When the committee that puts together the East Dallas MLS’ Broker Bake Off (an annual Texas Association of Realtors PAC fundraiser and sweet event), they batted around a few themes before someone suggested a riff off of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s epic 90s ballad — “I Like Big Bundts And I Cannot Lie: Music Through The Ages.”
Naturally, said event chair Alyssa O’Brien Ramsey, it was an instant favorite.
Brokerages were tasked with creating confections that spoke to pop music’s biggest moments, and they did a bang-up job. In all, the Broker Bake Off managed to rake in some serious dough for the Texas Association of Realtors Political Action Committee to the tune of $15,800.
“It’s such a surprise and it’s really nice to see what people come up with,” said event chair Christina Dewbre. “I’m always amazed every year that this is an all-volunteer effort and everyone really shows up.”
Speaking of showing up, besides auctioning off the beautiful baked goods, people also vote for the best cake — a heated competition that earns the winning brokerage the coveted Golden Spoon award.
The Golden Spoon went to Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s Lakewood office for their “Purple Rain” Prince tribute cake with $1,168 in votes ($1 = 1 vote). In the live auction, the “Pink Little Houses” cake from Nathan Grace Real Estate netted the highest bid at $775 from Russell Berry, while Mike Schmitt was the winning bidder on the second-highest earning cake — Briggs Freeman’s “Purple Rain.” Coming in at third-priciest was a cool pinball pastry, complete with flashing lights, from Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. Carrie Hill of Nathan Grace Real Estate snagged it with a bid of $400.
We are absolutely gobsmacked by the caliber of these cakes! Though we realize that not every Realtor is a master baker, it’s more than a little obvious that brokers had help putting these beautiful cakes together. From the time the theme is announced, brokers have about a month to put together a winning concept. It’s all very hush-hush, as not even committee members are privy to the designs until the morning of the auction fundraiser.
One of the most impressive cakes was David Bush’s towering homage to pop culture. Bush, a broker who is widely known in East Dallas, didn’t take any chances and hired cake artist and designer TyEsha Johnson, owner of Cakes By Ty.
“He came to me with the theme and a concept and gave me artistic range,” Johnson said. “I went to music stores for inspiration,” she added. From start to finish, the cake took about 18 hours to complete, Johnson said.
We are beyond impressed! Honestly, we don’t know how the East Dallas MLS will top this years confectionary competition, except with bigger bundts. Need a bigger sugar fix? See more amazing cakes below.