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The Army's birthday and the sweetest tank ever

Georgetown Cupcake owners Katherine Kallinis, center and Sophie LaMontagne, right, test out the cupcake-shooting capabilities of a cupcake-covered "tank" in the Pentagon courtyard Thursday, commemorating the Army's 237th birthday. The tank was donated by Georgetown Cupcake, which also regularly donates sweets to troops downrange. It weighed 2,500 pounds and was covered with 5,000 cupcakes.<br>Jennifer Hlad/Stars and Stripes
Georgetown Cupcake owners Katherine Kallinis, center and Sophie LaMontagne, right, test out the cupcake-shooting capabilities of a cupcake-covered "tank" in the Pentagon courtyard Thursday, commemorating the Army's 237th birthday. The tank was donated by Georgetown Cupcake, which also regularly donates sweets to troops downrange. It weighed 2,500 pounds and was covered with 5,000 cupcakes.

The United States Army is 237 years old today. What, you might wonder, is an appropriate gift for a 237-year-old fighting force?

For the owners of Washington-based Georgetown Cupcake, that was a no-brainer.  Katherine Kallinis and Sophie LaMontagne visited the Pentagon on Thursday with a 2,500-pound “tank,” covered with 5,000 cupcakes and fully capable of launching a barrage of frosting-topped goodness at anything that gets in its way.

Pentagon reporter Jennifer Hlad, a woman who knows a thing or two about baking cupcakes, was on the scene to snap some photos and, perhaps, eat a bit of the tank. She reports that the cupcakes were chocolate, with mocha buttercream and camo-painted fondant.

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