Happy 75th Birthday, Hofstra: Charm City Cakes Style
The bakers at Charm City Cakes, better known as cast members on Food Network’s Ace of Cakes, shared their magic with Hofstra University Thursday afternoon at the kick-off of Hofstra’s 75th anniversary celebration.
Students, alumni, and faculty gathered on the John Cranford Adams Playhouse Quad on the south side of campus to join in the fun and sing Happy Birthday to Hofstra.
Geof Manthorne, cast member and cake designer at Charm City Cakes, took the lead on Hofstra’s birthday cake—a 3-foot tall replica of the Axinn Library, including the unispan. Kate and Willy Hofstra also made an appearance on the cake, birthday hats and all.
The cake took a reported 70 or more hours to construct, and as President Stuart Rabinowitz said, “130 eggs to make. Do not tell my intern—I’m having a piece of this cake. Happy Birthday Hofstra.”
Under a hot tent on the quad, many students eagerly awaited their piece of cake, a real treat as some said.
“It’s delicious, it was great to have a bite of Hofstra for the 75th birthday celebration. I waited in line a long time for this, well worth it though,” said David Woods.
While many students were pleased with the look and taste of the cake, some thought that it was not as exciting as they had hoped.
“I’m a little disappointed,” said Alexander Press, “I think I was anticipating it a little too much, over-hyped it.”
Standing with him was another student, Gisele Liakos, who also said, “They chose the library to make the cake out of, it’s not that pretty. It’s still underwhelming.”
Fans of the show, however, seemed to be happy with the final product.
“I’m a big fan of the show, Ace of Cakes, so I was pretty excited to come and get it and I was pretty happy with the outcome. It’s really tasty, and I’m enjoying it, so it’s a good time here today,” said student Matt Markowitz.
Helen Stefanidis, who works in University Relations, explained how Ace of Cakes became involved in Hofstra’s birthday cake.
“About a year ago when we decided we were going to sing happy birthday to Hofstra, I thought about doing a birthday cake since I’m a fan of Ace of Cakes and Duff Goldman,” she said. “So I drove to Baltimore and met with Mary Alice in the bakery. While Hofstra Hall was the first building that was here on campus I figured, well, the community and everyone that’s been to Hofstra recognizes the library and the Unispan[…]They came up with a design and we thought absolutely great.”
Among the crowd, many students were wondering if Hofstra would be featured on Ace of Cakes, but because production hasn’t started yet the Hofstra cake won’t be appearing on any episodes.
Even so, with all the photos and video taken by students’ cameras and cell phones, this will be a birthday that the Hofstra community won’t soon forget.