Congratulations Graduates!

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The University of Michigan graduation has come and gone here in Ann Arbor and as usual, it came with a bang!  Figuratively speaking of course, but truly the entire Bakehouse was booming with business (along with all of the restaurants in Ann Arbor).  Here in the cake department we made around 160 cakes in 2 days—that’s about 2-3 times what we normally make in a 2-day span!  On Friday alone we made 91 cakes, 43 of those with a graduation decoration.  So many in fact, that we have to number each one to make sure every cake goes to its proper place.  On Thursday we made 275 Block M graduation butter cookies that were dispersed to numerous companies and private parties.  We also made one custom graduation cake with painted viruses for a man graduating and going into virology (study of viruses).  Needless to say—busy busy busy.

Included are some pictures that we took to show you what graduation is like for us.  Enjoy and congratulations to all the graduates around the country!

Our speed racks on Friday filled with cakes of all sorts of flavors like chocolate, buttermilk, and Hummingbird.
Our speed racks on Friday filled with cakes of all sorts of flavors like chocolate, buttermilk, and Hummingbird.

Just an example of cakes from Thursday.  This year's design for round cakes was Maize n' Blue ribbons and balls.
Just an example of cakes from Thursday. This year's design for round cakes was Maize n' Blue ribbons and balls.

Oh Michigan cookies!  For graduation we write the year on the cookie (instead of a football which is what we use in the fall).
Oh Michigan cookies! For graduation we write the year on the cookie (instead of a football which is what we use in the fall).

This is the virology cake for Dr. Johnson.  We know there is influenza and the HIV virus.  Anyone out there who studies virology know any of the others?
This is the virology cake for Dr. Johnson. We know there is influenza and the HIV virus. Anyone out there who studies virology know any of the others?

Boxes all folded up and ready to be filled with cakes...this isn't even for the biggest day!
Boxes all folded up and ready to be filled with cakes...this isn't even for the biggest day!