In August of 2007, I received a phone call from a bride who wanted to order a “traditionally posed cake topper (bride and groom standing side by side)” only she wanted it to be “a little bigger” and “just the heads!” This extremely unusual request caught my attention for several reasons. (1) I always want to sculpt larger (2) My favorite part to sculpt is the face/head (3) the AC units in my studio just broke and it was 100 degrees in Austin, TX! I accepted the commission but I needed to speak to the baker, Nikki Jackson of Absolutely Edible Cakes in Dallas-TX, so I could find out the exact size I was suppose to sculpt. Originally, I was told “half-scale” but when I received the foam sculpted torso that Nikki would be using, I discovered it was to be life size! To clarify, I sculpted the head, shoulders and arms out of polymer clay. The only cake part was the “skirt” just as it is with a Barbie Cake. I was not prepared for the amount of attention this life size “Bride Cake” would receive! Images of the cake have appeared on local and national news, on CNN.com, Inside Edition, In Touch Weekly and countless blogs, forums, pins and posts. Enormous amounts of misinformation has been posted. For starters, the bride and groom were celebrating their 10 year wedding anniversary. The bride originally wanted to have the bride AND groom cakes but we ran out of time. The entire thing is not made of cake – the portrait part (the head) is clay.
I have been asked many times if I would create another one. The answer is of course! I have actually created several smaller versions for sweet sixteen celebrations and they have turned out amazing!