Runescape Celebrates 10 Years of Gaming… with Cake!
Jagex Games Studio marked RuneScape’s 10th anniversary yesterday by throwing a celebratory party for their loyal fans at RuneFest, RuneScape’s annual community event. The highlight of the party was the unveiling of a giant RuneScape-inspired birthday cake, created by the world famous Charm City Cakes.
The giant cake, which was a meter squared and stood a meter tall and weighed over 80 lbs, depicted a floating Citadel incorporating various features of the RuneScape world. This included Castle Wars, a Clan Camp and Citadel Keep, the Poison Arrow Pub, the Blue Fairy house, and most notably, Daemonheim’s Castle with actual Dungeoneering rooms recessed into the earth at the base of the cake.
The castle cake was further enhanced with custom, dramatic LED lighting and real fog from a hidden, food safe fog machine. The surrounding environment was also inhabited by ten, highly detailed characters from the game, including the popular NPC’s including Blasidar, Grim Reaper, and the Fairy Queen. Once cut the cake served all 500 loyal fans and the Jagex staff.
Charm City Cakes, the bakery commissioned to make the cake, was founded in 2000 by Chef Duff Goldman and is based in Baltimore, Maryland. The company was propelled into the limelight when it starred in the American reality television show, Ace of Cakes which aired for ten seasons between 2006 and 2011. During the bakery’s long history, Charm City Cakes has worked on a number of high profile projects including a Hogwarts cake for the premier of the 5th installment of the Harry Potter films and a commemorative cake for the 100th episode of Lost.
Speaking from RuneFest, Mark Gerhard, Jagex CEO, commented, “The RuneScape cake looks absolutely fantastic and is a perfect tribute to the games birthday celebrations. We wanted the cake to represent all aspects of RuneScape but, in particular, we wanted to incorporate elements of the floating citadels from this year’s hugely popular clan update. With this in mind we turned to the world-renowned bakers at Charm City Cakes and commissioned them to turn our vision into a reality. Their creation really does the game justice and crowned a perfect end to RuneFest 2011.”
Speaking after the event, Graham Coreil-Allen, Operations Manager at Charm City Cakes, commented, “Charm City Cakes was truly thrilled and honoured to make the 10 year anniversary RuneScape cake. Jagex has given us an unprecedented opportunity to make an awesome cake featuring an assortment of notable features and characters from the RuneScape world. Our entire team has spent more than 240 hours making and decorating the cake with three of our chefs, Geof Manthorne, Katie Rose and Elena Fox, travelling over 3000 miles to London to finish the cake.”
Be sure to check out the Making Of Video to see how this ginormous cake came to be!