I was asked to make a cake in the shape of the dome that is on the Missouri State Capitol. A Celebration for the 100th anniversary of the
installation of the capstone onto the Capitol was going to take place in Rotunda at the Capitol on the third floor. With only 2 weeks notice my journey began. Joining me on my journey was my husband. With his engineering background, carpenter skills. It made my job a lot easier. We gathered pictures, he measured and calculated a scale (32nd) that would look grand in the large rotunda area and still fit in my SUV. Sure did not want to get the cake done and not be able to deliver it on time which was one of the reasons we chose to make it in three sections. My husband cut out the Styrofoam pieces, boards, and supports. Then I set out doing my part.
The Drum - 32" circle: I used Styrofoam for the shape and covered it all with fondant. When you are covering an area that big it takes a lot of fondant. That task done, now it was time for the details. I have included a picture to show how I was proceeding.
I chose to do the Cupola next and used the Styrofoam for the structure and fondant, like I did with the drum. Closeup pictures of the details.
The Dome was all cake, which served around 400 people. Once the cake was stacked and covered with icing and fondant and the details, we guessed the weight of just this part, to be around 125 pounds.
I had little sleep during the two weeks of this cake. The cake was ready to be delivered. Remember me saying the cake part was heavy? It was really heavy when only two people are lifting it and placing it in a SUV. Glad we planned ahead because everything just fit prefectly.
Once at the capitol the task of moving each layer to the third floor and stacking it together, had it's own challenges. This time we had help moving the cake part, a big thank you to guys that helped.
Pictures of the finishing details and placing the statue on top of the cupola. Including the statue the height was over 45" and the total weight around 200 pounds.
Now that the dome cake was complete, it was time to document it, with a few more pictures.
Pictured to the right - myself and Dana Miller Assistant Chief Clerk at Missouri House of Representatives and chair of the Missouri State Capitol Commission.
Did you notice that I was not the only one taking pictures? Check out the photographers in an earlier photo. ( on the floor )
Several photos and articles appeared in different medias, newspaper articles, facebook and twitter. It was a photo op for many.