Saturday, May 26, 2012
Creative: My sister Grace
This is a cake that made people say "WOW! Raymond, did you say your Aunty Grace made it?"
Grace made this for our nephew Raymond's wedding. She did most of the work, and some of us gave a little hand. Raymond's sister Flora flew back from Australia and did a great job.
If you look carefully at the bottom tier, where there are those delicate spiral lace work, and notice a rough patch, that's was done by me.
We had to send one of the nephews to scour the whole of Kuching town to get as much icing sugar as possible.
We even had an consultant engineer giving advice. Our brother in law Teo was worried the cake would cave in or topple. When he saw the piling or wooden dowels inside the cake, he had confidence that the cake wouldn't fall. Before that, he had always wondered why the multi-tiered cakes don't flop.
Transporting the cake to the hotel was an incredibly difficult job. Henry was driving very slowly, Elizabeth held the cake with the flowers. Her husband Kallang and I sat on the floor at the back of the 4 wheel drive trying to keep the cake in balance so it won't topple over.
We were all beaming with pride. I wish the cake was left intact because it was such a beautiful cake. I think it is a sin to cut up such a beautiful cake.
Cake making and icing in the Chan family and now Tiong (Grace's) is a family affair.
She made sugar flowers, leaves and figurine. Grace couldn't remember how long it took. She did it when she was free on and off during the day for 2 weeks. It was tough work mixing the sugar dough or fondant icing and gum paste. The gum paste had to be rolled to tissue thin and and not break. Royal icing for some of the leaves.
You can't buy her cakes, it is the fruit of love. Grace is not a chef, Grace is a computer expert, but a stay home mum by choice. Her creativity goes beyond making cakes. She makes lots and lots of things.