DUBAI: At the request of a client in Dubai, the cake artists at Broadway Bakery have created the world’s most expensive edible cake to help celebrate the Indian Independence Day. It features Bollywood celebrity Aamir Khan (as Mahavir Singh Phogat) glamorously looking on with unwavering conviction as he trains his daughters Geeta and Babita for Olympic greatness. It took the bakery’s teams 3.5 weeks and 1,200 man-hours to create this $40,000 work of art.
The client wanted gold to be generously incorporated into the cake and the bakery fulfilled the request by coating each medal with 75 grams of edible gold. The gold medals are beautiful replicas of the medal Geeta Phogat won in the 2010 Commonwealth Games wrestling finals.
Even though the sculpture took a long time to complete, the cake sponge is to be made fresh the night before the actual event.
Reaching the client’s satisfaction was a long and challenging road, and it required the bakery to first create a full-size imitation before the bakery received a confirmation that the design met their standards.
What is edible gold?
Edible gold is used as a cosmetic ingredient in food and drinks around the world. Europeans have been adding gold leaf to food since the Renaissance and this very gold can also be found adorning certain Japanese candies and South Asian pastries.
The cake, as seen in the video, is 100 per cent edible and made entirely using sugar fondant, the signature chocolate sponge, ganache, Belgian chocolate, demerara sugar and edible gold.
Because not all cake artists speak Hindi, special arrangements were made for them to watch the movie with English subtitles to allow them to immerse themselves into the Dangal experience. Watching the movie allowed the bakery’s artists to relate to the theme of the project and gave them the right inspiration to create the most breathtaking sculpture.
Broadway Bakery’s fondant artists, head chef, and high-tech product design teams studied Aamir Khan’s personality for over a week to perfect the model’s immaculate expression and larger than life presence.
The model is 4 feet tall from the base to the tip of Aamir Khan’s head. The fresh sponge weighs 30kg while the overall weight comes to 54kg. At the current weight, the cake can comfortably serve 240 guests.
Why Aamir Khan?
The client wanted to build something that reflected the common man’s struggle and how India had progressed into the modern era. She was proposed a few concepts based on some of India’s most nationalistic movies including Rang De Basanti, Chak de! India, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Lagaan.
The client who is a patriot and believer in women’s rights loved the pro-feminist themes surrounding Dangal. The product team designed the Dangal cake to depict the vital role that women played in breaking stereotypes. Indian women have raised the country’s standing despite social, cultural and economic barriers, and have overcome everyday challenges to collectively lead India to a global powerhouse.