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Crosby's dryer takes cake during 30th birthday celebration

Penguins center receives incredible confection as tribute to humble beginnings

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens

Sidney Crosby's 30th birthday had everything: a championship parade, the greatest trophy in sports and perhaps the most uniquely constructed ode to the Pittsburgh Penguins center ever baked.

A Nova Scotia baker put together a special confection for Crosby's milestone birthday celebration in Halifax on Monday, with the base modeled after the legendary dryer Crosby dented beyond belief in his parents' basement in Cole Harbour.

Tweet from @SammieScotia: WOW @CityGirlCakes did another phenomenal job on Sids SC Cake this yr. This is Sids dryer he use to shoot into. @penguins HBD Sid

The dryer, which sat behind a net that Crosby used to shoot at in his childhood basement and is now part of the Sidney Crosby exhibit at the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame, has become part of Crosby lore.

The vanilla cake, created by Shauna Austin of City Girls Cakes in Dartmouth, on Halifax's eastern shore, was topped with salted-caramel buttercream and featured three Stanley Cups, one for each of Crosby's three championship wins with the Penguins, on top of the dryer. The dryer was topped by an eight-inch round vanilla cake also with salted-caramel icing covered with blue fondant with chocolate ganache drip and sprinkles.


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"The request was for a cake to celebrate the Stanley Cup win and [Crosby's] 30th birthday," Austin told "It's a little deceiving when you look at the cake -- it's basically a box shape, so simple, right? But the reality is that every item is handmade, [hand-]assembled, [hand-]detailed."

The whole cake was covered with fondant icing, with fondant-covered styrofoam hockey pucks surrounding the cake sticking out of the dryer. A mini-replica of Crosby's stick was also featured in front.

Tweet from @GMillerTSN: The dryer takes the cake.

The puck marks on the dryer were created using food coloring, and the dryer even had actual dials made of fondant.

"I love the little details because those are the things that make people go, 'Wow,'" Austin said.

Austin, who created a Stanley Cup cake a year ago to celebrate the Penguins' championship, was asked again to come up with a design for a cake for the big 3-0 this year. Because of the milestone birthday, she knew she couldn't do the same design.

"It's kind of like, 'Been there done that,'" she said.

Austin discussed her challenge of creating a unique cake with her family while vacationing in Cape Breton, and her uncle Ron came up with the idea to make a cake of the dryer.

"The room went silent for a split second," Austin said after the idea was floated. "That's when I knew that would be the idea I would pitch. It made me warm and fuzzy, like a throwback to where it all began."

Photos of Austin's cake went viral Monday, and the internet was astounded by her incredible creation that took "so many hours," she said.

The warm reaction to her creation has left her overwhelmed.

"It is so ridiculously amazing -- all the shares, tweets and comments ... friends and family blowing up my phone with links," Austin said. "I am really thrilled that people thought it was a perfect cake for Sid."

There's no doubt Crosby, who is third in the NHL in assists (645) since he entered the League in 2005-06, shared his cake the same way he usually shares the puck.

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