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Log Cabin Themed Cakes Featured at Breakfast

Washington – Some birthdays are really worth celebrating, and what’s a celebration without a cake?  The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, in collaboration with the Log Homes Council of the National Association of Home Builders, made the February 12th national celebration of President Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday as sweet as possible.

A select group of prominent DC-area bakeries was invited to donate log cabin-themed cakes, and each one was a unique and delicious way to pay homage to our 16th President’s humble beginnings.  The bakeries’ creativity varied widely, from classic confectionary renditions of log cabin homes to eye-catching displays of edible stovepipe hats.

The cakes served as centerpieces on the 16 tables at a commemorative breakfast on the grounds of the Lincoln Memorial, following a nationally televised wreath-laying ceremony.  Representatives of the Log Homes Council selected a beautiful cake designed by Terracocoa of Chantilly, Va., as their favorite.

“The LHC staff appreciated the realistic look and attention to detail depicting the unique connection the log home has to Lincoln’s life and United States history,” said Tony Gacek, LHC manager of communications and programs.

The other fifteen bakeries that donated cakes were:

Amelia’s Cakes, Washington; Amphora Bakery, Herndon, Va.; Curly-Q-Cakes, Ashburn, Va.; Fancy Cakes by Leslie, Bethesda, Md.; Furin’s of Georgetown, Washington; Georgetown Cupcakes, Washington; Just Cakes, Bethesda, Md.; Kendall’s Cakes, Falls Church, Va.; Lily Lane Cakes, Springfield, Va.;  MallowDrama, Reston, Va.; PeterBakes, Washington; Simply Desserts, Columbia, Md.;  SugaChef Desserts, Ft. Washington, Va.; Sugarbakers Cakes, Catonsville, Md.; Tastefully Treated, South Riding, Va.

“We were eager to see how the bakeries would execute the very broad concept of a log cabin theme,” said ALBC Executive Director Eileen Mackevich.  “To say they were each spectacular inadequately describes them.”

The wreath-laying ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial preceding the birthday breakfast featured five-time Grammy nominee Michael Feinstein, accompanied by the U.S. Marine Corps Band, who also entertained breakfast guests.  Feinstein performed the National Anthem as well as the premiere performance of a new song, We Dreamed, with lyrics written for him by Maya Angelou especially for the occasion.  Acclaimed poet Nikki Giovanni recited At This Moment, her new work for the Bicentennial. A recitation of the Gettysburg Address by school children completed the sun-drenched program at the Memorial.


About the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission

Congress established the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission to plan the nation’s celebration of the 16th president’s 200th birthday in 2009.  The Commission works to engage the broadest range of individuals and groups in the commemoration.  Through education programs, public forums, and the arts, the Commission provides an opportunity to re-examine Lincoln’s legacy in our 21st century democracy.  Its members, who are appointed by the president and congressional leaders, include political leaders, jurists, historians, and collectors.  For more information, please visit www.abrahamlincoln200.org.