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Gulf Coast Kid's House employee creates sweet display

Published: 11/19/2011

From the Pensacola News Journal

Brenda Lewis is a big fan of "Cake Boss."

 

While watching the TLC baking reality show one night, the 67-year-old Warrington resident was inspired to bake her own custom cake. A building, she thought, would be pretty easy.

 

Three weeks later, Lewis had a sweet replica of her workplace — the Gulf Coast Kid's House — and a healthy respect for professional bakers.

 

"Let me tell you, it ain't as easy as they show it on TV," she said, shaking her head. "This was my one and only cake."

 

Lewis, who has worked as a cleaner for the Pensacola nonprofit for seven years, made the giant, mostly inedible cake from rice krispy treats, fondant, sugar paper, Styrofoam, cardboard and skewers.

 

"You name it, it's in there," she joked. "I did everything three times, to get it right."

 

Her labor of love now rests in a meeting room of the Gulf Coast Kid's House on 12th Avenue, where it will remain on display until Christmas.

 

Stacey Kostevicki is executive director of the kid-friendly facility, which serves abused children and their families. She said that Lewis is known for going above and beyond her duties.

 

"She brings home the donated stuffed animals and repairs them all the time," she said. "We see her smuggling them out of the building."

 

The Kid's House cake, sitting on its bed of green icing, is just another example of Lewis' giving nature.

 

"It's heart-touching that Brenda chose to do this on her free time," Kostevicki said. "It's an amazing cake."

Full article online at PNJ.com


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