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Cake decorating – Cake for my dad

Wish a very happy father’s day to you all.

I have been writing so much about my mom on this blog. But I think, I have never written anything about my dad. Now what can be a better day than Father’s day?

My dad – ‘pappa’ as we call him is a doctor and a social worker. After he finished his medical studies, he moved back to the village to stay with my grand father since my grand mother was no more and grand father was alone. He had more than his share of troubles for staying in such a small place. He is very actively involved in more than one school management, temple management and many such social work.

When it comes to family life, he is the best dad anybody can ask for. While growing up, he always gave us any smallest thing we asked for. We would ask for a chocolate and he would get the entire big pack of chocolates. He would take us for restaurants and every place we asked. He always tried his best to give us everything possible. He is very good in mathematics and he was too worried because during my initial school days, I was pathetic in studies. Then he started teaching me mathematics and I used to feel, ‘why he does not leave me alone? why he is always behind my studies?’, but when I started getting 100% marks in mathematics, I knew what my dad had done. If I was the favorite student of most of my teachers, the full credit goes to my parents who spent so much time on me.

Today I wanted to make something special for my pappa. I didn’t know what to cook. I had great ideas of making a small model of my native. But it was too difficult to make. So finally I decided to put everything he loves represent on the cake. I don’t say I did a great job, but I tried my best.

I am sure you guys can’t recognize what I was thinking when I was putting these bits and pieces on cake. So here it is –

Vada, idli-chutney-sambar, batata vada, hittu/khotte, kadamb

Masala dosa

Chakli, jackfruit chips

Rice, dali thoy, pickle, papads

I love you pappa…

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  • Coffee June 16, 2007, 11:57 pm

    Thats a very beautiful gesture Shilpa. :D Very nice cake decoration. :)

  • mika June 16, 2007, 11:59 pm

    Shilpa- That cake looks awesome. You have done a terrific job. Did you use fondant for the food item?

    Happy Fathers’ day to all dads!

    Shilpa: Yes Mika, most of the food items are made of fondant :). They are easy to make.

  • Aruna Pai June 17, 2007, 12:20 am

    What a unique way to celebrate father’s day. I guess you were always a good daughter and will be one. I like the idea of decorating all his favorites in one cake. Your papa will be exited to see a cake for him. Wish he was with you to celebrate fathers day. You can decorate one more for aayi and papa when they visit you.

  • PURNIMA KAMATH June 17, 2007, 1:18 am

    while i am reading this, i m missing my aanu (dad) a lot, silly it may seem but my eyes r welling wt tears!my aanu is special to me too..and ur imagination and use of resources is unique & awesome! believe me no one must hv even thought abt such a way leave aside trying, in a cake like this b4!

  • zobars June 17, 2007, 1:31 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    What a great idea about the cake with all the desi items. I am amazed and excited to be a part of the world in which you blog. Thanks for sharing. Happy weekend.

  • madhuli June 17, 2007, 2:18 am

    You did not do a ‘Great job’ you have done a fabulous job with that cake shilpa!I am sure your dad must be very happy to see that!

  • Vini K June 17, 2007, 2:35 am

    Hi Shilpa,that is so nice of you to bake a cake for your dad.Certainly,mom and dad both are the most important people in our lives..even though we don;t speak as much of dads as we do about moms,they are still very very special.There is not one day of my adult life that I think about the sacrifices my dad made to make us what we are today.

  • richa June 17, 2007, 6:34 am

    oh my! such a cute cake! such a wonderful idea, loved it!

  • Nupur June 17, 2007, 7:47 am

    So UTTERLY ADORABLE! I am awestruck with your creativity! Every tiny detail has been thoughtfully made. Such a perfect cake…and what a lovely tribute to your dad! I am sure he is so proud of you.

  • Suma Gandlur June 17, 2007, 7:47 am

    That’s really amazing. I am sure you dad is going to love it and appreciate your love and hard work.

  • Asha June 17, 2007, 8:17 am

    How clever and creative Shilpa! I am sure your dad will be very proud and love this cake.Enjoy:)

  • swetha June 17, 2007, 9:51 am

    Shilpa, so thoughtful of you, asusual i love your blog not for the food but also for the sensitivity you bring to the food itself. Great job!


  • sangeetha June 17, 2007, 11:17 am

    That is very sweet Shilpa.. A very thoughtful gift for you dad…

  • Varsha June 17, 2007, 11:20 am

    AWESOME!! In the first pic I though I was imagining the medu wadas!

    Good to hear abt you pappa….so far I have had a rough image of just aayi!!

  • Manasi June 17, 2007, 11:49 am

    Beautiful gesture Shilpa!! Ur Pappa will be so happy to see this!!

  • Revati June 17, 2007, 12:11 pm

    That is something very very thoughtful. What did papa say seeing the cake ??

  • padmaja June 17, 2007, 1:09 pm

    What a nice way to say thank you to dad!!!
    great cake and I miss my dad so much as he is no more, when i saw your post, its very touching and i remembered those wonderful days u know!!!
    thank you

  • Supriya H June 17, 2007, 1:19 pm

    Hi Shilpa,

    Thats a wonderful tribute to your dad…I am sure he is going to be very touched…my eyes welled up with tears reading it…I remember my dad who’s in Mumbai so far away from where I am…just reminds me of the sacrifices our parents make to bring us up…

    Good job again!

    Supriya H

  • Suganya June 17, 2007, 3:41 pm

    That is the most creative icing I ever saw. I was able to make out instantly that it was an Indian Plate. Good job.

