Thursday, August 19, 2010

Let them eat cake!

They say that good things come in small packages - and that couldn't be truer of the Danbury Museum & Historical Society. Located on Main Street in Danbury, CT, this small museum is a real treasure trove. It preserves the John and Mary Rider House (from circa 1785), the Dodd Hat Shop, Charles Ives' birthplace, Huntington Hall, and Marian Anderson's studio.

I've admired Ms. Anderson all my life and I never knew she spent 50 years of her life in Danbury.

On Saturday, August 14th 2010, the museum hosted a Wedding Cake Decorating & Tasting Contest. Bakers from different parts of Connecticut presented their creations - and I had the greatest fun covering the event for the blog.

Many thanks to Executive Director Brigid Guertin for embracing the idea with such enthusiasm!

Brian Horberg playing on a replica of Marian Anderson's piano

Unfortunately I was unable to get good shots of all the cakes - but here are the ones I was able to do justice to.

CakeSuite Speciality Cakes - of Westport


Here's Rubi of the Lincoln Culinary Institute - who made the fabulous cake below with her fellow student Susanna. Each one of those sugar flowers is no less than a work of art!

Lindsay Glynn - of Newtown.


Sumptuous cupcakes.

Frostings - of Ridgefield.

You can also find them on Facebook.


Helen Early - of New Milford



The tasting took place at 3pm.

Suffice it to say I came away with a serious case of sugar overload!

Photo courtesy of Catherine Vanaria

In a few weeks we'll be talking about the exhibit of vintage bridal dresses that's currently on display at the museum, but for now I'll pass you over to our professional of the week.

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In view of this, here's my tip for today:

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  1. WOW!! That cake from Rubi and her students is amazing and I have to say my favorite because thos sugar flowers are a work of art and look so real! I love watching the show on tv called Amazing Cakes and they follow three different cake bakeries in making amazing wedding cakes! How lucky you were to be invited and to taste them all!

  2. I wanted to take one home (but was embarassed to ask)! I have to say I am really enjoying this blogging business and am really glad I'm putting myself out there. I've already discovered so many amazing businesses and places that I might never otherwise have heard of - and I love doing my part for Connecticut!

  3. Nice job on the blog. Rubi's cake was one of my faves and Cake Suite was the best tasting in my opinion! Well except for mine of course.LOL Thanks for covering it. I love the museum also. I have lived here for over 25 years and never ventured in until now.

  4. wow! love these cakes lili... well done with the blog!

  5. Thank you, Lorelie and Cyle. It was a great event. So nice to meet many of the bakers in person and learn a little bit about who they are and what their inspiration is!



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