The daughter of a friend called me and wanted me to make a wedding cake topper for her parent’s 50th anniversary. My God, I thought. She surely doesn’t want me to make a little bride and groom to sit on top of a traditional wedding cake. Then she made the request more interesting by saying I could use my imagination wherever it led me.
Fifty years in a marriage or anything else is a long time, and yes, it is a journey on the road of Life. The gentleman in question was a race car driver, the wife a fellow artist, so I decided to do a small automobile with the bride and groom inside embarking on their honeymoon. A friend of theirs in Southern California had volunteered to make the wedding cake, so I contacted her to see what she had in mind. Together we planned a three tiered cake on which she would design a road winding to the top with various mementoes of important periods of their lives together. This culminated at the top where the little car would reside The only problem was that I would not see the cake until the night of the reception. We finally had no choice and decided to wing it and trust to luck. The grand night arrived and Glory be! it was a great success!
This gave birth to a series of small cars, personalized for family members and several of them made as wedding gifts for dear friend’s children. Flushed with success I didn’t imagine it could end, I envisioned a fleet of Ferrari’s, Mazerati’s and even a pickup truck. One of the last little cars was destined for a special young friend and her groom-to-be so I took particular care with details. It wasn’t until it was fired and boxed up that we discovered it had no steering wheel!
Well I guess they will be coasting dreamily through life, and that isn’t too bad.