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THE BIGGEST AND BEST COMPOUND CAKES

SIX OF THE BEST – THE BIGGEST AND LONGEST DURATION COMPOUND CAKES

It’s been a while since I have heard the expression ‘six of the best’ – the last time was when I was caned in Grammar School – these however are just a joy as we introduce six of our very best compound cakes for your pleasure.

BUNKER BUSTER
The original Bunker Buster was 64 shot but this cracker of a remake is 100 shots of absolute perfection.Now a compound cake because of the changes to the law, this big boy certainly packs a perfect pyro punch. The 10/10 for noise is spot on as you will hear from the magnificent reports and it lasts an incredible 1 minute and 15 seconds, it is a must have.

The first 25 shots are beautiful green and blue pearls which rise into the air before breaking into huge golden palms and the next battery of shots are red pearls to peony breaks with crackling glitter followed by red glitter to beautiful silver palms ending on incredible shots of crackling dragon eggs.

This medium/fast paced barrage will be brilliant as a standalone piece or as part of a display.

AWAKEN
From the outset, this incredible compound cake captures the imagination and certainly delivers the goods. Featuring gold/purple, red/gold, green/gold and pink/gold brocades, tailed comets with beautiful palm breaks with fizzing glittering tips, multiple brightly coloured peonies and dragon eggs.

Big Eorl Visits Epic Fireworks

This huge cake packs all the effects and colours into this majestic 2 minute and 22 second duration 10/10 noise rated cake along with some ground effects for good measure.

Certain to be at the top of the list for New Year’s Eve Celebrations it’s going to raise a few eyebrows for Bonfire Night too.

SUPERCHARGED
This beastie of a compound cake packs a 100-shots into 1 minute and 17 seconds and a 10/10 noise rating within this wonderful vertical firing beauty.

Red pearls to brocade, red pearls to golden palms, crackling tailed comets to crackling palms with multi coloured pistil, crackling mine to multi coloured peony to crackling glitter.

Medium/fast paced cake will suit any large display.

SKY ON FIRE
Top quality pyro which is packed to the rafters with a multitude of mixed effects and colours, gold and silver waves, crackling palms, fanned brocade, strobes and palm effects. This is a display in a box with 137 shots of sheer beauty with a 10/10 noise rating and lasts a superb 1 minute and 35 seconds.

"Sky On Fire" #EpicFireworks

FLIP MODE
This is a bigger, better and louder version of the original Flip Mode you may remember from a few years ago.

FLIP MODE 100 SHOT 1.3g COMPOUND CAKE

This bad lad fills the sky with tipped spider brocade breaks with central multi coloured falling leaves and absolutely no dark sky moments. Good and loud at 10/10 this fast-paced beauty packs a punch with a sky full of effects throughout ranging from golden palms and brocades.

Superb as part of a multi cake display or as an individual piece to use for New Year’s Eve.

GLOBAL THUNDER
This compound barrage joined the Epic range in 2017 and was an instant hit with everyone. Fast paced, long lasting, loud and luscious, it is likely to remain a favourite for some time to come.

Lasting an incredible 2 minutes and 5 seconds this utterly mesmerizing and immensely powerful compound cake fills the sky with effects and colour throughout. Including peonies, crackling dragon eggs, theatrical glittering stars, and glittering palm breaks which ramp up in pace until the finale breaks fill the sky with sparkles once again.

Again, this would be great as either part of a large display or as a single piece for a quick celebration.

So, there you have them – six of the biggest and best of the range for your pleasure.

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WHAT IS A COMPOUND CAKE OR BARRAGE?

There is little more irritating in life than being the only person who does not know what on earth is being talked about and the pyro industry are past masters at keeping their secrets to themselves. Here at Epic are more in favour of everyone being in the know and as the compound cake is the new ‘thing’ here is a myth-buster about them to address any of those burning questions.

Avalon Compound Cake by Black Cat Fireworks

Essentially, all firework barrages or cakes are created by glueing together roman candle tubes with either same or varying effects into one piece which has been carefully fused to fire the right tube at the right time. Now, although it would be easier to have a hundred little tubes together, since the changes in the legislation on fireworks in Europe, we are now limited to how much net explosive content (the loud bit) we are able to have in any single barrage.

Magic Show Box Compound Firework

Under normal circumstances, this would have left the fireworks in the UK a bit of a damp squib until the compound cake was created to avoid this. The advantage of a compound cake is that you can have varying sized tubes with different bore sizes and stay within the safety regulations. Imagine putting three or four smaller cakes into one which has been pre-fused together, it is a bit like have a cheese sandwich, a slice of ham, a couple of slice of tomato and some onion – all separately they are a decent enough but together, a cheese, ham, tommy and onion toastie; now we are talking!!

The following compound cake contains 188 shots, lasts 2 minutes and 5 seconds and is an absolute beauty:

Global Thunder 188 Shot Compound Cake #EpicFireworks

The compound cake takes all the trouble out of creating a lengthy firing order too when you consider that they generally last anything up to around 2 minutes – if you bear in mind that a 20 minute display would usually have involved lighting in the region of 20 – 30 cakes (and that is only if you go for the big boys) this concept reduces that by a half.

They are, as mentioned, created by glueing and fusing several smaller cakes onto a board. These are all done using delay fuse and for the most part, you will only have to light the one to set the whole kit and caboodle underway. However, as a safety feature, the majority will have a secondary fuse but this should only be lit in the case of a failure to fire – not to be lit at the same time as the main fuse which one customer did and managed to get the whole 2 minute cake airborne in under 30 seconds – he did say however that he thought it was marvellous and laughed when we highlighted that he had essentially pressed ‘fire all’.

Personally, I believe that these are the way forward as the less you are involved in lighting, the better it will be from a safety point of view and with a couple of minutes display from each box, even the firer can watch for a change!

Check out the video below, all about compound cakes, filmed by one of our EPIC customers 🙂

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