Local Chefs Build Gingerbread Replica of Famous Cavalier Hotel

The staff at Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay decided to honor a famous landmark this holiday season — by recreating a gingerbread replica of the Cavalier Hotel.

Staff used 16 pounds of gingerbread, 90 pounds of candy and 6 pounds of icing in creating the replica. It took 20 hours in total to build.

“Every December, our pastry chefs delight and surprise us with a new, massive gingerbread house,” said Westminster-Canterbury CEO J. Benjamin Unkle, Jr. “It is a famous holiday tradition at many fine resorts and hotels. Ironically, this year their design is a famous hotel!”

Unkle went on to say, “Everyone at Westminster is happy the iconic Cavalier is being saved and rejuvenated. Secondly, our own East Tower borrows from the three-wing Cavalier design for water view maximization.  So, our pastry chefs made a wonderful choice. Everyone is wowed by it. The design really hits home.”

The replica now proudly stands outside of the Westminster-Canterbury dining room.

Pastry Chef Michael Fountain stands next to the gingerbread replica of the Cavalier Hotel. Credit: Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Pastry Chef Michael Fountain stands next to the gingerbread replica of the Cavalier Hotel. Credit: Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay in Virginia Beach, Virginia.