A month to create cake fit for the King

The Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur continued its 20-year tradition of presenting magnificent, handcrafted cakes to the Yang DiPertuan Agung Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin in celebration of Hari Raya.  

Back in 1985, Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur had sought an audience with the king to present him with an elegant cake in the shape of the National Mosque for his birthday. In the years that followed, the hotel had never failed to present ever more exquisitely designed cakes to the king. 

This year's creation is a double-tiered fruit cake in the shape of an exquisite pavilion topped by a golden dome with distinctive Moorish architecture. The pastel green open-sided pavilion has four columns with an elaborate centrepiece of carved golden roses in pure spun sugar. 

The façade of the pavilion is covered with pastel green marzipan featuring details such as delicate gold-leafed sugar carvings and white and ruby red sugar crystals. 

It had taken the hotel's pastry team nearly a month to research, design, bake and craft the cake. 

The cake is three feet tall and weighs a whopping 200kg. It was made with 30kg of flour, 10kg of eggs, 20kg of sugar, 20kg of butter, 500gm of baking power and 30kg of mixed peel and assorted raisins. 

Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur started the practice of presenting beautiful cakes to the Malaysian king and queen in conjunction with National Day, the King's birthday and Hari Raya as a humble token of thanks for their benevolent leadership and service to the country, said hotel general manager Richard Riley during a media preview on Friday. 

Today, cake presentation has become a tradition that has caught on with many other hotels. 

The hotel's executive pastry chef Jean-Pierre Langlet said the most challenging part of creating the cake involved the design and crafting of the pavilion ceiling. 

Hotel area communications director Rosemarie Wee said the team of chefs took great pride in creating masterpieces every year. 

“We have seen cakes ranging in design from gorgeous gardens decorated with a variety of Malaysia's loveliest flowers to a crafted masterpiece of a portrait of the royal family in past years” she said.  

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