Catonsville bakery SugarBakers Cakes was chosen to provide a cake for a wedding featured in the competition show “Cake Hunters” on the Cooking Channel.
The bakery, based on Frederick Road in downtown Catonsville, won against bakeries Santoni’s, in Glyndon, and Sweet Eats Cakes, in Glyndon. The couple featured, Jesse and Monica, chose SugarBakers’ design for a seven-tier wedding cake with a combined horror and Maryland theme.
“It’s definitely one of the craziest cakes I’ve ever made, personally,” said SugarBakers employee Lizzy Neale, who sketched the design for the competition. “It was really hard.”
The cake’s tiers had three flavors, Neale said: Churro apple, Neapolitan with raspberry and chocolate and vanilla, and a fun-fetti tier.
The cake included a layer portraying the Baltimore skyline, a layer shaped like a film reel with images of the couple’s relationship and a layer with a model of the couple in a movie theater. Sitting atop the cake, perched on spooky, shadowy tree outlines, were two black ravens.
After weeks of designing, the cake took a “couple of days” to make, Neale said.
The film crew followed the baking process and then filmed the unveiling of the cake at the wedding. Seeing the couples’ reaction, Neale said, was her “favorite part.”
The half-hour episode, “Wedding Cake of Horrors,” premiered at 10 p.m. on Dec. 29.
The bride, Monica, wanted a cake inspired by horror movies, according to the channel’s episode description, while the groom, Jesse, wanted a cake with a Maryland theme. After seeing three different proposals, the couple chose SugarBakers to make their cake.
SugarBakers filmed the episode in late October, sales and marketing representative Staci Finney said.