Mark Seaman, owner of the Neighborhood Bakeshop in Libertyville, Illinois as well as professional cake stylist, recently won a national competition for a six-tiered creation honoring Lucille Ball. The gold medal was won in a one-of-a-kind national wedding cake competition in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Mark spent 200 after-work hours creating the cake. The cake's shape is actually a plastic foam form but the icing required painstaking detail and patience. The feathered pedestal, for example, took 36 hours to make, Seaman said. The cake features the initials of Lucille Desiree Ball as intricate icing details in a heart shape on the side of the cake.
The winning entry is on display under an acrylic enclosure at his Libertyville store for the foreseeable future. Visitors should note the flowers are made of sugar not silk.
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