Friday, September 26, a very special event will be happening in Long Beach. The Queen Mary, one of the world’s most famous ships, will be celebrating her 80th birthday. To start off celebrating this momentous event, there will be free admission to the Queen between 10:00am and 7:00pm. Parking will also be discounted on the Queen Mary’s birthday. Many of the ship’s attractions and tours will also be discounted for the celebration.
And what kind of celebration would there be without a cake? For the Queen Mary’s 80th birthday, acclaimed baker, owner of ‘Mmm Cakes’ in San Diego and a competitor on TLC’s ‘Next Great Baker’, Jose Barajas is baking a cake for the celebration. Not just any cake, as Jose described to the Examiner today. “The cake is going to look like what you see in Long Beach, which is the Queen Mary. We worked really hard to put it to scale and it’s fifteen feet long. We want people to walk in and know that’s the Queen Mary”.
The first step for Jose a few weeks ago was to visit the Queen Mary. “This was my first time at the Queen Mary”, Jose said. He continued, “I was just amazed by the size. I’ve never seen something before like that in my life. It’s amazing, just so rich in history. You know, you watch those kind of ships like in the ‘Titanic’ movie, but once you see the Queen Mary, it’s like ‘Whoa!’. Jose said that the cake will be impressive, much like the Queen Mary. He said, “It is a mammoth of a cake, it weighs over 400 pounds and may come close to the 500 pound mark. It’s a lot of cake and a lot of frosting, but our goal is to pay so much attention to detail so that when you get close to it there is a lot more that you can see. You’re just not seeing a cake!”.
Jose described some of how the cake is being made. “We’re actually working with a lot of mediums”, Jose said. “We’re working with butter cream, we’re working with royal icing, with fondant and with modeling chocolate. Pretty much anything that you can use in cake decorating will be on this cake”. The cake itself will be baked in San Diego where the bakeries Jose works with are and then transported in two pieces to the Queen Mary. “The base itself is 5’5” by 17 feet, so there is no way we could get it through the doors and hatches of the Queen Mary otherwise. It’s a big piece of cake”. The cake will be transported by refrigerated truck to Long Beach.
He added, “This is a great experience for me. The show was nothing compared to the caliber of this cake. I will be there on the 26th to present the cake. I have a great team of people helping me. Between the three of us, we’re giving it all we’ve got!”. He has several friends helping out including the owner of M &M Patisserie in San Diego and another friend who is extremely good at details. Jose summed it up by saying, “I just want to amaze the people. This is a thank you to the Queen Mary and to her fans, the people who love this ship and always go to visit her. It’s going to be a treat for everyone”.
The story of the Queen Mary started September 26, 1934 at the John Brown Shipyard in Clydesbank, Scotland, with King George V and Queen Mary launching the magnificent ship before a crowd of over 200,000 spectators. The Queen Mary departed on her maiden voyage a year later, soon becoming the vessel of choice for transatlantic crossings. Celebrities, and dignitaries walked the deck, royalty had cabins named after them and famous musicians would sit down and play the piano in the First Class Lounge. During World War 2, she was repainted in war colors and known as the Grey Ghost”, the only ship that could outrun the German Navy. After the war, she completed more than 1,100 transatlantic voyages before being retired in 1967 and relocating to her new home in Long Beach.
Note: In a special announcement today for Friday’s special event, there has been a ‘token’ baked into the cake. All of the guests who get a piece of this fabulous cake are advised to look for the token. As a special gift to one lucky guest, the person who finds the token will win a cruise on the Queen Mary 2, in honor of the Queen Mary’s 80th birthday. The voyage will leave Southampton, England and cross the Atlantic to arrive in New York. This is the same trip that the Queen Mary sailed for many years. Good luck to all who attend the Queen Mary’s 80th Birthday Celebration!
The Queen Mary’s 80th Birthday Celebration takes place Friday, September 26 from 10:00am to 7:00pm. At 4:15pm, Commodore Everette Hoard of the Queen Mary will begin with welcoming remarks, followed by the commemorations and presentation of the cake as well as remarks by officials of the City of Long Beach and the Queen Mary. Commemorations include the reading of letters by King George V at the ship’s launch on September 26, 1934 and a recent congratulatory message from Queen Elizabeth II. A special announcement will also be made about a groundbreaking initiative for future plans for the Queen Mary.
Make plans to be at the Queen Mary for this fun, interesting and free day to enjoy the ship’s birthday. It will be a one of a kind affair!
Queen Mary’s 80th Birthday
Friday, September 26, 2014
10:00am to 7:00pm
The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802
For information please visit www.queenmary.com