Let him eat cake


November 03, 2006|By LAURA VOZZELLA

William Donald Schaefer turned 85 yesterday, and he celebrated at the main Pratt Library with hundreds of friends and cake. A lot of cakes, actually. Eight-five of them.

That's enough cake to keep a team of six bakers whipping and folding for a day, and sink six decorators up to their elbows in buttercreams, cream cheese frosting and chocolate drizzle for two and a half more.

Lots of times at big events like weddings, there's one fancy cake for show - and a plain sheet cake back in the kitchen. It's cheaper that way, and easier to serve.

No confectionary sleight-of-hand this time around, said Monica Marshall, custom cake manager at Ms. Desserts in Woodlawn.

"The idea is to have a large number of cakes for a really nice, festive look," she said.

So there were yellow cakes and chocolate cakes and carrot cakes. Little circles and big sheets. Single layers and double-deckers. All decorated to reflect every phase in the life of the former mayor, former governor and soon-to-be former comptroller: chocolate coins; frosting in the colors of the state flag; and photographs - from baby pictures to the current day - transferred onto edible rice paper.

(One surprising omission from the cake-top photo gallery: The classic seal pool shot.)

But wait! There's more.

Former aide Lainy Lebow-Sachs, who organized the party, took Schaefer to lunch yesterday at the Center Club. After they finished their meal, she had a cake brought out.

Best of times, worst of times

The good news for Baltimore native Nancy Pelosi: She makes Esquire's "Sexiest Woman Alive" issue.

The bad news: That award went to Scarlett Johansson.

The really bad news: Esquire gave Pelosi (and eight other lawmakers) The Cynthia McKinney Award for the Worst Members of Congress.

"[W]ith an opportunity to take control of the House, the Dems are saddled with a leadership better suited to organizing a candlelight vigil at Swarthmore than to restoring the balance of powers," Esquire writes.

If anybody cares what the glossy mag thinks on such matters, it also weighs in on the nation's races for governor and Congress. In Maryland, Esquire likes Martin O'Malley, Ben Cardin, Wayne Gilchrest, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Albert Wynn, Steny Hoyer, Roscoe Bartlett, Elijah Cummings and Chris Van Hollen.

It was on fire when he got there

Tales of political sign stealing are so common that nobody pays attention. But sign torching - that's a new one.

The 4-by-8-footer outside Bob Ehrlich's campaign headquarters on LaSalle Road in Towson was aflame the other morning. So says campaign spokeswoman Shareese DeLeaver.

Two campaign staffers were chatting outside the office about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday when a delivery truck driver pulled up and said, "Hey, your sign is on fire." He then drove over to the sign, got out of his truck and beat the fire out with his jacket, DeLeaver said.

What did he get for his good deed? A bumper sticker: "Firefighters for Ehrlich."

Connect the dots

Finally, a robo call with a Grammy-quality voice: Sheryl Crow's. The singer recorded a call for Ken Ulman, who is running for Howard County executive. Crow knows Doug Ulman, the candidate's brother, who works for the Lance Armstrong Foundation. She praises "Ken's fight to make Howard County smoke free" and says she's "glad he stood up to developers to save Merriweather Post Pavilion, one of my favorite places to play." ... Del. Anthony Brown, hoping for a promotion from voters, got one from the Army Reserve. The candidate for lieutenant governor was just made a colonel, the O'Malley campaign said this week. ... Spotted on Ashbourne Road in Arbutus, of all places: An Ehrlich bumper sticker stuck to a Halloween tombstone. ... A reader complains that one of those huge, electric-green O'Malley-Brown signs was placed "almost on top of" a cross marking the death of a motorist at Routes 313 and 318, near Federalsburg. The reader posted pictures, at photobucket.com, which show some other political signs in the vicinity, but none quite as close to the cross as O'Malley's. ... John Bishop, a former Republican delegate from Baltimore County who was the GOP's nominee for county executive in 1998, issued a four-page letter the other day with a surprising message: Vote Democratic. The short version: Bishop says he's fed up with the "misinformation and lies" that he contends his party is spreading. ... Jo Ann Asparagus is running for Circuit Court judge in Talbot County with this slogan: Pick Asparagus ... Jack Sturgill, a Democrat running for delegate in Baltimore County, took aim at incumbent Pat "Speak English" McDonough while waving at cars at Loch Raven and the Beltway yesterday. His sign: "Waving in English."

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