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It’s a yummy day! Today Nigerian sugar craft cakes maestro Tosan Jemide of Cakes by Tosan unveiled his anticipated project ‘The Tallest Cake in Africa” at the Silverbird Galleria, Lagos.

According to Tosan, the 28 feet master creation was inspired by his love for arts and crafts, passion for Nigeria, desire to blaze the trail, thinking not only outside the box but without the box as well as his understanding of the focus on Africa.

The Guinness Book of Records team has been notified about the event, according to a source.

So….. what’s your verdict?

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86 Comments

  1. lara

    May 16, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    wow

  2. omalicha

    May 16, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    thanks BN

  3. Paige

    May 16, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Wow

  4. taiwo

    May 16, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    NICE!

  5. Sel

    May 16, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Is the black thing also eatable? Or it’s just the tiers. Anyway I was expecting something more colorful but congrats for the initiative. Great work!

    • slice

      May 16, 2013 at 2:08 pm

      eatable…u mean edible. I’m not being a wise ass. Just don’t want u to say it in public

    • Sel

      May 16, 2013 at 5:31 pm

      Thanks. Had a brain freeze before I typed that. Was actually searching for the right word but I gave up and settled on eatable. Lol but thanks again

    • Tinkerbella

      May 16, 2013 at 7:46 pm

      Eatable is correct…
      Ur use of “brainfreeze” on the other hand is not.

  6. Hurperyermie

    May 16, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    WoW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. BabyDee

    May 16, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    When more than 50% of the said cake is not edible (the tiers), how does that make is the tallest cake? I was expecting something a whole lot better in terms of design and artistry. Any baker could have done this!

    • i no send

      May 16, 2013 at 2:19 pm

      i wonder o…help me ask him

    • anonymous

      May 16, 2013 at 2:24 pm

      Pls help me ask him o he just piled on boxes calling it tallest cake abeggi!!!

    • Anne

      May 16, 2013 at 4:01 pm

      Thank you!!

    • Omolola

      May 16, 2013 at 4:01 pm

      so quick to jump to conclusion, who said it isnt edible ?

    • Solomon's daughter

      May 17, 2013 at 3:05 pm

      na ur iron teeth u wan take chop doz tiers???

    • BabyDee

      May 17, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      Does that look edible to you? If it were, he didn’t do justice to it by leaving it plain, an awful color, and too tall as a separator.

    • Just saying...

      May 16, 2013 at 4:09 pm

      Bad mouth

    • Marock

      May 16, 2013 at 4:28 pm

      u took the words right out of my mouth!

    • OK

      May 16, 2013 at 5:29 pm

      True…and considering all the inedible parts, even a bricklayer or carpenter could have created the “cake” too…I mean kudos to him all the same.

    • ZK

      May 16, 2013 at 11:37 pm

      My thoughts exactly. Beautiful details though

    • slice

      May 17, 2013 at 8:02 pm

      the competition handlers are fine with the separators. Guinness accepted this one before worldrecordacademy.com/food/img/112774-2_tallest_cake_China_Luoyang.jpg. i’m just happy for him that the thing did not fall

    • olloye

      May 17, 2013 at 11:49 pm

      try go set record in ur field

  8. julit

    May 16, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    the black things are probably separators. i expected more

  9. funke

    May 16, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Is d black thing also part of d cake? Because I was expecting a cake without tiers.#nice job doh.great work

  10. pynk

    May 16, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    the whole thing wasnt cake naaw!

  11. Pretty lady

    May 16, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Wonderful work. Well done uncle tosan. To everyone asking about the separators, it would have been impossible to move the cake to the venue if the entire 28feet cake was all edible. Who will carry it and moreover the structure to hold it up would have to be the entire foundation of a bungalow. Lol. I think he did a good job, kudo’s to the man. . More grease to your elbow. I am a baker as well so I understand all the work that would have gone into this cake

    • natty

      May 16, 2013 at 3:19 pm

      eerm, I am also a baker but for this cake to even be considered for guinness book of records at least 80% should be edible, separators are needed ,yes. But he could have still designed it to be more colourful and have even make some parts of the separators edible

    • Non professional opinion

      May 16, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      Some support is fine, but this….

