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Swiss bakers set new world record

Monday, November 12, 2012 - 01:21

Nov. 12 - A small army of pastry makers in Geneva produce the world's longest chocolate ''millefeuille'' cake of 1,221 meters (4000 foot). Elly Park reports.

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More than one thousand hours of work and 3600 meters, or nearly 12,000 feet of biscuit went into the creation of this cake. It's an effort initiated by Swiss pastry maker Gilles Desplanches who with his team of 200 volunteers is trying to set a new world record for the longest "millefeuille" cake ever made. At an astonishing 1,221 meters, or 4000 feet, the cake will easily beat the current record of 1037 meters held by Belgians since 1992. SOUNDBITE: Pastry Maker and "Millefeuille" Initiator, Gilles Desplanches, saying (French) "This corresponds to 1 ton of biscuit, and for this we've used 800 kilos of flour and 400 kilos of butter, to give you some quantities. Since the beginning of this week, we've started making the cream, and we're going to make chocolate cream because were in Geneva." The team works tirelessly dividing biscuits into three layers - filling it with two layers of chocolate cream. Priced at 1 Swiss Franc per centimeter, volunteers hope to raise some 100,000 Franc or 105,000 US dollars with the huge pastry. All will for to the Swiss breast cancer association, which for them will be the real icing on the cake.

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Swiss bakers set new world record

Monday, November 12, 2012 - 01:21