HB Cakes Boost Morale of Military Troops in Afghanistan & Throughout the World
By C. MacDonald
When you’re in the Army fighting the enemy in 130-degree heat in a desert far from home, the last thing you’d expect to receive is a delicious cake from your wife but that’s what’s happening more and more, thanks to the efforts of two Huntington Beach residents, Debora George Tsakoumakis and Master Pastry Chef Paul Gauweiler.
Gauweiler bakes from 20 to 40 special cakes a week that Tsakoumakis sends on their merry way to military destinations around the world, brightening the lives of our troops. The dynamic duo are on pace to producing and mailing more than 1,000 cakes this year.
“My husband got his cake in the desert and said it was very moist. Everyone was so excited because no one had ever received a Birthday Cake in the mail,” wrote one happy Army wife.
Since 2008, Debora has been shipping cakes to the military whenever families (and patriotic people) order the very special, personalized, much appreciated “edible love.”
“Just being able to get something like that meant so much to my husband for Father’s Day,” explained the wife of an Army sergeant in Afghanistan.
Chef Paul said Debora called him a couple years ago with the idea and he was only to glad to participate, creating mouthwatering 9-inch chocolate, marble and vanilla cakes that serve 8. Deborah customizes messages on top.
The legendary Pastry Chef from Germany , who also baked in Paris and creates many of the delicious desserts at Disneyland ’s Club 33, only charges half the cost as a patriotic gesture to our valiant troops. He said chocolate and marble are the most requested.
The layer cakes are covered in sugar frosting and enveloped in a layer of edible fondant, a thick sugary glaze that seals the confection away from the elements. They are then put in a special tin, placed in a cooling packet and wrapped in insulated materials, before being sent Priority Mail to U.S. zipcodes or APO/FPOs (Army Post Offices/Fleet Post Offices).
Delivery time varies depending on destination and other factors so you need to plan early if you want to send a cake. Sometimes the cake (and other mail) takes additional days to be transported to isolated outposts.
“Getting our troops a little taste of home is just what they need to boost their morale,” explained one wife, whose husband is in a War Zone. The cake amazingly reached him in just 7 days. Most cakes take 8-10 days to reach their destinations. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving me the opportunity to make my husband’s birthday a special one.”
Another wife wrote that her husband “was so impressed with all of it–the packaging, the timeliness and most importantly, the taste. He said it was so nice to have a moist cake in the middle of the desert.”
You can contact Debora and order a cake online at www.wireacake.com or call 1-800-947-3222. Even if you’re not a family member, you can still Support Our Troops and have a cake sent, thanks to the Soldier’s Angels Organization that identifies deployed units in need of a special morale boost.
Paul, one of the World’s top Master Pastry Chefs, is founder of The Cake Box, 6054 Warner/Springdale in HB; www.cakeboxpastries.com
Our heartfelt congratulations to Paul, Debora, the military families and other patriotic people, who are making a positive difference, boosting morale and showing our troops we care through cakes!