One particular treat took center stage as singer Cat Shell led the crowd in a rendition of "Happy Birthday, Boca Raton magazine"-a stunning multilayered cake topped by an edible gift bag filled with goodies that represented the culture and lifestyle featured in every issue of Boca Raton.
Credit for this custom-designed spectacular goes to Ruthie Webster, owner of the local Cakes by Ruthie, who spent more than 40 hours building the seven-layer work of art.
"When I first embarked on the project, I thought mostly about the fashion aspect of Boca Raton," Ruthie says. "But then I started reading some back issues of the magazine and I realized that it was so much more than fashion. You truly capture the Boca lifestyle-and I wanted the cake to embody that."
Though the cake appears to have five layers, two of sections-the middle part with the "30" and the decorative gift bag on top-each consist of two layers. Ruthie used gum paste to create accessories and details-like the Jimmy Choo shoe, the lettering, or the ribbons, pearls and sheet music inside the bag-and roll fondant, which has the consistency of Play-Dough, to mold and shape the outside of each layer. The sugar accessories, alone, took nearly 10 hours.
Those interested in having a designer creation by Ruthie, who had previously worked for The Ritz-Carlton in Manalapan and Las Veags, can reach her at 561/460-6306 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special thanks also to the sponsors of Thursday's Best of Boca-including Vista BMW; Premier Beverage brands Herradura, Gentleman Jack and Bonterra; Salon Oasis; Filly & Colt; Wish; and Altier Jewelers. Also, kudos to The Buzz Agency for all the hard work and time that went into staging the event.
We hope everyone had a wonderful time! Thank you for being part of our 30th anniversary celebration.