For the fourth year running we continued our tradition of hosting a JetBlue cake contest for our anniversary. More than a dozen great submissions were received and judged on their culinary creativity and company spirit. There were many great contenders, but this year our top four homemade cakes came to us from Austin, Baltimore/Washington, New York/LaGuardia, and Washington/Dulles. We brought together a panel of sassy aviation gurus to critique our finalists and pick a winner. Check out their reviews here!
Brett Snyder, better known as The Cranky Flier, has an unhealthy love of the airline industry having done stints at USAir, America West, United, and even Eos (remember them?!). He lives in Long Beach, California, and can often be spotted volunteering at LGB Airport. Despite his name, Cranky is a really nice guy. Find him at crankyflier.com or on Twitter @CrankyFlier.
Henry Harteveldt, founder of Atmosphere Research, is an airline analyst by trade and a New Yorker by birth, which means he has a lot of opinions. A true aviation veteran, Henry has worked at TWA and Continental, and is now a travel industry analyst, which means he gets his name in the New York Times a lot. He lives in San Francisco — but spends most of his time in airplanes — and tweets his travel thoughts (and lots more) from @HHarteveldt.
Benet Wilson, affectionately known as the Aviation Queen, is one of the aviation industry’s leading voices. She is the co-editor of AirwaysNews.com, the air travel expert at About.com and was previously an editor at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and Aviation Week. An airline geek at heart, Benet has worked at Delta, Mesa Air, and Rolls-Royce North America. She lives in Baltimore, where she is learning to fly. Check out her blog at aviationqueen.com or her Twitter feed @AvQueenBenet.
Benet: Baltimore, my Baltimore. I love this cake. I get not only a sense of my home city — my Orioles, the Ravens, a can of Old Bay (it’s a Baltimore thing) and the Domino Sugar Factory — but I love the JetBlue touches, too. I feel like BWI brings it every year with this contest, and they did it again!
Henry: I feel like I’m about to channel Stefon from SNL…this cake has it all. From the cityscape to the crabs to the Maryland state flag, this cake captures the essence of the Charm City. I love the J.D. Power award and, hurray, an actual airplane! I’m willing to overlook the reference to Mint. BWI isn’t a Mint station, but I appreciate that Mint is a point of pride for so many of the Blue Crew. Nice job, BWI!
Brett: Never before have these words come out of my mouth… “Baltimore is awesome.” This cake is crazy busy, but it’s a cake. It should be. You want a sense of place? This cake has it. I’m just waiting for Cal Ripken to pop out the top, or Ray Lewis can… oh, never mind. A mini J.D. Power award: That takes some serious attention to detail.
It was unanimous: Congratulations to Baltimore/Washington, which takes home bragging rights for the best JetBlue cake for our 15th anniversary! BWI is a second-time winner, after topping our 2013 cake contest.
Past Anniversary cakes