What do you do on a rainy day when you feel like making cupcakes but you kinda feel like throwing some icing around and not doing some serious decorating? Jackson Pollock-inspired cupcakes, that’s what!
This cake was made for a designer whose favourite artist and designer was Erté.
A little history from the Erté website: The Russian-born painter Romain de Tirtoff, who called himself Erté after the French pronunciation of his initials, was one of the foremost fashion and stage designers of the early twentieth century. From the sensational silver lamé costume, complete with pearl wings and ebony-plumed cap, that he wore to a ball in 1914, to his magical and elegant designs for the Broadway musical Stardust in 1988, Erté pursued his chosen career with unflagging zest and creativity for almost 80 years. On his death in 1990, he was hailed as the “prince of the music hall” and “a mirror of fashion for 75 years.”
The cake sported an Erté-type design, the pearls around the bottom, the icing on the cake, so to speak…
I’ve always loved pop artist Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE image. My partner Richard and I went to the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine a few years back and saw two large LOVE sculptures Indiana did that sit in the gallery’s gardens. I know the artist lives near there, just across the water on an island. At any rate, I was inspired to do a small cake for us for Valentine’s Day based on this classic typography.
Since they love farm living, it was decided that a cake made to look like Grant Wood’s iconic farming couple, would be an ideal image for their cake…with a few modernized touches, natch!