Let's face it. Few people are still in the spotlight once they hit the big 9-0. But that isn't slowing Betty White down--her popularity seems to grow exponentially each year. The Golden Girls actress turned 90 on January 17 and celebrated with an A-List soiree at the Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel.
Other "golden oldies" were among the crowd, including Mary Tyler Moore, Carol Burnett, and another Betty turning 90--Betty Crocker.
So, what did one Betty get the other? Betty Crocker teamed up with Gateaux Inc. (an MSP Weddings Diamond Award People's Choice winner) to create a one-of-a-kind cake for a one-of-a-kind lady.
Robin Martin, owner of Gateaux Inc., worked with her team and the Betty Crocker marketing team to create a design that would wow. Taking the best aspects of cakes she'd created before, they came up with a completely new concept for Betty White.
They chose a color palette of tangerine (Pantone's color of the year), red, and hot pink. Rosettes were added because of Betty's involvement in the Rose Parade as well as her beloved Golden Girls character, Rose. Then, little golden pearls were added, and Betty's pet Golden Retriever, Pontiac, was hidden among the flowers at the top.
For eight years, Martin has hidden pets in various spots on her cakes--particularly when couples are pet people. The price is $50 per pet, a cost donated entirely to the ASPCA (the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). When Betty Crocker heard of the donation, they knew Betty White would be thrilled, as an animal advocate. All in all, it took the Gateau Inc. team 256 hours to make two cakes (just in case something were to happen on the corporate jet to Los Angeles), 300 rosettes (which topped the 300 mini cakes given to each guest at the party), 6,000 edible golden pearls, and 300 edible fondant gift tags that said, "Happy Birthday, Betty. From, Betty Crocker." One of the highlights for Martin was hearing "Good job!" from her comedic hero, Carol Burnett. But, the night was topped off by downing a few cocktails with the birthday girl herself at the Biltmore bar. Happy Birthday, Betty! We'll see you at your 100th.