Dreams in Cake

Wedding Style Magazine features our Pagoda Cake

 

We’re excited to announce this month, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine features one of our cakes in the winter 2012 issue! We attended the Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine party to celebrate the upcoming issue. We met with Grace and a number of others in the industry to discuss wedding trends and sample some delicious food at The Crystal Palace.

One of the many people we met up with was event planner Ruchir Mewawala of Rose Events, pictured to the right. Do you remember the episode on WE TV’s Platinum Weddings, featuring an Indian wedding with a helicopter and elephant? Ruchir Mewawala co-ordinated the whole $1.25 million wedding as well as other even higher end ($2 million) indian weddings also featured on WE. Well, we are pleased to announce that Rose Events has selected us as their preferred cake designer. We look forward to working with them and their clients. Be on the look out for a Dreamcake at Rose Events’ next platinum wedding on WE TV.

Moving on with the evening, a number of our Dreamcakes team (pictured below) attended the event. Grace Ormonde sat down with us to show us her book and discuss what her readers love.

Grace Ormonde hand-picked our cake photo because of it’s unique beauty and appeal to her Asian audience. She told me that she especially thought her clients would love the green accent of the pagoda.

The Chinese Pagoda Cake

This cake was inspired by the cover of Veranda Magazine’s large mural and color schemes.The idea of creating a cake that would be large like an ancient Chinese silk painting was very interesting. The Chinese use a lot of green, red and black in their design. We did a lot of research on Chinese architecture and Chinese silk paintings before creating this cake.

The ancient Chinese artwork of silk painting originally came from the buddhist meditation on artwork. If you look at some Chinese landscape artwork, you would notice that there is no singular  point of interest. Each spot on the painting is equally important. The colors are muted and soft. This was so the onlooker would use these paintings to mediate by getting lost on a little path or on the top of the mountaintop. These paintings feel vast and expansive. You can look at it and picture yourself escaping into the mist. Often times there was even a small hut tucked away behind the trees so you would have a place to rest.

Other paintings feature close ups of the lotus flower or some birds to accent the beauty of nature. 

Our respect for Chinese artwork has lead us to add these elements to our cake. But because this was a wedding cake, we added a romantic touch. The 3-D relief of a cherry blossom tree symbolizes the growth and beauty of the newly married couple. It romantically hugs the painting and then its branches escape into the pagoda.

Architectually, pagodas are very beautiful and visually interesting. But beyond their beauty, pagodas were originally created to house holy relics or were houses of worship. There is a mystical quality the pagoda architecture. In Chinese culture, colors represent the five elements in traditional Chinese physics. Green symbolizes health, prosperity, and harmony. We thought this color would be perfect for the start of a couple’s new life together.

If there is light in the soul,
there will be beauty in the person.
If there is beauty in the person,
there will be harmony in the house.
If there is harmony in the house,
there will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation,
there will be peace in the world.

Chinese Proverb

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