Sunday, November 6, 2011
Just wanted to share some feedback from Dina about her stand. She had me make her this one with a 20" top to fit her cake and finish it a nice bright glossy white. I love making these stands because everything always looks great on top of them, and they can be used for other things after the event it was built for. Thanks Dina!
Posted by Mike at 8:07 AM
Friday, November 4, 2011
Once again my sister Jenniffer, owner of Cup A Dee Cakes , provided me a unique challenge to come up with a cake stand for a candy themed birthday cake for one of her best customers. She gave me some basic dimensions, and I took mental notes of things she mentioned during our conversation that she wanted to do with the cake. I threw some general ideas at her and we went on with our days.
The legs were made to look like stacked Lifesavers, and I made the feet from real lollipops that I cast in resin.
I had a great time designing and building this stand, because it was really as fun as it looks. It was a nice change of pace and I was able to use some new products and techniques that I can incorporate into future projects. Even though Jenniffer and I didn't have a clue as to what the other was doing, I think we knocked it out of the park on this one! It's just amazing how working apart the whole thing came together. Thanks Sis!
I get a great deal of pleasure tormenting her because she is my baby sister, and I told her nothing of my plans for the cake stand. She pretty much gives me carte blanche to create unique stands for her, and I love the creative freedom it gives me. True to form, I tortured her and didn't reveal the stand until I unboxed it at the Car Barn where she and I set up the cake. There were lots of OOHs and AAHs when I put it on the table, but everyone really flipped when I turned on the stands lights!
On a side note, she asked me to come help her load the cake up and when I saw it, I was truly amazed at the end result. It was AWESOME! It had to weigh 50 pounds and had so much detail on it. Two things that stood out to me were the giant gummie bears that were under the top tier, and Mater bursting out of the bottom tier. Each gummie bear was 6 servings at 120 calories a serving, and Mater talked! Jenniffer had somehow mounted his voice box in the cake board and installed a button along the front edge that made him talk. It was really cool, but we had to add the little blocks under the corners of the bottom cake board so Maters speaker could be heard better. Pretty much everything on the cake was edible, it was just amazing.
The edge of the cake stand featured small glass candies that I recessed and lit up from the back with battery powered LED lights, and I also put in tiny blinking multicolored rice lights that were also battery powered. You can also see the little black button in the edge of the cake board that operated Maters voice box.
|Birthday Candy Cake and cake stand|
|Candy Cake Stand Lights|
|Candy Cake Stand Leg and Foot Detail|
|Candy Cake Stand Alone|
Posted by Mike at 10:11 AM