Tra­di­tional Treats

Indonesia Tatler Weddings - - CONTENTS - PHO­TOG­RA­PHY Heri b heryanto

Sa­vor the flavours of each dessert from Gran Ma­hakam.

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.”

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