I made J-Lo’s lion birthday cake – and I’m proud of it
When Samantha Brooks got the call to make Jennifer Lopez’s 45th birthday cake, she knew it would need steel pipes and floor flanges as well as the requested coconut mousse filling
Last week I got a text from Ron Gelish, an old friend of mine, and J-Lo’s personal chef. He wanted to know if I would be interested in making a cake. Sure, I said, what would you like? After a long pause, the reply came: “We should probably talk over the phone – It’s for J-Lo”. Ron knows what I’m capable of doing and I was really pleased he felt I was the right person to create Jennifer Lopez’s 45th-birthday cake.
Less than a minute later we were talking details. Next, Sindy Mashiah, J-Lo’s party planner contacted me – I was really excited about her vision because I have always wanted to create a cake in lion form. We went over various ideas – I sketched about six different positions of J-Lo with the lion. After a few hours we agreed that she should be lying on the lion, wearing a sleeveless onesie.
I moved straight on to making the cake since I had only two days to do it. A cake of this size needs different pieces of hardware for stability, including steel pipes, floor flanges, PVC pipes, as well as more traditional baking ingredients such as modelling chocolate, Rice Krispies, fondant and gum paste. And I had to bake the most important element – the requested lemon cake with coconut mousse filling.
J-Lo, her staff, and the guests at the party were all pleased with it. So was I – and I’m proud we were able to pull it off in just two days!
The photographs that have since been all over the internet and papers don’t represent it 100% accurately – it had been sitting out unrefrigerated for a few hours, and the candles and sparklers beside it caused it to melt a little. To hear the feedback – negative or positive – about the positioning of her body is irrelevant [internet scamps and gossip columnists have had much fun suggesting J-Lo is “humping” rather than lounging on the lion]. My client was happy with what I made and that’s all that matters to my staff and me. Maybe the design isn’t for everyone – we’re all entitled to our opinion – but at the end of the day, our cake is the most talked about to date, and I’m very proud of that.http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle ... cake-proud