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:
coconut cake is for lovers
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.
right before they cut the cake
Handpainted chocolate interpretation of "Dimensions"
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!