Make cake not war! DC Cupcakes goes head-to-head with Cake Boss with edible tanks as Army marks 237th birthday
19:40 GMT, 15 June 2012
While having a birthday cake never gets old the Army just celebrated its 237th year with two tanks made entirely from sugar, flour, butter and eggs by television's most famous bakers.
In the capital, the sisters behind TLC's DC Cupcakes, Katherine Kallinis and Sophie LaMontagne, put their expertise to work at Georgetown Cupcake creating an almost life-size tank made out of 5,000 cupcakes.
While at Times Square in New York, Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro, wowed admiring crowds and uniformed guests with his smaller, but no less elaborate, sand-coloured tank cake.
This means war: Georgetown Cupcake sister duo made an almost life-size tank entirely from camouflage cupcakes to mark the Army's 237th birthday in Washington, DC
Enemy forces In New York City's Times Square, Cake Boss Buddy Valastro, made his own tank cake for the festivities attended by army members and the public
Thankfully the two vehicles, highly armoured with sugary icing and sweet weaponry, went to war against each other only by design.
In Washington, the impressive creation made by the Georgetown Cupcake duo donated the camouflage-coloured treats to the birthday project.
Team effort: Cake Boss, Bobby Valastro (right) shares the work with Army officials as they slice into the appetising cake
Side on: Katherine Kallinis and Sophie LaMontagne of Georgetown Cupcake make the finishing touches
As supporters of the U.S. military
and their families through its 'Operation Cupcake' programme, the bakery
regularly gifts soldiers serving overseas boxes of their delicious
cakes during holiday seasons.
For the momentous occasion this week,
the reality show stars used salted caramel, red velvet, peanut butter
fudge, lava fudge and vanilla buttercream flavours.
It's official! United States Army general and 38th Chief of Staff of the Army Raymond T. Odierno helped the Cake Boss cut the sugar-armoured tank
A decorated military official picks on eof the 5,000 cupcakes off the top of the bakery masterpiece from inside the cockpit
Weighing in at more than 2,500lbs,
the icing of the tank alone constituted of more than 200lbs as it sat
parked in the Pentagon's courtyard.
And to avoid the bullet-hole effect,
the cupcake experts also provided 1,500 additional 'Army Seal' cupcakes
so no one would be tempted to pinch the sweet treats from the tank
Sweet protection: The cupcakes were a mixture of salted caramel, fudge flavours, peanut butter and vanillabutter cream in a camouflage paletter
Meanwhile in New York, the festivities were led by General Raymond T. Odierno, Chief of Staff of the Army.
With the help of Mr Valastro himself, the two men cut into the giant, saccharine tank while hundreds of servicemen and the public watched.
Cake Boss has also been doing his bit to raise the moral of the soldiers in active duty in Afghanistan by sending them tasty birthday cake morsels.