Baking for the Philadelphia 76ers

Philadelphia 76er Forward Thaddeus Young

Philadelphia 76er Forward Thaddeus Young. Credit: David Dow, NBA Photos

Last Monday, we got a call from our NBA friends at the Philadelphia 76ers. They needed a show cake for a big fan event that they were having at the Camden Adventure Aquarium on Thursday. It was a challenging short-notice order with 500 servings of red velvet cake with old fashioned vanilla buttercream (we provided additional service cakes), but we had fun pulling everything together. The nice folks at the Sixers were even sweet enough to send us this cool picture of very tall NBA star Thaddeus Young posing with the cake. He makes it look small!
 
Philadelphia 76ers Cake by Whipped Bakeshop
Here’s a closer look at the four-tier cake right before we delivered it to the Adventure Aquarium. The old-fashioned vanilla buttercream filling made it really heavy!
 
Philadelphia 76ers Cake by Whipped Bakeshop
The orginal plan was to leave the fondant skyline at the bottom tier plain white, but I decided it would be better with some details. I think the extra effort was worth it, and we always try to over-deliver for our loyal customers and give them a little more than they expected. 
 
 
Philadelphia 76ers Cake with Brennen Lukas
Here’s a bonus photo of Brennen gratuitously posing with the cake. He may not be as tall as Thaddeus Young, and he may have a three-inch vertical leap, but he does have a pretty rockin’ beard this winter.