Ever thought of having an intricate wedding cake to celebrate your Peranakan roots?
Then let us introduce you to the Peranakan Bliss, Cakes by Ying's 5-tiered masterpiece. The design and full execution was done by Ying, the home bakery's one-woman show.
Steeped in Peranakan details, the cake pays tribute to Ying's late grandmother and her penchant for traditional Nyonya fashion
The mother-of-three was inspired to create a tribute cake to her much-beloved Ah Ma, in remembrance of the first anniversary of her passing.
The tiered cake is arranged to resemble a full outfit, starting from the beaded design as a base, to the colourful kain batik, to the finely-detailed pink kebaya, finished off with flowers as cake toppers
Despite her hesitance towards the colour pink, Ying picked vibrant pink and blue hues as the cake's colour palette, in honour of her grandmother's love for bright colours. Ying recounts wearing navy blue to a wedding once, prompting Ah Ma's fiery response, "That's a funeral colour! Go change into something red!"facebook.com
Check out the kasut manek-inspired detailing on the base!
The culinary version of kasut manek looks just as intricate as the original hand-beaded Nyonya slippers.
This is the first we're seeing sarong made from cocoa butter relief
The cake's main focus is undoubtedly the hyper-realistic kebaya top
The traditional kebaya is adorned with orchids and sweet pea motifs in brushed embroidery and maroon kerawang embroidery. A set of golden kerongsang with jade insets completes the look. Note the gold belt peeking out from behind the kebaya (an added detail, even though it is usually tucked under the sarong).facebook.com
Nothing's daintier than flowers in your hair!
Peranakan Bliss is one of Cake Challenge Malaysia 2015's top contenders
The competition, running from 28th July until 1st August 2015, welcomes the most creative cake inventions from all over Malaysia. Ying's Peranakan wonder is selected as one of the finalists in the Wedding Cake category.
Ying's participation in last year's challenge earned her the top prize in the Themed category for her fairy tales-inspired cake
Besides being in the Wedding category, Ying is also a finalist in the Novelty Cake Live Competition this year, where she has to sculpt and decorate her cake from scratch at the venue itself.
Fun fact: Ying's foray into the baking business started with a birthday project for her daughter
"I've never actually been particularly interested in baking. I first caught the cake decorating bug after I made 3 sugar figurines for my one of my daughters' first birthday in 2008, and I haven't looked back ever since!" she quips.
After a few years of taking baking and decorating orders from family and friends, the PJ-based baker finally launched the Cakes by Ying Facebook page in 2014.
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