In 2007, Ron Ben-Israel Cakes was commissioned to do their largest cake yet. A 12-foot tall replica of the famous Plaza Hotel for the hotel’s 100th anniversary party. Ron knew that this was going to be one of his biggest challenges. The due date for the cake was October 1, right in the height of the fall wedding season. The other challenge was we had about six weeks from start to finish. We had to figure out a way to work the schedule so that we could fit this project in amongst the already scheduled wedding cakes. (We figured it out by the way – it was a tough month, but we did it…)
Because this was such a large project, I will only be able to give you some of the highlights of our process…
The whole project started out with the architect’s plans. We hung them up in the front office (the only place where we had the wall space) and the production meetings started happening.
The project itself had to be broken down into many different parts. The design team went on a field trip to research the details they would need to replicate out of sugar.
One of the first things that were done was the molds. The staff created the molds out of clay and then Ron took the prototypes and molded them with silicon. I would have to say that Ron molded over 100 prototypes for us to be able to complete this project.
Once the molds were completed and the center structure was put together, the molding and application of details had begun. That part of the process was broken out into teams of people. At any given time the teams would be working on the façade, roof top and all of the small details you see on the outside of the hotel: planters, lights etc…
The sugar hotel was constructed in the front office in 16 different sections. The reason for this was we had to be able to move it from our bakery on the 5th floor to the front of the Plaza Hotel under a 20×20 foot tent so we could put the structure back together and then add all of our finishing touches.
This is part 1 of this blog series, a behind the scenes look at how this big cake was put together. Till tomorrow…
4 thoughts on “Putting it together….The Plaza Hotel (part 1)”
My mind is BLOWN!! This is truly amazing. And to think, I can’t even make a non-lopsided muffin!
Totally awesome!! How many servings is a cake like this? Was it one flavor or many?
thats one GIANT cake…
A truly amazing inside look! Such precision and detailing! Thank you for sharing it with us.
Surely nothing compares to it in the world!!