UPDATED PHOTO. Veterans Day will be a sweet affair at Mission BBQ. This Charm City Cakes creation, pictured, will be served today to veterans at Mission BBQ during a holiday commemoration at the Glen Burnie restaurant.
On Sunday, bakers and artists at Charm City Cakes were busy re-creating the Iwo Jima cake. The 2½ foot reproduction will serve at least 400 people, said Geof Manthorne, pictured, executive chef at the Remington bakery that was featured on Food Network’s Ace of Cakes.
The gang at Charm City Cakes started working on the cake on Friday and put the finishing touches on Monday before delivering the giant confection to Mission BBQ.
Mary Alice Yeskey, director of marketing at Charm City Cakes and owner Duff Goldman’s right-hand woman, was at the bakery, too, watching the proceedings.
“It’s very important for us to thank them for their service,” she said, as her colleague Geof wrapped the cake in fondant.
The base of the structure features three types of cake: chocolate espresso, chocolate peanut-butter cup, and brownie. It will be topped by the iconic figures, pictured in the process of being crafted, of U.S. Marines raising the U.S. flag at the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II.
Steve Newton, who owns Mission BBQ with partner Bill Kraus and helped choose the cake’s flavors, explained the restaurant’s mission to honor those who serve our country. “Veterans Day is very important to us,” he said. “Who is more deserving than the veterans who fought for our freedoms?”
The public is invited to Mission BBQ on Monday from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. to celebrate the holiday. The festivities will kick into gear at noon with a live singing of the National Anthem.
Complimentary sandwiches and cake will be available to veterans.
Mission BBQ will open its second location on Friday, Nov. 16, in the Nottingham area of Perry Hall. To celebrate the expansion, the restaurant will donate all proceeds to the Wounded Warrior Project.
The restaurant is also committed to honoring local fireman, police officers, rescue units, as well as the military with fund-raisers and special events during the year.
And while its goals are admirable, Mission BBQ doesn’t shortchange its customers in the food department. It offers a menu of delicious All-American barbecue, featuring brisket, pulled pork, sliced turkey, ribs, and more, and signature sauces such as Memphis Belle, St. Louis Red, Texas Twang, and even Maryland Bay-B-Que. Sides like mac-n-cheese and green beans and bacon are made from scratch.
Go Monday and eat and honor our veterans. But, really, go to Mission BBQ any day.
Photos of the cake preparation by me; photo of the complete cake by planit