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    Into the Water  by Paula Hawkins   Three layers of Black Chocolate Cake frosted and filled with Rosemary Swiss Meringue Buttercream, covered in Mirror Glaze and patches of sugar cookie “moss.” Rests atop a giant “moss” sugar cookie.  The key:  Three layers (Height, such as that of a cliff.) Black Chocolate Cake (Both the bottom of the drowning pool and a nod to black-hearted) Rosemary Swiss Meringue Buttercream (In the Language of Flowers, Rosemary means Remembrance/Memory. As well, a nod to green/verdant/forest.)  Mirror Glaze colored deep blue, deep green, deep brown, and red (The glaze “drowns” the cake. It is reflective like the surface of water. The blue, green, and brown colors of water and forest, the red, of blood/death.) Cake is patched in and rests atop a “Moss” Sugar Cookie (The environment, growth, and encroachment.)

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Three layers of Black Chocolate Cake frosted and filled with Rosemary Swiss Meringue Buttercream, covered in Mirror Glaze and patches of sugar cookie “moss.” Rests atop a giant “moss” sugar cookie.

The key:

Three layers (Height, such as that of a cliff.)
Black Chocolate Cake (Both the bottom of the drowning pool and a nod to black-hearted)
Rosemary Swiss Meringue Buttercream (In the Language of Flowers, Rosemary means Remembrance/Memory. As well, a nod to green/verdant/forest.) 
Mirror Glaze colored deep blue, deep green, deep brown, and red (The glaze “drowns” the cake. It is reflective like the surface of water. The blue, green, and brown colors of water and forest, the red, of blood/death.)
Cake is patched in and rests atop a “Moss” Sugar Cookie (The environment, growth, and encroachment.)

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  With the author!

With the author!

   The House of Mirth  by Edith Wharton   Two layers of pristine white cake filled and frosted (suffocated) with rose-perfumed (Rosedale) Swiss Meringue Buttercream. The sides show damage beneath the gilded facade. On top rest, sprigs of dried (dead) lilies, flowers made from wedding dress tulle, and dried roses.

The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

Two layers of pristine white cake filled and frosted (suffocated) with rose-perfumed (Rosedale) Swiss Meringue Buttercream. The sides show damage beneath the gilded facade. On top rest, sprigs of dried (dead) lilies, flowers made from wedding dress tulle, and dried roses.

 Slice-view

Slice-view

 Top-view

Top-view

 This cake was inspired by the new Penguin Graphics Classics edition of   The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man  by James Joyce  and created to celebrate the promotion of a colleague. 

This cake was inspired by the new Penguin Graphics Classics edition of The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce and created to celebrate the promotion of a colleague. 

   Coraline  by Neil Gaiman   Read all about it   here

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Read all about it here

 The cake and the spool of "black thread."

The cake and the spool of "black thread."

  View from the (unfrosted) top.

View from the (unfrosted) top.

   The Tell-Tale Heart  by Edgar Allan Poe

The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

"It is the beating of his hideous heart!"
Inside the floor board cake was buried a small hand-cast chocolate heart
Inside the floor board cake was buried a small hand-cast chocolate heart
The Heart
The Heart
JANE EYRE by Charlotte Brontë
JANE EYRE by Charlotte Brontë
I removed, crushed up, and replaced the center..."hidden madness."
I removed, crushed up, and replaced the center..."hidden madness."
Two layers of Bergamot Vanilla Cake and Gray Sky Buttercream.
Two layers of Bergamot Vanilla Cake and Gray Sky Buttercream.
Topped with dried Reed grasses and a burnt sugar Thornfield Hall
Topped with dried Reed grasses and a burnt sugar Thornfield Hall
FATES AND FURIES by Lauren Groff
FATES AND FURIES by Lauren Groff
A Ylang-Ylang-scented layer and an orange layer filled with Creme Patisserie. Frosted with Swiss Meringue Buttercream and topped with spun sugar.
A Ylang-Ylang-scented layer and an orange layer filled with Creme Patisserie. Frosted with Swiss Meringue Buttercream and topped with spun sugar.
Served on a platter from the artist Helen Levi's OCEAN line.
Served on a platter from the artist Helen Levi's OCEAN line.
THE LOTTERY by Shirley Jackson
THE LOTTERY by Shirley Jackson
Based off of the opening line, the cake is covered in sky blue buttercream, flower sprinkles, and chocolate rocks. Atop sits a 3-legged stool and an aged black box filled with slips of paper.
Based off of the opening line, the cake is covered in sky blue buttercream, flower sprinkles, and chocolate rocks. Atop sits a 3-legged stool and an aged black box filled with slips of paper.
Black Chocolate Cake with Blood-Red Filling. One person received a slice with a hidden, marked, slip of paper
Black Chocolate Cake with Blood-Red Filling. One person received a slice with a hidden, marked, slip of paper
   
  
 
