De la Crème Creative Studio

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Double Helix Showstopper Cake

Celebration CakesHeidi Holmon1 Comment

Can you create a show-stopping, three-dimensional, double helix cake that stands over six feet tall? Our response…"Sure!!" I'm not saying it was easy, but we certainly delivered everything that Washington University asked for when they commissioned a cake to celebrate the dedication of The Elizabeth H. and James S. McDonnell, III McDonnell Genome Institute.

When on display in the airy foyer of the Eric P. Newman Education Center, the spirals on the double helix reached a staggering 6.5 feet!!

Elizabeth H. McDonnell, along with husband James S. McDonnell, III, being presented the Helix Cake as a token of appreciation for their remarkable gift to provide continual support for large-scale genomic research.

A combination of Double Chocolate Cake, French Vanilla Cake and French Vanilla Buttercream had the bottom tier of this cake weighing in at 50lbs all by itself. Photo courtesy of Beaven Photography.

Months of meticulous planning resulted in a flawlessly, executed cake that (we believe) entitles us to an honorary, structural engineering degree. Above Left: Photo courtesy of Beaven Photography. Check out the video below to see what happens when you rotate the cake…my inner geek is jumping up and down saying "Whoa…that's sooo cool!!!"