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Cake Boss Revs Up to Replicate the World’s Largest Truckstop
Going big is nothing new for Mauro Castano. A pastry chef on the hit TLC show Cake Boss, Castano is excited to use his larger-than-life experience to create the Iowa 80 50th anniversary cake for Truckers Jamboree.
“We’ve done life-sized cars, we’ve done transformers that weighed thousands of pounds, and we’ve done a lot of cakes for truckstops and drivers,” says Castano. “But replicating The World’s Largest Truckstop is a whole new ballgame. We’re very honored Iowa 80 trusts us to make the cake for such a momentous occasion.”
Bigger & better
From the trademark sign to the trucking museum to the trucks that are ever-present in the Walcott lot — Castano’s team will make miniature versions of it all. If you’re going to represent the world’s largest anything, Castano says, you have to go big or go home.
“When I heard we were working on a cake for the World’s Largest Truckstop I couldn’t believe it! I had no idea there even was such a thing,” Castano laughs. “And the fact that 40,000 people will see our cake at Truckers Jamboree – holy moly! That’s definitely in the top three biggest crowds we’ve ever made a cake for.”
Castano is also excited to be making a cake for truckers because he has a family connection to the industry – his sister is a dispatcher.
“She dispatches trucks all over the world, from the Dominican Republic to North Carolina,” he says. “She makes sure the stuff gets where it needs to go, which is a tough job, as any trucker knows.”
What makes this cake particularly special, Castano says, is the fact that the Cake Boss family gets to help celebrate the milestone 50th for another family they appreciate and respect – the Moon family of Iowa 80.
“Our family has had our bakery for 114 years,” Castano says. “And we try to do the things the same way they’ve always been done. Our family cares, and you can see the Iowa 80 family cares the same way.
“Fifty years in business is not something that’s easy to do! It hasn’t been easy for us, and the operation at Iowa 80 is humongous. You just always have to remember: It’s the time, the sweat, and the people who came before you that got you where you are. You gotta be grateful for that.”
“We’re very honored to be doing this cake for the Iowa 80 Truckstop and we hope that everyone has a great time.”
3 Questions with the Cake Boss
1. Most popular flavor:
It’s actually what we’re using for the Iowa 80 cake: Chocolate and vanilla cake with chocolate fudge filling. It’s classic, and it’s the best.
2. Favorite cake flavor:
Italian cake. It’s old school and it’s made with rum, chocolate pudding and vanilla.
3. Farthest delivery:
We’ve driven from New Jersey to California and even to Mexico. We’ve also flown cakes as far as Bahrain.