Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Cake Alchemy Bakes Magic
Last December I donated to an annual fund promoted by a community of travel bloggers. Passports with Purpose takes small donations and turns them into global gems. The 2009 goal was no small fete: construction of a school in Cambodia. And, almost like magic, they hit and surpassed the mark, adding a silver lining of a school nurse, clean water and at least one complete meal a day.
To encourage contributions, the bloggers offered prizes supplied by benevolent businesses and generous friends. Each ten dollar addition gave the contributor a chance to win hotel lodging, restaurant certificates and hand crafted items. Much to my surprise and delight, I won a cake, valued at $500, from Cake Alchemy, a legendary New York confectionery.
Cake Alchemy's enchanted creations appear on TV shows like Amazing Wedding Cakes and a Food Network Challenge. Their website boasts celebrity purchasers. So, imagine my thrill of winning the golden ticket for an edible work of art.
Now, I needed to prestidigitate an occasion to serve it!
Camp Lander around the 4th of July; a time to gather all the grown children and the five grandchildren at a rental beach house. Yes, this family reunion deserved the honor of a celebration cake.
Next hurdle? Could this cake be shipped from New York to Florida in the summer heat? Hocus-pocus. The Cake Alchemy chefs put a spell on the shipment and I'm thrilled to report the FedEx man presented me with the much anticipated box of deliciousness on the scheduled delivery date. The masterpiece arrived intact.
I immediately, but carefully, opened the container and found another carton cradled in bubble wrap and cold packs. I lifted the inner box. Whoa. This was one heavy cake! I unwound yards of saran wrap and discovered a large round cake swathed in swirling peacock blue icing. An adorable little girl sat with a pail and shovel on a sand pile off to one side. I believe she was made from marzipan and the beach created from a mixture of raw demerara and brown sugar.
My family decided the time was right to celebrate my birthday, albeit early . Therefore, the Camp Lander cake became my birthday cake as well.
And, the spell continued as the cake kept well in the refrigerator for many days and multiple treats. Indeed the chemists at Cake Alchemy can turn an ordinary cake into gold. It's no illusion, they have the sorcerer's touch.
Thank you for this extraordinary cake and experience:
Passports with Purpose
All the chefs at Cake Alchemy, especially Lauri Ditunno, owner
Donna M. Airoldi, Prepare for CrossCheck