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Giant cake honors casino’s anniversary

CARLTON — Guests at Black Bear Casino and Resort entering the lobby Friday were greeted by a giant depiction of a 500 pound black bear atop a mountain.

“People think it’s a work of art or a sculpture, but it’s all edible, from top to bottom,” said Jeremy Schrupp, designer for How Sweet It Is Cakes.

The Duluth-based bakery has been working on the 12-foot-tall cake for weeks. Schrupp, owner Eileen Brown and four other employees were assembling the edible work of art Friday afternoon as part of Black Bear’s 20th anniversary celebration.

The cake was carted from downtown Duluth in three large pieces — two sections to make up the mountain and then the 500-pound bear to place on top. Some wooden pieces inside the cake provide structural support and the bear’s face is foam, but everything else is edible.

The bakery created two new flavors for the cake: wild rice and cranberry and wild rice and maple.

The cake will be on display at Black Bear in Carlton until Monday, when casino staff will slice and serve it. How Sweet It Is Cakes also made 1,000 cupcakes for the event for the guests and employees who want to sample the new flavors before the cake is cut.

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