My friend Dody was turning 80 and I was asked to her potluck bbq. I offered to bring the cake.
Dody is a fine stained glass artist who lately has turned her hand to mosaics. I decided that a nod to her years as a glass artist was just the thing for a cake. I freehanded a design I piped with black royal icing of flowers (which I later painted in pink) against a background of blue sky. All around the bottom edge of the cake is green ground.
Some folks thought it looked like a Tiffany lamp!
Dody loved it and the party gang devoured most of the cake. Happy birthday Dody. You make 80 the new 50!
Since I broke my wrist at the end of last year, I have been on cake rest. I haven’t been able to bake a thing, let alone decorate anything. With Valentine’s Day coming up, I decided to try to make something but it had to be simple. I settled on brownie hearts, each decorated a bit differently. Pretty simple stuff but effective.
They reminded me of Pop artist Jim Dine, who spent much of his career using hearts as subject matter for his paintings.
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.
.Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night painted with buttercream icing. This cake was for a birthday celebration of a former art history professor at McGill University. When he opened the box, apparently he said, “She nailed it!” My art history teacher would be so proud.
This lovely couple who live out in the country decided, after 17 years of living together, to tie the knot! Their annual outdoor get-together party was a big surprise to the 30+ guests because this year it was a party to celebrate their marriage.
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!