Niagara College has its $80-million campus transformation and the community gets to eat it too.
NC’s own “cake bosses” from the Canadian Food and Wine Institute are whipping up a replica of the Welland campus to be displayed and enjoyed at Thursday’s Grand Opening event.
Main campus buildings made of white cake as well as others such as the residence, the old pub and the Technology Centre, are laid out on a bed of Rice Krispies grounds covered with green coconut grass and black fondant pathways. Trees made of chocolate – White chocolate tops and dark chocolate trunks – adorn the landscape.
For the past three weeks, Chef Professor Peter Storm has been constructing the cake with baker apprentice students Carolyn Alexander and Ruth Bleijerveld, and cook apprentice student Dale Adair-Simpson.
“There are a lot of hours invested in this cake. The students have been working on it in between and after their classes,” said Storm.
When fully assembled, the entire replica is set on a six-foot by eight-foot platform. Each board is three feet wide – designed so it can pass through doorways.
“Working on this was a bigger scale than what we’re used to doing but I had fun,” said Alexander.
“We had to work on each piece individually, so we’ll see it all put together Thursday night.”
The cake will be transported from NC’s Niagara-on-the-Lake campus to Welland on Thursday in time for the Grand Opening event. Thousands of people from the surrounding communities are expected to visit the college Thursday May 26 for the Grand Opening event which celebrates the culmination of the college’s $90-million master plan. It will be held from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.