Mola cake

Hi! Last Friday, August 15th, was the 495th anniversary of the foundation of Panama Vieja, A settlement founded on 15 August 1519 by Pedro Arias Dávila and other 100 inhabitants. At the time, it was the first permanent estado_torreEuropean settlement on the Pacific Ocean, replacing the two cities of Santa María la Antigua del Darién and Acla. Also, that same day we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal.

I’m a bit late, but I wanted to share with you this cake  which I decorated inspired by the Molas, a form of art from the Kuna Indians in Panama. In Dulegaya, the Kuna’s native language, “mola” means “shirt” or “clothing”. The mola originated with the tradition of Kuna women painting their bodies with geometrical designs, using available natural colors; in later years these same designs were woven in cotton. Here you can see an example of this art:


This one hangs on my living room

As you can see, it is made with small pieces of fabric sewed together to form a complete design, always with a dark color in the back.

And here is the cake

IMGP4461It isn’t perfect, but I’m very proud of it, because it is inspired by my dear Panama.IMGP4468 IMGP4467 IMGP4466

Happy Anniversary Panama!


12 thoughts on “Mola cake

  1. Nice job! I’m sure it tasted as good as it looks. I have several molas in my home as well; it never occurred to me to transfer that look onto something like a cake. Great idea!

    1. Thank you very much Marissa! It was a friend who gave the idea of making a Mola cake. And it was a brilliant idea. Now I’m looking for other forms of regional art to put on a cake, any suggestions? 😉

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