This cake was entered in the 2008 Mid-Atlantic Cake show Wedding Cake Competition. It was my first entry in the Wedding Cake competition and there were over 80 entries that year. The theme for the competition was “Fabric Fantasies”. You had to choose a piece of fabric and decorate your cake to match it, then use the fabric as part of the table decoration. For my entry I decided to make a cake that looked like a Saree (or Sari). A Saree is a garment typically worn by woman in India. It consists of a long piece of cloth worn wrapped around the body with one end forming an ankle-length skirt, with 5-7 pleats in the front, and the other end is draped over one shoulder. My husband is originally from India and we have been there a few times now so I own a few Sarees myself.
For the cake I decorated all of the tiers as well as the fondant draping with free hand embroidery to match the decoration of the Saree. The embroidery was done using royal icing and was then painted with silver, red, and green luster dusts. All the rhinestones on the cake and cake base are made of poured sugar that was cast using a homemade silicone mold. The decorative cake plate and cake server are made out of rolled fondant. The handle of the cake server was piped with royal icing to match the cake decoration, and both the plate and cake server were painted with silver luster dust. The picture frame is made of wood, but was hand painted to match the design of the cake. The Saree that was the inspiration for the cake has been used as part of the table covering.