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.
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.
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
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The cake and the spool of "black thread."
View from the (unfrosted) top.
The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe