Polystyrene Wedding Dress – A Fake Cake
Fake cakes are something Molygran are quite well educated in. Having created cake dummies of many shapes and sizes, a polystyrene wedding dress cake was something entirely new to us. When we were contacted last week by a newly opened cake shop in Soham, Ely, it was something we couldn’t resist, for various reasons.
Having worked closely with numerous patisseries over the years, it still came as a shock what the Lovely Natasha was hoping to create. The Lovely Little Cake Company had been asked by SANDS, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity to donate a full-sized wedding dress cake for their charity ball. On the hunt for a company willing to provide the polystyrene material for the wedding dress’ skirt, she was struggling to find a company willing to donate the material.
As a newly opened company, they were keen to participate in the event. SANDS operate throughout the UK, supporting anyone affected by the death of a baby, working to improve the care bereaved parents receive, and promoting research to reduce the loss of babies’ lives. Their Charity Wedding Dress Ball was held on 19th May at the Bedford Lodge Hotel in Newmarket.
Natasha contacted Molygran on 14th May requesting a block of polystyrene of 1000mm tall by 650mm x 650mm in size which they would then carve into to create a wedding dress skirt. Looking to make the task a little easier, Molygran cut two cones to take the time of carving out which was then collected on 15th May, although we are fairly sure this did not make the mammoth task ahead any easier for her…
The next 4 days were spent baking cake to make the bodice, before creating the beautiful sugarcraft dress detail. Take a look at her process (you can also view the full album here) …
“A Wedding Dress Cake
The wedding dress cake is presented upon a food-safe polystyrene, shaped base kindly donated by Keith and the team at Molygran & Co. Ltd in Manchester.
This has been decorated to match the style of the cake and to create an illusion of a full-scale wedding dress.
The bodice is a lemon cake infused with elderflower syrup and filled with a delicious elderflower buttercream. The cake is given a firm structure with the help of a milk chocolate ganache covering and then decorated with sugar paste.
To make the wedding dress cake we used 78 free-range eggs, 4200g of flour, 4200g golden caster sugar,
4200g of butter, 1500g buttercream, 1000g chocolate, 700g double cream, 75ml elderflower cordial and 23kg of sugarpaste!
It took 51 hours to create.
Raising money in aid of SANDS”
We’re thrilled to have been able to assist with such a fantastic project, and would like to congratulate Natasha and The Lovely Little Cake Company for achieving such an incredible finished product. We wish you every success for the future, we think you’ll go far, especially with those cheesecake brownies!!
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