What lies beneath the profile photo? (or Yet another heart cake !!! )

In the past few weeks after I included my photo in the profile page, I received a couple of mails from the readers of this blog, asking me if I drew that one out my self. No, I did not, but that cake was made by me last year as a part of “The heart cake tradition” series. T “stylized” the photo using Photoshop, and for those of you who very kindly expressed interest in seeing the original, here it is….
Thank you folks….

Details of the cake

Flowers and leaves are hand piped using royal icing (stamens are store bought- food safe, Wilton product )

T's favorite fruit cake , covered with fondant, decorated with piped butter cream lace work and fondant beads. Finishing touches using luster dust.



Anonymous said...

Thank you, and WOOOOOOOW !!!!

Sumitha said...


RP said...

hehhehhe when I saw the profile photo, I thought it is a drawing by you. Now I know! The cake looks great. You need to post your cake pictures more often. I love seeing it. Its not like I see any cake picture in the TV or anywhere on the internet. It is so special.

KA said...

Looks absolutely gorgeous(as usual)!! Archana I have a question for you..(actually two questions..)
Do you make the fondant yourself?
Did you take all the three level courses offered by Wilton?

Mamatha said...


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Anonymous said...

I first commented with some fullstops,'cos I was just speechless.Then as I regained my speech, deleted the comment and wanted to tell you she looks like a beautiful bride. If I were a boy, I would have married her!!

Anonymous said...

....and you both would have been my in-laws! :-))

Vineela said...

Hi Archana,
"" ****Beautiful***"" cake.
Waiting to see many more masterpieces.

lost in thoughts said...

Just beautiful ! Do start a bakery so we can buy these beauties.

Visala Manaskan said...

ഇത് എനിക്ക് കിട്ടിയാല്‍ സത്യായിട്ടും ഞാന്‍ തിന്നുകേലാ..എന്റെ ബോസിന് കൊണ്ടോയി കൊടുക്കും. അന്നേരം എനിക്ക് ഒരു ഇങ്ക്രിമെന്റ് ഉറപ്പാ...

അക്രമ കേയ്ക്ക്‌!

Mamatha said...

Sorry for using your comments section for this message. LG, you crack me up!


Krithika said...

Wow ! outstanding ! I dont know what else to say since I am so engrossed looking at the details.

Neelu said...

I dont have word for this. R u a professional baker ? I Think u r hinding ur hiding somehting from us :P ....How do u do all that decoration woman U r great

RP said...

Me again...just wanted to let you know that I can't stop coming to your blog again and again to look at the details of that cake.

Shammi said...

oh wow, words fail me... what a BEAUTIFUL cake! Your cakes should be preserved forever! :)

Mandira said...

This is absolutely gorgeous, and mouth-watering at the same time. Perfect is the word that comes to mind. :)

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Thing of beauty is joy forever.

archana said...

You are very welcome and a BIG THANK YOU...

Thank you very much

Thank you RP, i will try to post more often, but soon my stock will get over,unless a party turns up soon. Thanks again RP, you don't realise how appreciative i am for these kind words. You just made me happier by coming in and letting me know for the second time.

Thank You KA, you are very kind ( as always). Yes I make my own fondant. A year ago, when i made this cake, i painstakingly followed the orginal recipe, but then later I discovered the recipe for making Marshmellow fondant ( link given in a pervious post)which is a lot easier to make. Yes, I attended all the 5 , 2 hr classes in course 1, 3 each from course 2 and 3, as my schedule didn’t quite agree with their's for some days, so I just skipped ( evening, too tired, and other excuses). Have you started yours yet? Hope u r having fun !

Thanks a bunch

Thank you dear, i am so happy that you went speechless for atleast a moment!!! (Silence in Florida!!! Just kidding !!!) How sad, wish you were a boy cake !!! Thank you


Thank you so much friend.

Thank you for your kind words.

Enthoru budhi !!!! Vannathilum, ithra nalla vakkukal ezhuthiyathilum valare valare santhosham.Thank you

Thank you i am so happy that u liked the design.

Thank you so much. I earn my bread by working full time in a totally different field, Neelu, believe me. I would have bragged about it already, if I were a trained pastry chef. Do i look like a box of secrets to you Neelu, come on look at my profile photo !!! Haa Haaa Haaa.

Shammi,Bibo,Mandira, Vidya,
Thank you so much for your encouraging and kind words.

Anonymous said...

Talent,pure talent !!!!!

Raji said...


That is absolutely gorgeous..

I just drooled at all pictures in your sites.

I'm happy to know that you are from Chertala. My sil is also from there.

indianadoc said...

Speechless Archana...Your professional touch is indeed stunning in every single item that you churn out from your bakery!!

Anonymous said...

Ooh..My.!!I can't express it in words..Simply amazing and gorgeous Archana.

Anonymous said...

Very beautifullll, best looking cake i have ever seen.

Anonymous said...

Can you post the recipe for the fruit cake??

Anonymous said...

I have taken Wilton hobby classes, but you need extra ordinary imagination and skill to create this kind of a masterpiece Arcana.

