Jennifer Dockter of The Farmer’s Wife Cakes said she felt honored to make a cake for a child battling cancer in Granville last week. She was asked to be a Sugar Angel by the upper Midwest chapter of Icing Smiles, Inc. in conjunction with the ND Make-A-Wish foundation to make one child’s cake wish come true on his 7th birthday.
At the child’s request, Dockter completed a just under 3-feet-tall 3D sculpture cake of Nintendo’s Mario. The inside of the cake was Dockter’s signature white almond cake with strawberry buttercream.
Dockter and her husband, Brandon, delivered the cake to the child last Friday, July 28. “The expression on his face was priceless,” she said. “We had a great time meeting and talking with [the child] and his parents. It was an unforgettable moment. [He] was so surprised that everything about the cake was 100% edible, and we sat and went over every element as he asked in amazement how each part was made.”
The cake took an estimated 36 hours to create because of the required structured support needed to make a 3D sculpture cake, according to Dockter. She explained how she first had to make sure she had enough food-grade pipes, screws and other parts to keep the structure together, as well as enough cake to complete the project.
Dockter said preparing to make this cake included a lot of research. She looked at different pictures of Mario, then measured those pictures and scaled them to a bigger size ratio. “To my RHS math teachers, all those times I said I would never use math outside of school, I take it back. I use it on a daily basis,” Dockter said with a laugh.
Dockter and her husband explained that because they are 1980s original Nintendo kids, they grew up on Mario, giving them a good base on where to go with the cake design.
“I was kind of happy with the subject matter because I had ideas about the design this time, at least. I was beneficial at some point, I think,” Brandon said.
The Dockters’ five-year-old son is a huge fan of Mario, also, which helped to make the cake something that everyone in the house could relate to.
“It’s a really unfortunate situation, but I’m really happy that I could do this for him,” Dockter said.
The Farmer’s Wife Cakes, a fully licensed cake shop, makes cakes and cupcakes of all types for any occasion, big or small. More information can be found on the Facebook page, www.facebook.com/thefarmerswifecakes. Order requests can be made by messaging on Facebook or by calling 701-368-1863.
Icing Smiles is a nonprofit organization that provides custom celebration cakes and other treats to families impacted by the critical illness of a child.
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