Arabian Nights

I have no excuses! None at all. But I’m back to posting now, and you are going to hear a lot from me! On my travel, on cakes and of course our wonderful Study Group on the Silk route, that just came to a close.

For the finale, I wanted to surprise my friends with a whimsical cake that showcased the Silk Route. What was it to be? Of course it had to have the desert and camels. Maybe tents and an oasis? Googling images of the cities along the Silk Route, I decided to pick the Blue dome of Samarkand. And then inspiration struck!

What about a princess, floating on a magic carpet over the desert? With the city of Samarkand (represented by the one lone dome and one minaret) far below her. And one solitary camel, instead of a whole caravan of them.

Hastily assembling some chocolate cupcakes at 6 am, into a rough cloud shape, I covered them with white fondant- only to realize to my dismay that my painstakingly modeled princess was gigantic for the cloud. She would completely dwarf the magic carpet and look gargantuan compared to Samarkand and the camel.


And so, this was the hastily made princess, looking down from the clouds at the Silk Route below.







If you have travelled the Silk Route, do share what you thought was the most magical part of the journey!



  1. How lovely and whimsical…. 🙂 I love it. I love your attention to detail and your thoughtfulness. 😀

  2. Hi Radhika, no worries, just imagine that the princess is Roxanne on the Sogdian Rock, looking over the Alexander’s troops…:)


  3. What a nice cake, love the expression on the princess!

  4. I want to be your friend that you surprise with a cake!!!! That is so cute!

  5. Radhika, you did all that from 6 in the morning?! Hats off to you! For me, the money shot were the pictures taken with the rising sun.

    I’m floored!

    • Thank you sweet Nat! You are very kind.

      I’d made the camel, the minaret, the arch etc. the previous day….but the cloud and the princess were put together before I rushed off for our presentations. That is the early morning sun on my balcony 🙂

  6. did a genie help you? 😉

  7. I love the way you combine your different interests (cultural and gastronomical)…this princess on her cloud is so cute!

  8. Just beautiful, and so cute too! 😀