Eating cakes is a criminal pleasure, but there is a different kind of cake that can reduce regret.
Nabila Lutfi found it in Jelly Cake-3D Jelly Cake, which is correct. Fascinated by how fresh they tasted, he was also fascinated by their beauty which reminded him of a flower garden which he had never done while living in the city.
Jelly cakes also hold fond memories of her late grandmother. “I lived with my grandmother when I was little and she always made jelly (colorful) during special occasions,” he told the Vulcan Post.
“I want to recreate the taste of jelly that my grandmother used to make for her grandchildren but add art for aesthetic value. I want to repeat the feeding circle [jelly cakes to] My grandchildren. “
This was the inspiration for his home business, Sugar Coaster.
Fun for the family
Starting a sugar coaster while graduating in engineering science, Nabila made jelly cakes after taking a class in it with her mother and sister.
The class was enjoyable and fulfilling for the family, and Nabila signed up for something more to hone her craft skills and launch her Instagram business to sell cakes.
Seaweed uses jelly powder which is plant-based and also gives customers the choice of halal, sugar coaster jelly cakes in full cream, soy or coconut milk.
Sugar coaster cake flavors include lychee, pandan gula melaka, rose syrup, mango and pina colada. Depending on the size and design of the cake, prices can range from RM78 to RM240. Although Sugar Coaster is not the only 3D jelly cake maker in Klang Valley, the price of each maker varies depending on the ingredients used, the skill and the size of the cake.
With the right engraving tools and the right jelly adjustment, injecting flower patterns into 3D jelly art cakes is not too difficult for beginners. Mastering the art, however, is a different story.
Go through the Sugar Coaster Jelly Cake and you’ll find intricate arrangements in the various designs Nabila has to offer.
Her favorite design is the Koi fish pond, which has a gold finger and a gold bar, giving a luxurious and rich feeling.
Take a closer look and you will see that even a fish is stuck on top of the cake, as if jumping out of the water. Clear jelly even captures the effect of water waves when something moves to its surface.
Explaining her process, Nabila describes how she cuts a hole in the set of clear jelly, inserts a pre-made koi fish, and then carves out a layer of clear jelly to mimic the ripple effect.
He then reheats the access clear jelly engraved to act as glue, securing the koi fish in place.
Learning this technique through jelly cake art classes and tutorial videos, Nabila often forms part of an exercise before creating her new designs for sale. “For me, it’s a daily practice to perfect the skills,” Nabila said.
In the event that Nabila makes a fuss over some part of the design, she is able to melt that particular element to try again.
A slow calculation process
For Nabila, who has been making her jelly cake for over two years now, the process can take her two to six hours, depending on the design. In his quickest time, he added that his process is capable of making nine jelly cakes a day or 35-40 cakes a week.
All jelly cakes on Sugar Coaster are customized on request, and jelly-based cakes have a short shelf life in nature, they are made the day before they are shipped. Once it reaches customers, the jelly cakes can be stored for up to four days and are best served cold.
Currently on break from her undergraduate degree, she is working full-time on the Sugar Coaster with her husband. A part-time helper also comes to the board to help fulfill large orders during the festive season.
In the near future, Nabila and her husband plan to have their own studio where she can conduct her own jelly art cake making classes. He is also keen for space to host private events and demos.
To date, he has already organized several workshops in collaboration with Beckinck for the baking equipment and pottery market.
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Featured Image Credit: Nabilah Lutfi, Founder of Sugar Coaster