Celebration cake!

Eid has been special, we moved homes, from one end of Dubai to another…quite literally All the way from international city to the gardens. One massive move and I have been working with it and through my holidays. The work bit is always fun and a whole day, I spent gazing through, salivating at a new website!! Yay!

I saw them on pinterest and I havent seen anything so similar to me! The colours, the textures the themes, were all so me! I couldn’t stop myself so i went on and on.. And i have to share a few of my favourite images i found on the site http://indiapiedaterre.com/

I have to say I have not seen anything like it, so close to home. I used to follow desi wali, but indiapiedateree, just made me fall in love. I havent felt so touched by pictures and images and colours the way I did on this page. I would say Please take a few minutes and go through their page- which is pretty simple, but their collection of images are spell binding. It truly has the best collection of indian themed elements. and their pinterest page is even breath-taking.

Amongst various images, i saw these beautifully decorates cakes(lower right of above collage). And i was inspired to make them at home. I’m terrible at icing cakes! but nevertheless i wanted to try it! It was supposed to be my eid celebration cakes but they got dragged to ganesh chaturthi and even further. Gosh dont fondant take ages to be made??? Patience is not one of my virtues, and as i made them, I did find millions of flaws all over and I still am not happy with my icing or photos!

The saddest part was that the colour i got as gold, turned out to be yellow and was another let down!

here’s the recipe! It’s the classic pound cake from Martha stewart!

  • 1 pound (3 1/4 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt
  • 4 sticks softened unsalted butter, plus more for greasing pans
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla essence
  • 9 large, room-temperature eggs


Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter two 5-by-9-inch loaf pans. Combine all-purpose flour and salt in a bowl.Cream butter and sugar with a mixer on high speed until pale and fluffy, for 8 minutes.

Scrape down sides of bowl. Reduce speed to medium, and add vanilla extract.Lightly beat eggs, and add to mixer bowl in 4 additions, mixing thoroughly after each and scraping down sides. Reduce speed to low, and add flour mixture in 4 additions, mixing until just incorporated. Divide batter between pans.

Bake until a tester inserted into center of each cake comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Let cool in pans on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Remove from pans, and let cool completely on wire rack.


apply butter cream icing on te layers of the cake and lay them one over the other. slice them into equal squares and cover in frosting.

Now mold fondant over them like covering a large square cake, do mini ones.(i made 4 different colours you could do more!)

keep them in the refrigerator for a few hours, make royal icing(beat together 3 ounces pasteurized egg whites with1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 4 cups confectioners’ sugar, beat eggs till they form peaks and then add the rest of the ingredients)and there you go… icing ready!

It’s not perfect yet, But I’m still trying! You could add any colour, and this is really fun to do with children!!make them butterfly themed, flower themed or even alphabets!

Did I mention I was supposed to share some with a special friend? Unfortunately it wasn’t ready till then!  Next time I promise to be superfast!


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32 responses to “Celebration cake!

  1. This is AMAZING Dina! You are such an inspiration of fine style … in a practical kind of way 🙂 . So will you be doing the cake decorating classes at Tavola this month? If so let me know cuz I want to sit right beside you in class!

  2. OMG THOSE CAKES ARE INSAAAANE! I had no clue you had icing talent. ALL HAIL DINA – The Designer. The Foodie. The Fondant Applier & Icer Extraordinaire.

  3. Nice ones Dina. Pics are good. And they look really yummy 🙂 Having baked myself recently and hating the amount of work going into a simple cake mix baking process, I can imagine the effort you put into this, and I really salute you.

  4. *GASP* these are goooooooorgeous! Absolutely love them!!!

  5. Pretty! I’m in awe these cakes are just beautiful.

  6. lekshmy

    OOOOMPH….want to get my hands on one of those…nicely icely done:)

  7. These are awesomely beautiful. Love everything about them. Now if only my icing was half as good 🙂

  8. These look FAB Dina! Love, love, love the colours!


    Hello! Dina. You have blown me away. These look so good. Oh my. I have no words. No words.
    Can we bake together? 🙂
    Wonderful, just wonderful!

  10. Devi

    OMG Dina…all of them are soo soo good…u’ve made indian designs the “flavour” of the season!!! 😀

  11. sabrina

    yummy!!!! nice sweet n colorful! just what i like! 🙂 keep it up Dina.

  12. Divya

    The first time you showed me the pics I knew you could make them for sure but was completely blown out of my mind when I saw ur pics!@!!!! They’re so insanely beautiful!!! I could juts sit and stare at them for hours before even takin a bite!!! All cheers to your talent & maaa…aaaan wonder where you inherited this patience from…lol!! Missin all the treats and mst of all u!!!! Love u lots nutty!!!!!

  13. nishya murali

    Girl..you are simply extraordinary…your talent from cooking to designing, from house keeping to being a good mum and wife is undescribable. Oh the cakes…they are so colourful and appetising…why did I ever bother to come in July?

  14. Thank you so much Dina for featuring my site!! I’m so glad you loved some photos and got inspired! Your words make it so worth it for all the time to gather photos and take a few of my own, and share them with people. It’s wonderful to see people get excited about things that speak to them. And oh my goodness these cakes are beautiful! The colors and the designs, absolutely beautiful!!! OK now I gotta pin some of your pics on Pinterest! 🙂

  15. Lekshmy

    Dinachi, what can I say except that this is simply superb!!!
    Just sad cant taste them from this far.


  16. Beautiful! cake design truly says celebration!.

  17. Sheetal

    I cudnt even hv imagined this…m not so creative, u can handle the icing so well. Must show this to my 7yr old..she loves watching howdini all the time.

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  19. Oh God I don’t know how I missed this one… hopped on from Chef n Steward’s pinning board… amazing, beautiful and again amazing!

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