    • Sel

      May 16, 2013 at 5:30 pm

      Thanks. Had a brain freeze before I typed that. Was actually searching for the right word but I gave up and settled on eatable. Lol but thanks again

    • Buki

      May 16, 2013 at 6:51 pm

      It’s very obvious your knowledge of cake is extremely limited! The cake definately cannot be carried wholly to the venue and yes u will need a lot of structural support for this. But, he fell short of expectation with respect to artistry and overall concept. His wedding cakes are way better! I am a huge fan of his and with this he *fell my hand* big time. But I congratulate him for the effort tho.

  12. Priscy

    May 16, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    I wish the whole of it was cake

  13. Miracle

    May 16, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    WOW

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  14. banke

    May 16, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    u guys, be intelligent na, of course the whole thing can’t be cake. Even 2, 3 or 4 tiered wedding cakes have separators. What did you think will hold the cake up? Jazz. That aside I am not impressed or wowed one bit. Me sef can find spearators, bake cake and pile it on top of each other. Tosan does great work and this is bleh and underwhelming. You guys should watch cake decorating challenges on Food Network. I was expecting something of that standard, after all the noise because it is Tosan. tsk, tsk, tsk,

    • OK

      May 16, 2013 at 5:33 pm

      Of course we are being intelligent…if less than half of the thing is not “cake” then it cant really be considered a cake….I mean we could as well call it a mast or furniture.

  15. nich

    May 16, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    this is really nice………

  16. gistyinka blog

    May 16, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    great work.. lovely

  17. damepenelope

    May 16, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    GO TOSAN GO!

  18. teekay

    May 16, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    well @ PRETTY LADY…guess you haven’t watched the Foodnetwork Challenge….he can achieve like 80% cake and the rest support cos this cake can be done by anyone…i really give him credit for even taking a bold step to do this but had it been he did more research work he wouldnt have done a conventional cake like this…big up to him though

  19. Godslove22

    May 16, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    OMG……IT’S SIMPLY PERFECT…….Naija’s own has reached a world record…..What a cake….. lol

  20. salsera

    May 16, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    still think its wow!

  21. Chi

    May 16, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Too bleh…… not creative enough IMO

  22. Pretty lady

    May 16, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Tee Kay the cakes on foodnetwork challenge are max 6 feet. Tosans cake is 4 1/2 times taller.

  23. Sexxie

    May 16, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    When will Nigerians learn to call a spade a spade???? Tosan is the master as far as cake is concerned but he didn’t do a great job here shikena!

  24. Onyi

    May 16, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Not too impressed was expecting more after all d plenty noise.i was expecting something to will have like a wow factor lyk cakes done by Buddy of cakeboss.anbody can make cakes n stack it up lyk wat he jst did.

  25. Berry Dakara

    May 16, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    I expected more 🙁

    I hope the Guinness team accepts it.

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  26. 5'5

    May 16, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    mehn! Nigerians can criticize for Africa! any surprises why we are where we are? NAh! too poor!

    • e-bukun

      May 16, 2013 at 5:56 pm

      Thank you! I was reading the comments and I was like dang…why are we so pessimistic and fussy. Will it hurt to say something positive like “oh well done. A for effort….Let’s try a different approach next time. But good job”? We are such hypocrites and so quick to bash other people. People bashing doesn’t make you a better person, it makes you a bitter person.
      Mr. Tosan, I don’t know you or your company, but congratulations on your effort. I like the fact that you tried to show the diversity of tribes on your display. I don’t make cakes, but if you can be challenged to make an improvement on this, I hope you do. Good try on this one.

    • OJT

      May 16, 2013 at 9:49 pm

      God bless you! We have too many bitter people who can’t do anything for themselves talk-less of others or the country. This is an initiative that should be appreciated for taking a step beyond just “thinking about it”. We should not expect him to win any Guinness World Record but our own record of doing something away from the ordinary. They say a common baker can do this, abeg how many have done it already? We should be particularly impressed for what he wishes to use the proceeds for, it’s encouraging and different from what is usually done recently. This bad mouths and unreasonable acts is the reason Nigeria faces lots of problems till date…

    • Tunmi

      May 17, 2013 at 11:05 pm

      It’s called having an opinion. And since you are so quick to separate Africans from non-Africans, you should see the way American yab their politicans, even you sef will say “have mercy”

      The criticism I’ve seen are fine. They commended him on being a great baker but on this one he fell short. So because he tried something, we should ignore his faults. The Nigerian Olympic team tried at basketball but no one in their right mind thought they should not have practiced more. Call a spade a spade, no one is knocking this guy down. They just think he could have done better because they know he CAN do better. It’s encouraging really.

