Meeting Yolanda Gampp!
If you live in Toronto and frequent Queen Street West a lot, you’ve seen the Alice Through the Looking Glass pop-up set up. On Saturday, May 21st, Yolanda Gampp of How To Cake It, dropped by for a meet and greet and the first 100 guests got a sample of one of her cakes.
I had found out about Yolanda when her video on the brain cake gained traction in the media. I saw it pop up on my Twitter feed and was instantly in awe of her baking talents. I’ve been subscribed to her YouTube channel since last October and I’m still in awe of her talents.
For the Alice Through the Looking Glass pop-up, Yolanda baked a special cake for it. She made the Mad Hatter’s hat! You can see how she made the cake on her site. But, on May 21st Yolanda was having a meetup at the pop-up and the first 100 guests would get a slice of cake made by her. When my friend Andrea sent me the email invite, I was immediately down to go. I mean, who would pass up on getting a free slice of cake made by an amazing baker?
Yolanda’s meetup was from 11:30am – 3:30pm. Andrea and I planned to be there an hour early, hoping (and thinking) that no one would be crazy enough to lineup much earlier than that. Boy were we wrong. Overhearing a conversation with the staff at the pop-up, people had been lining up since 7:00am! CRAZY! Andrea and I wanted to be there early to receive the slice of cake. The sole motivation to be out early on a Saturday.
We actually didn’t think we were within the first 100 guests but we were! There were actually 2 kinds of cakes they were handing out: Chocolate and Yolanda’s favourite, Carrot. We had the carrot cake one.
To be honest, I’m not a fan of carrot cake but it was delicious. My favourite part of the cake was the buttercream icing. It wasn’t sweet but smooth and creamy. It was perfect! The cake was soft and still moist, since I’m assuming it was made at least the day before.
I didn’t eat the pink flower on mine because it was really hard (Don’t want to break my teeth) and the red ball was some sort of candy. It was a generous slice of cake and I’m not sure if many small kids that lined up would be able to finish it. But again, it was delicious – probably the only carrot cake I will like 🙂
In case you wanted to visit the pop-up shop, here are some photos of it. Below is the digital kiosk and face-mapping activity. You can transform yourself into characters from the film: Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat, Alice, Red or White Queen, and White Rabbit.
You can also marvel at the Mad Hatter Tea Party table where Yolanda’s Mad Hatter cake is. (See if you can spot it ;)) The tea party table was also designed by Caspar Haydar.
There was also a little table displaying Urban Decay’s makeup collection for the film. I never took a photo of it because I had actually seen it the weekend before in Buffalo. (Yes, the US got the collection first.)
We also were handed this clock upon entering the pop-up. Andrea and I still have no idea what its purpose is. We also got Alice Through the Looking Glass temporary tattoos (I didn’t take a photo of them). I’ll never use them, especially since I have real tattoos, so I’ll give them to my younger cousin.
Now onto meeting Yolanda….
Andrea and I introduced ourselves and upon saying my name, Yolanda mentioned that her mom has the same name as me :). Andrea talked to her about her cake baking and how she was had just been baking cakes last night. For me, I told Yolanda that I had actually baked her brain cake for Halloween. I told her that it was a much SMALLER version than hers. She remarked that it could be a cat’s brain ;). I showed her a photo of it and she was impressed by it. She also liked the Zombie Mouth cake that accompanied it. It was a short meet and greet, but Yolanda was very friendly and sociable. Since it was a meetup, we obviously had to take a photo with her.
Was it worth waiting an hour before the event started (We actually waited in line for about two hours)? Yes. The cake was delicious and Yolanda was extremely nice. The pop-up was a little small but it was beautifully decorated.
If you’re in the area, I suggest going in to check out the Mad Hatter Tea Party table and trying out the digital kiosk. The pop-up is only there from May 20th to May 27th, so pop in while you can!