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It’s a birthday! We’re bringing the cake.
Students decorate cakes of city landmarks for 200Columbus Bicentennial Birthday Celebration.
It’s a contest that’s been 200 years in the making. As the City of Columbus prepares to celebrate its bicentennial, baking and pastry arts students at Columbus State Community College will compete in a unique cake design contest for the Birthday Celebration event on February 10.
Giant Eagle has donated over 150 sheet cakes – each 6’ x 30”, 500 pounds of icing and other décor elements to the project. In addition, the professional bakers from Giant Eagle will create one of the iconic landmark cakes and the Official Bicentennial Birthday Cake. Columbus State students will design and craft the remaining 31 iconic cakes. What makes this competition unique is that each and every cake will be different as students replicate Columbus landmarks. From the LeVeque Tower to the Statehouse and beyond, the edible entries will be iced and decorated, showcasing each students’ artistic and pastry skills.
The competition will begin Feb. 9 at the site of the celebration, the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Judging begins at 2 p.m. Feb. 10.
The 10 judges include faculty and staff from Columbus State, pastry experts from Giant Eagle, and an architect. The cakes will be on display during the official 200Columbus Bicentennial Birthday Celebration, which kicks off at 6 p.m. Before the night is over, the cakes will be served to an estimated 3,000 guests.
The winning students and their designs, recognized by the panel of judges, will receive scholarship funds that they may apply to their continuing education.
The Columbus Bicentennial Birthday is intended to engage all five senses: In addition to delicious cakes, there will be style, décor, signature cocktails and music. Tickets are still available. For more information on the 200Columbus Bicentennial Birthday Celebration, visit www.200columbus.com/birthday .