Gov. Bruce Rauner and Governor-elect JB Pritzker are scheduled to make a joint appearance at the state’s 200th Birthday Party on Dec. 3, at Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom, the same date in 1818 when Illinois became the nation’s 21st state. And what’s a birthday without cake? The Bicentennial Committee has invited Chicago’s own Eli’s Cheesecake to create the State’s official bicentennial birthday cake.

Eli’s pastry chefs are baking up a 1,000 lb. Honest Abe Apple Cheesecake, a nod to Abraham Lincoln’s favorite fruit, in the shape of the State Capitol Dome. Yes, it’s all real and will be served to party guests after The Chicago Symphony Orchestra plays Happy Birthday and the Governor and Governor elect cut the cake. Ingredients include: 575 lb. cream cheese, 90 lb. sugar, 65 lb. sour cream, 65 dozen eggs, 2 lb. vanilla, 60 lb. shortbread cookie crust, 53 lb. fondant, and 75 lb. apples!

Eli’s made a smaller version of the cake when the company was named an Illinois Maker by the Illinois Tourism Office during the Governor’s Conference in Springfield (below).

The Bicentennial Celebration is on Monday, December 3rd at 7:00pm in Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom.

 

Eli's Cheesecake Illinois Capitol Cake

The Lincoln Family with Eli’s Exec. Pastry Chef Laurel Boger, Eli’s president Marc Schulman, and Cory Jobe, Director, IL Office of Tourism

Eli's Cheesecake Illinois Capitol Cake

Eli’s Cheesecake’s Illinois Capitol Cake