Chicago officially became a city in 1837, which means a 175th birthday party was in order earlier this year. Held appropriately at the Chicago History Museum
, the afternoon affair had family-friendly educational activities and a four-tier, 80-pound birthday cake created by Vinny Garcia of Bleeding Heart Bakery
. Decorated with symbols of the city's various neighborhoods—a sinuous, scaly dragon represented Chinatown, for example—the organic vanilla bean dessert was topped with vanilla bean frosting and Italian butter cream. Garcia used gum paste to add the logo, stars, and rings of the Chicago flag to the towering confection, which was several days in the making.
Photo: Courtesy of Bleeding Heart Bakery