Now Trending: Cakes that Look Like Classic Works of Art

We round up cakes that look like paintings and sculptures from artists like Picasso, Warhol, and Van Gogh. Just look at #everythingiscake or #isitcake.

Cake inspired by art is having a moment.

True, it’s never been hard to find ambitious pastry projects on TikTok or Instagram, but these are more often than not confections shaped like familiar objects: a watermelon, a camera, a pot of pasta, a kettle. (All are represented in a single video at Tuba Geckil’s TikTok account, @redrosecake_tubageckil). But there seems to be a new focus in 2022 on cake as objet d’art.

The Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas, for example, recently hosted its Great Blanton Bake-Off; 16 bakers recreated works of art found in the museum’s collection (21,000 works to choose from) in the hopes of winning gift cards from local pastry shops and Blanton membership packages — plus bragging rights, of course.

Blythe Johnson, the winner of the amateur category, re-created Mac Wells’ Untitled piece (see images below). Her cake had layers of blueberry almond sponge, lemon curd and whipped cream, according to Smithsonian Magazine. She made the joconde many times to find the perfect colors to match the artwork — stopping and starting over a two-week period — to complete the cake.

 

Georgia Chido, a 15-year old who won the under-18 division, reproduced a textile work by Venezuelan artist Luis Montiel (see actual item under the cake version below). She made the fondant on her own and then did all the color-matching to make sure that the cake’s hues were accurate. 

The top prize among pro bakers went to Hannah Erwin, founder of HC Confections and a business administration and marketing student at Texas A&M University. Her cakes looked exactly like six different works of art from the Blanton collections — including geometric, abstract and pop-art works (see actual items below at left and cake versions below at right).

 

When Cake Trompe L’Oeil Exploded

In March of 2022. ArtNet noted that “cakes really took off in July 2020, when Buzzfeed’s “Tasty” account posted a video showcasing the mindboggling sculptural cakes of Turkish baker and self-proclaimed cake artist Tuba Geçkil.”

This apparently kickstarted the meme #everythingiscake, which continues to thrive and has more than 12,000 examples. You might have also noticed that Netflix launched an engaging new show, Is It Cake? in March of this year based on the idea that good bakers can make cake look like anything. That hashtag — #isitcake — also has thousands of examples now.

The New York Times noticed the trend twice in 2021 with articles dedicated to trompe l’oeil cakes and whimsical cakes. Further research, however, confirms that people have been gawking at cakes as art for years, even decades. Bored Panda compiled some noteworthy works of edible art in 2020 and an article in the now-defunct Flavorwire is titled “Amazing Cakes Inspired by Art,” but none of the pictures come through (both their Instagram and website seemed to have come to a halt in 2019).

The blogger-baker-graphic designer at Sweet Fancy Cakes — Kristen from North Salt Lake, Utah — published a post with her rendition of a Mondrian in cake form in 2015 (it’s the Mondrian at the top of the article) but unlike the painting, it probably smelled and tasted as good as it looks. Earlier examples of cakes-that-look-like-art probably stretch all the way back to the 1600s — the era when round cakes were first baked in Europe, according to FoodTimeline.Org. But no one had TikTok back then….

 

Pinterest Boards of Art as Cake

Of course, there are always Pinterest boards dedicated to the topic as well as Instagram accounts by cake makers who could easily get into the forgery business — like this Russian company (Tortik Annushka) that has over a million followers.

Below are more snapshots of art as cake from Pinterest.

Mondrian Cake

Van Gogh Cake

Gustav Klimt Cake

Roy Lichtenstein Cake

Andy Warhol Cake

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/1618549858264307/

Pablo Picasso Cake

Mona Lisa Cake

Keith Haring Cake

René Magritte Cake

 

The Oreo x Ritz Cracker Mashup: Make Your Own or Pay this Crazy Ebay Price

The Oreo cookie and Ritz cracker combo has taken the Internet by storm. We found a video that shows how to make your ow, plus an ebay auction for a single box.

In late May, the Internet nearly blew up upon seeing the latest Oreo collab. In case you missed it, this was a sweet-n-savory mashup that paired regular Oreos with Ritz crackers and peanut butter.

The product was released in limited quantities on May 26 (free with $3.95 shipping fee), immediately sold out, and regular folks like you were left with two options if you wanted a taste: Make your own or pay auction price — which was $600 on Ebay recently.

Oreo & Ritz

It’s possible that the parent company of both products, Mendelez International, will do it again. Or will offer other creative collaborations; they also own Chips Ahoy, Triscuits, Tate’s Bake Shop, Sour Patch Kids, Wheat Thins, and Toblerone. Can you think up a mashup worth doing with any of these products?

Meantime, we leave you with this video of @alexawhatsfordinner making her own Oreo-Ritz goodness on Instagram.

https://www.instagram.com/reel/CeO7OvwlpNc/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Pizza Thieves: Another “Nobody’s Gonna Know” Meme

Of all the pizza memes online these days, none worried pizza lovers more than the “How would they know” videos. The premise is simple: There’s a simple, elegant, dare we say clever way that a pizza worker could, indeed, steal a slice from a pie …

Of all the pizza memes online these days, none worried pizza lovers more than the “How would they know” videos. The premise is simple: There’s a simple, elegant, dare we say clever way that a pizza worker could, indeed, steal a slice from a pie before serving and customers would have no clue. It’s a cruel, vicious hack, but so eeeeasy.

Here’s how it works: The large pie comes out of the oven, the person with the pizza cutter carves out either a huge triangular slice or a 2-inch rectangle from the center of the pie, and then pushes the two (now smaller) halves together before dividing the rest of the triangular slices.

This video, from Visa channel, shows the technique where a triangular slice is removed from a pie, followed by the simple recombining of the two halves.

 

This video, from @pizzasalvatore, demonstrates an alternative way to snatch pizza covertly. Specifically, via a rectangular slice.

@pizzasalvatore

Quand t’as un petit creux en travaillant 😅😋 #CestUneBlague #PizzaSalvatoré #Blague #Humour #Bouffe #Pizza #Yummy

♬ how would they know bad girls club – Chris Gleason

 

Other versions of the meme scrap the “Who’s gonna know?/Nobody’s gonna know” shtick and pair the hack technique with a song (in this case “Rockstar” by DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch, 1.4 billion streams on Spotify).

@michaelbakthomsen

Follow me for more lifehacks!#lifehack #pizza #foryoupage #explore #foodie #food

♬ ROCKSTAR – DaBaby, Roddy Ricch

The origin of the meme

According to Know Your Meme, the audio in these clips stem from an audio clip from the American television series Bad Girls Club containing the “Nobody’s gonna know, nobody’s gonna know,” and subsequent “They’re gonna know,” and ending with a “How would they know?”

If you peruse the content at the #GonnaKnow hashtag, you’ll see it means someone is doing something deceitful while lip-syncing to the clip. And praying they don’t get busted.

Cglaeason22, the original uploader of the audio clip, posted the video on March 25th, 2020. He was “debating myself on whether or not i should make a fake account just to post comments on my videos” and this clip saw more than 1.7 million views and 202 thousand likes in six months.

Other TikToks followed, including seanghedi posted a Gonna Know video captioned, “me getting my septum pierced against my parents wishes.” The video received over 496,000 views and 108,000 likes in five months.

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