KENNEDY – Making and decorating elaborate cakes to enter into national competitions is all fun and games for Robert Cross, 3 C’s Catering owner, and his wife, Karen.
In March, Cross placed first and third place in the National Capital Area Cake Show in Burke, Va., which is 12 miles outside of Washington, D.C. Cross’ carrot cake placed first in the fruits and nuts division while his Irish cream cheesecake won third-place in the cheesecake division. This is the second consecutive year that Cross’ carrot cake placed first in a national cake competition, also placing first in last year’s Mid-Atlantic Cake Competition in Westminster, Md., which is near Baltimore.
Even with all the success, you would think Cross and his wife would be a little more nervous or anxious about entering national competitions.
‘‘It’s a vacation for us,’’ Cross said about traveling south and entering the competitions. ‘‘It’s fun for us. Some of the techniques we use we don’t usually do with the business. It gives us a chance to do something we don’t usually do. It’s fun to do more elaborate cakes.’’
Cross’ wife also entered the competition and Cross also entered two wedding cakes and a groom’s cake during the competition with home made sugar hats representing the Washington Nationals baseball team and the University of Virginia Cavaliers.
During the cake competition, the Kennedy baking couple had the chance to meet several cooking stars from the Food Network.
‘‘It was a fun show, I learned a lot,’’ he said. ‘‘I got to meet a lot of nice people. It was neat to meet new people. It was neat to meet people you see on TV.’’
Cross said he was competing against about 50 cakes when he won first place for the carrot cake. Cross said he has been told several different reasons why his cake is award-winning.
‘‘It’s homemade. I’ve been told it’s the right blend of nuts and has a great consistence, with cream cheese frosting,’’ he said.
Cross started his catering business in 1996, which is something he always wanted to do.
‘‘Ever since I was in fifth-grade I was interested in cooking,’’ he said. ‘‘I’ve always stuck to it. It has always been a passion of mine.’’
Cross said the name of the catering service is an abbreviation for Cross’ Classic Catering.
‘‘That was just to long to say every time you answered the phone,’’ he said. ‘‘We though 3 C’s was better.’’
Cross’ company is the exclusive food provider for Diethrick Park and Midway State Park concessions and the official caterer for the Summer Wind. Cross also owns the Falcons Nest Banquet Hall in Falconer.
The company caters weddings, birthday parties, golf tournaments, shop picnics, reunions, bridal and baby showers and many other special occasion.
Call 267-4403 to set up an appointment or visit 3 C’s Web site at www.3cscatering.com
Robert Cross with his award ribbons and handmade sugar hats from his grooms cake from the National Capital Area Cake Show on March 20 and 21 in Burke, Va., which is 12 miles outside of Washington, D.C. Cross’ carrot cake placed first and his Irish cream cheesecake placed third.