The wedding cake has
been an important part of the wedding celebration since Roman Times.  The wedding cake as we know it today, with layers, supporting
pillars, & fancy frosting, has its origins in the wedding cake
that commemorated the marriage of one of Queen Victoria’s
daughters in 1859.  Through the years, the wedding cake has become
the focus of a variety of customs and traditions.  Let them Eat Cake,
a wedding cake competition is Philadelphia’s largest wedding
fundraiser.  Now that’s a tradition worth talking about.

Mark Kingsdorf, owner
of The Queen of Hearts Wedding Consultants, founded Let Them Eat Cake
in honor of his mother Lois’ loving memory.  Having been
directly affected by a woman living with breast cancer it was a
natural for him to start the Let Them Eat Cake for City of Hope’s
Cancer Center.  It is a privilege to support Mark and join forces to
raise awareness and much needed funding for cancer treatment and

More than 40 of
the Philadelphia region’s top pastry arts professionals and
students competed for “top chef? at the third annual Let
Them Eat Cake benefit held at the elegant Park Hyatt.  Participants
displayed their single best design and provided one totally edible
creation.  Cakes were judged by culinary arts and wedding industry
professionals including Carrie Denny of Philadelphia Elegant Wedding magazine, Thom Cardwell from Thom’s Table, Michael Giletto from Cherry Valley Country Club and Phyllis Stein-Novack of the South Philly Review. The cakes were given awards for Most Artistic, Best Tasting and Best Overall.

Wedding Podcast Network
interviewed many participants including aspiring students and
culinary professionals.  We asked them about their personal designs &
fillings.  We also asked them what they love about designing wedding
cake.  Hear some great stories behind the scenes.

Hundreds of culinary
enthusiasts and brides-to-be attended this amazing evening.  Once the cakes were
sampled and judged the public – brides, grooms and Philadelphia
foodies – sampled the entries.  What a great opportunity for engaged
couples to see, taste and be inspired by a variety of different cakes
that they may choose for their own wedding day.

Check out the photos of
the cakes featured at this special fundraiser in this enhanced podcast .

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Here are some links we spoke about in the show

City of Hope website
The Queen of Hearts Wedding Consultants-Mark Kingsdorf’s website

Here are links to a couple of "must listens" if you love wedding cake:

Ron Ben-Israel podcast episode
Sylvia Weinstock podcast episode

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