And when I say she thought it was perfect, that’s exactly what I mean. All I could do was stare at it and think “What the what! You want me to make that?!?!?!” Sure I’ve made a few fun cakes before, but this thing is HUGE! And then I have to somehow transport it from Virginia all the way up to Pennsylvania without anything happening to it! It’s pretty safe to say that “freaking out” would have been an understatement for my reaction. But since it’s for family, and because I’m a sucker, I agreed to make it for her despite my reservations.
|Please forgive the wonky photo, but the lighting wasn’t the best.|
It turns out this was actually the cake on the cover of the 2012 Wilton Yearbook, and it feeds 215 people. The original cake was 18″ for the bottom, 14″ for the center, and 10″ for the top tier, with a cupcake made using one of those specialty shaped pans. Like I said…HUGE!
We only needed to feed about 40-50 people so I decided to downsize my version and used 12″, 10″,and 8″ rounds with a pair of 4″ rounds for the cupcake on top. Unfortunately I didn’t realize until everything was baked that my proportions were off (12, 8, 4 is more even), but by then it was too late. Oh well, I never claimed to be a baker, and we still ended up with WAY more cake that we needed.
Now for the fun part!
The whole cake took me roughly 38 hours over 5 days to finish and used…
3 batches of German Chocolate cake from scratch (bottom tier)
3 boxes of Butter Yellow cake mix (middle tier)
2 batches of Red Velvet cake from scratch (top tier & cupcake)
4 batches of my favorite Bakery Style Frosting
7 batches of Marshmallow Fondant
1 batch of Royal Icing
and a total of 23 lbs. of powered sugar
Talk about a sugar coma.
And a big mess…
|Yep, that’s 7 bags of marshmallows!|