Monday, February 27, 2012

Celebrity cake star Mike Elder doubles his recipe for KC CakeFest

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Cake-creating star Mike Elder is going to race a cake car this weekend.
  • The Whole Person
  • Cake-creating star Mike Elder is going to race a cake car this weekend.
Last year, professional cake baker Mike Elder — he's one of America’s best-known cake designers, thanks to cable television; he's three-time champion of the TLC Channel’s reality series The Ultimate Cake-Off — created a charity fundraising event that was all about cakes: Icing on the Cake. The one-day event raised funds for Newhouse, Kansas City's shelter for abused women.

The cake party was successful enough that Elder has decided to double the fun. This Saturday and Sunday, Elder will be flying in a quartet of his TV baking-competition pals to mount a public challenge and even a Guinness Book of World Records attempt when he hostsKC CakeFest at the Kansas City Convention Center. (You can find more details about the schedule of activities here). Proceeds from this year's cake festival will be donated to the Whole Person.

Before establishing himself as a cable culinarian and bake-shop owner (Elder's Black Sheep Custom Cakes is located in Clinton, Missouri), Elder was a master auto mechanic in Clinton. On Sunday afternoon, Elder attempts to break a world record that combines his two best-known talents: cars and cakes. Elder is creating the “fastest cake car” for the final day of KC CakeFest. The Whole Person’s Christi Campos says that to break the world’s record, Elder must drive a car covered with “at least 95 percent edible ingredients” at least 10 miles an hour. Elder will take his custom cakemobile down Wyandotte Street (by the convention center) at 1 p.m.

Because the two-day pastry party at the Kansas City Convention Center features cake-decorating classes, demonstrations, and two TV-style “live cake battles” featuring celebrity chefs — Elder has arranged for a quintet of TV cake-designing celebs to join him, including Tony "Tone Tone" Albanese (TLC's Cake Boss), Leigh Grode (a judge of TLC's Ultimate Cake-Off), Norm Davis (Food Network Challenge), Dana Herbert (TLC's Next Great Baker) and Brian Stevens (Next Great Baker).

Admission to the expo section of CakeFest is free, with individual tickets sold for the live challenges and other special events. The Pitch is one of the sponsors of the event.

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