Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Mr. July 2010 and his "Cakes for a Cure Calendar" Cake

All cake images courtesy of Stephen Ludwig Photography

Today's blog and cake is dedicated to my Aunt Anita Reyes, a cancer survivor.

July is so close we can practically taste it! With a full calendar and an intense holiday weekend approaching, July is sure to a be memorable month. It will also be a special month as it's the first month in the American Cancer Society "Cakes for a Cure" 18 Month calendar. We posted about the calendar back in April when it was released. If you haven't ordered one yet, this beautiful calendar is filled with cakes by well-known cake artists in both the United States and Canada and $7.50 of the $20.00 price will be donated to the American Cancer Society. A list of the names of the cake artists invited to design for the calendar can be found at the bottom of this page. We were honored to be included in the list! You can visit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Greenwood, South Carolina chapter and click on "Cake Challenge Fundraiser" to place an order. We ordered a handful of them for our family members and ourselves and have one proudly displayed in our studio.

In a little over a week we will be flipping open the calendar for July 2010, which also happens to be Rick's month! Shortly after we returned from Rick's Food Network Challenge competition, he started designing the cake for the calendar. As with every cake designer featured in the calendar, he was asked to design a cake around the theme "With a Song in My Heart", and the song he selected was a gorgeous little number by Hawaii's own Israel Kamakawiwo'ole who sings a hauntingly beautiful version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". The song is essentially about Hawaii's natural beauty. Rick chose to cover his cake with handpainted stylized scenes of land, sea and sky.

Photographer Stephen Ludwig came to our studio to shoot Rick working on his cake and a selection of images was sent to the organizers of the "Cakes for a Cure" fundraiser. We chose to dedicate Rick's cake to Anita Reyes, who is my aunt and also a cancer survivor. She recently received a copy of the calendar and was very touched that we would design a cake in her honor.
We'd like to encourage any cake enthusiast looking for a special gift to consider making a donation to the American Cancer Society by ordering a calendar or two or three. We are honored to have had the opportunity to donate our time and cake design for such a worthwhile cause. Special thanks to Patti Gagstetter at Relay for Life for organizing the event and Stephen Ludwig Photography for the stunning images. He did an amazing job!

calendar image by cakelava

Aloha, 'til next time!


Kim ~ Kay Kay said...

That's very cool!
What a beautiful cake and special as well. Love the design he chose and also the cause.
Nice job you guys!

bridget {bake at 350} said...

That cake is stunning! Love that you dedicated it to your aunt! ♥

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