Last week Wilton made its debut at the Family Fun Tent organized by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. However, before all of the fun could begin there was a lot of prep work involved.
I have to give kudos to Valerie Pradhan, a decorator in the Wilton Decorating Room, for making the cake for the event. Now, when I say cake I don’t mean any ordinary cake. This cake was 3 feet wide and 4 feet tall!
Check out Diana and Angie getting the cake into Angie’s car (thank goodness she has a SUV). We had to attach the top three layers to the cake when we got to the event.
Upon arrival, we immediately began unloading the numerous boxes and setting up the tables because the kids were about to enter the tent. The day was extremely busy but so much fun! Children of all ages, parents and grandparents were all drawn to the display table. The display cakes represented a variety of techniques you can do with fondant: bows, balls, overlays, inlays, ropes, curlicues, writing on fondant with FoodWriters™ and using an imprint mat to make designs on fondant. People were simply amazed at how beautiful cakes could look when decorated with fondant.
The giant cake was a sight to see! Every person who walked through the tent stopped by our section. The kids (and, I saw several parents get involved themselves) had the opportunity to make designs with the fondant and attach it to the cake. It is amazing how creative children are! One child made a giant friendly bug that sat on top of the cake. Another little girl made a beautiful lily.
Diana and Angie each conducted a demo to introduce people to fondant and show them how easy it is to work with fondant. They explained it very well, “If you’ve never worked with fondant, it is similar to modeling clay, but it is edible.” As they demonstrated different techniques they provided helpful hints for working with fondant. Most importantly, they answered any questions from the audience.
Overall, the day couldn’t have been any better. The weather was perfect. The tables were consistently filled with kids having fun and learning at the same time (but we didn’t tell them that). And, the finished cake was more colorful than I could have imagined.
Chicago, it was our pleasure decorating the giant cake with you! We hope you had fun and learned something about the art of cake decorating.
This also brings me to my own “Thank You” as I have completed my 6 week internship with Wilton. Thank you, Wilton for the opportunity to intern with you. I was able to learn and grow as a young professional and had the time of my life doing it!