As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, the actors who play Ben Franklin (Ralph Archbold) and Betsy Ross (Linda Wilde) are getting married for real today! Well we’ve got the inside slice on the Philadelphia wedding cake designed by pastry artist Zoe Lukas of Whipped Bakeshop. She took a few minutes to tell us a little bit about the design process:
How did you go about designing a cake for the Ben and Betsy wedding?
Since the couple wanted the cake to be red, white, and blue, and their wedding is the day before July 4th, I thought, “what could be better than a fireworks theme?” After all, it is the grand finale of their wedding festivities! The “fireworks” are made of red, white and blue paper, punched out with a variety of craft punches, and then layered together and pinned onto the cake. They are placed on the cake tiers in random clusters and the end result really looks like a mini fireworks display.
Of course, there has to be a grand finale for the cake, so as long as the City Tavern agrees, I want to place sparklers in the top tier right before they are ready to cut it. Hopefully it’ll be a magical end to their special night.
What are the different flavors and components?
The top two tiers are rich chocolate cake with old-fashioned vanilla buttercream, and the bottom tier is vanilla-buttermilk cake with lemon buttercream. White fondant covers each tier and they are edged with gingham ribbon trim. Decorations are made of layered paper cut-outs, which are pinned to the cake.
How long did it take to complete?
Ha – a favorite question! Including making the batters and icing, baking, chilling, and assembly, cutting out the paper decorations, and folding the additional dimensional paper stars to go around the cake– hmmm… I would say about 15-20 hours or so.