All the Animals in the Graveyard

Submitted by kookykrafts June 11th, 2011
Certifikitsch Winner

This “All the Animals in the Graveyard” Day of the Dead cake reflects the duality of life and death, while still very whimsical and full of lovely plastic cake toppers, mostly vintage, and lucite flowers. Half the graveyard is filled with celebratory colorful flowers and pretty animals, including a couple of rabbits, a blue rooster, a pink duck and a chick hatching from its shell. This side of the graveyard is still full of colorful life. On the other, more somber side of the graveyard, there is a woman dressed all in white and she is surrounded by white rabbits, white ducks, and black, brown and white flowers, symbolizing the transition into death.

All my icing is created from high quality acrylic artist materials, from a formula I’ve developed over the last 30 years, and the colors are hand mixed by me and extremely colorfast. My cake sculptures are a time consuming process as I start by tracking down interesting vintage cake toppers, plastic toys, lucite and celluloid decorations, and anything else that I like that is washable. I then ice the sculptures (starting with a dense styrofoam base) by layering multiple layers of faux icing over several days, or weeks – and I make all the faux sugar roses, or other faux icing decorations, like medallions, in advance. The sculptures are washable with soapy water and a hand sprayer.

2 Responses to “All the Animals in the Graveyard”

  1. Allee Willis

    Excellent that you explore the duality of life and death through fake cakes!! I always love when an artist finds a unique way to express deep concepts, especially when using different mediums to express it via.

    Wish I could eat it and explore concept to it’s deepest and most tasty depth.

  2. kookykrafts

    Woo Hoo! Another certificate! Thanks Allee!

    A lot of my work has a dark side to it (or perhaps tragic side is more accurate); the result of a death in the family when I was a young girl. I’m fascinated (maybe even a little obsessed) by that duality in life and a lot of my work is very colorful and cheery at first glance but has the tragic peeking through somewhere. Of course, Day of the Dead ritual and the visuals that are part of that, embody that duality very well…