|photo generously provided by Charles Schiller|
Ok so this charming fella I work with recently told me the story of his unusual childhood birthday cake requests and it goes something like this: At around age 8 Richard's birthday was fast approaching. His mom ( a very devoted and loving mother by all general standards) asked her young son what he would like for his birthday cake. Being of a particularly patriotic nature, Richard requested Washington's Cherry Tree rendered in cake form, and could they please have miniature hatchets to eat it with at the party. Not wanting to disappoint, his mother did her very best to create the cherry tree and the party went off without a hitch. A year rolls by and it's time again for Richard's birthday party. Again his mom asks what he would like for his cake. Again Richard reaches into his store of presidential folklore for inspiration and declares that he would like "Abe Lincoln's Log Cabin surrounded by a Field of Golden Wheat." Some how his mom is able to summon all of her latent creativity to the fore and pulls off a passable log cabin cake perched atop an icing field of wheat. The next year when asked for his cake choice Richard declared grandly:
"I want Dolley Madison Fleeing the Burning White House with the Portrait of Washington Under Her Arm!" Needless to say Richard's mom refused point blank and young Richard got a plain spice cake that year. When I heard the story I just HAD to attempt a version of the insane edible object. On a recent two week shoot I put this baby together on the sly and was able to surprise grown up Richard with his Dolley Madison Cake at long last.