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Giant Cupcake

The Giant Cupcake of Covent Garden in all its glory

The Tale of the Giant Cupcake of Covent Garden. (It required its own gallery to tell properly.)

Edited to add: The Guardian has an article on the cupcake; clearly, their reporter didn't get the whole story on the cupcake's construction.


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Jul. 16th, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
So really only the top of it was cake? That's a let down. I am also simultaneously amused and let down by the fake muffin paper.
Jul. 17th, 2009 12:56 pm (UTC)
And yet they claimed it would feed 2000 people, just that part of it.
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Jul. 17th, 2009 12:57 pm (UTC)
Re: I have returned!
It's all true!
Jul. 16th, 2009 08:07 pm (UTC)
Looking at the photo above and knowing that only the top bit was real cake, it looks like a bit of a cheat! I'm glad you managed to get some, though it's a shame so much was wasted.
Jul. 17th, 2009 12:58 pm (UTC)
It was meant to feed 2000 people and it looks like they got through less than half of the edible portion.
Jul. 16th, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC)
That's a really cute looking cupcake. Though I have to agree, the styrafoam definetely feels like cheating.
Jul. 16th, 2009 09:40 pm (UTC)
The cake is a lie!
What, the whole bottom part wasn't even cake? I feel cheated.

I know that a true giant cupcake would require some serious structural engineering, but surely that is part of what makes a giant cupcake such a worthy challenge.

I am glad you got to eat some before it went stale in the sun.
Jul. 16th, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC)
Re: The cake is a lie!
That doesn't look so big :( Oh well, you know I think my mom was once invovled on one of those things, biggest cake or something. I'll have to ask her if I remember.
Jul. 17th, 2009 01:00 pm (UTC)
Re: The cake is a lie!
In some ways, the engineering is an easier problem for me to mentally account for than the logistics of successfully baking an *edible* cupcake of that size.
Jul. 17th, 2009 02:25 pm (UTC)
Re: The cake is a lie!
I think one would have to bake it in pieces and then assemble it. That still seems like a bit of a cheat, though, because it's just cake that's been assembled into the shape of a cupcake, rather than cake that's been baked in a paper cup in the first place.

It might be possible to do it in one piece with a very big microwave oven, I suppose (or microwave emitters inside the cupcake?). But with something that huge, could the bottom actually get light and fluffy, or would the weight of all the stuff on top compress it into a sort of sedimentary rock-cake? How much could one compensate by whipping extra air into the mix? And, most importantly, how do we get funding to research this?
Jul. 17th, 2009 05:14 am (UTC)
The cupcake is a lie!

And just because something is shaped like a cupcake doesn't make it a cupcake, as many a child has found out after encountering the sort made of soap and wax and so on. That's no cupcake.

I wonder what the world's largest possible cupcake size really would be for a REAL non-cheating cupcake.
Jul. 17th, 2009 12:59 pm (UTC)
Earlier in the afternoon, when I thought the whole thing was real, we speculated as to how on earth one would deal with the logistics of baking something on that scale. An industrial kiln + regular metal rods through the cake in order to get the inside baked? Even so, I would have thought it would be hard to make a truly *edible* cupcake on that scale: the outside would be burnt, the middle gooey, and only some bits about a foot in would be about right.
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