When Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh celebrates Queen Victoria’s two hundredth birthday, a six-tier cake might be served. This is, well, healthy for a queen. Partnering with the choir, Bethel Bakery will serve an exquisitely wrought wedding ceremony-fashion birthday cake on the submit-concert reception for “Victoria’s Secret: A Life in Music” on Sunday Westminster Presbyterian Church in Upper St. Clair.
“What higher manner to celebrate the queen’s two hundredth birthday than with a giant cake,” says Katlyn Doolin, wedding branch supervisor at Bethel and a records buff, who researched Victoria’s wedding ceremony, wedding ceremony cake, likes and dislikes, and desired to up the ante.
Since Victoria opted to put on a white get dressed trimmed with Honiton lace in preference to her purple velvet gowns of the kingdom, she is credited with establishing the way of life of white bridal robes. So Ms. Doolin’s concept becomes best becoming to mark the event with a marriage-fashion birthday cake.
The production by Bethel Bakery, which is donating the cake, is noteworthy. Like the queen’s wedding ceremony cake in 1840, the Victoria cake, too, will weigh three hundred pounds and be 9 feet in diameter. It might be a perfect bit taller, though, at forty inches on a stand and be more like 76 inches whilst on a desk. And it’s going to serve 300.
However, it’s now not just the cake’s length that is superb; so are its features. They are all stimulated by using what Victoria wore on her wedding day and what she believed in. Orange blossom accents will evoke the headpiece with orange blossoms that Victoria wore on her wedding day.
“She chose to wear a crown of orange blossoms in her hair on her wedding ceremony day over a real crown because she changed into creating an announcement that she took the position of a bride critically,” Ms. Doolin says. “It becomes a formidable factor to do. She made a particular preference for being a bride over being a monarch.”
Chandelier draping with tassels and mixed plants, all made with buttercream, will adorn the stacked desserts. Columns will separate the cake after the second one, and 1/3 layers and a cluster of flora will crown the pinnacle. With all of the buttercream used, the cake could have a mild yellow hue however appear white visually, Ms. Doolin says.
Made with white cake batter, it’s going to have a mild and ethereal texture, nearly like an angel meals cake, and be full of seedless raspberry buttercream. All the stages may have equal flavor, Ms. Doolin says, so that a regular flavor is served to all the visitors.
Around 10 to 15 Bethel employees are worried about making the cake. Baking will start on Thursday, and the decoration, which is the last component to it, will wrap up Saturday. The cake could be brought in a huge refrigerated van; Victoria’s wedding cake is stated to were carried into the room and set on the breakfast desk via four guys. The cake celebration won’t be the simplest for Sunday’s concert.
There may be a 3-tiered cake, made via Cioppino, protected with royal icing and lacework, and crowned with doves made with blown sugar doves for the performance on the East Liberty Presbyterian Church on Saturday. Delicious because it sounds, it won’t be for consumption as it could be built with styrofoam. However, the Strip District eating place will donate 4 sheet cakes to serve 400 in one-of-a-kind flavors for concertgoers to appreciate.
Pastry chef Meghann Walsh got the inspiration for them from the photographs she’s visible of Victoria’s wedding cake. Her English plum cake is a mirrored image of the fruitcake served in 1840 and has amarena cherries, raisins, and a darkish brown sugar that almost has a molasses taste. Victoria is understood to have loved her afternoon tea with sponge cake, and so Ms. Walsh is making a lemon sponge cake with fresh strawberry filling and whipped cream.
“You must have a chocolate cake in there because everybody loves chocolate,” she says when talking about her 1/3 sheet cake. The fourth one is a lemon drizzle cake, popular in England and made with lemon zest and juice. It can be tart, wet, and a little boozy, but Ms. Walsh had no longer decided remaining week if she became using gin or vodka.
When the choir reached out to Bethel and Cioppino, it told them about the range of people the cake needed to serve, and it had to be in shape for a queen. That’s wherein the group’s an advertising and marketing director, Maggie Richardson, left it.
“Bakeries are simply as creative as we’re, and so I didn’t want to inform them what to do,” says Ms. Richardson. “Moreover, Bethel and Cioppino very generously have donated their cakes.” The desserts will be displayed earlier than the concert events on Saturday and Sunday and served at the reception afterward. There won’t also be a need to announce “Let them devour cake” because it’s fair for all concertgoers.