September 7, 2014

A cake covered in guitars definitely hits the right note.

But it’s just the second layer on Hoda Kotb’s 50th Birthday Cake.

During the summer, THE TODAY SHOW staff asked us if we could make a giant layer cake to surprise Hoda on her birthday! The three-tier concoction took us about a week to make–but we were happy to do it.  Hoda and Kathie Lee have always been great friends–and supporters.

Check out the entire cake in the following video, direct from the folks at NBC.

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Here are some fun recipe facts about Hoda’s cake:

The bottom tier is a rectangular layer cake, made to look like the beach, Hoda’s favorite place. A cupcake shaped like her adorable dog Blake is riding an egg bagel painted fire engine red!! (The waves are made out of S-shaped “Breakfast Treat” cookies dipped in blue chocolate.)

The second tier plays tribute to Hoda’s love for music.  Those guitars and musical notes are made out of sugar cookies.

The third tier is made from Hoda’s mother Sammy’s baklava recipe. A few years ago, after appearing on the Today Show, Hoda was sweet enough to send us the recipe. We were excited to use it!! And as you can see in the video clip–so was Hoda!!!

We had a great time building Hoda’s mega-dessert. We hope it’ll give you some good ideas–and inspiration–for your next birthday cake!

Happy Cake-making,

Alan and Karen


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