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Kelly's Cake Off for a Cause

by Meghann on February 9, 2010

Ahhhhh!!! I can’t believe I just spent the afternoon decorating cakes with Kelly Ripa and Buddy from Cake Boss! Seriously BEST BIRTHDAY ever!!


All the fun began early this afternoon when we were ushered from our hotel to Chelsea Market for the main event.

We were asked to wait in the second story lobby and were provided with an assortment of finger sandwiches and sweets to nibble on for lunch.



My first plate included a couple of finger sandwiches and a carrot cake cupcake.



I went back for a few more finger sandwiches.



I finally had a chance to take a photo with Ryan from Foodbuzz! Big thanks to Ryan for bringing all of the bloggers together!


Stepping into the main room was a madhouse!



The press was there covering the event and their energy just brought our excitement level to a whole other level!



Once everyone was settled Kelly and Buddy were able to get to business and explain why we were here.


Kelly’s Cake Off for a Cause is an event produced by both Electrolux and Kelly Ripa in an effort to raise both awareness and support for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (ORCF), an organization that funds research to find a method of early detection and, ultimately, a cure for ovarian cancer.

The fifteen bloggers were to be split into 5 groups of three and with the help of Buddy and his team of decoration specialists were to try and replicate different styles of cake. Once the cakes were completed, an online ‘cake off’ would go live on Everyone would then have a chance to vote for their favorite cake. For every vote cast in Kelly’ Cake Off, Electrolux is donating $1 to OCRF.

Pretty cool, right?

This event is ultimately raising money for a great cause and I could not have been happier to be a part of it! I think meeting Kelly Ripa and Buddy was just icing on the cake.


Both Buddy and Kelly gave a quick cake decorating demo, which included a sales pitch for the new Electrolux Induction Built -In Range. I have to say after hearing about the range’s ability to melt chocolate without the need for a double boiler, I was sold!

Another fun fact: for each vote in the cake-off not only will Electrolux be donating a dollar to OCRF on your behalf, but they will also automatically enter your name in a drawing to win a new Induction Built-In Range!


I had missed out on the chocolate covered strawberries this morning, but I was not going to let that happen again this afternoon. When Kelly came out to the crowd I immediately stuck my hand out and had a strawberry.


It was delicious! ๐Ÿ™‚

Finally the time came to decorate!




My cake-off team consisted of Linda from Salty Seattle and Katharine from Smokey Mountain Cafe.


We were team Here Comes The Sun and had to replicate a cake of Sunflowers.



Apparently our cake was the most difficult to recreate and no one on my team really considered themselves bakers. We had no idea what we were doing, but still had a great time learning the techniques from Buddy and his staff.


I wish I had more photos of the actual decorating, but I was too busy piping out flowers to remember to take photos. I did get a shot of the final masterpiece.



(They took a lot of of professional photos that I should be able to post tomorrow of the finished product and details on where to vote! Stay tuned!)

Once the cake was finished Remy from Cake Boss was kind enough to teach me how to make a rose out of royal icing.


It took some time, but I got the hang of it eventually. ๐Ÿ˜‰



Look Mom! I did it!


Check out our pile of discarded roses. ๐Ÿ™‚


Kelly decided to get in on the icing fun too.


Unfortunately our cake wasn’t digging our icing skills.


Oh well.




The time eventually came to cut the cake and enjoy our master pieces! The cakes were actually all fresh from Carlos Bakery of Cake Boss. I was very excited about this fact. ๐Ÿ™‚


The cake was very moist and delicious! The piece was so BIG though and I could only finish about half before I was on sugar overload.


We all ate our cake while discussing blogs, cake methods, and other cool things with Buddy.



Buddy is seriously A-MA-ZING! I told him he had to do a vegan cake on the show! He liked the challenge of the idea and said he would think about it.

He even signed my apron. ๐Ÿ™‚


We had one final group shot before calling it a day.


All the bloggers involved:

It was great getting to know each and everyone of these girls!

I promise as soon as the Kelly’s Cake-Off For a Cause voting goes live I will post the details!

Right now I need to sleep of this sugar coma before dinner tonight. ๐Ÿ™‚

Seriously, Best Birthday Ever!!!

1 Heather February 9, 2010 at 7:00 pm

how gorgeous are you ladies?!?!?! i’m loving this trip…probably not as much as y’all, but pretty close ๐Ÿ™‚ can’t wait to see dinner tonight ๐Ÿ™‚

2 foodfitnessandfreya February 9, 2010 at 7:10 pm

Wow what an amazing experience! Celebrities AND cake, sounds like my kinda day ๐Ÿ˜›
I think the cake you decorated looks way tastier than the pro one – yours looks more homemade ๐Ÿ˜€
Have a good sleep, can’t wait for the next recap!

3 Madeline - Greens and Jeans February 9, 2010 at 7:12 pm

I LOVE Buddy! What a cool experience Meghann! Definitely a rocking way to spend your birthday!

