Flak: How long have you been making cakes?
Kelly Haskell: Over 35 yrs. I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t interested in cooking and baking. I loved my Easy Bake Oven! When my oldest nephew was born, I made his first birthday cake and it just snowballed. I’ve baked many cakes for nieces and nephews over the years and now I’m making cakes for their kids!
F: Have they always been so detailed?
KH: No, not nearly so in the beginning. The public library was my best resource back then to try new techniques and I’m still learning today from all of the great shows on TV.
KH: A hand-painted 8 pt. white-tailed buck for my Dad.
F: What made you decide to create the Fortnite cake?
KH: That’s an easy answer – Cody!
Plus, I really love the creative process of every cake I make. I knew this cake had to be Epic! I was excited about the chance to do things with this cake I hadn’t done before. The array characters and fun look of Fortnite made it easy to translate to cake.
F: How long did it take you to make?
KH: When I get the “theme” for a cake, I have to think about it for awhile. I’ve sort of already assembled it in my mind before I actually start anything. The “construction” and baking for the Fortnite cake was around one and a half months.
F: Could you explain a little of the process?
KH: For the Fortnite characters, I started by building a wire armatures, then gluing and wiring in LEDs. Everything was covered in gum paste, which starts as a sculpt-able edible clay that hardens when it dries. Then they were painted. One larger character had almost five lbs. of gum paste on him, so he was a bit tricky to anchor.
The portal was made by draping gum paste pieces over balloons. Using a “fire” LED set in the center, I stuck the hardened pieces together with the same gum paste. DurrrBurger has a rice crispy base also covered in gum paste. I really enjoyed making the Husk characters, but those extra heads were tough! The Troll was trouble – the only one damaged on the trip down from MI!
Since this was the largest and most electrified cake I’ve ever made, Cody and my husband lent a much needed helping hand in the final assembly and transport to Epic to surprise the Fortnite team.
F: Where can people get in touch with you if they would like to have a cake made?
KH: Anyone interested can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you Kelly!