Ghanaian pastor gets 'ark of the covenant' cake on his birthday

What birthday cake will you for your pastor on his birthday?

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Bishop Patrick Morgan received a special replica of the ark of the covenant as his birthday cake on his 50th anniversary.

In an Instagram post, the CEO of sweetintins couture cakes, Dzifa said she had idea to a replica of the ark of the covenant as a birthday cake for a pastor someday. 

“I had an idea about 2 years ago to make a life size replica of the Ark of the covenant as a birthday cake for a pastor. I told my friend Naa Dei about this extreme idea and she said that would be great for my brother Bishop Morgan.”

Dzifa narrated that she started working on the cake a month to the scheduled time it was needed due to the work involved in getting it ready on time.

“There are countless images online of the Ark of the Covenant but I had to find one that could work with the limitations of edible cake decorating mediums. So I found the design I posted yesterday and started planning and designing the structure.... at first my carpenter said it simply wasn’t possible to make the replica life size and fill it with cake and ganache, it’ll be too heavy”

“We had to use red wood which was very strong but also very heavy…you would be surprised just how heavy cake, ganache and fondant are. The ark was carried by 4 men so the total weight had to be such that 4 men can carry it on their shoulders...and walk quite a distance with it on the shoulders ..... so we started baking our lightest sponges...by the end of the week the whole studio was filled with cake.”

This was not the only cake Dzifa was working on at the time. She said she was working on two more unique cakes.

“Mind you we were working on the edible excavator, the engagement cake and the ark at the same time.” 

This made her reduce her sleep time to “only 3 hours a night as my mind was too charged to sleep any longer...coming up with different options to reduce the overall weight but have enough cake to serve close to 600 people.”

According to the Book of Exodus, God gave Moses an instruction on Mount Sinai during his 40-day stay to build the ark. God also gave specifications of the ark.

The cake made a grand entrance

The Book of Exodus gives detailed instructions on how the Ark is to be constructed. It is to be 2​1⁄2 cubits in length, 1​1⁄2 in breadth, and 1​1⁄2 in height (approximately 131×79×79 cm or 52×31×31 in). Then it is to be gilded entirely with gold, and a crown or molding of gold is to be put around it. Four rings of gold are to be attached to its four corners, two on each side—and through these rings staves of shittim-wood overlaid with gold for carrying the Ark are to be inserted; and these are not to be removed. A golden lid, the kapporet which is covered with 2 golden cherubim, is to be placed above the Ark.

Below are the two other cakes Dzifa was working on at the same time.

So the client wanted the cake to rotate so I had to find a way to build a motor into the tree stump. The chainsaw operator said there was a machine at the timber market that is used the carve out the centre of the wood they use to make the ‘motar’ for fufu. So I sent the stump there only to be told my stump is too big and the largest size that can fit their machine is 14”😕...I don’t give up so I said plan b we need to find a carver to manually dig out the centre of about 12” in diameter and 6” deep to fit the motor. Mind you this was Tuesday and the event was Saturday...we eventually got someone ...he said he would charge 300ghc and it’ll take a week atleast 😧😐🥵... I was like nooo Max two days I will pay you double... I need my stump back by Thursday so I can fix the motor in and test it before the event “...Wednesday the guy said he cut his hand while carving out the centre so he can’t finish ... my heart started racing at once.... my carpenter said he’ll try and finish it ... and he did ... just in time for us to install the motor and test ... the design for the cake is inspired by an almond shaped topsy turvy, orange ombré water color effect, vintage champagne gold and adinkra symbols for love, marriage and family. The mother of the bride was the one who picked the elements and I came up with a sketch based on what she had said and tadaaa...this cake is the definition of couture and the bespoke cake design service we strive to give our clients ...the end result is edible art that is meaningful ... it’s more than just cake. #sweetintins #sweetintinscouture #luxury #luxurycakes #bespokecakes #edibleart #extremecakes #extremecakemakers #accra #accracakes #ghana #ghanacakes #blackexcellence #madeinghana #cakes #luxuryweddingcakes #cakeart #cakestagram #cakesofinstagram #Ntimate19

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