CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Sara Lane has spent the last two months painstakingly designing and constructing a massive birthday cake for the impending Sesquicentennial celebrations, state officials said.
It took her 240 hours and over 900 pounds of fondant frosting to complete the giant dessert -- a replica of the Capitol surrounded by an expansive green lawn.
"We wanted to do something big for this major milestone in West Virginia's history," said Chelsea Ruby, executive director of the West Virginia Sesquicentennial Commission. "We wanted to create a cake that people would remember."
The cake, which stands 40 inches tall and measures 8 feet long, will feed 15,000 people at the Sesquicentennial celebrations on the Capitol grounds this weekend.
Over the last few weeks, Lane, a local baker, painstakingly constructed the lawn, airbrushed the building, and used fondant frosting to coat the Capitol substructure.
Lane couldn't be reached for comment Tuesday. Ruby said that Lane, wife of Delegate Patrick Lane, R-Kanawha, donated her time, and the cake ingredients were bought with Sesquicentennial Commission funds.
Construction began several months before, when Sesquicentennial organizers approached Darren Husband, a touring exhibit designer at the state Division of Culture and History, to ask whether he could help Lane construct a small Capitol dome for the cake.
But Husband said he decided to embark on a more ambitious project -- crafting the entire Capitol building from Styrofoam.
"We might as well go big and do the whole thing," Husband said Wednesday.
He enlisted his father, David Husband, to help craft the Styrofoam sculpture.