Chelsea Ruby, director of the West Virginia Sesquicentennial Commission, said caterers have been contacted to make even more cakes each day of the celebration so that 5,000 pieces of cake can be served each day for a total of 15,000 pieces of cake.
However, the main cake had to be something really flashy for the state's big birthday, she said.
"With it being an important anniversary, we wanted something people would remember for years to come," Ruby said.
Free cake will be served in the Great Hall of the Culture Center from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday; from 2 to 9 p.m. Friday; and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.
Lane will have the job of delivering her masterpiece. The Capitol structure will be carefully cushioned with an egg crate because it has so many delicate pieces that could crack. It will take several trips each day to deliver the lawn.
Creating the cake has been a fun, if stressful experience.
"I have had to be very organized, set a schedule and stick to it," she said. "I have had a lot of sleepless nights and a lot of worry. I will have a nice sigh of relief."
Lane began baking as a hobby several years ago. She watched cooking shows on TV and became fascinated with the artwork involved in baking and cake decorating. For a while her gorgeous creations were sold at Cafe Cupcake inside Capitol Market. Business was brisk but she bowed out to help with a family member who had an accident.
She has continued making wedding cakes as well as treats for special community functions. She has made cakes for events attended by celebrities like Jennifer Garner or Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. Her works have been featured in magazines.
She and her husband, Patrick, are the parents of Morgan, 16, Patrick II, 5, and Alexander, 2. Another daughter, Marybridget, is due in September. Patrick is a lawyer and a member of the state House of Delegates.
The couple recently bought some Sweet Frog yogurt shops and she has been using the kitchen there for baking the lawns that will be eaten during the Sesquicentennial.
While life has been hectic, it has been wonderful.
"This has been the best year of my life with working on the cake and the kids seeing it," she said. "They are excited to be a part of it."
Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at charlo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1246.