4 Jaime February 9, 2010 at 7:16 pm

Holy heckuva Happy Birthday girl!!! How fun!

5 Jordan February 9, 2010 at 7:19 pm

I’m craving cake now! It looks like you had a great time, and it was for a great cause.

6 Caitlin February 9, 2010 at 7:34 pm

great recap-I love Buddy!

7 kt February 9, 2010 at 7:39 pm

This is incredible! Seriously, when you first started your blog, did you ever imagine not only the trips and meet-ups, but getting to do something as once-in-a-lifetime as this? Truly cool, and your cake looks great despite the icing mishap! Mine would be ridiculous lol, I’m totally impressed with yours.

8 Alison February 9, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Wow, what a fun day! You’re a very lucky birthday girl.
I love Buddy and his show “Cake Boss.” I saw him on Fox and Friends this morning promoting the Electrolux event.
Such a fun experience for you.

9 Kelly February 9, 2010 at 7:52 pm

That really is so exciting. Such an amazing opportunity, and it supports a good cause. As someone who just started their blog in December, I can’t even imagine ever being as successful with mine as yours is. It’s motivating and something to work towards though!

10 Run Sarah February 9, 2010 at 8:27 pm

What an amazing and unforgettable day – wow!

11 Anna February 9, 2010 at 8:30 pm

So awesome that you got to decorate cakes with Kelly Ripa!!!! Definitely the best birthday ever!

12 Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle February 9, 2010 at 8:32 pm

What a great day and opportunity! So cooool you got to meet Buddy and Kelly Ripa- I think your cake looks pretty fantastic, despite that one frosting mishap!

13 Heather February 9, 2010 at 8:38 pm

OH my goodness how amazing! I can’t believe you got to a part of something so neat!! Your cake turned out really good! ๐Ÿ™‚

14 runningaroundnormal February 9, 2010 at 8:42 pm

That sounds SO fun. How awesome ๐Ÿ˜€ Hahah Love the end result!

15 Quinn February 9, 2010 at 8:45 pm

What a fabulous birthday gift! It looks like you had an ah-ma-zing day – hard to be topped by any other birthday. I hope you get out of all the snow they’re predicting for tomorrow. I know DC/Balto has been hit HARD. Enjoy the rest of your time in the Big Apple dearie!

16 Evan Thomas February 9, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Your day looks awesome! I would totally have dug in to those cakes ๐Ÿ™‚

17 Kristen February 9, 2010 at 9:04 pm

Very cool! Thanks for sharing the behind the scenes photos. LOVE Kelly Ripa; maybe All Bran is her secret for staying so slim, LOL!

18 Emilyeatsclean February 9, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Okay I’m having birthday envy!!! What an absolutely amazing experience and opportunity!!! And the carrot cupcake you had looks so yummy!

19 eaternotarunner February 9, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Looks like SOO much fun. Happy B-day!

20 Claudia @ ... and so I ran February 9, 2010 at 9:18 pm

What an awesome Birthday !! Love love love Kelly Ripa, decorating cakes with Kelly could not get better.

21 Jen February 9, 2010 at 9:21 pm

Eek, what a great day Meghann! And a great cause, too. Sounds like this trip has been so much fun!

22 fromatopink February 9, 2010 at 9:24 pm

Looks delicious! Can’t wait to see the final results. ๐Ÿ™‚

23 Jules February 9, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Looks like so much fun! Your cake looked really cute. And that strawberry…yum…

24 Karla February 9, 2010 at 9:44 pm

What an amazing day! I’m so excited for you (and maybe a tad jelly too… haha).
Looks delicious and beautiful!!

25 Erin February 9, 2010 at 9:49 pm

What a fun event — you look like you’re having an absolute blast! ๐Ÿ˜€ Keep enjoying and thanks for taking us all virtually along with you.

26 flybynyght February 9, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Wow it looks like you had a truly remarkable and blessed day. I can only imagine how amazing it must have been to experience all of that! I *almost* feel like I was there – you take tremendous pictures!!!!

27 Deirdre February 9, 2010 at 10:01 pm

So glad you got to have this experience! Glad to hear Buddy is a nice guy.

28 Dori February 9, 2010 at 10:04 pm

You had the best day ever! I love it, what a great birthday. Your cake looks SO delicious and you did a really impressive job on it! What a fun and cool event!!

29 kath February 9, 2010 at 10:06 pm

Soooooo fun!!

30 Sara (effortless health) February 9, 2010 at 10:23 pm

looks like fun!

31 Annie (Running with Forks and Spoons) February 9, 2010 at 10:41 pm

That looks like so much fun! ALSO, where did you get that vest???

32 peachesnkate February 9, 2010 at 11:02 pm

Oh my goodness!!! That looked like so much fun and such an amazing experience.

