Custom cakes are a dime a dozen nowadays but confectionery artist Debbie Wingham, 38, still manages to stand above them all with her amazing creations. Her latest project saw her baking a life-sized replica cake of the late fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld in time for his first death anniversary.
Watch her describe the process she used to create the cake here:
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Wingham needed 195 eggs, 44lbs of sugar paste, 13 bags of flour and over 15,000 baby marshmallows to make this amazing edible sculpture. At 5’10” in height and weighing in at 287 pounds, there’s more than enough cake for everyone.
“I made it with all the vital statistics of the late, great Karl Lagerfeld,” said Wingham.
An unnamed German businesswoman commissioned Wingham to bake the cake which took her 11 days to build.
“The person who commissioned it shares my passion for this legend in couture,” she added.
The cake even has something that was the late Karl’s favorite: the taste of toasted cornbread.
“It is a sweet cornbread cake with honey salted butter frosting,” said Wingham.
Lagerfeld was depicted with his signature black sunglasses, a monochromatic suit, fingerless gloves, and a starched, detachable collar. The legs were sculpted from rice crispy treats and were bonded with butter and marshmallows.
“Every detail in this cake embodies King Karl,” said Wingham.
She enlisted the help of Israeli sculptor Mike Viner in order to get the face of the former Chanel honcho just right.
Mike, who usually works in clay but started modeling chocolate on Wingham’s request, said, “Working in modeling chocolate is a little different from what I’m used to, and I was somewhat worried when I accepted the challenge.
“But the result of both mine and Debbie’s sculpting skills together are the perfect combination.”
As one of the top-tier sugar artists on the planet, Wingham’s client list includes the likes of Drake, Tim Burton, and Justin Bieber.
She caught a lot of attention in 2018 for making a ‘cake-a-like’ of Kim Kardashian.
“Sculpting Kim Kardashian’s curves in a cake was no easy job,” she said.
“But making Karl was even more difficult.
“I have always had much admiration for Karl and every job I do is always important to me, but to date, this cake was definitely my most important edible creation.
“I hope Karl would have approved.”
Karl Lagerfeld passed away in Paris, France on February 19, 2019, aged 85, following a battle with cancer.
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