  • Swapna June 17, 2007, 5:28 pm

    That’s the sweetest thing you have done. That’s a beautiful cake decoration. I loved ur idea. But girl, you got me all senti by making me miss my father all the more.
    Keep up the great cake decoration!

  • Suma June 17, 2007, 5:41 pm

    Wow Shilpa……the theme brings back the memories of a traditional meal on a banana leaf & of course “Papa” too!! Good job. :-)

  • Linda June 17, 2007, 6:59 pm

    Hi Shilpa, what a lovely and touching tribute to your father :) Your traditional foods in icing are really wonderful and creative! I’m sure he was pleased as punch to see that beautiful cake and your beautiful words :)

  • roopa June 17, 2007, 8:34 pm

    wow estu chenagi appanige cake decorate maddide. looks lovely and very creative

  • Cynthia June 17, 2007, 9:02 pm

    This is such a cool idea for the cake. I bet your dad loves it.

  • Anjali June 17, 2007, 10:12 pm

    Awww. that was so cute! Your Pappa must be thrilled.

  • Srivalli June 18, 2007, 12:40 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    Looks simply wonderful. Great theme.


  • Ramya June 18, 2007, 7:31 am

    This is so very sweet!!!! Just loved it :)

  • Manjula June 18, 2007, 8:29 am

    That is so adorable. Idli, kotte, chakkuli, masala dosa …that is very creative.
    Best wishes to your Papa, Happy Fathers Day.

  • Shivapriya June 18, 2007, 11:59 am

    WOW, great work . Happy Fathers day Shilpa!!

  • prema June 18, 2007, 1:15 pm

    Thats so cute and creative Shilpa.good job

  • gowri June 19, 2007, 8:01 am

    cake is so adorable,awesome and one of the cutest cake…….

  • pelicano June 19, 2007, 6:16 pm

    What a sweet daughter you are- your pappa must be very proud, and for you to take this time to sculpt his favorite foods onto a cake is a sure sign that you must love him very much! Thanks for sharing this with us!

  • lima June 20, 2007, 2:17 am


    I salute your creativity and your love of your Dad, both u n Dad are lucky and blessed.

  • sandeepa June 20, 2007, 8:44 am

    So creative Shilpa. Your dad must be so proud.

  • Deepa Prabhu June 22, 2007, 7:43 am

    Hey no other gift like this one for daddy dear…..I really liked it a lot shilpa

  • gauri June 23, 2007, 7:18 pm

    What can I say….you’ve touched the heart of not just your dad, but a whole bunch of people – dads and everyone. You seem to be a very nice person!

    God bless,

  • PURNIMA July 14, 2007, 9:19 am

    Shilpa, if possible, pls update this post wt ur Dad’s reaction & comments!



    Shilpa: Purnima, Dad was very very happy to see this cake :). He liked very much. He said he had not expected this when I asked him what does he like to eat :). That made my day.

  • PURNIMA July 17, 2007, 12:34 am

    Shilpa, i m very happy to hear this! :-)
    tku very much for updating.
    it sure was a Fantabulous cake and one that has gr8 sentimental value! when i daily visit this site, i take a look at this cake wtout fail! my brother was online (hes in singapore on a software project) i asked him to refer ur site and also to hv a look at the cake, he was totally in awe of this and said-‘Oh Fix! what a lady,what caliber & patience!’
    so hv a gr8 wk!!(tku 4 ur curry-leaves tip)

  • prathibavijaykumar July 17, 2007, 7:47 am

    shipa,thank you very much for giving such an idea to decorate.you are full of creativity.I am going to share this with my friends. thanks

  • Savithri July 30, 2007, 2:49 pm

    Hi Shilpa!
    The cake looks great! How was the rest of the gum paste and fondant course? I haven’t had a chance to take it yet. I’m going to see if I can in the fall. Hope its good!

    Shilpa: Savithri, it was okay. I feel there is nothing great about this class. Its too easy and with the book, we can learn it easily. I didn’t like this class as much as others. But we can make something really great with gum paste and fondant in no time. These don’t taste as good as other icings though.

  • Girijaa November 9, 2007, 1:59 pm


    Very nice idea for decoration…

  • Smriti November 16, 2007, 12:55 am

    awwwwww…this cake is so damn cute!!

  • Megha May 22, 2008, 3:12 am

    hey, i saw this cake…it really brought tears to my eyes…I’m based in NZ and parents are back home in mumbai…my heart went out to them really…

  • pallavi June 16, 2008, 1:35 pm

    Hi shilpa,
    Lot impressed by your website. we share both passion of cooking. i always do googling for new recipes. recently i came across with your website. i really like the way u show recipes . most of them are fast. r u still in usa. and r u an architect. u hav elot of creative side. i would like to talk more with u.i have just shifted to usa.


    Shilpa: Pallavi, thanks. I am a software engineer and yes, still in USA.

  • PREETI July 14, 2009, 12:42 pm

    You are just fantastic!

  • simplyfood December 27, 2009, 4:41 pm

    Very detailed and looks great.

  • simplyfood January 14, 2010, 12:51 pm

    What a beautiful gesture and so well thought out. Cake looks lovely.

  • fathers day gifts June 17, 2010, 9:02 pm

    perfect cake for fathers day….very nice.

  • priyanka October 4, 2010, 7:52 pm

    hi shilpa ,what is fondant?can it be eaten?
    and u had suugested in 1 of ur rely that u often use vegetable shortning..is it a must for buttercream icing?can d icing be made without it ?

  • megha June 22, 2011, 7:53 pm

    I am pretty sure you make your parents proud….
    that was a great effort Shilpa…
    I wish i could do something like that for my Pappa…

  • yogeeta October 25, 2011, 10:57 am

    its a lovely cake for my lovely dad

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