First Look: The Wedding Cake for Ben & Betsy!

Whipped Bakeshop Creates Wedding Cake for Ben Franklin and Betsy Ross

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.

Whipped Bakeshop Creates Wedding Cake for Ben Franklin and Betsy Ross

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.

Whipped Bakeshop Creates Wedding Cake for Ben Franklin and Betsy Ross

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.

Whipped Bakeshop Creates Wedding Cake for Ben Franklin and Betsy Ross

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.

You can see more of Zoe’s creations at Philadelphia Wedding Cakes or on Flickr.

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  1. Holy wedding cake, icing man! This cake is so beautiful it shouldn’t be eaten, but I sure wish I was invited to the nuptials so I could feast eyes and palate on that cake!

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