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Camilla de Laurentis 30 May 2022
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Birthday cakes are an established tradition for many. Baking in itself is an art – a delicious one. So why have a cake that is only delicious? Make it beautifully artsy as well to satisfy not only the appetite but also the eyes of art lovers.
Humans have been baking birthday cakes for a very long time. In Ancient Greece, moon-shaped cakes were offered as a tribute to Artemis (the goddess of the moon). It was in the Middle Ages, though, that the Western birthday tradition we know today took shape.
German children received a cake with lit candles on the morning of their birthday. The candles, which represented the child’s age plus one (for the hopes of another year of life), burned through the day. Only at night, after dinner, the child would blow out the candles and make a wish.
Later on, the Industrial Revolution popularized the birthday cake tradition. The mass production that came with that period made baking tools and ingredients more easily available. Even pre-baked and prepared cakes became more common because of that. But that’s enough of historic chit-chat! Here are some beautiful cakes inspired by famous artists and artworks to serve as inspiration for your next birthday.
The Birth of Venus, by Sandro Botticelli, is one of the most iconic images of Venus. Also known by the Greek name Aphrodite, the goddess was born from the sea foam – which explains the seashell elements in the cake. Why not summon the goddess of beauty and love on your special day?
Cake inspired by Hieronymus Bosch. Tortik Annushka/My Modern Met.
Cake inspired by Sandro Botticelli. Laura Saporiti Pastry and Cake Art/Pinterest.
Cake inspired by Michelangelo. Elena Gnut/Pinterest.
Cake inspired by Leonardo da Vinci. Italian Sugar Dream Collaboration/Pinterest.
Cake inspired by Johannes Vermeer. Callicious Cakes/Pinterest.
Cake inspired by Rachel Ruysch. Amy DeGiulio of Sugar Flower Cake Shop/Pinterest.
French painter Claude Monet was one of the precursors of Impressionism. The name of this art movement even originated from one of his paintings – although not with a complimentary intention. Unlike the first Impressionist paintings, this Waterlilies-inspired cake will certainly be a success with the public.
Vincent van Gogh is, without a doubt, one of the best-known artists today. No matter how much one knows about art, they have probably heard of him at some point. With so many beautiful paintings to choose from, Van Gogh is a source of inspiration to bakers all over the world. This cake that looks just like Almond Blossom is almost too beautiful to eat – almost.
Here are some other cakes that look just like 19th century art:
Cake inspired by Georges Seurat. For the Love of Cake/Cake Wrecks.
Cake inspired by Claude Monet. Simply Sweet By Jessica/Pinterest.
Cake inspired by Vincent van Gogh. Cioccocakes/Pinterest.
Cake inspired by Vincent van Gogh. Breyanne’s Sweets/Pinterest.
Cake inspired by Vincent van Gogh. Leslie’s Vigil/Pinterest.
To reflect on the illusory power of art, Surrealist painter René Magritte coined the phrase “ceci n’est pas une pipe” (French for “This is not a pipe”). He purposely created strange and confusing images that challenged the viewer’s perception. But do not worry about the following image: yes, it is cake.
See more cakes inspired by 20th century art here:
Cake inspired by René Magritte and Salvador Dalì. Zoë Clark Cakes/Pinterest.
Cake inspired by Gustav Klimt. Cakes by Cassandra/Pinterest.
Cake inspired by Gustav Klimt. pattygirl254/Cake Central.
Cake inspired by Frida Kahlo. Sweet LionHeart/Pinterest.
Cake inspired by Pablo Picasso. Nasa Mala Zavrzlama/Pinterest.
Cake inspired by Grant Wood. H Cake Bake Shop/Cake Wrecks.
If you have ever craved one of Wayne Thiebaud‘s sweet creations in real life (as one does), then here is your chance. The painting Cakes is currently in the National Gallery of Art (in Washington DC), but the cakes in this photo are identical recreations of the ones in Thiebaud’s artwork.
For more Pop Art in its baked version, see these:
Missed your favorite artist or art movement in this list? Here are some other cake ideas to please pretty much every art lover:
Cake inspired by Hokusai. Trimy/Pinterest.
Cake inspired by Amedeo Modigliani. Sasa Aleksić/Pinterest.
Cake inspired by Art Nouveau. Maggie Austin/Pinterest.
Cake inspired by Art Deco. Julien Drapeau/Pinterest.
Cake inspired by Jackson Pollock. Adriano Zumbo Patissier/Pinterest.
Cake inspired by Jeff Koon. Tortik Annushka/Pinterest.
Cake inspired by Piet Mondrian. Tortik Annushka/Pinterest.
Cake inspired by Maurizio Cattelan. Tortik Annusshka/Pinterest.
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