You can understand the stress of making enough dessert to feed all of your guests when you host a party.
For the Kitimat Girl Guides’ Trefoil Guild, they’re tasked each year in making enough cake for 1,000 people, sometimes a little more.
It’s a task that starts at the end of May, and eventually concludes with you holding a piece of Canada Day cake, which you would have picked up in the gym at the Riverlodge.
“There are usually about six of us who bake it and it takes 54 cake mixes, and 14 dozen eggs,” explains Lois Godfrey.
They bake 18 cakes, at 12×18”. Three of the cakes are saved in case of unforseen accidents, and in the absence of any trouble, they’ll get cut up and served as well.
One cake may get set aside for the Riverlodge’s summer students.
Marjorie Phelps and Barb Knapton, she said, will decide on the design of the cake, which depends on the theme of the year.
The cake is homemade, but was at a time made at a local bakery, said Godfrey.
However they were never entirely satisfied with the product.
“There was just absolute gallons of red icing,” she said, saying they’d walk away from the bakery with icing in their hair and clothes.
The Guild offered to just make it themselves she said, after trying that way, but the Guides are paid to make the cake, she added.
The massive cake can serve around 1,000, maybe 1,100 a year, although she said just shy of 1,000 people took a piece this year.
Godfrey said that it was nice to have Mary Sheil in town for the event. She was there helping to hand out the cake, and was the local division commissioner when the Guides started making the cake for the event.
She was in town celebrating her 50th wedding anniversary.
“So it was very fitting she would be back this year.”