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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 23 June 2018

Dubai bakery lays claim to world's most expensive cake

Broadway Bakery in Dubai say they have created the most expensive edible cake, ordered to celebrate Indian Independence Day

Head chef, Dominic Joseph Samuel, stands next to a replica of a Dhs150,000 gold coated cake, in Broadway Bakery. Reem Mohammed / The National
Head chef, Dominic Joseph Samuel, stands next to a replica of a Dhs150,000 gold coated cake, in Broadway Bakery. Reem Mohammed / The National

How else do you celebrate Indian Independence Day than with the world’s most expensive cake? Broadway Bakery in Dubai say they have created the most expensive edible cake, at the bequest of an unnamed client.

The 54kg, Dh146,920 cake which captures the essence of the Bollywood film Dangal, sees a replica of Aamir Khan standing above a mini scene of his daughters while they practice wrestling.

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A replica of a DHS150,000 gold coated cake, sits in Broadway Bakery quarters.

The Dubai bakery has created the cake as a tribute to the 70th anniversary of India’s Independence falling on August 15 based on the theme of one of the most successful Bollywood movies, called ‘Dangal’.

Cake artists at Broadway Bakery crafted the structure featuring Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan who plays the role of Mahavir Singh Phogat, a wrestler, in the movie, who is determined to empower his daughters to become Olympic medal-winning wrestlers.

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Cake replicas of Geeta and Babita Phogatto practising wrestling. Reem Mohammed / The National

Dangal tells the real life story of amateur wrestler, Mahavir Sing Phogat, who trained his daughters Geeta and Babita to wrestle, resulting in them both winning medals in the 2010 Commonwealth Games. The client, a patron of women’s rights, chose the Dangal theme because she felt it was a reflection of people’s everyday struggle and India’s progression.

A replica of the medal Geeta Phogat won in the 2010 Commonwealth Games wrestling finals. Reem Mohammed / The National
A replica of the medal Geeta Phogat won in the 2010 Commonwealth Games wrestling finals. Reem Mohammed / The National

The cake, apart from its sheer size (it’s 122cm high), is so expensive because of the time taken to create it, and the amount of edible gold incorporated into the design.

“The client wanted gold to be generously incorporated into the cake and we fulfilled the request by coating each medal with 75grams of edible gold. It took Broadway Bakery's teams 3.5 weeks and 1,200 man-hours to create this $40,000 work of art,” said Head Chef Dominic Joseph Samuel.

All the cake artists involved in the creation watched Dangal, so they could gain a fuller understanding of the theme.

Indian Independence Day falls on August 15.

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