Girls rule at Cake WorksA La Carte Columns
February 29, 2016
Story By: Lynsey Beth Futa | Photos by: LAWRENCE TABUDLO
In many traditional Japanese homes, dolls are displayed on a tiered platform lined with red felt for Hina-matsuri, or Girls’ Day and/or Dolls’ Day. Originating in Japan, the annual celebration is held to honor girls, as well as to wish them good fortune. Elaborate dolls and props only make up a small portion of this day, however, as every March 3, practicing families also release paper dolls down rivers to send away bad luck and spirits.
Seeing as Hina-matsuri is widely honored in Hawaii as well, Cake Works hopes to help families celebrate by offering special Girls’ Day Cookies ($4.75 each). Owner and chef Abigail Langlas, or Chef Abi, has whipped up her grandmother’s vanilla sugar cookie recipe for this occasion, which uses all-natural butter and royal icing for decoration.
The crunchy and sweet icing is utilized in pinks, purples and reds, taking shape as different feminine characters from various cultures. There is a Japanese-inspired cookie with a figure of a girl in a kimono, as well as a hula dancer and a Korean-inspired design of a girl in a hanbok, traditional attire for girls in Korea.
Chef Abi also is selling sakura (cherry blossom) cookies painted in sugary light pinks with yellow-icing detail, as well as Girls’ Day Macarons ($4 each). These hand-decorated macarons will be adorned in a similar theme. Treat the girls in your life with any of these dainty and delicious sweets for a customized Girls’ Day — available now until March 3.
In other news, Cake Works’ gluten-free special of the month is Mocha Macadamia Nut Cake ($19.95 for 6-inch cake, $32 for 8-inch). Everyone can enjoy all the chocolaty flavors with each creamy and crunchy bite of this dessert.
So, whether celebrating a special occasion — such as a wedding or birthday — or just satisfying your sweet tooth, visit Cake Works for a wonderfully sweet experience.
2820 S. King St., Honolulu
Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.