One of the world's most powerful kingdoms recently celebrated a birthday by employing the services of the world's largest dessert mix manufacturer.
On Sunday, Saudi Arabia commemorated 88 years of existence with a national holiday and a giant cake made by the good folks at Betty Crocker. It must have been one heck of a birthday, as the culinary creation set a Guinness World Record for the largest mosaic created with mug cakes, according to US Magazine.
No doubt, the endeavor required plenty of boxes of the cake mix, but it wasn't possible until Crocker-owned General Mills partnered with Panda Retail company, the largest grocer conglomerate in Saudi Arabia to put the whole thing together. The result was a landscape that was more than 122 square yards and requiring about 19,600 packages of cake mix.
To put the whole thing together, the project needed the services of 30 bakers in eight-hour shifts. The crowning touch took roughly 1,900 tubs of Betty Crocker frosting mix to decorate the outer layer, which included the Saudi 88th National Day logo design.
The anniversary marked the date when King Abdulaziz established the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1937. On hand to see over the proceedings at the Al Andalus Mall in the city of Jeddah and be presented with the cake were King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. Also present to confirm that the cake size was a new record was Guinness World Records adjudicator Ahmed Jamal Jaber.
Naturally, there weren't enough dignitaries to consume the creation, so onlookers at the mall also got a piece of the historic dessert. The rest of the cake went to the non-profit Saudi Food Bank.
This year's anniversary cake echoed a 2017 record that involved baking the world's largest marble cake, which was created for the Saudi 87th anniversary. That culinary masterpiece, which required 15,000 cake mixes measured in at just over 19 square yards. It's also no surprise that the Saudi Kingdom opted for Betty Crocker to provide the essentials for making the cake on those occasions. The product has been well-known throughout much of the Middle East and the northwest part of Africa for more than 50 years.