Friday, December 14, 2012

Baju Melayu Cekak Musang Cake - Munirah's gift to the Groom

I was commissioned to do a Baju Melayu Cake by Ms Munirah, that is the folded version not a full length Baju Melayu. What is Baju Melayu? Please see below.....(for my blog reader who are not from the South East Asia).

This was a chocolate cake covered with fondant. I think, what makes this Baju Melayu looks authentic was the 5 buttons that adorned the dress. I make a small pearl painted with pearl sheen color ( of course an edible paint) on a small gold plate, just look like my late father's Baju Melayu buttons. I vividly remember he always lost a button every year (he usually used these buttons twice a year) until my late mother tied all these buttons along with one string so it will not gone missing again.

Baju Melayu  is a traditional Malay outfit for men. It literally translates as 'Malay shirt' and consists of two main parts. The first being the baju (long sleeved shirt) itself which has a raised stiff collar known as the cekak musang collar (literally fox's lease). The second part is the trousers. The two parts are made out of the same type of fabric which is usually silk, cotton, or a mixture of polyester and cotton. A skirt-type adornment is also commonly worn with the Baju Melayu, which is either the "kain samping", made out of songket  cloth or the kain sarung, made out of cotton or a polyester mix. Both are loops of fabric which are folded around the wearer's waist. A jet-black or dark coloured headgear called the songkok can also worn to complete the attire. (extract from Wikipedia)

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