I was lucky enough to have been asked to create a custom Bob Dylan birthday cake to be featured on the cover of this week’s LA Weekly. In the usual Straight Outta Chocolate style, I hand-painted chocolate to create the image, and as you can see below, it was entirely edible.
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Tags: Bob Dylan, cake, chocolate, LA Weekly, Straight Outta Chocolate
Tags: cake, chocolate, Ian Curtis, Joy Division, Skylight Books, Straight Outta Chocolate, Tennessee Williams
In the midst of some unexpectedly rainy Los Angeles weather, I have been baking up a storm. First off was an Ian Curtis/Joy Division cake, which was one I had done before, but was happy to repeat. The first time I made this cake, my chocolate wasn’t properly tempered and not having time to start over, it showed badly in the end result. Two years, lots of experimentation and 5,000 pounds of chocolate later, I can honestly say I won’t have that problem again! This time, the chocolate came out perfectly, as you can see above.
After the Joy Division success, I was asked to create something for the 100th birthday of Tennessee Williams. Skylight Books and the Skylight Theater were hosting a series of performances of classic Williams plays, with refreshments that included this cake.
Not sure what or who I will be asked to create next, but i’m looking forward to finding out!
Tags: art, art cake, buffy sainte-marie, cake, chocolate, chocolate art, feathers, psychedelic, Straight Outta Chocolate
I designed and hand-painted this cake top out of chocolate as a tribute to the musician and activist Buffy Sainte-Marie. The cake interior is blood orange with vanilla buttercream frosting. I’m pretty excited with how this turned out. I’ve been tinkering with ideas on how to preserve and mount the finished chocolate pieces but have yet to figure out a way to display them on the wall. If you have any suggestions, please let me know!
The below photo was shot on a table, but you can imagine how cool this piece would look mounted on a wall:
Tags: cake, chocolate, Robert Smith, Straight Outta Chocolate, The Cure, Wish
The cake is chocolate with vanilla buttercream, and I created the chocolate image using the Wish album and an altered concert photo of Robert Smith.
Tags: 70s, cake, chocolate, coconut, daisy, paisley, psychedelic, straightouttachocolate, wedding cake
Last weekend some friends and fellow DJs got married in Griffith Park. I created this psychedelic paisley coconut cake for the occasion. The bride and groom had asked for muted 70s colors, paisley and flowers, which had me searching out vintage clothes and photos for that perfect paisley. I finally found it, mixed with daisies, on a piece of old fabric. Then I handpainted chocolate pieces based on the fabric. Each component of the cake contained coconut, from the custard filling to the buttercream to the simple syrup soaking each layer. I wanted to create super-coconut flavor without using coconut extract, which can taste fake, so there was a lot of coconut milk and unsweetened grated coconut involved in the creation of this cake.
It was the first time in years that I had made a cake this big, so I was a little nervous. The Cake Bible recommended using drinking straws as supports between the layers, which worked out really well. Stone and I managed to drive the heavy cake over to the restaurant and maneuver it up and down several flights of stairs without a problem. After we dropped it off, we had a celebratory Bloody Mary, then headed off to the park. The wedding was beautiful, and the reception at El Tres Inn was a blast.
Tags: cake, Charles Bukowski, Chinaski, chocolate, Skylight Books, Straight Outta Chocolate
I made this homage to Chinaski for tonight’s 90th Birthday celebration at Skylight Books. The cake is chocolate, with a white and milk chocolate hand-painted portrait. Some of you may remember my last literature-related cake for the bookstore, a chocolate replica of Infinite Jest. I don’t normally make many forays outside of music when looking for inspiration for my cakes, but there are quite a few authors that i’d love to immortalize in chocolate.
Tags: Alex Chilton, chocolate, Dimensions, psychedelic, Straight Outta Chocolate, the Box Tops
For the closing night of the art show I participated in, I created a chocolate version of one of my favorite Box Tops albums, Dimensions. Both singer Alex Chilton and Andy Hummel, the bassist for Big Star, passed away this year and I thought a tribute was in order. I normally dye my chocolate with powdered food coloring, which provides a lot of freedom when mixing and blending colors. Recently though, I picked up some oil-based chocolate coloring and decided to try it for this piece. The colors came out way more intense than I would have liked for this specific project, but it’s good to know I have options!
Stay tuned for Bukowski Fest at Skylight Books on August 14th. In addition to readings, screenings and of course, alcohol, I will be serving a Bukowski cake!
Tags: chocolate, Cream, Disraeli Gears, diy gallery, Straight Outta Chocolate
Last night I took part in a strange and wild art show at diy gallery here in Echo Park. A group show showcasing artists of all types, from music to photography to… chocolate. Stone rigged up a plexiglass and wood enclosure for a couple of my chocolate pieces, including Cream’s seminal album, Disraeli Gears. They’ll be on display for the month of July- although this is my first test displaying my work as art and i’m hoping the pieces don’t melt. One of the reasons I like to work with chocolate is that it is an ephemeral (and delicious) art form, and I love nothing more than to see it disappear, so having it on display at a gallery is a novel experience.
Tags: cake, chocolate, exile on main street, rolling stones, whiskey