Friday, November 4, 2011

WOW! Custom Candy Cake Stand and Cake

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.

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.

 Birthday Candy Cake and cake stand
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.

Candy Cake Stand Lights
The legs were made to look like stacked Lifesavers, and I made the feet from real lollipops that I cast in resin.

Candy Cake Stand Leg and Foot Detail

Candy Cake Stand Alone

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!


  1. My brother is awesome! It is just fantastic when someone gets "the cake dream team". Whether you are a wood worker, cake maker, or anything, when someone trusts you and gives you freedom to let your creativity run free they will get some great work! I'm really proud of the high quality workmanship of this stand. It looked flawless. My work got eaten :(

  2. I couldnt have asked for more from you or your sister! It was amazing! Kaben loved it! All of it! He was so overwhelmed, I think the photographer took about 100 photos of him just standing there staring at it! ;) I really appreciate everything you did to make his party something special! Nothing but WONDERFUL comments all night!

  3. It was an absolute pleasure! I can't thank you enough and I'm so glad Kaben enjoyed it. I warms my heart to think of the joy he got from the entire experience of his third birthday. You're a great mom!

  4. WOW! Not sure which is more amazing- the stand or the cake. You guys are such a cute brother/sister team! I wish my big brother would make me cake stands :( I'm just curious- who keeps the stand after the cake is finished?