When it became clear that the Sunlake High School music program wouldn’t be able to have its traditional end-of-the-year banquet — Miriam’s Cakes stepped up to do something special for the seniors who would be graduating.
“We’ve been a band family for 10 years. That’s a very special group for us,” said Ed DelValle, who owns the Land O’ Lakes bakery along with his wife, Miriam Ruiz.
“Every year, we have the band banquet, where we recognize the achievements of each band member, with awards,” he said.
“I know the banquet is the biggest event for the band program every year. All of the kids look forward to it because it’s kind of like a mini-red carpet,” he said.
There’s anticipation, with members wondering, “Who is going to get the highest honor?” he added.
However, he continued, “this year, because of the pandemic, the banquet got canceled. We still wanted to do something special, especially for the seniors who are not coming back next year.”
Miriam and their 21-year-daughter, Victoria, came up with the idea of making an individual cake for each of the graduating seniors.
So, they made 29 individual cakes. Each was decorated with the school’s Seahawk mascot, with textured white frosting, blue piped frosting and sprinkles.
Victoria, and the couple’s other daughter, Erika, both work at the shop.
One of the cakes was for 18-year-old Erika, a member of the band program, and of the Class of 2020.
She was pleased by her family’s gesture.
“I really appreciate it,” she said.
Published June 10, 2020