Wednesday 18 July 2018

Dubai bakery creates $40,000 cake, a tribute to India

DUBAI, August 10, 2017

The cake artists at Broadway Bakery in Dubai have created the world's most expensive edible cake at the request of a client to celebrate the Indian Independence Day. The cake costs $40,000!

It features Bollywood celebrity Aamir Khan (as Mahavir Singh Phogat) looking on with unwavering conviction as he trains his daughters Geeta and Babita for Olympic greatness, a scene from the much-acclaimed Hindi movie 'Dangal'.

How was the cake prepared?
The client wanted gold to be generously incorporated into the cake and the request was fulfilled by coating each medal with 75 gm of edible gold. The gold medals are beautiful replicas of the medal Geeta Phogat won in the 2010 Commonwealth Games wrestling finals.

It took Broadway Bakery's teams 3.5 weeks and 1,200 man-hours to create this $40,000 work of art. Even though the sculpture took a long time to complete, the cake sponge is to be made fresh the night before the actual event, the bakery said.

Reaching the client's satisfaction was a long and challenging road, and it required the bakery to first create a full-size imitation before a confirmation was received that the design met their standards.

What is edible gold?
Edible gold is used as a cosmetic ingredient in food and drinks around the world. Europeans have been adding gold leaf to food and liquor since the Renaissance and this very gold can also be found adorning certain Japanese candies and South Asian pastries.

The cake is 100 per cent edible and made entirely using sugar fondant, the signature chocolate sponge, ganache, Belgian chocolate, demerara sugar and edible gold. The Signature Chocolate Cake is one of the best tasting gourmet cakes in town. The public continues to love the unique taste of the bakery's cakes in Dubai and third party customer reviews are a testament to the quality they're accustomed to expect, said the bakery.

How many people worked on the cake?
Because not all cake artists speak Hindi, we made special arrangements for them to watch the movie with English subtitles to allow them to immerse themselves into the "Dangal" experience. Watching the movie allowed our artists to relate to the theme of the project and gave them the right inspiration to create the most breathtaking sculpture, the bakery said.

Broadway Bakery's fondant artists, head chef, and high-tech product design teams studied Aamir Khan's personality for over a week to perfect the actor's expression and larger than life presence.

How big is it?
The model is 4 feet tall from the base to the tip of Aamir Khan's head. The fresh sponge weighs 30kg while the overall weight comes to 54kg. At the current weight, the cake can comfortably serve 240 guests.

Why Aamir Khan and why Dangal?
The client wanted to build something that reflected the common man's struggle and how India had progressed into the modern era. She was proposed a few concepts based on some of India's most nationalistic movies including Rang De Basanti, Chak de! India, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Lagaan.

The product team designed the Dangal cake to depict the vital role that women played in breaking stereotypes. Indian women have raised the country's standing despite social, cultural and economic barriers, and have overcome everyday challenges to collectively lead India to a global powerhouse.

Broadway Bakery specialises in pop culture themed cakes and gourmet cake delivery in Dubai. - TradeArabia News Service

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