Sometimes, you can have your cake and eat it too.
Kelly Ripa and Electrolux hosted an incredible event to benefit the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.
TLC’s “Cake Boss”, Buddy Valastro, and two members of his team, Frankie and Remy, were present to help the teams decorate their cakes. 15 Foodbuzz bloggers, myself included, participated in this cake decorating event in New York’s Chelsea Market this week.
Before the space became full of fondant rolling machines, we learned a bit about the Electrolux induction oven. According to Kelly Ripa, this oven makes it much easier for her to make mac n cheese for her soon upon request, as the water in the pasta pot boils in just a few minutes. The oven is any cook’s dream. Not only is it 70% more energy efficient than gas, but it is more responsive than gas or electric. The heat can be adjusted instantly to achieve a quick boil.
When the presentation was complete, each team of three had approximately one hour to decorate Carlo’s Bakery cakes in the theme we were given. Team Mod squad, which included Josie of Daydreamer Desserts, Tina of Carrots ‘n Cake, and myself, worked hard with Frankie of Carlo’s Bakery to decorate our cake with a purple fondant base and beautiful psychedelic flowers.
The event was a dream for me as it took something fun in the kitchen (cake decorating) and used it to bring awareness to a great cause (Ovarian Cancer Research Fund) in a great atmosphere. It is really important to take time out of your day to support causes you believe in. One person can make a difference, and if each person takes just a few minutes out of their day to help, we can make a great impact.
Buddy and Frankie made me miss my family in Rhode Island, as they were so warm and friendly. I loved hearing their stories about their families, working at the bakery, and all of the exciting things Buddy has in store in the next year.
Frankie and I:
Buddy signing the back of my Carlo’s Bakery t-shirt. It was the first time I have ever had anyone sign anything!
Buddy & I. By the end of the day, I felt like we were all friends.
I may have been a bit boastful about our gorgeous cake at the event, but I couldn’t help it. Just look at it!
All of the other teams had beautiful cakes too.
Now that our hard work is done, it is your turn! Please visit kelly-confidential.com to vote for your favorite cake ..hint, hint: the MOD SQUAD cake! Electrolux will be donating $1 to the OCRF for every vote made in the month of February. Thank you in advance for your votes! You may vote every day!
If you are looking for a quick and easy Valentine’s Day treat to make for friends and loved ones, click here. Enjoy!
Disclosure: My participation in Kelly’s Cake Off for a Cause was sponsored by Electrolux and Foodbuzz who provided me with travel arrangements and accommodations to New York to participate.
Also, many of the photos shown above are from the official photographer of the event.