This is a cake. Let me say that again. It’s a cake! A life-sized, totally realistic, and yes edible Stormtrooper cake. And it looks better than a lot of the Stormtrooper costumes I’ve seen.
I’m a big fan of Charm City Cakes in Baltimore, thanks to their dearly-departed (and surprisingly geek-friendly) TV show on the Food Network, Ace of Cakes. (Its final season aired last year, and I am indeed still bitter.) Their incredible, realistic or stylized cakes are always amazing. But they’ve got some serious competition in the form of Amanda Oakleaf Cakes, of Winthrop, Massachusetts.
Oakleaf baked and built this remarkable cake for a scifi convention earlier this month. It weighed more than 300 pounds, stood 6′ 4″ tall, and had enough cake to feed 600 people. It took ten people almost two weeks to plan, build the wire-and-metal frame, and finally fill the frame with cake (which was done just two days before it was to be eaten). The frame was filled entirely with cake, except for the lower legs, which were filled with Rice Krispie Treats.
Can you imagine?! Just… wow.
I’ve seen enough cooking shows to know that fondant — the sugar dough used to cover cakes these days with smoother, cleaner lines than frosting — does not like sticking to vertical surfaces. It’s much heavier than frosting, and doesn’t have any inherent stickiness. Oakleaf says on their blog (where you can see lots more photos of their process) that they “had to invent completely new cake making methods so it could be put together modularly onsite and hold its fondant over long vertical stretches.” I absolutely believe it. There’s simply no way traditional cake-making methods would work for a dessert of this size.
Though it’s certainly their biggest and most elaborate cake, it’s hardly Oakleaf’s first geek-friendly creation. Take a look at their website to see more awesomely geeky treats.
Kudos to Oakleaf Cakes for raising the bar for geeky desserts! Charm City, you’ve been called out.