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50th birthday cake travels 500 miles to surprise party in Omaha Nebraska.  Chocolate-yellow marble cake with mocha filling and chocolate ganache frosting.My friend Curt turned the big 50 recently. His wife Kristi and family threw him a party in Omaha’s Old Market area. I offered to make the cake and also wanted to surprise him by just showing up at the party.

I made him a four layer chocolate/yellow marble cake with a mild coffee flavoured ganache as filling. I also covered the cake in a ganache frosting and made chocolate tombstones as decoration. The board was also covered in a swirl of different coloured chocolate. My husband and I packed the cake in a heavy duty box surrounded by ice packs to make the long 500 mile journey from Oklahoma City to Omaha Nebraska and set off about 4:30am on the Saturday morning of the party.

The trip was going well until we were about 20 minutes south of Wichita Kansas. It had been raining heavily during the week and we totally disregarded the Turnpike truck with the big arrow on one of the side exit ramps. It wasn’t flashing or out in the middle of the interstate so all must be ok. Not two minutes later the traffic came to a halt.

So we sat on Interstate 35 North for an hour before a nice police officer came to tell us that there was impassable water over the road just ahead of us and we could drive up the inside of the trucks and turn through the 4ft high median where there was a break. Long story short… We arrived in Omaha about two hours late but they all got to enjoy the cake and Curt was really surprised. The restaurant Chef said he and the staff thought it was one of the best cakes they had tasted in a long time! Yay! Happy Birthday Curt xx.

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Rico on 25 January, 2009 at 8:27 am #

Fantastic story…I just turned 43 on the 27th December ….remember me when I turn fifty and you may get a new “travelling cake” record as I am in the UK hehehehe!!!


Colleen on 25 January, 2009 at 11:04 am #

LOL.. Rico, I haven’t been to the UK yet but it’s on my list so it sounds very tempting!! Happy Birthday for December 27th!


Paige on 12 February, 2009 at 7:19 am #

I did the same thing a few weeks ago! I made a 60th birthday cake for my mom, boxed it up, and held it on my lap the entire trip! The things we do for our loved ones….!


Colleen on 12 February, 2009 at 1:36 pm #

Oh you are absolutely right Paige! The things we do for love!! I bet your Mom was sooo happy though!! 🙂


Curt on 14 February, 2009 at 2:31 pm #

That’s my cake and I’m here to tell you it was AWESOME!!!!!!


Colleen on 14 February, 2009 at 5:42 pm #

Hey, it was so worth every minute of the baking and the taking!! Chocolate hugs and sugar kisses. xx C.


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