News: These Cake Hacks Are So Damn Pretty You'll Have to Eat Another Cake

These Cake Hacks Are So Damn Pretty You'll Have to Eat Another Cake

Cake! It's so great that there's a band named after it. 50 Cent wrote song lyrics about it. Apparently famed poet Emily Dickinson was also famous for her cake-baking abilities.

But no matter how you slice it, the cakes we're talking about stand head and shoulders above your everyday dessert just because they're so damn great-looking. Call us superficial, but we'd want to eat these cakes no matter what they taste like. You'd probably frame them, if you could.

#1. The Mondrian Cake

Dutch painter Piet Mondrian is famous for his use of line and color. While you can't afford to buy an original work (one painting was priced between $30 and $40 million dollars), you can now make and eat it in yummy cake form—which might actually be better.

(1) A sweet slice of this will cost you way less than... (2) ...the original, or even a reproduction. Images via Modern Art Desserts, gingerbeardman/Flickr

SFist gives you a blow-by-blow of the process. You can also see the Food Network's interview with Caitlin Freeman, the pastry chef behind the cake. It's served at the SFMOMA's Caffè Museo and is in Freeman's book, Modern Art Desserts.

Essentially it's several mini-cakes dyed to match the colors in a Mondrian and held together by chocolate ganache. You can also see UCanDoEat's awesome attempts in this Imgur gallery. This version uses Nutella to hold the cake together.

Yum. The end result of UCanDoEat's masterful attempt with Nutella. Image by UCanDoEat/Imgur

#2. The Jackson Pollock Cake

American abstract expressionist painter Jackson Pollock electrified the art world with his famous splatter-and-drip paintings.

Convergence (1952), one of the most iconic paintings by Pollock. Image via Jackson Pollock

Now you can ingest the visceral drama and beauty of this landmark piece of art in cake form, as well as on a ginormous Rice Krispies treat.

(1) If he could see this cake, Pollock would probably regret not adding nuts to the original. (2) The Rice Krispies interpretation has more crunch than the cake. Images via Li Fan, Sarah Anne Ward

You can learn how to make the Rice Krispies version here.

#3. Cakes Based on Wayne Thiebaud's Paintings of Cakes

It may not get any more meta (or delicious than this), but once again, Caitlin Freeman at the Caffè Museo creates amazing looking cakes that are startlingly close to their inspiration.

American artist Wayne Thiebaud is justly famous for his stark-yet-lush still lifes, including a famous series about cake. Check out the similarities of Freeman's real-life versions, based on Thiebaud's paintings.

(1) Display Cakes (1963). Some call Thiebaud a Pop artist; others feel his work has much greater depth and range. (2) Freeman's cakes are accurate depictions of artistic masterpieces--and tasty! Images by Wayne Thiebaud/Creativity Fuse, Charlie Villyard/SFMOMA

I honestly don't know which I find more delicious. And if that wasn't enough, here's one of Thiebaud's most famous paintings, which American artist Sharon Core reproduced by baking pies and cakes, applying frosting to mimic brushstrokes and paint, and then photographing them at angles to eerily reproduce the original artwork.

(1) Cakes (1963). (2) What is real? What is representation? Which one has chocolate filling? Images by Wayne Thiebaud/Smithsonian, Sharon Core/Bellwether Gallery

I'm not sure whether I want to eat the cakes or pick up the pieces of my mind off the floor. If you have the guts, you can get ideas on how to reproduce these cakes here.

#4. Incredibly Realistic Dutch Still Life Cakes

Dutch Baroque painter Rachel Ruysch created beautiful, lush still lifes, many based on flowers and woodland scenes. below, you can see the original painting versus the gorgeous wedding cake version.

(1) Flower Stil Life (c. 1700), (2) Does this qualify as art even though it's edible? Images via Rachel Ruysch/Oneonta, Joseph Donaghy

However, this one might be too much for home cooks to reproduce. Thankfully, Martha Stewart points out that you can contact the Sugar Flower Cake Shop to make you one.

#5. Art Nouveau Cakes

These cakes by Maggie Austin Cake somehow manage to mimic the warmth of Tiffany stained glass.

These cakes are hand-painted in order to recreate the fine detail and craftsmanship of Tiffany lamps. Image via Want That Wedding

#6. Rothko-Inspired Cake

Abstract painter Mark Rothko played with color, proportion, and simplicity. Here, you can see one of his pieces of art, compared to someone playing with those same ideas with cake, cookies, and even toast! Get instructions for the Rothko cake here and cookies here.

(1) White Center (Yellow, Pink, and Lavender on Rose) 1950. (2) Lots of thought and food coloring went into the cake homage. (3) Cookies. (4) Instructions on making Rothko toast. (5) And the toast. Images via Mark Rothko, Fruit Punchington, Pixel Whisk, Modern Art Desserts

Want more astounding and amazing cake art ideas? Then be sure to check out this zebra-striped cake, or some startlingly realistic cakes that look like babies.

Cover images via Sharon Core/West Collection, Modern Art Desserts

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