A few weeks ago, we received the kind of phone call that only comes once in a lifetime. The Presidential Inaugural Committee called, to see if we'd be able to create a cake for the Commander-in-Chief Ball. The Commander-in-Chief Ball is one of the two official Inaugural balls that the President attends in an official capacity. The CIC Ball is to thank the United States Military for their service. What an honor! To say that we were thrilled would be an extreme understatement.
The design of the cake was a collective process, with Katie Rose creating the final, approved concept sketch. We wanted to strike the perfect balance of respect and celebration. Katie's design featured the seals of each of our military's branches, along with the Presidential seal, and an abundance of stars and stripes. We wanted the top tiers of the cake to suggest the night sky, decked out with stars and fireworks.
When you're creating a cake to feed the President, there are a few procedural hoops to jump through - we had staff from the FDA here while we worked on the cake and they actually escorted the cake to the ball!
Elena works on the fondant "bunting"
Mary Smith uses extraordinary care while affixing 50 gumpaste stars to the Presidential Seal
The tiers of the cake, awaiting decoration
The cake itself was four flavors: Lemon Poppy, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip, Red Velvet, and in a nod to the President being from Hawaii, Pineapple Coconut. The entire cake was edible.
Once the cake was completed it was delivered - very carefully - to the Washington Convention Center where the Ball was being held.
Several of our staffers were able to attend the ball to represent CCC - so we had to put on our Sunday best!
Mary Alice, Erica, Graham, Elena, and Mary Smith - all dolled up!
The Ball itself was incredible. Here are some shots of the action:
The Color Guard presenting
The President and First Lady greeting the wildly enthusiastic crowd
It was a sea of cameras - everyone was so excited!
The Cake! Photo courtesy Paul Morse for the 2013 PIC
The cake was ceremonially cut by two servicemembers - the gentlemen in red is one of the original Tuskegee Airmen - we were so honored.
Needless to say, it was a night that none of us will ever forget. We were so grateful to be able to personally thank so many members of the armed forces. That was what really was so incredible about the event - each time a service member came up to us to thank us for the cake we kept correcting them by saying, "No,thank YOU for all you do for our country!" It was truly an honor to be in the presence of so many amazing men and women in uniform.
We would like to thank the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee for bestowing this honor on us, and also for being so wonderful to work with. The entire process was so exciting and thrilling.
Duff and our entire team are so proud to have been a part of history!