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Houston’s Connection for Royal Confection #Hounews

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'Who Made the Cake!' owner, Nadine Moon, and Decorator Marisol Patino, put the flourishes on the torso of the 6-ft tall birthday cake for Princess Katherine./Photo credit: Brent Clanton

‘Who Made the Cake!’ owner, Nadine Moon, and Decorator Marisol Patino, put the flourishes on the torso of the 6-ft tall birthday cake for Princess Katherine./Photo credit: Brent Clanton

As the world watches and waits for the next royal baby, there’s a Houston connection already made with Kensington Palace: A birthday cake like no other.
‘Who Made the Cake’ baker Nadine Moon and her team of decorators are preparing a six-foot tall, life-sized sculpture of Princess Katherine and her newborn–in cake.
The giant confection is sure to stand out from all the other baby gifts, like blankets, shawls, and onesie’s.
The last time a Royal said anything about cake she lost her head, so this gift will be memorable.

“It is honoring the birth of the Royal Baby, and the Princess, Katherine,” explains Moon, owner of the bakery. The colossal baked-good will be on display at this weekend’s Bridal Extravaganza in the George R. Brown Convention Center.

“Princess Katherine has been such an inspiration to all brides, so we thought it would be a wonderful tribute to her and the royal birth that is taking place, at the same time as the show,” says Moon.
Who says timing’s not everything?

Princess Katherine's likeness, rendered in cake by 'Who Made the Cake!'/Photo Credit: Brent Clanton

Princess Katherine’s likeness, rendered in cake by ‘Who Made the Cake!’/Photo Credit: Brent Clanton

The project is being assembled in tiers which are six-inches thick.
That’s a lot of cake in a six-foot tall confection.
What holds it all together?

“Well, the main thing on this is structure,” explains Moon. “It needs to be stable, so that not only will it endure the heat and humidity of Houston, but so that it can be shipped, if need-be.”

Did I mention it’s being shipped to Kensington Palace after the Bridal Show?
“Every tier is being supported with wood dowel rods and wood cake supports in place,” says Moon.
Still, with gravity and mass being factors, Moon uses a central PVC-pipe system that will hold the whole structure together.
“We are complimenting it with some foam supports,” she reveals, “because it needs to be durable, hold up through the show, any shipping necessary, and not become a royal mess.”
The pun floats out there, all on its own.

'Who Made the Cake!' Decorator Marisol Patino works on the fine details of Princess Katherine's royal birthday cake./Photo Credit: Brent Clanton

‘Who Made the Cake!’ Decorator Marisol Patino works on the fine details of Princess Katherine’s royal birthday cake./Photo Credit: Brent Clanton

As Decorator Marisol Patino patiently applies designs to the torso, Moon describes the ingredients and scale of the project.
“We are using pounds and pounds of a dense, butter pound cake,” she says, as my mouth begins to water.
“Much flour, much sugar, much butter,” she continues, not offering me a napkin.
“And lots and lots of Rice Krispie’s and marshmallows, to create some of the pieces that seem to just defy gravity,” Moon says, revealing her secret.
It’s not often you get to combine the artistry of baking with the technical expertise of structural engineering.

Once the Bridal Show is concluded, ‘Who Made the Cake!’ will be shipping the giant cake to England. Moon says freight carriers are already vying for the business, which assuredly will result in more publicity than money could possibly buy for a company in the business of moving stuff from point-A to point-B.

“Fed-Ex says they can do it all as one-piece,” says Moon.
“We’re going to really examine how each of these shippers will handle it to make sure it arrives safely. I want to make sure that people are really going to treat this with TLC in transit.”

Moon wants to make sure her Supercake doesn’t get tossed around.
That would be a crummy way to end the story.

Listen to Nadine Moon describe the process:

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