Friday, January 30, 2009

UNC Swimming and Diving Cake

IMG_0168, originally uploaded by bakers-cakes.

This week I got a call from the UNC Swimming and Diving team! They wanted a cake for Friday! How could I say no? First of all it's Swimming and Diving, a sport close to our hearts! Although, try as I may, I'm not the swimmer in the family. I'll leave that up to the boy! Secondly, it's UNC! I would have probably had to say no if Duke called, but they didn't, so that's another strike against them.

The team wanted the UNC logo, which I knew I could create. It wasn't difficult to carve. But, when it came to frosting this bad boy, that is another story! Generally, cakes have four corners and those are hard enough to make square-ish. The UNC cake has no less than 12 corners and 8 interior angles. My eyes are still crossed from attempting to frost them all. Another added challenge to the frosting adventure, is that usually when you frost a cake it is a solid plane. This cake has the obvious negative space inside the letters. I had to keep touching up around the spaces and retouching and re-retouch the retouches.

Did I mention the dimensions of this cake? It measures 19 inches by 14 inches. It is two delicious layers of Baker's Cakes signature chocolate cake. Yum! I'd eat it, after I swam though! Or like grandma always says, leave at least 30 minutes after eating before you get into the water. I always hated that rule. I don't make my kids wait, and so far we haven't had any issues around swimming after eating (yet).

I hope the cake provides the extra push to help UNC beat Duke tonight! We'll be there cheering!


  1. Thank you so much for your tip on the crumb helpful!!! I'm going to play with fondant a little more this weekend, so I will try popping the cake in the freezer. Brilliant!
    I'm really doing this just for fun and to try to master another creative task...we'll see, fondant is giving me a run for my money!!!!

  2. Good luck Sara! I did a post last month on fondant and there are a few good tips there too! Once you get the hang of fondant it makes everything look smooth and sleek!