"Road of Life" 80th Birthday Cake

I was honored to be asked to create a cake to go along with the “Road of Life” theme of the 80th birthday party for my client’s amazing father. His life reads like a novel. He was a Green Beret, & was awarded the Purple Heart medal for his service in Vietnam where he was badly wounded. He came home, earned his college degree, and then joined the medical collections company his go-getter wife, Mary, had launched by herself from their living room. Together they grew the company into a large national agency. He just retired at age 77, but is still kicking!

Their daughter wanted the cake to chronicle each chapter of his life. She sent me tons of pictures, which I printed into edible images & fit as many as I could onto the cake. I molded the frames from gumpaste & painted with luster dusts to antique them. I used his actual Purple Heart medal to create a mold & then re-created it in gumpaste & fondant for the cake. The only non-edible element of the cake was the wire supporting structure in the first tree.

With some help from a handy friend, I created a turntable out of a heavy-duty Christmas tree stand, & the whole cake was rotating! The stand was perfect, as it turns very slowly at 1 RPM. It was perfect to showcase the entire road as it traveled up the cake.

The top tier is Red Velvet Cake with White Chocolate Buttercream filling. The middle tier is Double Choclate Pound Cake with Chocolate Kahlua Buttercream. The bottom tier is Pumpkin Spice Pound Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream. All cakes were finished with milk chocolate ganache & covered in fondant.

Cakes ROCK!!! Christy Seguin, Austin, TX

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Julie, I Baked Some Cakes ...

A cool cake for a cool guy. I bet there wasn’t a dry eye in the house, its a fantastic tribute, you’ve done an amazing job, love the roadsigns and the picture frames. X

Cakes ROCK!!! ...

Thank you! They had a video to go with it, and the videographer said he teared up while making the video! I had the script, & I started crying while reading parts of it to my husband!

Goreti ...

wonderful cake!

Theresa ...

Beautiful, and I like it even more when I read that it slowly rotated. I have been thinking about something similar to this for my father-in-law on his 90th birthday, who is WWII Purple Heart Veteran. Into my Favorites it will go.

Nicole - Just For The Cake Of It ...

A beautiful cake to go with a beautiful story. Well done!

Cakes ROCK!!! ...

Thank you all!

Theresa, I ordered the heavy-duty rotating Christmas tree stand from Walmart. Then I had a friend cut a 20" round cake base, to which he added a small wooden block underneath to attach a metal pipe flange. The flange held a 1" pipe, but the pipe was too big to fit in the base, so I bought a reducer to drop down to a 3/4" pipe & it worked perfectly! Very sturdy, too. You just drop the pipe down in the base as if it were the trunk of the tree & tighten the screws to secure it! The base is huge—-24" across, & the cake was elevated about a foot above the table. And God bless your father-in-law! Thank him for his service!

NooMoo ...

Brilliant, such a lovely cake!

Daniela Morganti (Lela's Cake) ...

original

Ana Remígio - CUPCAKES & DREAMS Portugal ...

Wonderful Cake!!!! Beautiful story!!!! Well done!!! xxx

Fifi's Cakes ...

what a wonderful story cake :) love it!

curiAUSSIEtycakes ...

Girlfriend you are always amazing me with your talent. Once again you have created a beautiful cake to embrace someones life in cake. You absolutely have a god given talent!

Cakes ROCK!!! ...

Thank you all so much!!!

AWG Hobby Cakes ...

such a clever consept – well done

Maria18 ...

Amazing! so beautifully put on to a cake! Well done xx

Chris Jones ...

Absolutely amazing work…I love it!

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