Fallingwater as cake.

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I was invited by the Carnegie Museum of Art to judge their first ever CAKEitecture competition, which teamed up five local bakeries with five local architecture firms or organizations to create amazing cakes that pay tribute to architecture in some way, as the event was a celebration of the Heinz Architectural Center’s 20th anniversary.

I have got to show you these cakes!

1. This is Fallingwater, as cake.

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The cake was done by Prantl’s and Loysen + Kreuthmeier Architects.  The stones and cake? Prantl’s almond torte. It was the unanimous choice as the winner among us three judges because it was equally a stunning tribute to architecture and super effing delicious.

2. However, this was my other most favorite. Dozen Bake Shop/Young Architect’s Forum’s Mister Rogers/Pittsburgh cake that took 100 man-hours to plan, bake, and assemble. Trolley really worked and played the familiar Trolley tune.

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3. This is the Sydney Opera House done by one of my most favorite bakeries Gluuteny, partnered with The Design Alliance:

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The only thing I didn’t like on this was that the cake was chocolate, and I just don’t like chocolate cake. But the other two judges tried it, died, went to heaven, came back and said, “You can dock it if you think it’s ugly and you can dock it if you think it generally tastes terrible, but you CANNOT DOCK POINTS FOR IT BEING CHOCOLATE.”

FINE! [pouts]

4. This is the Motor Square Gardent/Market Building in East Liberty. The dome had stunning detail work on it, and the other two judges, both architects, really favored this one more than I did. Also, there was chocolate in this cake too. DOCKED. [gobbles some almond torte]

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You can see a picture of the building here.

5. And finally, this one we called “The Modern House”. Wait, maybe this was the other one with chocolate in it. DOCKED.

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I had planned to go through and take additional and better photos of the cakes, but the crowd arrived and holy crap, there were like a thousand people in there:

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After the judge’s choices were announced, with Fallingwater taking first, the East Liberty building taking second, and Mister Rogers/Pittsburgh taking third, the People’s Choice was announced to be the Mister Rogers/Pittsburgh cake, which made sense as there were people 20 deep around that cake all night.

It was a great event, and FREE. If they have it again next year, be sure to visit the cakes.

And if they ask me to judge again next year, I hope my name tag will say “The Chocolate Docking Judge.”

Man, The Chocolate Docking Judges would be a great band name.


  1. Butcher's Dog
    February 14, 2013 12:17 pm

    **blinks in disbelief** Doesn’t like chocolate? **blinks again** Who are you really and what have you done with Virginia Montanez?

  2. bluzdude
    February 14, 2013 1:22 pm

    I hear the sound of thousands of Pittsburghers collectively saying, “Whoo Hoo! More chocolate for us!”

  3. G-Man
    February 14, 2013 3:37 pm

    A friend and I visited the real Fallingwater last September. It is breathtaking and an amazing house especially considering it was built so long ago. I’m not sure which is the greater engineering marvel – the house itself of this cake. Pretty impressive.

  4. red pen mama
    February 15, 2013 3:30 pm

    I don’t understand the dislike of chocolate cake, either. I ordered a chocolate on chocolate cake for one of my kids’ birthday (don’t ask which one, I have three, and I’m terribly sleep deprived nearly all the damn time), and some people acted like I commited murder or something.

    Whatevs, kids! More chocolate cake for me!

  5. Tracy
    February 15, 2013 5:22 pm

    My husband and I went to this event…and didn’t see one cake. It was so crowded with people pushing and shoving. I hope that next year, it will be better organized :(