Cake Man Raven breaks world record with largest cake
CYRIL JOSH BARKER Amsterdam News Staff | 9/6/2012, 12:52 p.m.
Talk about a piece of cake.
Famed Brooklyn baker Raven "Cake Man" Dennis is going down in history as the creator the world's largest sculptured cake. Guinness World Records officials confirmed last week that the gigantic edible creation unveiled in Indianapolis at the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity's centennial national convention was worthy of the title.
The cake measured in at whopping 31.5 feet long, 20 feet wide and 10 inches deep, made in the shape of Kappa Alpha Psi's coat of arms of Southern Red Velvet Cake, Dennis' signature delight.
Dennis, who is himself a member of Kappa Alpha Psi, said in an interview with the AmNews that to in order to make the feat possible, he had a lot of help from people, including locals from the Indianapolis area. A local carpenter helped build the platform for the cake, and a business owner in the city helped him get extra ingredients when they were needed.
"Not only was the cake mountainous, but it was truly delectable," Dennis said. "I would like to thank Brooklyn, N.Y., and my supporters worldwide for empowering me through the success of my famous red velvet cake."
Help also came from the 75 employees from his company who came down from New York. It took the crew a little over week to bake the cake before taking it on the road to several stops, including South Carolina and Texas, to be frosted before arriving in Indianapolis.
This was Dennis' fourth attempt to break the world record for largest cake. He has made other large cakes in the past but never had an official from Guinness World Records on hand to measure his large confections.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel held the record, which it set in 2010 when the hotel chain created a cake in the shape of the country of Qatar.
"Now I have actually added to my list of accomplishments the 'creme de la creme' title of Guinness Book of Records 'largest sculpted cake' ever. I have represented us to the fullest and together we brought home the Guinness World Record," said Dennis.
The total cost of the cake would have been approximately $90,000 if it were sold. It fed 15,000 people, and leftover cake was given to local shelters in Indianapolis and the employees of the Indiana Convention Center where the cake was unveiled.
Dennis will celebrate his record on the 11th anniversary of his business at the Cake Man Raven Family and Friends Appreciation Day and the Annual Cupcake Parade. The event will include performances, awards and will take place at his store on Sunday July 17, at 708 Fulton Street, Fort Greene, Brooklyn, from 2 p.m..