Saturday, August 21, 2010

The Dragon Wedding Cake

I've been referring to this cake as "the dragon cake", but there was a lot more to it than just dragons. The bride wanted something very Chinese, and had ideas about the specific images that she wanted on it, then left the rest to me.

I used royal icing to build up the shapes of the dragons and phoenix on the middle tier, then painted them with food colors once the shapes were set. The cake also had royal icing rice paddy scenes on the bottom tier, gumpaste Chinese lanterns, and the skyline of Hong Kong with fireworks over it.

If I could make a cake like this every week, I'd be happy. Having the freedom to work on it as I went along, and not having to have everything planned out ahead of time is the way to get the best cake design. Sometimes you just have to have the creative license to do what works as you're doing it!

Kara Buntin is the owner of A Cake To Remember, LLC in Richmond, VA. Visit for more information.

 Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC in Richmond VA, and cake supplies online at and

1 comment:

Angela said...

Beautiful! I love all the beautiful detail. The best designs are usually done when you have the freedom to just create...I just love it when they give you that freedom rather than laying out every single detail that sometimes doesn't quite work the way you would like it to.