of the sixth annual event will benefit City of Hope, a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.

The doors open at 6 p.m. sharp to the the public-advance tickets are $40, $50 at the door. Attendees will be welcomed with a complimentary glass of champagne courtesy of sponsor Korbel. As they enter the grand ballroom at The Loews, live music from Brandywine Valley Talent will create a vibrant, festive setting. The circumference of the room will be filled with extravagantly designed cakes for tasting. Since enjoying a tasting of fifty cakes may be a feat even for those with a strong sweet tooth, City of Hope provides take out containers and also sends the remaining cakes to St. John’s Hospice, so nothing goes to waste.

This year the annual event’s theme will be “A Wedding Through a Child’s Eyes.” The theme gives the talented chefs the opportunity to embrace their creative genius and showcase their individual designs and wow the judges-consisting of pastry and Philly’s top food professionals. “People are going nuts for the theme this year. Expect to see a lot of nursery rhymes, Disney princesses, and very fairy tale-what a little girl imagines her wedding cake to be. I think there will be a lot of pastels and playful designs. Last year our theme was ‘Ethnic Weddings’ and Slum Dog Millionaire was all the Oscar talk so we saw a lot of Indian-themed designs. It’s always part of the fun, to walk into the ballroom and see what incredible designs the chefs have come up with,” said Giordano.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

City of Hope is a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center, the highest honor bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, City of Hope’s research and treatment protocols advance care throughout the nation. City of Hope is located in Duarte, Calif., just northeast of Los Angeles, and is ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” in cancer and urology by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation and genetics. For more information, visit www.cityofhope.org.

Special thanks to Eli Allen of Majestic Images for the fantastic photos of Let Them Eat Cake. Majestic Images is an award-winning group of photographers located in Old City, Philadelphia. Majestic Images specializes in weddings, corporate events, headshots, special events and more across the Delaware Valley. Visit their website at www.majesticimages.net, or call 215-923-5200 or 609-605-5456 to speak with the talented group of Majestic photographers.

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