Monday, February 20, 2012

400 lb birthday cake from Fry's at AZ Centennial

Tastes and Treasures, A Storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona, features the chocolate cake served at Historymaker Polly Rosenbaum's 100th birthday celebration at the AHS Museum. Polly would have loved the Centennial event at the Capitol with all it's history. The recipe, on page 136, serves about 15 and it is chocolate decadence.

The Historical League had a booth at the Centennial celebration selling Tastes and Treasures cookbook, Arizona Recollections and Reflections, aprons and Centennial hats. It was a great opportunity to talk to those attending about the AHS Museum at Papago Park as we handed out maps and brochures.

Fry's donated the 500 cupcakes but the culinary arts students at Vista Grande actually made this 400 lb wonder.

The students prepared a 48 square foot cake in the shape of the state of Arizona. It was made out of about 40 18 by 12 inch cakes. They were all put together in a rectangle and then cut into the shape of Arizona. A regular classic yellow cake recipe and topped with decorative white frosting, it was painted to look like the flag of Arizona and topped off with an actual copper star in the middle. At lunchtime on the Tuesday, Feb 14 at the Capitol Celebration, it was served to the crowds attending. All of those students got their own little piece of history that day.