Military chefs are used to cooking for thousands of hungry mouths on a daily basis; and they’re pretty good at crafting large culinary masterpieces as well.
Navy Culinary Specialists Jose Arsenault, John Smith and Rose Joseph-Etienne did not disappoint with their most recent creation.
The trio baked a 366-pound sheet cake replica of the aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman for a State Department reception held while the ship made a port visit in Dubai last month.
The nearly 8-foot long, 31-inch high cake even had six Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet models on the flight deck and a toy helicopter hovering by a fishing line overhead. It took 180 pounds of cake mix, 96 pounds of icing and 36 sheet pans to bake the delicious desert.
Oh, and the culinary specialists also baked separate cakes of the Truman’s escorts, the cruiser Gettysburg and amphibious transport dock New Orleans.
The cakes — surrounded by real fighter jets and helicopters — were the center of attention at the reception, held in the Truman’s hangar deck.
Carriers are always fond of putting out reams of statistics about the ships and the seagoing community that rides them. In true flattop fashion, the cake had its own stat board.
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