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August 15, 2009, Guinness World Record Attempt For Largest Cupcake

August 15, 2009


(Artist Rendering)
August 15, 2009, Detroit, Michigan
Guinness World Record Attempt
For World’s Largest Cupcake

Press Release:

WHAT: On August 15, 2009, GourmetGiftBaskets.com will break the Guinness Book of World Records record for the World’s Largest Cupcake. In doing so, GourmetGiftBaskets.com will put a definitive end to the “Cupcake Wars” that have been raging in the gourmet food community for the last two years. The cupcake most recently crowned “The World’s Largest Cupcake” on July 20, 2009 for a cupcake weighed in at only 151 pounds, and stood just one foot tall by two feet wide.

The GourmetGiftBaskets.com cupcake will deal a crushing blow to all previous record attempts. It will weigh a whopping 7,000 pounds and tower over 7 feet tall! This enormous cupcake should put a definitive end to the Cupcake Wars. Or will it…They are working with baker George Algarin, who baked the giant cupcake as seen on MTV’s Paris Hilton’s “My New BFF” show, along with his team from Southern California’s Merengue Bakery to prepare and bake the giant cupcake, and Jeff Fadler of Jensen Industries’ industrial ovens, to create a custom mold and bake the giant cupcake in a suitably giant oven.

This event will also raise money, through the sale of pieces of the world’s largest cupcake, and donations for photos with the world’s largest cupcake, to benefit Susan G. Komen’s Passionately Pink for the Cure, a program encouraging people to wear pink, raise funds and fight breast cancer WHEN: August 15, 2009 at the Woodward Avenue Dream Cruise in Detroit, MI, the world’s largest one-day celebration of classic car culture that attracts over 1.5 million visitors. The cupcake will be transported in the early morning of August 15th and delivered on-site at 7:30 am.

It will be on display at the Dream Cruise, from 9 am-12 pm. At noon, a celebration will take place, with a Guinness Book of World Record’s representative announcing to the world the new record. Attendees will be invited to taste the record breaking cupcake and to pose for photos with donations collected for Susan G. Komen’s Passionately Pink for the Cure. We expect GourmetGiftBaskets.com to be able to serve over 20,000 pieces of cupcake!

WHERE: Woodward Avenue Dream Cruise on the southwest corner of Woodward Avenue and 13 Mile.

WHY: Abood and Howard wanted to break a Guinness World Record, and make it a meaningful one. After learning of recent record-breaking attempts, they knew they could break the record. So, they reached out to Algarin, who had already built a giant cupcake in an attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records Record only months ago, but was disqualified on a technicality. When they spoke to Algarin about how they might go about making a giant cupcake, he said, “I want in!” and this dream-team partnership was formed.

HOW: Made of over $10,000 worth of ingredients, this vanilla cupcake, filled with vanilla custard, will be baked at 280 degrees for about 24 hours in an eight foot wide, eight foot tall oven, on August 14th , the day before the Dream Cruise. After baking, a crane will lift the oven off the cupcake and a forklift will raise the cupcake and place it into a refrigerated truck. The massive cupcake will travel, 52 miles from Jensen Industries to the Woodward Avenue Dream Cruise. A forklift will be on-site at Woodward and 13th Mile to lift the cupcake from the truck to the display area for frosting, sampling and photo opportunities.

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