Four pastry chefs, three weeks of undivided attention, two-tier base and one mission was all it takes for the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre)’s culinary team to create a delightful confection and pay tribute to the country’s 14th King, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim, in conjunction with His Royal Highness’ birthday celebration on 2 June 2012.
Themed ‘Supreme Sovereign’, the impressive four feet tall cake was dressed in yellow icing to align with the royal colour. The Centre’s Pastry Chef, Jamaluddin Zainal Abidin and his team then perfected this masterpiece by spending hours decorating the cake with intricate motifs inspired by traditional Malay arts and crafts, to give it the royal grandeur and stature it deserves.
The 64-kilogramme magnificent cake in reflection of the country’s multicultural diversity was a rich blend of nutty chocolate brownies, pandan chiffon cupcakes and tropical pralines infused with tropical flavours such as banana, ginger, pineapple, mango, chilli and coconut for a hint of freshness to tempt and tantalise the taste buds.
Featuring intricate songket and batik patterns, the royal cake comes complete with the Malaysian flag and the Malaysian Coat of Arms.
Chef Jamaluddin, who has been making intricate and designer cakes for the last 15 years, said creating this cake was an opportunity to strengthen and improve his skills as well as to bring out his team’s creativity. “This masterpiece is combination of team effort, support and dedication.”
Also present at the cake presentation ceremony at Istana on 31 May 2012 were the Centre’s General Manager, Datuk Peter Brokenshire, Human Resources Director, Rohizat Baharum, and Chef De Cuisine, Chef Hisham Jaafar.
Source = Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre