The Dowager Countess Cake

Directing / Producing/ Photography / Editing

GPB celebrated it’s fourth annual Downton Abbey gala leading up to the fifth season premiere. One of the elements for the event was a lifelike cake of one of the show's beloved characters, The Dowager Countess, created by Atlanta baker Karen Portaleo. I conceived the idea to capture a time lapse of the entire creation of this masterpiece. Paired with clips and sound bites of Maggie Smith’s character from over the years, and a remix of the theme song, this spot was intended to generate interest for the upcoming season in a fun, fresh, creative way. Days after posting the video online, it went viral, gaining national attention from popular news outlets and personalities including, MTVE NewsToday, and Perez Hilton.

TODAY - Oh, my! 'Downton Abbey's' Dowager Countess takes the cake in sweet recreation
MTV - This Terrifying 'Downton Abbey' Cake Looks Exactly Like Maggie Smith
E NEWS - Look at Downton Abbey's Dowager Countess as a Giant Cake Because Yes
JEZEBEL - Behold the Life-sized Downton Abbey Dowager Countess Cake
MEDIAITE - This Dowager Countess, Maggie Smith Look-alike Cake Will Haunt Our Dreams
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY - Well, here's a cake in the shape of 'Downton Abbey's Dowager...
PEREZ HILTON - Downton Abbey's Dowager Countess In Cake Form Is The Most Terrifying Thing...
COSMOPOLITAN - This life-sized Dowager Countess cake is incredible and slightly scary
FOOD AND WINE - Get In The Downtown Abbey Spirit With This 'Dowager Countess' Cake
THE FRISKY - "Downton Abbey" Fans, Enjoy This Semi-Creepy Dowager Countess Cake
DAILY MAIL - The terrifyingly realistic Maggie Smith cake that took 18 hours to make
LAUGHING SQUID - Atlanta Artist Creates a ‘Dowager Countess’ Cake For the ‘Downton Abbey’...
TOWELROAD - This Lifelike Dowager Countess Cake Masterpiece is a 20-Layer Buttercream Retort...
NY DAILY NEWS - Food artist creates cake bust of Downton Abbey's Dowager Countess of Grantham
YAHOO NEWS - Chow Downton on This Amazing Cake
CREATIVE LOAFING - Let them eat art. How Atlanta artist Karen Portaleo mastered the craft of cake...