Vancouver 125 birthday cake elements

The Vancouver Community College Baking and Pastry Arts department is on their way to finishing what will be the most massive and colourful cake this city has seen in 125 years. Tomorrow, Vancouver will celebrate its 125th birthday and in honour of the event, seven 1/2 3-layer cakes (36″ x 80″) will be sliced into approximately 2,220 slices for the public to enjoy.

Vancouver 125 birthday cakes

It was the VCC bakery department’s decision to bake a vanilla (white) cake instead of a chocolate cake. According to one of the instructors, most people tend to prefer a vanilla cake. Three instructors and 15 students are involved in this ambitious undertaking!

Vancouver 125 birthday cake elements

Here’s their list of ingredients for all three cakes:

– 862 eggs
– 19,000 grams sugar
– 24 lemons
– 12,600 grams flour
– 37.5 kg of lemon per cake multiplied by 3 = 112.5 kg total

and approximately 15 batches of butter cream!

Vancouver 125 birthday cake elements

Vancouver 125 birthday cake

Birthday cake transfer

When I visited the work room, the team had already invested 2 1/2 weeks of time into the stage they are currently at. The photos will give you an idea as to what can be expected tomorrow when the completed masterpiece is unveiled between 6 and 7 pm at Jack Poole Plaza.

Vancouver 125 birthday cake prep

Vancouver 125 birthday cake trees

More photos can be found on my Flickr set.


  • Comment by Susan — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 pm

    Thanks! This is amazing. Kudos to these hard-working creative bakers! Wow.

  • Comment by Effie — April 6, 2011 @ 3:10 am

    Wonderful – only wish I was there to enjoy a piece of the artwork!

  • Comment by arianec — April 6, 2011 @ 2:04 pm

    Susan, Will you be going to the festivities? I’m hoping to get a few shots of the finished work aka landscape on a cake!

    Effie, Wish you WERE here. Miss you!

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