By Hayley Pugh
Budget-busting brides can have their cake and eat it with these huge fairy tale wedding cakes which start at a whopping £4000.
With up to nine tiers, the epic cakes – created by family business Le Novelle Cake – stand up to seven metres tall and look like something straight from a Disney movie.
Indeed, inspiration for the castle cakes, complete with turrets, pillars and balconies, came from the iconic Cinderella castle and more recently Elsa’s castle in Frozen.
But with the most expensive cake the company has ever made, featuring 100 diamond rings and costing more than £400k, these incredible creations are not for brides on a budget.
Tiffany Riyadi, whose mum, Susanti Sunardjie, found the business alongside her husband Ricky Riyadi, said each cake usually took one month to complete, with the most complicated one to date taking more than 9000 hours to finish.
She said: “We have to transport the cakes in parts. Usually we need two trucks to carry a structural cake. Otherwise they won’t fit through a normal car door.
“We will then have a team of staff to repair any damage during transportation, assemble the cake and sugar flowers and do the finishing touches.
“The largest of our cakes required five trucks and eight man hours to assemble.”
The castle cakes are made with Styrofoam inside, covered with icing fondant and decorated with sugar flowers – making the outside entirely edible.
The team can create a 100 per cent edible castle cake but are yet to receive an order for one due to the amount of cake that would have to be eaten and the hefty price tag it would come with.
Le Novelle Cake has two branches – one in Bali and the other in Jakarta.
Tiffany works alongside her sister, Miyo Minaki, her brother, Dion Riyadi and his wife, Ling-Ling Riyadi.
The family also employ 60 members of staff with up to 15 people decorating a cake at any one time.
Tiffany added: “We have been in the cake business since 1993 but it was under a different name back then.
“It all started as a neighbourhood cake business selling birthday cakes to friends and relatives.
“The business grew and in 2004 we started making wedding cakes under the name Le Novelle Cake.
“We take on several projects at a time but three weeks to one month is what we average on when making our large cakes.
“The biggest most complicated one we’ve made so far took roughly 24 people working for 32 days at 12 hours a day – so around 9200 working hours.
“We love putting in personal touches that show our clients their cake is truly made for them and is all about them.
“For the interior lights, we hollow out the structure and install a small light bulb in it.
“Depending on the request we can then connect the cable to a battery, or simply connect the wires to a power outlet.
“For lights that wrap around the cake, we used a normal Christmas lights and hide the cables between our sugar flowers or crystals as needed.
“Afterwards, we cover the cakes in icing fondant and carry on with the decoration as normal.
“Most of our clients are truly astonished and happy. The photos do not show the true scale and enormity of the cake themselves. Lots of our clients are surprised at how large they are.
“Their reactions make us very proud. I love how we can make a work of art that wows people and make their wedding day even more special.”