  27. Klimt

    May 16, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Half of this cake na box plus The Design no too set

  28. Klimt

    May 16, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    The Guinness book committee will Laugh scornfully At such a mediocre attempt

  29. Zero

    May 16, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Mschew…after all these waiting..Cake and wood afterall….

  30. averagenigeriangirl

    May 16, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Nigerians are just full of contempt! Can’t you guys commend him for all the effort and thinking that went into making this cake? well done Uncle Tosan, You’ve done well.

  31. lola

    May 16, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    i expected more too. Not lots of boxes in betweeen. 🙁 oh well.

  32. Eugenia

    May 16, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    great job…Tosan.

  33. toke's accents

    May 16, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    He should have attempted to decorate the boxes to make them look more appealing. Painted them white, pink, or something!

    The cake itself should have looked as nice as his usual quality of work. I get the whole africa thing, but the design was sub-par.

    I commend his efforts, but……

  34. Tokunbo

    May 16, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    How would they cut this up? wow a masterpiece.

  35. Haba

    May 16, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Nigerians r d greatest beef dogs ever!!! HABA, d man has taken d initiative to do something extra ordinary that no African baker has considered. Yet una dey vex. Go bake ur own ooo! Do u know d amount of work that has been used in d preparation? Even wedding cakes are in squares n need such foundation. All d bad belle pple make una slap urself. Winch

  36. Nawa OOO

    May 16, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    AS A NIGERIAN I AM NOT GOING TO congratulate SOMEONE FOR A HALF JOB. A LARGE PERCENT OF THIS CAKE IS WOOD! I CAN SEE IT. WE ARE NOT BLIND. ITS LIKE A 3INCH TALL CAKE WITH 9INCH WOOD. SO PLEASE BEFORE U OPEN YOUR MOUTHS AND SAy nigerians dont say GOOD THINGS PLEASE THINK.

  37. Tongryang Pantu

    May 16, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Wow. Kudos to Tosan and his team.

  38. Kify

    May 16, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    All who baked or took part in baking this cake say “aye”…all who thought of the concept say “aye”…moved the cake to the venue, paid for any ingredients, financed in anyway or is Tosan himself say “aye”. If u fall short of these categories please say a very simple well done n get back to eating your 10, 10 naira roadside cakes

    • jk

      May 16, 2013 at 9:04 pm

      Aaaaaaw it dey pain una for body. Typical big man arrogance. Do you think you are on LI? The crop of BN readers don’t eat 10, 10 naira roadside cakes, so carry your snobbery waka with the big white elephant over hyped project that you guys drummed up. Try making this abroad and see if the media plus the public will not yab it die. Only in 9ja that we will be accepting mediocrity, and when it is done by a “posh” person, the crowd should just wow because na big man. He piled cakes on top of wood. O pari. No artistry, creativity, flair, nothing. Christmas trees sef are better decorated. Shior

    • Buki

      May 16, 2013 at 9:30 pm

      Thank you for this reply ! It is only in 9ja that substandard work is celebrated cos of the *big name* that made it. He shd expect to be critizied after all nobody forced him to do it. Criticisms make you strive to improve on what you’ve done. Everyone knows he is an exceptional baker that’s why a lot of people feel a bit disappointed . After all , to whom much is given, much is expected!

    • teekay

      May 17, 2013 at 1:38 pm

      lol

  39. jk

    May 16, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    make una no vex. It should have been called tallest wood in Africa. In fact the carpenters that built the structure should be given the award instead of Tosan because na dem do the real work. I mean to construct something that high inside a building is no mean feat. Tosan’s cake was just decoration. So the accolades should go to the carpenters

    • lola

      May 17, 2013 at 2:25 pm

      Hian *dead*

    • lola

      May 17, 2013 at 2:27 pm

      Hian! *dead*

  40. ranti

    May 16, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Very ugly expected more from him

  41. GUSTY

    May 16, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    THIS IS SO AMAZING………………..AM SO PROUD OF HIM

  42. Remi

    May 16, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    If u really know tosan n his creative word u guys ll b happy we hv him as a Nigerian … Known his for close to 10 yrs nni must tell u he is d best n he has paid his dues

    • Oaken

      May 17, 2013 at 5:17 am

      No one is disputing what you just said….there is no creativity though in stacking cakes on a wooden ladder. Any pastry protege with a good carpenter would easily execute this minus the hype

  43. Moi

    May 16, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    “All who baked or took part in baking this cake say “aye”…all who thought of the concept say “aye”…moved the cake to the venue, paid for any ingredients, financed in anyway or is Tosan himself say “aye”. If u fall short of these categories please say a very simple well done n get back to eating your 10, 10 naira roadside cakes”
    tell them abeg.

