A Gingerbread Mansion That’s Fit For The Ritz

Ca d' Zan Gingerbread Mansion

What’s six feet long, four feet wide, three feet tall and contains 6,000 delicious pieces? The answer is a gingerbread mansion that you have to see to believe.

The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota Pastry Team headed by Pastry Artist Mae Cavazos have constructed an edible masterpiece. A replica of one of Sarasota’s most famous and recognized historic sites, John and Mable Ringling’s Ca d’Zan mansion.

Just in time for holiday viewing this amazing reproduction is a sight to behold. The structure contains more than 200 golden sunflowers, 75 sea dragons and shell plaquettes, 60 starflowers, 130 scroll and leaf panels and 50 minute flower panels.

The detail is unbelievable. Every little element seems like it has been accounted for. “I feel like I’ve assembled a giant 6,000-piece, 3-D puzzle,” said Cavazos, “I can only imagine how the real architects must have felt back in 1924 trying to piece together all the glorious details and Venetian-Gothic architecture that make this mansion so magnificent.”

The made to scale gingerbread likeness is on display through the holidays at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. The hotel is decked out in all of it’s holiday splendor and the Ca d’Zan is the icing on the cake, so to speak.

The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota
1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive
Sarasota, Florida 34236

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