Pastry chef Iven Kawi takes the term “succulent” to a whole new level. Kawi creates incredibly lifelike terrarium cakes that look every bit as delightful as they taste. The Jakarta-based mother entered the culinary realm by making cookies for her daughter’s school, and since then her artful talents have blossomed into an amazing pastry business.
Years after her first attempt at baking cookies, Kawi now operates her own pastry business, Zoezo Bakes, out of her home in Jakarta. She makes some seriously impressive cakes and cupcakes, but without a doubt her specialties are intricate terrarium cakes made from homemade buttercream frosting.
Kawi creates her culinary artwork by combining powdered sugar, butter and various colors into a thick frosting. Using a piping technique to sculpt the realistic cacti and flower petals, she “plants” the succulents onto a crumbly base scattered with leaves, spines, and needles. The result is a beautiful cake that almost looks too good to eat.