Home is Where the Heart is

House-cake

There’s a difference between a house and a home, don’t you think?  A house is the solid structure that we live in; but it’s the little things that make that house a home.  It’s the “firsts,” and those memories created with friends and family.  And it was in this spirit that we had the pleasure of creating a replica of Becca and Guy’s home for their special 25th wedding anniversary party.

I couldn’t put this story into better words than Becca as she tells how and why their house became a home and why they wanted it replicated.  Therefore, here are her words, and I’ll add some behind the scene photos and info about the cake.  Please enjoy.

Twenty-five years ago, September 15th, my husband and I got the keys to our house and came home for the very first time.

A few weeks after we moved in, we invited a few friends over for a small house warming.  Since the previous owners had left a garden with tomatoes and hot peppers, Guy made Texas Chili and I baked corn bread.  We invited a dozen people; more than twenty showed up.  They ate every drop and every crumb.  They said, with one voice, “This was great!  Do it again next harvest!”

And so our annual fall party was born. Over the years it has grown to a full weekend affair with a Friday night prep party, Saturday feasting until dawn, and a Sunday brunch.  We grow the vegetables, cook and bake everything from scratch, use our tree fall for firewood. Friends come from out of town to help and to party.  The kids who we raced in their walkers twenty-five years ago still come, with their friends.  Around the bonfire we toast those friends and family we have lost during the year.

It has become an anniversary party, a family reunion, a harvest festival rolled into one. This year, the party weekend ended on Sunday September 15.  My husband and I never had a wedding or a reception.  We decided that we needed to do something really special to celebrate our twenty-fifth anniversary.”

-Becca Levin

And so they called us, and it began.  First, we received about a dozen photos of their house from various angles so we could determine how to start the cake construction.  And truly, a project like this (and any other novelty cake) is all about the planning stages and the diagrams made…just like a blue print, except on parchment paper.

the-planning

Ellen spent around 3 hours making detailed “blueprints” of each side and angle of the house according to the dimensions that we initially decided upon.  The cake, once it was filled, started off at 16” long, 11” wide, and 10.5” tall and weighed approximately 31.5 lb.

the-filling

Next came the carving, crumb-coating, and external construction, aka, the decorating.  All in all, it was around a 20-hour project.

internal-construction

external-construction

The scariest part was not actually building the cake but that it was being driven to Ohio—and we weren’t the ones taking it!  It’s hard to let a big project like this out of our hands and just trust and hope that everything goes right during a delivery.  We were pretty proud of this house.  Here are some photos from different angles.

This is the back of their home with an overhang and attached shed.
This is the back of their home with an overhang and attached shed.
The opposite sides of the home.
The opposite sides of the home.
Their portico and one of many angles in the roof
Their portico and one of many angles in the roof

And as a treat, Becca and Guy sent photos of the cake with their home in the background.  They were thrilled with the cake (and we were thrilled it made it!) and we couldn’t have been happier to help them celebrate such an important event.  Congratulations Becca and Guy on 25 wonderful years of marriage, friends, family, and lovely memories.

Can you see the cake in front?
Can you see the cake in front?
A model home
A model home

 

 

 

 

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