33 Jenna February 9, 2010 at 11:13 pm

Wow! What a day!!!

34 theprocessofhealing February 9, 2010 at 11:20 pm

What fun!!!That sounds like my most perfect day EVER as cakes are my thing and I want to get better at decorating. Your cake looks gorgeous girl!!!

35 Pure2raw twins February 10, 2010 at 12:26 am

What an awesome experience!! And yay for Vegan cake…you know we love that ; )

36 Teri [a foodie stays fit] February 10, 2010 at 12:34 am

What an awesome day! And your vest is so stinkin’ cute!!!

I’ve wanted an Electrolux forever! Someday!

37 justjac February 10, 2010 at 1:04 am

noooooooooo your cake was beautiful, so sorry it fell apart! ;( at least you got to eat your masterpieces though! looks good!

38 *Andrea* February 10, 2010 at 1:11 am

what a great trip! btw you look GORGEOUS in these photos!!! love your hair like that ๐Ÿ™‚

39 adrienmelaine February 10, 2010 at 1:13 am

I can’t believe Kelly looks like that in person! Crazy!

Looks like such a fun day, you look amazing too (way better then Kelly- incase you wanted to know how I felt- and I’m not even kissing your ass- her face looks like it has fondant on it- so smooth)

40 amanda February 10, 2010 at 7:51 am

what a fun time. the aprons they gave you are so cute.

isn’t kelly ripa the tiniest thing ever?? i saw her on kelly and regis a few years ago and was seriously taken back by how thin she is. however, she’s adorable and so friendly.

glad you had a blast!

41 madisonruns February 10, 2010 at 8:11 am

What an awesome birthday! That looks like soooo much fun!

42 dianacheung February 10, 2010 at 9:18 am

not only are you in the greatest city EVER but you hung out with my fave tv personalities! THEN on top of all that, you had great sweets!

43 brandi February 10, 2010 at 10:19 am

what an awesome day! and the cake off looks like so much fun. can’t wait to vote!

44 Sophie February 10, 2010 at 10:27 am

That looks like great fun! Awesome to learn new tricks from a pro =)

45 julia February 10, 2010 at 10:37 am

That looks like the coolest thing ever! So glad you got to participate!

46 caronae February 10, 2010 at 10:38 am

Sounds absolutely amazing! I’m glad you had so much fun, met lots of other cool bloggers, and got to support a good cause! Your cake is actually really sweet. I wish I had some icing skills.

47 Laura Georgina February 10, 2010 at 10:39 am

Woo hoo! Looks like so much fun. Will you be piping flowers onto all your food from now on?? What a way to spend the birthday week!

48 Deva (Voracious Vorilee) February 10, 2010 at 11:12 am

It looks like you had a lot of fun learning the techniques. Your cake looks really yummy, too – love the golden color of the flowers!

49 Erica February 10, 2010 at 11:30 am

ahhhhhhhhhhhhh! So freaking cool! I think you guys did an amazing job. What an event <3<3!

50 biz319 February 10, 2010 at 11:39 am

What an awesome birthday!!!

51 Missy Maintains February 10, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Such a cool event! I saw the girl holding the sign for Electrolux in Chelsea Market yesterday but didn’t see any bloggers ๐Ÿ™ Perfect event for your birthday! See ya at Core Fusion!

52 Lisa @ Early Morning Run February 10, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Looks like such a fun event – and for a great cuase, too! I think it’s amazing what people can do with cakes!

53 Lauren February 10, 2010 at 12:37 pm

I love the new haircut and color! But I really love how you style it. I too have shorter hair but I can’t get it to curl right. I think you should do a “hair how to” post and show us all how you make it look so perfect. I would love that. ๐Ÿ™‚

54 Emily February 10, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Oooh I’m jealous you learned how to make a rose – I’ve always wanted to learn that. I love Cake Boss – my boyfriend and I watch it all the time!

55 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday February 10, 2010 at 12:53 pm

This is so awesome! I’m totally jealous of your experience. It must have been SO EXCITING!

56 Fallon February 10, 2010 at 6:58 pm

What an exciting recap!!! So cool to be right in on the action. I’m glad you had a great time!

57 kristilyn February 10, 2010 at 7:13 pm

That sounds like the best day! What a great way to spend your birthday. ๐Ÿ™‚


58 eatinggreenstayinglean February 10, 2010 at 7:38 pm

Oh wow, I’m so jealous you got to meet the guys from Cake Boss, I loved watching that show this summer ๐Ÿ™‚

Congrats on turning 25 and having such a SUPERFANTASTIC birthday!

59 Ali February 10, 2010 at 11:51 pm

Oh my gosh! That looks like it was so much fun Meghann! I love Buddy from Cake Boss ๐Ÿ™‚

60 Daydreamer Desserts February 11, 2010 at 7:42 pm

It was nice meeting you in NY, had a great time. ๐Ÿ™‚

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