Today is the first day of our newest cake series, The 4 Cakes of July! Four talented bakers were asked (pretty, pretty please) to create new designs inspired by the 4th of July holiday. To bring the beauty and colors of the American flag to life in a sophisticated cake design. There will be no flag sheet cakes here… these cakes are gorgeous and like none we’ve seen before. Red, white and beautiful cakes created just for you! And I’m beyond thrilled to share these cakes with you! I’m talking, I would set off fireworks if I could, thrilled! So let’s get started!!
This first American beauty comes to us from Allison Kelleher, owner of AK Cake Design in Portland. You may remember Allison from previous features on our site (like this one and this one). She is a master when it comes to geometric patterns. I was secretly hoping she would go that route with her design but I never envisioned something this spectacular! Capturing the essence of a classic Americana quilt, beautifully embedded with pinwheels and stars, Allison takes her pattern skills to a whole new level! Cue the fireworks… because it is time for The 1st Cake of July!!
The pinwheels, the stars, the quilted pattern! The attention to detail and precision in this cake are phenomenal! Incredibly bold and nothing less than stunning, Allison seriously rocked this theme! So let’s keep swooning, shall we?
Allison of AK Cake Design shares the inspiration behind her design:
“I’ve been wanting to create a quilt-like cake for some time. As you know, I’m a little obsessed with patterns, and while I’ve never made a quilt, I’m intrigued by how complex they can be. For some reason, an Independence Day inspired cake seemed to be the perfect fit – I mean, what says July 4th more than hot dogs, baseball, and an Americana quilt cake?”
More from Allison of AK Cake Design:
“I spent the bulk of my prep time researching quilt patterns and then pairing down three of them. I felt that I needed to simplify the patterns, so the cake would be bold, not too busy, and well-balanced. I chose pinwheel and star motifs because they feel so patriotic and festive. After the planning, it was just a matter of patience and of cutting out many, many triangles! The cake came together fairly effortlessly, with fabric ribbon stripes completing the look.”
Honestly, I see something new to love each time I look at this cake! A huge, gigantic thank you to Allison of AK Cake Design for sharing her time and talent with us! And to Lara Ferroni for the incredibly gorgeous photography!
Up tomorrow… the 2nd Cake of July. See you then!!