CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Sara Lane already had her hands full when she was asked to create her biggest cake ever.
Lane, 35, is a mother of three with a baby on the way. She and her husband recently acquired a frozen yogurt business.
But she just couldn't pass up the opportunity to serve as baker and decorator for the cake that will be served to celebrate West Virginia's Sesquicentennial.
"I feel very honored to be able to do it," she said. "On this scale it is very challenging. It took a lot of planning."
The masterpiece includes parts that will be eaten and parts that will just be admired.
David Husband and his son Darren created a sculpture of the state Capitol of Styrofoam and Lane covered it with fondant. That part will not be eaten.
"The Capitol building is 8 feet long and 4 1/2 feet tall," Lane said. "David is a great professional artist. Working with them made the best experience."
Once the sculpture was completed, Lane took on the task of covering the detailed artwork with nearly 900 pounds of fondant, a mixture of marshmallow and powdered sugar.
"You knead it to create a sugar dough," she said. "It's almost like playing with Play-Doh when you roll it out. You can sculpt it and create. The possibilities are endless. I worked on it in stages because the pieces had to dry before I put them on."
Since this part would not be eaten, she had the advantage of working on the building for more than six weeks. She measured everything to make sure details were correct down to the size of the windows.
"The architect put so much into the design of the Capitol," Lane said. "It helps that I majored in political science and history at West Virginia State University."
The lawn that runs the length of the structure will be edible. This portion consists of white cake topped with green butter cream icing piped to look like grass.
Since cake will be served over a three-day period during the celebration starting Thursday Lane is making lots of cake.
"I bring in a new lawn each day," she said. "There will be enough to serve 1,600 pieces a day. The lawn will take 16 sheet cakes a day."