The wedding cake maker helps couples celebrate with fake cakes during the coronavirus pandemic
Baker Debra Magatelli never thought she would supply styrofoam cakes to weddings, and until the coronavirus, she had no idea how difficult it could be to decorate a wrong cake.
After months of no wedding cake orders, Ms. Magatelli said bookings resumed last month, but as part of the Queensland COVID Safe Wedding Venue Plan, cakes used for ceremonial cutting cannot be served to guests.
So Ms. Magatelli started baking two cakes for every wedding, one real and one fake.
“It looks just like what you asked for on your wedding cake, it’s just that you can’t eat it,” Ms. Magatelli said.
“The styrofoam is actually sliding around everywhere.
“They’re trying to add the icing on this very light cake, which our cakes are usually heavy mud cakes that are cold and stand still,” she said.
Ms. Magatelli said bakers often make fake cakes for display at exhibitions, but she found it unique among her colleagues to provide both real and fake cakes for weddings.
She said some bakers were disappointed that their creations would not be seen by wedding guests amid the restrictions of the coronavirus.
“When they deliver the cake, they have to put it back and the bride and groom have their picture taken, but the cake is not shown,” said Ms. Magatelli.
“So you did all this nice job and you can’t let the guests see it,” she said.
Ms. Magatelli provided two cakes for each wedding and said she was still proud to show off her work.
“We have big egos, we bakers,” said Ms. Magatelli.
“(Guests) still see what I’m doing, it’s just that it’s not what they’re eating,” she said.
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I am waiting to get married with more guests
As with many companies, Ms. Magatelli’s cake business “came to a standstill” when coronavirus restrictions were first introduced.
Twenty of her wedding bookings were immediately canceled, and she said the party and restaurant cake market had collapsed.
“I hardly had any business, it was bad, but everyone is in the same boat,” said Ms. Magatelli.
Usually booked out for wedding cakes a year in advance, Ms. Magatelli said many couples planning to get married this year had postponed their wedding until 2021.
She said others were waiting for the wedding crowd restrictions to ease to let in more guests.
“The people in my area have over 100 guests so you have to wait,” said Ms. Magatelli.