Cake Paintings Tickle Your Fancy: The Curious Parallels Between Cakes and Hats

Cake Paintings Tickle Your Fancy: The Curious Parallels Between Cakes and Hats

There is a curious relationship in the history of human development between cakes and hats. On a formal level, cakes and hats can look quite alike. Both often have a cylindrical shape, a flat top or bottom, and they stand in similar fashion on a flat plane. Cakes and hats both function on many levels Humans began to wear hats throughout recorded and pre-recorded time for warmth, for tribal and ceremonial events, and to make a variety of fashion statements. A hat can be plain and simple or festooned with feathers and lace and an endless variety of adornments. It can allow a short person to feel tall and a tall person to feel yet taller. Similarly cakes have been made to appease hunger, were used for tribal events and celebratory moments,  and have moved into fashion as well. A cake–like a hat–can function on a great many levels and depending on color, size, and contents, can serve many purposes. A cake can be a simple dessert. For example, a sponge cake sitting alone on a white plate needs nothing else to really sing. Have you seen cake paintings that mimic elaborately decorated cakes? A cake can be highly elaborate, stacked in many layers, rich with frosting and creme and fruits and nuts of all types. At times one cannot put too much into or onto a cake. Cakes are used to celebrate weddings and birthdays, the arrival of a new baby or the arrival of a new job. There are cake paintings that capture this elaborate, decorative flair. At certain parties, a barely clad young woman has been known to...