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April 24, 2014

Cubs Say They’re ‘Disappointed’ That Their 400-Lb Anniversary Cake Ended Up In A Dumpster

by Jared

So Wrigley Field’s big 100th birthday party on Wednesday was quite the spectacle, from the throwback uniforms to the ex-Cubs in attendance (sans Sammy Sosa) to the spectacular, 400-pound birthday cake replica of the ballpark itself. But when the festivities were over and it was time to clean up after the game, this happened …

Nobody ate the Cubs Birthday Cake, and it ended up in the garbage. Seen below is the cake in its prime — all 400 pounds, xx-by-xx of it. It was cradfted by Buddy Valastro of “Cake Boss” fame, and may have cost as much as $100,000 (based on the cost of other big projects), although we don’t know that for sure. What we do know is that not all of it was edible — and it was on display at Wrigley for several hours, and then at a private party afterwards.

But the inside was made of chocolate, vanilla and fudge, and quite edible, if cut and served at the right time. But this cake was just for show, which means it could have been mad0e of plastic, or stucco, or Legos. So it was never meant to be eaten, but what the Cubs should have done is give it a more dignified funeral. Throwing it in a dumpster outside the park for all the world to see was not the best move, metaphorically.

When the team saw the photos on Twitter, it responded thusly:

“The Chicago Cubs are disappointed in how our Wrigley Field display cake was disposed by the Field Museum following our successful charity event last night. The team made a decision not to serve the edible portion after the cake was on display outside Wrigley Field for most of the day.

“Though the cake was mostly made up of non-edible material, it certainly does not excuse how a celebratory display cake artfully created by Buddy Valastro and Carlo’s Bakery was handled.”
Notice how they wedged “successful charity event” into the statement. Hey, when you’re the Cubs, you take your victories where you can get them.

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