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The Hypnotic Beauty of Indonesian Terrarium Cakes

Last week, I came across the creations of Jakarta-based pastry chef Iven Kawi, perhaps better known by her Instagram nom de plume IvenOven. Kawi is in charge of her own pastry business of the same name, along with its subsidiary Zoezo Bakes (named after her two children), operating out of her home in the Lippo Karawaci neighborhood of Jakarta. She’s a home baker who preps cakes that look like edible terrariums, working with a pretty gobsmacking level of detail.

Thank you for ordering 2-4 weeks in advance. My apologize if some slots in March are already fully booked. 😊

A post shared by ivenoven 사랑으로 베이킹 (@ivenoven) on Mar 1, 2017 at 9:25pm PST

Kawi, a mother of two, began her pastry business in early 2014. She’s since grown it considerably, now employing 12 female bakers from cities across the world, from Sydney to Seattle. With their help, Kawi assembles 20 cakes per day, piping buttercream frosting atop them.

As someone who can barely keep his hands still, I can’t process the alchemy of precision and patience Kawi’s line of work takes. I’m far outside the delivery zones of Jakarta and Tangerand in Indonesia, so I’ll have to settle for looking at the images she’s populated her Instagram account with. Long live the terrarium cake.

A moment to remember 😘😘

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Terrarium buttercream cupcakes 💕

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It’s a good day to have a good day. Have a good weekend everyone. 💕

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The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world’s joy. 😊 HWB

A post shared by ivenoven 사랑으로 베이킹 (@ivenoven) on Apr 7, 2017 at 5:02am PDT

Full vines buttercream terrarium cake. Thank you so much for your nice comments and messages. I’m so blessed! 💕💕

A post shared by ivenoven 사랑으로 베이킹 (@ivenoven) on Apr 5, 2017 at 3:21am PDT

Yes, you may start to put your order for March and April. Please contact us via whatsapp 😊

A post shared by ivenoven 사랑으로 베이킹 (@ivenoven) on Feb 21, 2017 at 2:31am PST

Double 3D flower buttercream cake. Thank you for order – enjoy – repeat 💕

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See more of Iven Kawi’s creations here.

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