Proving you can wear your dress and eat it too, Natasha Coline Kim Fah Lee Fokas of SweetyCakes (Switzerland) created the largest wearable cake dress (supported) weighing in at an extraordinary 131.15 kg (289 lb 13 oz).
She unveiled her dress, made of traditional cake ingredients, on 15 January 2023 in Bern, Switzerland.
SweetyCakes is a bakery specialising in custom cakes founded in 2014 by Natasha and based in Thun, Switzerland.
The attempt took place during the Swiss World Wedding fair, with spectators and exhibitors showcasing the best of the wedding industry.
The record-breaking cake was brought out during the finale of the scheduled fashion show.
As this is a new record, the minimum weight of the cake had to be or exceed 68 kg (149 lb 14 oz) and the model wearing the cake dress had to walk five metres (16 feet) without the dress falling apart for the record to be valid.
Given the nature of the fair, the wearable cake dress was created in the design of a wedding dress.
The layered cake dress was decorated with the traditional aspects of a wedding dress accompanied with flowers made out of royal icing and a sweetheart neckline.
In terms of construction, the cake dress was supported by an aluminium frame, including two metal bolts and the top of the dress (corsage made of plaster) weighed 50.90 kg (112 lb 3.455 oz). With the top part of the cake made of sugar paste/fondant.
The frame acted as a cake dress skirt and small boards measuring 10 cm (3.9 inches) in height held the cake in place.
Due to the size of the cake, there were also wheels attached at the bottom.
To clinch the record, the wearable cake dress had to be weighed. This included the model’s weight before wearing the dress and weighed again when worn, making sure the measurement was exact.
Including the model, corsage, internal support and the metal bolts the weight totalled 111.60 kg (246 lb 0.5742 oz) for a total of 242.75 kg (535 lb 2.754 oz). The support and the model’s weight was subtracted from the final measurement coming to an official 131.15 kg.
Once the final weight was approved, Natasha was awarded with the Guinness World Records certificate.
A few years ago, I was in the middle of my work as a cake designer, in my then tiny “shop”, at the back of my mini studio and busy decorating a wedding cake, I had a crazy idea: How great would it be if a whole wedding dress was made of cake…? A few days later, my youngest daughter Elli was already the model for the first attempt [and] the most difficult part: how is it possible to construct the part of the dress that has to be worn on the skin in such a way that it holds up…? It wasn’t perfect, but perfect for the first time. The attempt was a challenge to myself and it’s nice to have it officially confirmed. – Natasha Coline Kim Fah Lee Fokas, Founder of SweetyCakes
As Guinness World Records’ guidelines stipulate that the food cannot go to waste, the cake was shared with guests of the fair at SweetyCakes’ booth.
The remaining cake was given out for free the next day at their flagship shop.
All of this was witnessed by official adjudicator Seyda Subasi-Gemici to ensure all the guidelines were met.
Congratulations to Natasha and the SweetyCakes team!