News – “Delaware County baker creates Gritty wedding cake”

6abc.com – LANSDOWNE, Pa. (WPVI) — When Zakiyyah McKelven was asked to make a three-tiered cake for an upcoming wedding, it was nothing out of the ordinary for the Delaware County bakery owner.

But then a groom’s cake was requested to their order, with one very specific source as inspiration: Gritty.

“I was highly amused. I’m not a big sports fan, but I’d recently seen memes popping up everywhere about this crazy looking mascot. We laughed about it and I agreed. So glad I did!” McKelven tells 6abc.com.

Gritty, the Philadelphia mascot that has caused Flyers fans to go through every emotion since his debut – anger, disgust, intrigue, and undeniable admiration – was now the muse for McKelven’s next sweet creation.

Gritty makes his on-ice debut. Jeannette Reyes reports during Action News Mornings on September 25, 2018.

“I Googled some images of Gritty and this picture popped up of a close up of his face. I giggled out loud so I knew that was the one I was going to use,” McKelven said.

But what goes into a Gritty cake?

Some may say nightmares. Others might say laughter. McKelven went with buttercream with “some touches of fondant for detail.”


I was one of the anti Gritty people when he first got rolled out , i’ll admit it but he’s since grown on me because in a way he does represent Philly….aka not giving a fuck what people think and may look a little crazy while doing it. So I can get with this cake especially since it’s chocolate with chocolate buttercream filling….mmm mmm that sounds like a good ass baked dessert.

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