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    Into the Water  by Paula Hawkins   Three layers of Black Chocolate Cake frosted and filled with Rosemary Swiss Meringue Buttercream, covered in Mirror Glaze and patches of sugar cookie “moss.” Rests atop a giant “moss” sugar cookie.  The key:  Three layers (Height, such as that of a cliff.) Black Chocolate Cake (Both the bottom of the drowning pool and a nod to black-hearted) Rosemary Swiss Meringue Buttercream (In the Language of Flowers, Rosemary means Remembrance/Memory. As well, a nod to green/verdant/forest.)  Mirror Glaze colored deep blue, deep green, deep brown, and red (The glaze “drowns” the cake. It is reflective like the surface of water. The blue, green, and brown colors of water and forest, the red, of blood/death.) Cake is patched in and rests atop a “Moss” Sugar Cookie (The environment, growth, and encroachment.)
IMG_4606.jpg
  With the author!
   The House of Mirth  by Edith Wharton   Two layers of pristine white cake filled and frosted (suffocated) with rose-perfumed (Rosedale) Swiss Meringue Buttercream. The sides show damage beneath the gilded facade. On top rest, sprigs of dried (dead) lilies, flowers made from wedding dress tulle, and dried roses.
 Slice-view
 Top-view
 This cake was inspired by the new Penguin Graphics Classics edition of   The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man  by James Joyce  and created to celebrate the promotion of a colleague. 
   Coraline  by Neil Gaiman   Read all about it   here
 The cake and the spool of "black thread."
  View from the (unfrosted) top.
   The Tell-Tale Heart  by Edgar Allan Poe
"It is the beating of his hideous heart!"
Inside the floor board cake was buried a small hand-cast chocolate heart
The Heart
JANE EYRE by Charlotte Brontë
I removed, crushed up, and replaced the center..."hidden madness."
Two layers of Bergamot Vanilla Cake and Gray Sky Buttercream.
Topped with dried Reed grasses and a burnt sugar Thornfield Hall
FATES AND FURIES by Lauren Groff
A Ylang-Ylang-scented layer and an orange layer filled with Creme Patisserie. Frosted with Swiss Meringue Buttercream and topped with spun sugar.
Served on a platter from the artist Helen Levi's OCEAN line.
THE LOTTERY by Shirley Jackson
Based off of the opening line, the cake is covered in sky blue buttercream, flower sprinkles, and chocolate rocks. Atop sits a 3-legged stool and an aged black box filled with slips of paper.
Black Chocolate Cake with Blood-Red Filling. One person received a slice with a hidden, marked, slip of paper

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Three layers of Black Chocolate Cake frosted and filled with Rosemary Swiss Meringue Buttercream, covered in Mirror Glaze and patches of sugar cookie “moss.” Rests atop a giant “moss” sugar cookie.

The key:

Three layers (Height, such as that of a cliff.)
Black Chocolate Cake (Both the bottom of the drowning pool and a nod to black-hearted)
Rosemary Swiss Meringue Buttercream (In the Language of Flowers, Rosemary means Remembrance/Memory. As well, a nod to green/verdant/forest.) 
Mirror Glaze colored deep blue, deep green, deep brown, and red (The glaze “drowns” the cake. It is reflective like the surface of water. The blue, green, and brown colors of water and forest, the red, of blood/death.)
Cake is patched in and rests atop a “Moss” Sugar Cookie (The environment, growth, and encroachment.)

With the author!

The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

Two layers of pristine white cake filled and frosted (suffocated) with rose-perfumed (Rosedale) Swiss Meringue Buttercream. The sides show damage beneath the gilded facade. On top rest, sprigs of dried (dead) lilies, flowers made from wedding dress tulle, and dried roses.

Slice-view

Top-view

This cake was inspired by the new Penguin Graphics Classics edition of The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce and created to celebrate the promotion of a colleague. 

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Read all about it here

The cake and the spool of "black thread."

View from the (unfrosted) top.

The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

"It is the beating of his hideous heart!"
Inside the floor board cake was buried a small hand-cast chocolate heart
The Heart
JANE EYRE by Charlotte Brontë
I removed, crushed up, and replaced the center..."hidden madness."
Two layers of Bergamot Vanilla Cake and Gray Sky Buttercream.
Topped with dried Reed grasses and a burnt sugar Thornfield Hall
FATES AND FURIES by Lauren Groff
A Ylang-Ylang-scented layer and an orange layer filled with Creme Patisserie. Frosted with Swiss Meringue Buttercream and topped with spun sugar.
Served on a platter from the artist Helen Levi's OCEAN line.
THE LOTTERY by Shirley Jackson
Based off of the opening line, the cake is covered in sky blue buttercream, flower sprinkles, and chocolate rocks. Atop sits a 3-legged stool and an aged black box filled with slips of paper.
Black Chocolate Cake with Blood-Red Filling. One person received a slice with a hidden, marked, slip of paper
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