In 2010, I was filmed making a giant cake for one episode (season 2, episode 4) of a Discovery Network reality television show called Fabulous Cakes, now syndicated on TLC. I was under contract to NOT blog about the filming for a while but that agreement has expired so at long last, here is the real story behind the making of the 3½ foot tall tire-garden rooster cake for Olivewood Gardens.
Here is the actual Olivewood tire garden that inspired the cake design:
The full cake design consisted of five tire planters, two flower pots, one rooster, one pumpkin, two tomatoes, one chick, and one ear of corn, which added up to 15 cakes, all decorated in buttercream and modeling chocolate. Here was the final sketch of the design:
In order to stage three days of uninterrupted filming, I converted my dining room into a ‘set’ complete with rolling speed racks and a vinyl floor glued over the rug.
What the producer really craved was drama i.e. for me to cry or drop my cake. Sometimes I wasn’t sure if I was being asked to do something a second time because they were missing the angle they needed or because they were trying to get me to crack on camera.
For instance, they made me model the rooster head twice (dummy on left, original on right):
Then we had a spare rooster head kicking around so the producer said, “Hmmmm. Hey, Kristen, can we do something with this extra rooster head? Like how about you pretend to drop it on the floor ‘by accident?'”
“Hmmm.” I waved the dummy rooster head in front of the camera. “How about you eat my cock?” But that clip never made it onto the show.
Thanks to TLC for the opportunity and to Amy, Julie, Michelle, Erica, Franco, Heidi, Larisse, Olivewood Gardens! Couldn’t have done it without you guys!
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