At $13.3333333333 a slice it is not a bad price, especially when it is a cake designed to celebrate the centennial of the city of Beverly Hills, CA on Sunday, April 27, as well as a tribute to the police, firefighters and others who have served this city of the elites. The venue Rodeo Drive! This is a once in a lifetime chance to bite into a slice of cake filled with ganache and frosted with buttercream, baked to resemble Beverly Hills City Hall. The epic masterpiece is 9 ft high, 12 ft wide and 24 foot long . Price tag $200,000 for 15,000 slices!
Today’s Los Angeles Times front page features an article on the laudable, behind-the-scenes efforts of a master pastry chef painstakingly putting this epic dessert together. Top experts have been flown in from different states to help in the details and the dome made of chocolate tiles was constructed in Washington State and flown in as well. A lot of air travel, connecting flights, labor and logistics were involved, not to mention massive quantities of ingredients … 262 lbs of flour, 460 pounds of sugar, 900 eggs, 210 pounds of butter and a huge measure of chocolate.
I too would have loved to lift a morsel of this heavenly sounding dessert onto my fork and into my mouth and savor the moist ganache and buttercream frosting. I would have held it just a little longer till my taste buds were saturated with its melt-in-the-mouth quality. Invading this heavenly moment would be a little presence on my right shoulder, relentlessly nagging me with photographic flashes of an opposite scene I have witnessed being played out across town at the intersection of 3rd and Wall Street in Los Angeles, where Sunday after Sunday for years a group of dedicated people play host to the local homeless population and lay out a spread of donated (both home-cooked and bought) food for them. What that $200,000 would do for them would be unimaginable and deeply gratifying. Beverly Hills could have played Robin Hood and become their hero by reducing the size of their cake and donating to the homeless. They could have had their cake and ….
I agree to honoring the people who have served the city but could we not have reduced the dimensions of this cake and still celebrate? I mean 9’x12’x24′? Come on! Couldn’t the honorees be rewarded with something more lasting like a monetary gift instead of a bite, that will last a full second in the mouth and leave no record of their dedication?
BUT …it will definitely impress! Oh yes! Only in Beverly Hills.