Cake Boss Chef Bakes for National Guard Celebration

by Katie Pyzyk December 15, 2011 at 10:55 am 2,705 6 Comments

A famous face visited Arlington to help the National Guard celebrate its 375th birthday on Tuesday. Mauro Castano from TLC’s hit show “Cake Boss” showed up with a tasty treat in hand.

Castano and crew drove the cake down from their Hoboken, NJ bakery to the Army National Guard Readiness Center in Arlington. The New Jersey National Guard assisted in the transport and during the four hour drive.

Several months ago, a member of the New Jersey National Guard contacted Castano and asked about creating a cake for the birthday celebration. Despite being involved with “Cake Boss” and two other spin-off programs, Castano was eager to contribute to the event.

The two-foot by three-foot cake sports a replica of the Minuteman statue on top, a symbol Castano researched and decided should be a focal point of the cake.

“You know what,” said Castano, “we’ve got to put that in there. That’s the symbol of the National Guard.”

The Minuteman is made of chocolate, and like every other decoration on the cake, is edible. Along the sides, all the states and territories the National Guard serves are represented by patches made out of sugar.

More than 200 military and civilian employees of the National Guard Bureau and Army National Guard Readiness Center enjoyed the cake.

Photo courtesy Leisa Grant/National Guard Bureau

  • Kim

    thank you!

  • CW

    For anybody like myself who got hung up over the “375 years” part, I’ll go ahead and quote wikipedia to save you the trouble:

    “The claim that the National Guard is older than the nation itself, with over three and a half centuries of service, is based on the claim that the modern-day 101st Field Artillery Regiment, 182nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Engineer Battalion and 181st Infantry Regiment of the Massachusetts Army National Guard are directly descended from Massachusetts Bay Colony regiments formed over 375 years ago. On 13 December 1648,[18][1] the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony had ordered that the Colony’s scattered militia companies be organized into North, South and East Regiments—with a goal of increasing the militias’ accountability to the colonial government, efficacy, and responsiveness in conflicts with indigenous Pequot Indians.”

    The National Guard of the United States was established under the Militia Act of 1903.

    • JamesE

      It can be traced back to the Roman National Guard of 162 BC

      • CW

        Actually, it goes back to when Bog the caveman hit Zog the caveman over the head with a bone in an effort to protect Borg the caveman’s last mammoth steak.

  • SK

    So if a muffin is $16, this cake cost us $35,000.

    • muffin man

      The muffin man is seated at the table in the laboratory of the utility muffin Research kitchen… reaching for an oversized chrome spoon he gathers an intimate quantity of dried muffin remnants and brushing his scapular aside procceds to dump these inside of his shirt…
      He turns to us and speaks:

      Some people like cupcakes better. I for one care less for them!
      [Arrogantly twisting the sterile canvas snoot of a fully charged icing Anointment utensil he poots forths a quarter-ounce green rosette near the summit of a dense but radiant muffin of his own design.
      Later he says:

      Some people… some people like cupcakes exclusively, while myself, I say There is naught nor ought there be nothing so exalted on the face of gods grey earth as that prince of foods… the muffin!


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