Hotel Pere Marquette
I used to want to be an architect or at least contribute to architectural designs…um, well, I got a taste of it on this cake. And I’ll just say it is more of a challenge than it looks! The difficulty comes in the fact that the simplicity of the lines, windows and edges must be perfect. There is nothing organic or moving, giving me little room for interpretation…or error. Precision is the key.
Square. Straight. Exact.
Oh my, talk about intense…
So my client ordered two cakes for the one year anniversary of the renovation of the Hotel Pere Marquette in downtown Peoria, IL. The first cake was this quite large replica of the actual hotel.
I started by laying out the project digitally, making sure that windows and floors were all accounted for and accurately sized. Then I printed my rendering and laminated it. I used that as my guide for positioning the elements on the building. I custom made a cutter the exact size of the windows so I could mark and cut them quicker and much more precisely.
Window ledges, balconies, sidewalks and the awnings were added to complete the look of this updated historic hotel. I placed little stone planters by each of the doors.
On the back side of the building I posted an little paragraph on an aged paper about the history of the hotel.
The second cake my client ordered was a personal-sized cake that matched the feel of the actual replica. This was a representation of one of the hotel windows with two swags on the sides congratulating the owner and the firm for their achievement.
Since I love history, and I really do love historical architecture, I felt privileged to work on this project. Not sure I’ll make architectural design the single focus of my cake shop…but it was a fantastic challenge.
Congratulations on the renovations done at the Hotel Pere Marquette!