1. A modular stand was created for the specific sculpture. Layers of cake and buttercream icing were stacked, sculpted, and crumb coated.
2. & 3. More layers of cake and icing were stacked and dowels and cake boards were added every few layers for support.
4. A thin piece of tab board (thin cardboard) was attached to the main support plate to give the coattail dimensional realism.
5. More cake was added. The head and shoulder areas were sculpted.
6. A full crumb coat of thinned buttercream icing was added quickly to preserve the freshness of the cake.
7. The face was created from flesh-toned buttercream icing. The likeness was captured freehand by using photos as a reference.
8. The face was piped, shaped with a palette knife, and smoothed with special art brushes.
9. Details of the clothing and hair were were added using appropriately colored buttercream icing.
10. Buttons, lapels, the collar, etc. were piped of buttercream icing icing.
11. The tie was added in the same manner.
12. Moving the finished sculpture was done very carefully.
13. A finished life-sized cake sculpture is very often the subject of attention from television and news media, which was the case here.
These photos show the details of the face and hands. The hands, fingernails, and veins were piped and shaped with buttercream icing. All of the details were done freehand.