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  1. kookykrafts

    kookykrafts

    Actually Allee, this is a Catrina Day of the Dead Cake. I think I forgot to put a title on this one when I submitted it. It says “Best Memories” around the bottom – to honor a friendship and those special memories of time spent with someone close who has died.

    All my cakes look like real cakes. When people come into my shop they think they ARE real and I have to tell them “NO”! They think my shop is a cake shop when they first drive by because of the big turning cake in the front window. I also have lots of little cakes displayed inside an actual bakery case so they think they are real – which is part of the fantasy and illusion that makes it fun for me (and them)!.

    When I started making these Day of the Dead cake sculptures a few months ago it was with the idea that people could add them to their Day of the Dead offrendas. A lot of people in the Southwest have altars that they add to all year long to honor deceased love ones, including in Phoenix. I bought the molds and what not a few months for making sugar skulls because I thought it would be fun to make some elaborate ones with my faux icing. Then it occurred to me it would be fun to have a small cake on the offrenda as well, with a Day of the Dead theme.

    Below the general description of the piece, I’ve added some historical information about the Day of the Dead that I found online.

    She is carrying a blue and pink vintage plastic parasol, is wearing a red top hat with a blue lucite flower on top, and has a pink bow under her chin. Her dress is decorated with petite lucite flowers and handmade faux icing medallions of different color combinations. She is being kept company by vintage plastic ducks and a white rabbit that are hopping around the bottom of her dress. It stands about 10 and 1/2 inches tall and is 5 inches across on the lower layer.

    Normally in Central and Southern Mexico the Day of the Dead is celebrated November 1 & 2. It is believed that the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31 and the spirits of all the deceased children are allowed to reunite with their families. On November 2, the spirits of the adults come down to enjoy the festivities that are prepared for them. Because of the colorful nature of many of the items left on the altar (sugar skulls, elaborate chocolate skulls, flowers, candies, candles, offerings of food) many North Americans leave their altar up all year round, continually adding to it.