Cake Fest Q&A
Please be aware that the information may be out of date.
How big should my cake be?
We’re leaving it up to you so you can get creative and decide how big you want your cake to be and how true the proportions are to the original. We do ask that cakes are no smaller than 25cm in length and no bigger than 100cm in any direction (including the board). Please ensure your cakes bear some relation to the size of the original (i.e. cakes representing small places like the John Lennon’s childhood home should be on the small side and cakes representing big places like the Empire State Building should be on the large side). We’ll be back in touch to ask you nearer the time what the dimensions of your cake will be (it will give you a bit of time to think about it and practise if necessary!) – we will then mark each location on the map so that we have enough space.
Can we use non-edible element in the cakes?
Yes you’ll probably need to to keep the cost down (and the cake up!). Hopefully you’ll stay to serve your cake to the adoring crowds so you’ll have the opportunity to remove any non-edible elements beforehand. Otherwise, let us know what can and can’t be eaten when you drop your cake off.
How accurate does my cake need to be?
Your cake is your creation and you can make an exact replica or an artistic impression, it’s up to you. The one thing we do ask is that you put your board on a sturdy board so that it can be moved safely and without damaging your creation – please don’t use flimsy cardboard or similar.
Is there a charge to take part?
There is no charge to take part however participants buy their own ingredients so we encourage you to build larger cakes around a hollow centre to keep costs down.
Is this a competition?
Not exactly, we anticipate a range of bakers and cakes from beginners to experienced amateurs and professionals – everyone is welcome. Those who have baked will vote on the day to choose the favourite cake which will receive a special award.
Can you suggest recipes, equipment & sources of advice?
Yes! We love cake and once you sign up to create a cake you’ll receive a welcome e-mail with hints, tips and links to videos explaining how to make buildings from cake. Anything else – just ask.
When do I bring my cake?
We’ll be inviting members of the public to come and help create the edible background to the map all day on Saturday 4 July and on Sunday morning too. You can bring your cake between 11am and 6pm Saturday and up to 1pm on Sunday, it’ll be displayed for all to see before being added to the map. At 5pm on Sunday 5 July, once the completed map has been admired by all, you’ll be invited to take away your cake or to cut it up and share it with the public.
Can I bake more than one cake?
Yes of course – feel free to bake as many as you like.
Can I join forces with other people to make a team cake?
This is positively encouraged! Transatlantic cake fest is all about getting together with friends, family, colleagues and communities to bake.
I’m still a bit unsure…..
If you still have questions before submitting your cake location please contact the Head Baker here.