In the Houston suburb of Pasadena, Texas, there’s an annual strawberry festival that showcases the largest strawberry shortcake you’ll ever see. This year’s event featured El Bolillo Bakery and the culinary team from the Pasadena Career & Technical High School whipping up a 22,000-pound strawberry shortcake made with 4,000 pounds of whipped topping donated by Flavor Right.
The cake itself was quite a sight to see — and taste. More than 5,000 pounds of fresh strawberries were used to assemble the strawberry shortcake. They used 5,600 pounds of glaze. Each cake layer was 1,500 square feet.
“I stepped in this year with some amazing help from some people like Flavor Right for the whipped topping, Tom Lange for strawberries and Quality Bakery Products for the glaze. It was a huge success for us and the scholarship recipients here in Pasadena,” says Kirk Michaelis, owner of El Bolillo Bakery, based in Houston.
The annual Pasadena Strawberry Festival raises money for the Pasadena school district, local students and education scholarships. It also helps raise money for 14 other non-profits in the area. They typically raise up to $60,000 for college scholarships.
The first piece of this year’s giant strawberry shortcake was auctioned off for $600, according to Annemarie Rodriguez, marketing coordinator for Flavor Right.