Baker’s Hours

January 2, 2009

Gallery Feature Friday: Pastillage Kadomatsu



  • Composition – Pastillage. Flowers are Marzipan, Rocks are Modeling Chocolate
  • Weight – Approximately 5-7 pounds. 
  • Width – 10 inches
  • Height – 18 inches
  • Production Time – Approximately 15-20 hours spread out over 5 days. 

I know that I have already featured this piece, but it is traditional of New Years, so here is a closer look at the Kadomatsu. In this shot, you get a better view of the details that you couldn’t see in the buffet picture. The Bamboo look was achieved through light cocoa painting to give it a slight wood grain, then airbrushed with yellow and green food color. I cheated a bit with the branches. In order to give them stability, I wrapped pastillage around metal wire. other than that, the entire piece is edible. 

For those of you not familiar with the tradition, Kadomatsu are Japanese arrangements of Bamboo and Pine placed by the door during New Year’s to ward off evil spirits, and welcome good fortune and prosperity for the coming year. If you want to find out more about Kadomatsu, check out this article by Susan Sunderland.


Song stuck in my head at the time of this post: the Zestfully Clean song.


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