Quebec baker makes Kylie Jenner's 18th birthday cake glitter in gold
Jessika Ménard’s 4-tier creation featured edible flowers, gold and silver paint
Montreal-area baker is Jessika Ménard is still on a sugar rush after attending the 18th birthday party of Kylie Jenner to personally deliver her birthday cake.
Ménard, who owns Cakes par Haute Couture as well as Le Cozy Café in Hudson, Que., was hired to make a mock promotional cake and the actual birthday cake for Jenner. She's the youngest star of the reality-TV show Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and the daughter of Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce Jenner.
She celebrated her 18th birthday over the weekend at a club in Pointe-Calumet, about 50 kilometres northwest of Montreal.
"I needed security people to carry the cake and come with me...because there are a thousand people there and you have to go through with a cake," Ménard told CBC.
"Everyone runs towards you to see the cake. Those bouncers — those big, big tough guys — they came to the fridge and they said, 'Oh my God, we're not carrying that!'...They didn't want to drop it. So it was kind of funny to see those big guys so scared of bringing a cake."
The cake, which weighed more than 30 kilos, had four tiers, real and edible flowers, edible gold and silver paint, and beading.
"I laid my fondant on the first tier, then I did the second — no sketch, no nothing. I work with my creativity at the moment. That's what makes me who I am when I make my cakes."
Ménard said she was not given any specific orders or guidelines from the birthday girl.
"I don't think she's in charge of that much, actually," she said. "I like that because like it gives me the power of doing what I want."
"I did a mixture of everything into the cake. I wanted it to be elegant and feminine...It ended up being a four-tier cake of different flavours: vanilla, to chocolate, to chocolate ganache and lemon custard as well," Ménard said.
The cake, along with a mock cake she made a few weeks ago with a mermaid theme, gold and turquoise scales and a pink harlequin mask on top, cost a total of $3,000.
"It's a lot of work. It's like an art."
Ménard said when she brought the cake to the party, the experience was a whirlwind.
"Everything happened so quickly. We didn't have plates, we didn't have forks, we didn't have knives. So when we went up there and sang Happy Birthday, basically her and her friends grabbed a piece of the cake with their fingers and put it in her mouth because we didn't have anything."
Then, the climax — a food fight with Ménard's cake.
The baker said she wasn't phased one bit.
"It was so fun! For me, a cake is a cake is a cake. Once it's done, once I've put in my time, you can do whatever you want with it."