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Erlina Katuari invited Indonesia Tatler Weddings into her treasure trove kitchen to admire her couture-inspired wedding cakes.
An artistic soul, Erlina’s dream of attending art school was put on hold until the creative entrepreneur decided to leave the corporate world and passionately pursue her dream. Her wedding cakes, whimsical and filled with fantasy, are embodiments of her unbridled imagination. “My wedding cakes are often inspired by my love of fashion. They are mostly inspired by the beautiful things around me, including the clothes in my closet. I’m always drawn to the details of the beads, sequins, laces or ruffles in my gowns and try to bring them to life through my sugar art,” she tells. Designing couture cakes for select clients, Erlina donates a portion of her profit to art schools in Bali and Sumba to help the unfortunate children. “I have always wanted to attend art school, but I didn’t have the opportunity. Now, I want to give budding artists the chance to enroll in art schools,” says the brighteyed cake designer who learned her sugar art from some cake decorators including Peggy Porchen and Maggie Austin Cakes (a cake decorator for the White House every Christmas).
“This Peacock cake was inspired by a black and gold peacock Marchesa dress. I changed the colours since I wanted it to appear elegant, yet vibrant at the same time.”
“I love making cakes for close friends and family. It makes the whole experience very personal, rewarding and inspiring. I designed this cake for my sister, Grace. Her name is the epitome of elegance.”
“The length of time to bake and decorate a wedding cake depends on how intricate the work is. It could go from 5 days till a few weeks. Normally the sugar flowers are prepared and made in advance.”
“The current season of Dolce & Gabbana was the inspiration behind the Red and White Cake, I become obsessed with a particular red and white embroidered dress of theirs and had to design this cake.”