Are you lucky enough to be having a baby this year? Dragon babies, born in the year of the dragon are considered to be super auspicious! Last weekend, I created this dragon cake for a very special baby to be born later this year.
A week ago, I was contacted about making a cake for a baby shower. The cake was to incorporate the baby’s chinese astrology sign, the dragon. I wanted to use a dragon image with a uniquely chinese flavour, so I came up with the idea of basing it on the gorgeous chinese paper cutting technique. Chinese paper cutting is an ancient art form where intricate decorative designs are cut into thin (often red) paper. And some of the most striking chinese dragons designs I have seen are paper cuts.
And so I was handcutting fondant this weekend! As you can imagine, it was a pretty delicate and time-consuming process, but I just love the result. I think it looks very similar to a traditional paper cut, don’t you?
But that’s not all! We also incorporated the chinese astrology signs of the mum, dad and older sister as a decorative border around the cake. That way the whole family can be represented! I kept the colours quite contemporary with a red, purple and orange combination.
I love that this cake incorporates all the family members in a culturally meaningful way using a design that is clean, modern and bold. It’s very much my style of cake.
This cake would be perfect for a baby shower to celebrate your dragon baby, or perhaps as a birthday cake! We can also do it in other chinese astrology signs, just contact us to let us know what you would like! The cake can either be done quite simply with just one sign or the top, or it can include other astrology signs on a border around the side.
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