Daphne, Ala. –Barring an unforeseen glitch, Something Sweet Bake Shop in Daphne has broken a Guinness World Record for baking the world’s largest brownie.
The previous record was 220 pounds, 7 ounces, and Something Sweet’s brownie weighed in at 234.2 pounds — shattering the record by 14 pounds. All that stands between the bake shop and official bragging rights is final recognition from Guinness World Records.
“We won’t know for a couple of weeks if we actually broke the record,” says Gayle Hohman, co-owner of Something Sweet Bake Shop.
But surprisingly, bragging rights weren’t ever the point of this sweet challenge.
Owners Joan Scott and Gayle Hohman decided to attempt to break the record to celebrate their fifth anniversary of being in business. When they realized how many individual slices such a behemoth brownie would produce — nearly 1,200 — they committed to also use the event as a fundraiser for Bay Area Food Bank’s backpack program.
“Twenty-five thousand kids in Baldwin County alone face hunger,” said Bay Area Food Bank Director Dave Reaney at the unveiling of the brownie at the bake shop on Sept. 13. The backpack program sends food home with children who face hunger on the weekends when they don’t have access to school breakfast and lunch. Slices of the brownie were sold for $3 a piece, and all proceeds went to Bay Area Food Bank.
The project wouldn’t have been possible without the help of two other local businesses. To break the record, Scott and Hohman had to bake the brownie all in one piece — requiring a 6-foot by 11-foot sheet pan and a 400-cubic foot oven, neither of which they had already.
“We knew what we wanted to do, but we had no idea how we were going to do it,” Hohman said.
Jim Haley at Fulton-Haley Metal Products in Bay Minette volunteered to create the pan, which alone weighed 262 pounds. The huge oven was constructed free of charge by Bolttech Mannings in Theodore, which manufactures industrial bolting, induction and resistance products.
The brownie was mixed and baked for almost three hours at Bolttech Mannings Sept. 12 and transported to Daphne on an 18-wheeler. At 10 a.m. Sept. 13, Daphne High School football players unloaded the brownie, and Scott, Hohman and Mayor Dane Haygood cut the first slice together.
By 4 p.m., the brownie was completely gone.
“I really wasn’t sure what to expect,” Hohman says. “But it was over the top. We didn’t have one piece left, and they were bagging up the crumbs for ice cream toppings. Nothing was wasted.”