  44. Semmy

    May 17, 2013 at 12:11 am

    if indeed the black boxes aren’t “edible/eatable” as the case may be, then am not sure Guinness Book of records would document this. Otherwise, I say thumbs up to Tosan and his crew.

  45. Semmy

    May 17, 2013 at 12:17 am

    Wao! KJ, dats not fair. At least, congratulate Tosan 1st. Jeez!!!…About transporting the cake, they should have thought about it before implementing the great idea. The wooden stands are inexcusable. Truth be told!!!

  46. alwayshappy

    May 17, 2013 at 2:24 am

    Kudos for at least attempting bro, all of the yeye pickins running their mouth with canterkerous comments no fit do this feat with all their years of watching Cake Boss, Going to weddings, baking meatpie and sausage rolls. Tosan is not a learner, however i am sure he doesnt plan to rest on his laurels and will challenge himself to keep improving. Afterall Man no die man no rotten…. keep baking ojare…by the way all una bad belle come chop cake for sunday ohh, this same cake make una come demolish with your mouth( literally)

  47. Daniel Adeniyi

    May 17, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Naaaaa! this can’t be the tallest cake in Africa. This is just 70% tiers (boxes) and 30% cake. Any cake tagged as “Africa’s tallest cake” must be made of (at least) 90% fluffy cake recipe and the remaining 10% cane be Tiers that holds the cake. And the Tiers should be invincible, covered with fondants (Lessons from Buddy Valastro – the Cake Boss). Nevertheless, good one Mr Tosan. Nice try….. By the way, who endorsed the record breaking tag “Africa’s Tallest Cake” ??…

  48. freshboi

    May 17, 2013 at 9:55 am

    U guys will neva knw how much work was put into this. U can run Ur mouths anyhow u wish to run then. Kudos to u boss.

    • lola

      May 17, 2013 at 2:31 pm

      who cares about the work that was put into it? we should always focus on results and not effort! There is a reason why we are where we are with this ” e try” mentality.

  49. amarachi

    May 17, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Wow 9ice

  50. la dolce vita

    May 17, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    wow!, wow!!, wow!!! he should register for ultimate cake on food network :)………thumbs up!

  51. hmm

    May 17, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    I hope it counts.

  52. zahzee

    May 17, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    30FT of sweeetness!!!! well done!

  53. Jadon Blahnicks

    May 21, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Well, for starters, well done Jemide Tosan. A wonderful attempt and a courageous one at that. Its a beautiful and well-executed concept but it fell short of every cakeartist’s expectations in this great country. Partly because of the hype- it was really noisy and excititng that it raised our hopes and mostly because of the inability to deliver standard on the said date. The big bummer for me still remains the separators/tiers. Totally underdone for someone of your calibre and status. All the same my brother, it was a good job but definitely not your best work. May God continue to bless and inspire you to do better works tha this IJN. Amen

  54. Cathy

    May 23, 2013 at 8:27 am

    I tink Tosan is a wonderful baker and he inspires me a lot, the cake is really ok but not striking to me, I xpected more , my concern is just wit d seperators, it wld have bn much better if there are more cakes than seperators. For a start u did a wondaful job. Congrats

  55. divine cakes

    January 31, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    woahhh,dr tosan,am very proud of u and ur works…kudos to u and ur team.

  56. jay

    June 28, 2015 at 9:38 am

    The reason we don’t grow in Nigeria is the simple fact that we have lot of bitterness in our hearts and rather act like witches who will rather die and appreciate any effort put in by anyone. A Lot of the persons saying this is word am sure didn’t get close to the project and the ones saying it’s not fine are only judging from the photo they see online. U have had a good explanation from a baker why Itss totally impossible to have all of this work as cake without support and yet u run ur mouth condemning another man’s idea. Over here all I can see is pseudo names not every real names that is capable of suggesting the least of ur achievement even to ur family members. , if your brain worked half as this man’s, u sure won’t be were u are today. For those of you who have refused to see any good in this work and have condemned it out rightly, id be glad to have u sight a link of any of ur life time achievement and ur name….am certain a lot are yet to figure out their purpose for life which is d hardest thing to do, u v d nerve to criticize a man who knows where he is going and have made a niche for himself.

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