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Episode 63 | S3 E14 – A Piece Of Cake

Mario Hines September 19, 2023

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This week on Appraise The Phrase:


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This week, Mario and Twenty unveil the origin, confirm the meaning, and assess the value of a Piece of Cake.
Watch as Mario and Twenty are joined by way of Atlanta, Georgia, Coco, founder of Coco Cakes by Coco, to add their thoughts on the conlficting origins of one of the sweetest phrases we’ve ever appraised.
Corey “Coco” McDonald grew up in St. Louis, Missouri where he was taught at an early age how to bake the perfect cake after watching both his mother (The 1st African American bakery clerk at Kroger Bakery in the state), and grandmother whose cakes were known throughout the city. Coco graduated from and pledged Omega Psi Phi at HBCU Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. This is where he founded Cakes By Coco his senior year after baking cakes for professors, Greek organizations, family and friends. His famous “Chunks” became a regional must-have! He then decided to moved the company to Atlanta in 1996 serving many public figures in film, sports, major corporations and entertainment over the years. Cakes By Coco baked for the 1996 Olympics All Star Team, as well as the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Braves and was voted #1 for Best Desserts by the Atlanta Journal Constitution and has been featured in Atlanta Magazine twice. The bakery spent 3 years in Decatur and 7 in Stone Mountain. In 2015, it rebranded andmopened as COCOCAKES BY COCO in Tucker, which recently celebrated 8 years. In 2022, Corey added another location on the bustling Atlanta Beltline. Corey is married and father of 1 daughter, 1 stepson and Papa “Coco” to 1 granddaughter. With over 30 years in the game and a proven trail of success, Corey is proof that if you take care of your business, your business will take care of you. COCOCAKES BY COCO offers Chunks (not slices) of cake in 15 incredible flavors, as well as whole dessert cakes. Customers can choose pickup, local or nationwide delivery.
For more Coco and to order your cake from Cococakes, visit:
1:00 Intro
1:31 Roll Call: Detroit Yankees?
3:26 Welcome Coco
8:23 That’s All I Have To Say About Piece of Cake
11:21 Confirm the Meaning: Merriam-Webster Dictionary, Dictionary(dot)com, and Cambridge Dictionary
14:55 Unveil The Origin – American Slavery and the Cakewalk
27:40 Unveil The Origin – The Royal Air Force
36:42 Unveil The Origin – Primrose Path
40:38 Assess The Value
49:28 Dictionary of Misinformation: The Three Wisemen
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