City of Hope put the sweet cherry on top of 2013 with another benefit to raise funds for cancer research and treatment. “Let Them Eat Cake: A Night at the Movies” brought 40 of the region’s best pastry chefs, bakers and students to the Merion in South Jersey for a celebration unlike any other. Nearly 1,000 guests, sponsors and media spent the night being dazzled by unique, colorful and flavorful cakes that competed for the ‘golden statue.’  Philly Loves Fun was on hand to personally work our way through each and every cake – trying to find the fairest of them all. While we can’t say we got through each one, the crumbs on our shirt can attest we certainly tried our best!

This year’s fondant food fest included everything from the whimsical (Mouse Ate the Cheese cake), to the magical (Beauty and the Beast), to the unique (Rocky Horror) to even the scary (Nightmare on Elm Street). Cakes took inspiration from the movie theme in more ways than just one. In addition to fondant shapes, unique accessories and even some creative iPad placements, cakes flavors were inspired by everyone’s favorite drive-in snack: popcorn!  Popcorn seemed to be the new “black” as it was paired with chocolates, caramels and even vanilla.  Believe it or not, popcorn even served as a ‘body double’ and impersonated blue cheese. The mice on that display weren’t the only ones tempted to take a nibble!

The night’s big winners for the cake competition included:

  • Audience Choice – The Master’s Baker (Chad and Christie)
  • Most Artistic – Truly Custom Cakery (Stacey)
  • Best Use of Theme – Sweet T’s Bakeshop (Toni and Chrissy)
  • Best of Show – Sweet T’s Bakeshop
  • Best Tasting – The Master’s Baker
  • Best Student – Art Institute (Chef Rebecca Craig and assistant Corinne Jones)

Full list of bakers:

  • Granny Schmidt’s
  • The Merion
  • Piece ‘a Cake
  • Classic Cake
  • The Master’s Baker
  • Adelaides Cakes
  • Artisserie Bakery
  • The Sweet Life Bakery
  • Good Foods to Go
  • Art Institute of Philadelphia (Eric Boerner)
  • Sweet T’s Bakeshop
  • The Ambler Bake Shop LLC
  • Davio’s Restaurant
  • Truly Custom Cakery
  • Restaurant School of Walnut Hill
  • Art Institute of Philadelphia (Eric Boerner)
  • Restaurant School of Walnut Hill
  • Diane’s La Patisserie

In between bites of cake and meeting the amazing chefs, we also enjoyed live music, wedding and event party vendors, wine and champagne, mixing/mingling with celeb judges and an amazing VIP reception.  Stay tuned for a second story from “Let Them Eat Cake,” with a special celebrity interview! Now for the moment you’ve been waiting for – bring on the cake pics! 

About City of Hope

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.

Let Them Eat Cake is just one of many amazing fundraising drives and events that funds City of Hope’s work. Support them year-round! Visit their website for their upcoming events calendar and to make a personal or corporate donation.

Disclaimer: This post and contest is brought to you with support of the City of Hope – special thanks to them for the free tickets too! Facebook, Twitter and Google are not affiliated with any giveaway.  Data collected through this giveaway will not be shared without your consent.

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