From one Betty to another—Betty Crocker has created a birthday cake for Betty White’s 90th birthday special, which airs Monday, Jan. 16 (8-9:30 p.m. ET) on NBC.
Betty Crocker will present Betty White with a triple chocolate celebration cake inspired by the legendary star. Betty Crocker also will provide each celebrity guest of the NBC special with one of several hundred individual cakes that replicate the look of the celebration cake’s top tier. Both Betty Crocker and Betty White are celebrating their 90th years as American icons.
“Betty White is one of the most popular actresses of our time, and Betty Crocker is honored to create this one-of-a-kind birthday cake for her,” said Kristen Olson, food editor with Betty Crocker. “This cake is our gift to Betty White in celebration of her 90 amazing years, and we think this vibrant cake really reflects her personality and the many things we love about her.”
The three-tiered triple chocolate celebration cake, flown by private plane from Betty Crocker’s Minneapolis home to Los Angeles for Betty White’s birthday, is a chocolate cake layered with chocolate mousse and rich chocolate ganache. Marrying classic and modern elements, the red, orange and magenta cake is decorated with dozens of fondant roses, shimmery edible pearls and golden candles and—hidden among the roses—a small replica of Betty’s beloved dog Pontiac.
The original first lady of food, Betty Crocker has kept up with the times and continues to serve as a resource for the modern cook. Betty Crocker is celebrating 90 successful years by releasing a new edition of the Betty Crocker Cookbook, “Big Red.” With more than 65 million copies sold since its first edition was published in 1950, the new version allows readers for the first time to have exclusive access to an online cookbook destination (www.bettycrocker.com/BCcookbook).
The NBC special will be taped at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, including many of White’s co-stars, will be on hand to deliver their birthday wishes. The evening will include special musical performances, surprise appearances and comedy featuring the irreverent tone, spirit and energy that are the hallmark of Betty White’s six-decade career in show business.