WITH 52 years of experience under her belt, self-described sugar craft specialist Lorraine Kiewiet isn't feeling the pressure when it comes to creating Queanbeyan's 175th birthday cake.
The five-tier cake will be unveiled, cut and devoured on September 28 as part of Queanbeyan City Council's 175th birthday celebrations in Town Park.
"It's a great honour, I'm so flattered to be asked to do it," Ms Kiewiet said. "I've put a lot of thought and research into this. I've been thinking about this for months. I know my capabilities and I know I've given myself enough time to do everything I need to."
Ms Kiewiet has been the owner of Annie's Cake Place in the Crawford Centre for the past 25 years. She has been working with staff from Queanbeyan City Council to devise a plan for each cake layer.
"I've thought about how I can bring Queanbeyan together on a cake and each tier will have something different representing the town," she said.
The cake will be topped with the Queanbeyan welcome sign and the top tier will feature the footbridge on one side and Queens Bridge on the other.
Wattle and gum trees as well as platypus, geese, black swans and ducks have also been included in the design.
"The second tier is going to have the old Queanbeyan Council Chambers, the old fire station, the old inn on MacQuoid Street and a few other different buildings.
"The third tier will have shops, but just random shops, not any one in particular and the fourth tier will have places of interest in Queanbeyan like the churches and the park with its picket fence," Ms Kiewiet said.
"The bottom layer will be an 18-inch square cake featuring old vehicles and a horse and cart."
The top three layers of the cake will be a yet-to-be determined flavour of mud cake and the bottom two will be a traditional fruit cake. Decorations will be moulded from fondant.
Ms Kiewiet has even thought to incorporate the cake board into the design and she will include the name and reign of each mayor on it.
The Forbes Creek resident said she will keep a tally of how many hours the project will take to complete but she isn't precious about the thought of her work being eaten.
"People say 'oh it's such a work of art, it's a shame to cut it', but we have photographs of every cake we make," she said.
"Everything is made to be eaten, a cake should not only look nice but it should taste nice inside. I'm from the old-school I like to make a cake from scratch, no pre-mix just butter and natural ingredients. If you're going to go to all the trouble of making a beautiful cake, make it a decent one."
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