The Creator of L.A.’s Favorite Jelly Cakes Is All About Integrating Fashion and Food

Taking inspiration from “the Sanrio era, being a ’90s baby,” and “color blocking from Marni and Jil Sander,” Park worked with a friend who is a pastry chef to learn the proper technique for jelly cakes, such as suspending objects within the substance. “Initially, I didn’t know I was going to be making edible cakes,” she says. “I thought at first I just wanted this to be more of an art project. I still haven’t even done all the things I want to do…I’m really into textures, especially just working in fashion, playing with fabrics all the time. Jelly just seemed like a cool substance to start with.”

Those textures have resulted in endless regrams, and captured the attention of brands. Park was recently commissioned to make cakes for Nike, as well as the shaving company Billie, and has more top secret fashion collaborations coming before the end of the year. She also just launched her first dessert available at a restaurant. The aforementioned violet-blue corn on the cob is made of almond jelly sitting in a chicha morada syrup, a popular Peruvian beverage made from purple corn. It will be available at Opening Ceremony Founder Humberto Leon’s new restaurant, Chifa.

Jelly corn for Chifa.

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The Chifa collaboration was inspired by her first jelly corns, which she makes in a cheerful yellow. “Koreans are really obsessed with corn. It’s a cultural thing,” she says with a laugh. “I found a mold and I was like, ‘oh my God, I have to make it.’ I try to tie everything back to my culture.”

Park, who started Nünchi in July 2019, now makes about 200 cakes a month in her home kitchen, supplying both a la carte and custom orders. Each one is completely different, based on what Park has available and her inspiration. She sources local and fresh ingredients from her farmer’s market in Santa Monica or Hollywood. “Some people want the same thing, over and over again,” she explains. “I try to tell them, I don’t really want to be making the same cakes over and over again. But what’s cool is they’ll tell me, it’s for this person and here’s their Instagram, and that will kind of spawn something and I’ll kind of go off of that. I like making each cake pretty personal for who’s eating it.”

When she’s not baking cakes, Park is working on expanding the Nünchi brand, launching her own home goods collection and merch in the next month or so. She’ll be selling aprons, lazy susans and more. She’s also working hard to have her cakes available beyond the west coast, and hopes to be able to ship from New York in the near future. Her main mission? “I want to integrate fashion and food continuously.”

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25 Black Wedding Cakes

There’s no reason to be bound to a traditional white wedding cake if it doesn’t fit your wedding style and aesthetic. And one of the best ways to go bold with color is to embrace the look of a black wedding cake. 

“Many black wedding cake requests come from couples having glamorous winter or New Year’s Eve weddings,” says Dalana Fleming, owner of The Cake & The Giraffe. “Others are just not into the traditional white wedding cake look.”

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Dalana Fleming is the owner and baker behind The Cake & The Giraffe, a bakery in Vancouver, B.C. with a focus on custom designs and wedding cakes. 

The options for black wedding cakes are vast—they can be dressed up with sequins or glitter for a glamorous celebration or they can be the perfect complement to a rustic fall soirée. “It’s a great option to match dark, romantic, moody décor and to create a bold focal point,” says Fleming. 

Often, black wedding cakes are made using fondant, allowing any type of frosting to still ice the cake. Many bakers opt for fondant because of the particular style of cakes they create. Plus, more often than not, guests will usually take the fondant off of their cake slice. Others may opt to use food coloring for the icing on their cakes, but it’s important to be careful that the black color incorporated won’t stain anyone’s teeth. Either way, double-check with your baker to be sure the beautiful black color of your cake won’t carry through with every bite. 

Ready to go all-in on a bold showstopper? Read on for 25 of our favorite black wedding cakes. 

Looking for more cake inspiration? Check out more stunning designs below.

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How to plan your small micro wedding: From picking venues to cakes

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On August 20 this year, Lauren Maybank made the most important Zoom call of her life – to her parents, who were isolating in lockdown.

It wasn’t any old catch-up – but the chance to watch Lauren tie the knot to fiance Robert in a hastily-arranged ceremony which was the fraction of the size she had originally planned.

‘I was alerted to a few cancellations cropping up at Chelsea and Kensington Town Hall, and we saw an opportunity to go ahead with a legal ceremony, one with six guests and my parents on Zoom, and then invited a few friends to a private room in a pub near the venue,’ says Lauren, a brand consultant from Leigh-on-Sea.

‘It was so fun and relaxed, and our friends went home with fuzzy heads and full bellies. Nothing felt compromised, and we wouldn’t have changed a thing.’

Lauren planned her big day in just four weeks – booking a local black cab driver to take her and on the driver’s recommendation, a pub for post-nuptial celebrations.

Lauren and Robert on their wedding day, which was planned in just four weeks (Picture: Elena Popa)

Now that Covid rules have impacted how we can wed, with limited numbers of guests allowed to witness the ‘I do’s,’ couples have seen it as a chance to break free from tradition and embrace the micro wedding.

These intimate gatherings might’ve emerged out of necessity, but they put the focus back on the couple, not the pomp and ceremony of large-scale weddings. Think Lily Allen and David Harbour’s Las Vegas wedding, Sean Penn and Leila George’s Zoom ceremony and Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi’s gathering behind closed doors at Windsor Castle.

‘Your day doesn’t have to be big to be beautiful,’ says Maximilian Laurence-Gutteridge from Your Wedding Live. ‘It’s the day a couple celebrates their love and devotion to one another, a day that marks a significant life event and opens the door to a lifetime spent together. Nothing changes that whether there are 10 or 100 people to witness the nuptials. The most important people on the day are the couple being wed.’

Roma Popat and Vinal Patel made headlines recently by hosting a drive-in wedding in Essex where guests watched the ceremony on a large screen from their cars.

Lily Allen and David Harbour tied the knot in Las Vegas (Picture: Instagram)

While that’s more ambitious than many couples might opt for, ‘the use of technology to bring people together will be here to stay,’ adds Maximilian. ‘Couples can invite people to be a part of their day and ask them to do readings and speeches online. Even after restrictions start to relax, couples can use these ideas to bring friends and family together from all over the world and include people who might not have been able to celebrate with them in person.’

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