Entries in Cupcakes (3)


The Cupcake Tank Is the Draw at Pentagon Ceremony

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Talk about a show stealer.  The Army’s top brass were on hand in the Pentagon’s courtyard Thursday to celebrate the Army’s 237th birthday with the traditional cake-cutting ceremony, but all eyes were trained on the cupcake tank.

A special 2,500 pound mock-up of an Abrams M1-A1 tank made from 5,000 camouflage colored cupcakes and equipped with a working air cannon capable of firing what else?  A cupcake, of course.

The tank was made by the staff of Georgetown Cupcake, the popular Washington, D.C. cupcake store featured on the TLC show D.C. Cupcakes.  The store’s owners, sisters Sophie Lamontagne and Katherine Kallinis came up with the idea and donated the $9,800 cost of the cupcakes.

For the past two holiday seasons the sisters have donated 10,000 cupcakes to American troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Lamontagne told ABC News,"with the Army’s birthday coming up we definitely were honored to be a part of it and we thought what better emblem for the Army than a tank made of cupcakes.”  She added, “it was so much fun, it added something a little extra special to the ceremony.”

The cupcake tank  looked like the real deal, the  5,000 cupcakes were covered in 200 pounds of camouflage fondant.  As the ceremony continued some of it began to melt and drip in the morning sun.

When it came time to fire the cannon a PA announcer asked, “Ladies the tank looks great, but tell us can it shoot?”

“Absolutely!” shouted the sisters in unison.

A few seconds later a loud pop was heard and a cupcake ensconced in a red Solo drinking cup was launched 20 feet in the air before plopping on the Pentagon Courtyard.

And the tank is capable of fitting a four star general in its turret, that would be Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

A loud cheer went up from the crowd of Pentagon employees and service members gathered for the festivities.

After the ceremony, Gen. Dempsey, climbed into the cupcake tank and popped his head out of the turret.  The one-time Armored officer waved to the crowd and drew a big cheer.

He later joked during a broadcast interview, “Tanks and cupcakes don’t belong in the same sentence even in the Army.”

Though the cupcakes on the tank were edible,  the Pentagon workers and service members on hand for Thursday’s ceremony were able to eat from 1,500 “Army Seal” cupcakes.   Flavors included salted caramel, red velvet, peanut butter fudge, lava fudge, and vanilla buttercream.

Within 15 minutes the cupcakes and the cake were gone, but the cupcake tank was still the main draw.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


TSA Confiscates Frosted Cupcake for Potential Security Threat

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LAS VEGAS) -- A Massachusetts woman who flew home from Las Vegas this week says an airport security officer took her frosted cupcake because he thought its vanilla-bourbon icing could be a “security risk.”

Rebecca Hains told ABC News Saturday that a Transportation Security Administration agent at Las Vegas- McCarran International Airport confiscated her cupcake, saying the frosting sitting atop the red velvet cake was gel-like enough to violate regulations.

The incident took place Wednesday.

Hains, a teacher, said the cupcake was a gift from one of her students. She was traveling with her husband and toddler, and thought her young son might get hungry on the long trip home.

The cupcake was packaged in a glass container with a metal lid, which was why it attracted the attention of the scanner in the first place.

The TSA agent didn’t know what to do with the cupcake, so she called over her supervisor, Hains said.

“The TSA supervisor, Robert Epps, was using really bad logic -- he said it counted as a gel-like substance because it was conforming to the shape of its container.”

“We also had a small pile of hummus sandwiches with creamy fillings, which made it through, but the cupcake with its frosting was apparently a terrorist threat … I just don’t know what world he was living in,” said Hains, speaking of the TSA officer.

Hains said she had flown from Boston to Las Vegas with two cupcakes without any problems.

“The TSA at Logan Airport said the cupcakes looked delicious and told us to have a great trip. But in Las Vegas, they were dangerous. They shouldn’t be delicious in one part of the country and a security threat in the other.”

“You’d expect them to be consistent. If they’re doing what they claim to be doing and actually protecting travelers, they would be applying their rules using critical thinking. He gave no indication that really thought the cupcake was a threat.”

“This really isn’t about the cupcake, it’s about the bigger issue and it’s indicative of the fact that broader reforms need to be made to the TSA because they are not keeping us safe,” said Hains.

“In general, cakes and pies are allowed in carry-on luggage,” TSA spokesperson James Fotenos told ABC News affiliate WCVB. Fotenos added that they were looking into why this cupcake was confiscated.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Cupcake Attack: Wife Charged with Domestic Battery

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- Dawn Montesdeoca, 50, of Chicago, used an unusually sweet weapon when she assaulted her husband, Arturo Montesdeoca, 56, with cupcakes during an argument that got progressively sticky and ended with a charge of domestic battery.

The fight began as a verbal disagreement around 7:30 p.m. Saturday but soon escalated to a physical altercation.

“The woman struck the husband about the head with her hands and then commenced to hit him with cupcakes,” the Chicago Police Department said in a statement.

When police arrived, they found Arturo Monesdeoca with icing smeared on his head and clothes. Police arrested his wife for misdemeanor domestic battery.

On Sunday morning, Cook County Circuit Judge Adam D. Bourgeois Jr. charged Montesdeoca and released her from jail on a $10,000 bond and ordered electronic monitoring.

Arturo Montesdeoca reportedly told police that his wife had been verbally aggressive, and that he feared for his safety when he called police, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Dawn Montesdeoca is scheduled to appear in Domestic Violence Court Nov. 1.

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