Baking and Pastry Student Takes the Cake at the The Art of Cake in Ohio
February 7, 2011
The Art Institute of Indianapolis congratulates Baking and Pastry student Dinusha (D-no-sha) Wijeyakulasuriya (We-ja-ya-cu-la-sue-re-a) who won first place at The Art of the Cake competition. Danisha entered the wedding cake category at the Ohio competition with approximately 25 other advanced, semi-professionals, professional, and/or masters skill individuals. The Art of the Cake is a unique event to the Cleveland, Ohio area and offers sugar and pastry arts instruction and competition.
The theme of the Wedding cake competition was men’s Ties/neckwear. The wedding cake had to demonstrate the design, style, theme or colors of the neckwear chosen. Dinusha chose an ocean themed necktie. From that inspiration she created a three-tiered ocean wonderland wedding cake. The pillars of the cake were created using solid-Styrofoam cake dummies covered in fondant and decorated with detailed sea shells, sea anemones, sea sponges and fish. Floating string-work adorned each tier to represent the waves of the ocean. Fish and sea plants created an underwater oceanic atmosphere on each tier as well. She continued the sea plants and sea shells on the base of the cake which she used uneven fondant to represent the ocean floor.
Dinusha has been decorating cakes since she was 8 years old under the tutelage of her father R L Clement. Mr. Clement is an internationally renowned sugar artist in Sri Lanka. Dinusha has learned much of her sugar artistry under the expert guidance of her father. She believes there is more for her to learn which is why she is at The Art Institute of Indianapolis. “I am learning the American techniques of decorating along with my baking and pastry skills,” says Dinusha. She is definitely excelling as she has demonstrated by earning several international awards for her creations including the Grand Prix award at the Sugar Craft Grand Prix Competition in Japan (2002) and the Bronze medal in the Master Class at the British Sugar Craft exhibition (2004).
The Art Institute of Indianapolis is one of The Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu), a system of more than 45 education institutions located throughout North America. The Art Institutes system is America’s Leader in Creative Education providing an important source for design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University.