This Liberty cruise ship cake was made special for Brian and Tricia from Charlotte, NC.
They were married on the sand in Miami, Florida.
Then set sail on the Liberty of the Seas cruise ship.
The reception was held upon their return and what a celebration it was!
There is a lot to making an edible Liberty cruise ship! Here is how we did it.
Every good cake starts with a good foundation. I used one inch thick MDF board and it was heavy!
I cut the cake base to fit the 60 inch table. I wanted it to cover the entire table at the venue.
All of the wood would be covered with foil so it had to be sanded well.
The support base for the cake was made well in advance and it seemed like I was making a real ship!
The ship cake supports were made to hold the hundreds of servings that would rest on the top deck and stacks.
Who knew that carpentry skills were needed in cake decorating? Go figure! A girl's got to do what a girl's gotta do.
Lot's of time was spent on thinking and scaling. No detail was left out to make this cake as real looking as possible.
All parts were glued, clamped, and screwed together. This ship was built to sail!
Finally, 24 hours before delivery the cake decorating started. Yes, it's stressful, but making a cake at the last possible minute means fresh and you just can't beat a fresh made cake!
There were over thirty pounds of hand made marshmallow fondant rolled out for this cake. Lot's of fondant!
When the cruise ship cake bow was covered, I knew it was going to look awesome. There is just something majestic about a large ship.
Several hundred windows were cut and each one placed per the cruise ship pictures.
The cruise ship windows were also made from marshmallow fondant.
The entire top deck was cake as well as the cruise ship top stacks. The flavors were almond, vanilla, and chocolate...yummy!
Using the cruise ship picture guides we added as much detail as possible to give it a real look.
The bow of the cruise ship was painted a wood grain color.
Plenty of lifeboats were made, just in case!
Of course no cruise ship can go without a helo pad.
Both of the stacks were topped with a mast, just like the real ship.
We added the rock climbimg wall to scale. This gives you an idea of how big the Liberty really is!
The ship has two pools both mid ship and astern. That's sailor talk for the rear of the ship.
So many fondant windows. The windows took as long as any other part.
Here is a nice aerial view from the stairs...LOL!
We had to add the putting green, every cruise ship's got em!
Adding the little items like the pool chairs and other details was fun!
Almost finished cruse ship cake, but that's just the ship. We have to have an ocean, island, hand made bride and groom, sand, water, dolphins, back drop, logo, and a 3 hour delivery! Oh my!
If you look close you can see the dolphins. Well, it's 5:30 AM and this ship sails at noon! Time for a nap!
Finally, here is the finished cruise ship cake! This was such a fun project and I feel blessed to have been chosen to make this cake.
The water was 15 pints of piping gel with blue food coloring. The sand was graham cracker crumbs. The back drop added some depth to the presentation with a beautiful sun set.
The cake cutting ceremony was at the very end and everyone enjoyed a piece a cake! Sorry, I just had to:)
The hardest part of this cruise ship cake adventure was cutting and serving the cake. But that's what it's all about!
"Hey Steph, you have been such a help and a delight to work with. You definitely made this reception a breeze! The cake was absolutely amazing and it's something we will never forget! You did everything perfect and you and your husband are such an amazing and funny couple! Thank you for going out of your way to do what you did. We can't thank you enough."Tricia & Brian ~ Charlotte, NC
Tricia and Brian were such nice people and deserve all of the happiness together. May your days be blessed ~ Steph.