Sketch to Cake: Kathy Zyduck's Bollywood Cake

Kathy Zyduck

With so many deliberately crafted details on her cake, we had to ask Kathy Zyduck about creating her beautiful cake for the May issue of Cake Central Magazine. Her carefully decorated cake is covered in hand-piped royal icing motifs, and the more we study the cake, the more we notice. Here’s what Kathy had to say about her cake.

Kathy Zyduck

“When I saw the Bollywood inspiration picture, I was quite excited. Being former henna artist, and having attended many Indian weddings, I really wanted to capture the opulence of a Bollywood/East Indian Wedding. I wanted the cake to have the look of a sari, with fabric draping and lots and lots of jewelry. I wanted to capture the beautiful trims and embroidery wedding saris have, as well. I hand painted both tiers with two colors, draping the colors for a fabric look. The bottom tier is piped in all royal [icing], then painted in various golds to mimic trims and embroidery. For the top tier I really wanted a jewelry look. I took inspiration from the head jewelry worn by Bollywood brides. I hand piped the hanging jewelry, painting it and going back and filling in with a dark purple royal [icing]to give the look of inlaid stones. The small medallions and the pendant on the top tier are cut from fondant, then built up with piped royal [icing], painting them gold, then going back in to fill. There is nothing more romantic and ‘Bollywood wedding’ than the Taj Mahal, so I made the dome with RKT and covered it in fondant, then hand painted it as well. The inspiration photo had a stack of bangles, so I piped different bangles around the base of the dome and painted them gold. I used three different golds painting this cake. Old gold, New gold and my favorite, Aztec gold. I wanted to capture the delicateness of Indian jewelry, so I added dots wherever I could.” – Kathy Zyduck

Kathy Zyduck lives in Waterford, WI, US. You can find her on Cake Central as Kakzter. To see more Bollywood cakes, be sure to download the May issue of Cake Central Magazine.

Comments (4)


This is just stunning!! How long did it take you to pipe the cake? Also, this may be a silly question but what is RKT that you used for the dome? Thanks!