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Chef Adriano Zumbo Creates Elaborate Cake Inspired by Disney’s The Nutcracker

Disclosure: This visit to LA Cookie Con was hosted, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.


Chef Adriano Zumbo Creates Elaborate Cake Inspired by Disney’s The Nutcracker

Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is now out on Blu-ray! To recreate a piece of the move’s magic, master chef and pâtissier Adriano Zumbo made an elaborate cake inspired by The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. Zumbo, known  for his elaborate desserts, particularly on MasterChef Australia. 

Chef Adriano Zumbo with The Nutcracker and the Four Realms inspired cake.

Recently at LA Cookie Con, Chef Adriano Zumbo was at the special Disney booth, inspired by the Land of Sweets! The booth was pretty in pink with a candy themed Instagram wall. That afternoon at the booth, my friend Maile Walker did an interview to learn more about the inspiration and creation of the cake. Chef Zumbo shared that he was mainly inspired by the scene when Clara first enters the forest and meets Philip, a soldier who guards the entrance to the Four Realms. In the scene, Clara enters the forest for the first time, and a mouse steals a key off her possession that belonged to her mother. Chef Zumbo loves this scene since so much story and action happens in this one scene. There are many elements to the scene, just like there are the cake:

You can see that the cake itself is modeled after Philip’s soldier uniform, and the gold topper inspired by his hat. The owl on top represents the owl we see in Drosselmeyer’s workshop in the beginning of the film. Also decorating the cake, you can find a mouse with a key, and then items to represent the realms (snowflakes, flowers, and sweets). Chef Adriano Zumbo definitely nailed the story of Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, wonderfully narrated through the art of cake decorating! You can see the making-of the cake in the video below:

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