This Millenium Falcon cake is made by cake makers at Cup-a-Dee-Cakes. Every year they make a cake for a little boy named Kaben, whose mom lets them do their own creative thing. For a sixth birthday cake, I’ve never seen a luckier kid.
The biggest challenge making sculpted cakes can be figuring out the structure under the cake that will hold everything up. It is scary and feels like you are more of a handyman that a baker. Having a cake with pipes and plywood also cut down the amount of servings in the cake. Our commercial refrigerator has a 22″ wide door opening, so that limits our cake size and cake board. Most sculpted cakes are built on the board with the armature screwed in and everything secured down. When a customer needs a lot of servings and wants sculpted cake, you have to know your bakery’s limitations. You may need to add sheet cakes or smaller matching cakes to fill the order. For this cake, I did need a lot of servings, about 100, and started the cake as large as I could while using my 22″ cake board. To get as many servings possible and avoid making an internal structure, I used a sturdy mud cake and sculpted the cake out of one BIG hunk of cake. There were no supports, boards, wires or anything non-edible in the cake. All the rectangles of cakes shown are 11x 14″ layers.