Anonymous said...

It is such a pretty cake ... And the work u must have put into it... fantastic ...

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starry said...

You are so talented. beautiful cake. i am sure it tasted just as good.

Sudha said...

Archana, you are really gifted,
what a wonderful work on the cake..OMG..its marvellous..can i come over to learn cake baking archana ;-)

Anonymous said...

I got to go for baking classes!! This one is really amazing... Just spellbound!No more words that can match the talent in you.

Nee said...

Wow. Archana, I just stumbled onto your site and am so glad I did. I am sure noone wanted to eat this cake...noone would have had the heart to cut into it!! Really wonderful!

Nila said...

I agree with sudha. I am sure everybody wants to learn your art. Why don't you conduct a class for all of us? Amazing as always :)

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Anonymous said...

അതു ശരി! അമ്മയും അപ്പനും കൂടി എന്റെ പെങ്കൊച്ചിനെ എല്ലാരേയും കാണിച്ച് കൊതിപ്പിക്കുവാണൊ? അപ്പൊ ഇനി ഒരു സ്വയവരം തന്നെ വേണ്ടി വരുമല്ലൊ ഈശ്വരാ!!..

എന്താണ് അര്‍ച്ചനക്കുട്ടി മലയാളത്തില്‍ എഴുതാത്തത് . വളരെ എളുപ്പമാണ്..
സഗായങ്ങള്‍ വല്ലോം വേണമെങ്കില്‍...ഇവിടെ ഞാനുണ്ടു..പെണ്ണിനെ എനിക്ക് കെട്ടിച്ചു തരാമെങ്കില്‍...

Gattina Cheung said...

Every cake you made is a work of art!!! I've seen other people make similar cakes, but I mean the artisitic sense of the bakers makes things different! The way you arrange the flowers, the colors you chosen, and the different texture planning... superb! I don't know how difficult to get in working as a professional baker, but you definitely deserve a good position!

Revathi said...

Absolutely gorgeous.... Who would have a mind to cut that cake.. so adorable

Anonymous said...

That's a beautiful looking cake Archana. Saw your comment on my blog. I use a Canon Powershot A700.

And you live in Portland Oregon, where where where? Both my sisters live in Portland.

Unknown said...

Extremely gorgeous!!!!!

archana said...

Thank you

Thank you for visiting Spicyana, thanks again for all these kind words. I am glad to hear that, we might even know each other !!!! Will you say Hi to her for me ?

Thank you, you are very kind.

Thank you dear

Thank you so much

I am planning on a separate post on fruit cake. Expect it soon. Thank you

Laura, ANu,Shilpa,Stary N,
Thank you so much for these words of encouragement.

Thank you dear, you are very welcome to come over,ANYTIME !!!!

Thank you very much friend

Thank you for visiting SPicyana, i am so happy that you liked it. Thank you

Thank you. Do let me know anytime you are near Portland.

Thank you dear. Could u please email me a line or two about it.
Ha Ha Ha

THank you so much for all these words of encouragment, i truly appreciate it a lot. I am not seriously thinking about it right now, but all these good words made me tremendously happy Gattina. Thank you

Thank you for answering my questions , your photos are awesome. Thanks again for all the complements. Say Hi to you sisters. i live up on "pillhill"(they will know)

Thanks a bunch folks


Anonymous said...

FANTABULASTIC..and thats where my vocabulary ends :):)

Meeta K. Wolff said...

Far too late and seems like everything has been said about this stunning looking cake ... nonetheles WOW!
oh and I thought you'd like to take part in a little blogger meme over at my blog - Get to know you. Look forward to your answers!

Nila said...

Portland hmmm.. You know we used to live in Seattle, we have friends over there, so I might come to Portland some day ;-)
By the way, you have been tagged for Tag World confessions meme. Looking forward for your post Archana.

Anonymous said...

Oh My God..I can't believe it's a cake..You are amazing....

BDSN said...

Wow!!! Are you a professional baker? If not you should open your own bakery!!Iam not Kidding with a capital "K"..
BTW there is no recipe for this!

Sumitha said...

Archana busy aano?waiting for your new post:)

Sudha said...

Archana, what happened no new post..back again to check for a new recipe..:-(

Mamatha said...

I can't help coming back and looking at this picture. How did you get the pearl-like sheen on the icing?

Anonymous said...


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archana said...

Thank you so much

Thank you, you have got my answers already !!!!

Let me know when u r visiting your friends !!!!

Thank you

Thank you, i am not, but am elated to hear your kind words. The cake in this pic is a rich fruit cake, which is one of my favorite recipes, i am planning to devote one post for just that cake. Expect it soon.

Sumi, Sudha,
Thank you friends, i appreciate this a lot....

Thank you for coming in agian. I painted food safe "Luster dust" on that cake to get a silk like sheen. Froogle for the word, and you will find many vendors of the product. You may find it speciality cake decor shops as well.

LG Kutty,
Thank you for all the info. My comp. has a Mallu font called karthika, will download AnOL.
Othiri thanksteoo

Anonymous said...

Simply stunning, Archana. You rock, girl!!

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