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Cake as Art

May 10, 2013

by Alison Feldmann

Marcella Robin is a cake baker and designer in Portland, Oregon. Cake is great, regardless of what it looks like, but these cakes? They are simply gorgeous. Impeccably conceived and designed, these elaborate delicacies are edible art. As Marcella says, “People are delighted by cake. They love it.”

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3 Featured Comments

  • Parachute425 said 6 years ago Featured

    Yes Marcella, that's art! It's always an inspiration to see people who are the very best at what they do. Now when cake eating becomes an art, I will be the Pigcasso of cake eating.

  • gossamer531 said 6 years ago Featured

    Being a person who wanted to study pastry professionally and never did, I am FASCINATED and INSPIRED on so many levels by this beautifully made film!! Food is so much more appealing when it is being made in artful ways such as this!! Thank you, Marcella!!! Your work has captured my imagination, both in and out of the kitchen!

  • paramountvintage said 6 years ago Featured

    I'm in love! I'll never be satisfied with a plain cake ever again!

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  • TopStitchDesign said 6 years ago

    Wow! This would be gone in my household in minutes!

  • MTmaiden said 6 years ago

    Edible and uniquely beautiful! wow

  • mattyhandmadecrafts said 6 years ago

    Fun!

  • Waterrose said 6 years ago

    Beautiful cakes and they look delicious!

  • aospopup said 6 years ago

    How Delish! The Retro Designs are Fab! Genius!

  • admspeicher said 6 years ago

    Delicious

  • LivingVintage said 6 years ago

    Amazing!

  • LizzyClara said 6 years ago

    Wow is right cake art !

  • MegansMenagerie said 6 years ago

    Wow! Beautiful!!!

  • Blucha said 6 years ago

    Oh boy, I'm drooling! How I wish we could get those cakes over here in the UK - I'm definitely a "silly chocolate" fan!

  • coolranchstudio said 6 years ago

    oh my god - what amazing talent! i'm jealous. i love the portrait, too. nice work!!!

  • Nikifashion said 6 years ago

    Great design too.

  • lucinderella said 6 years ago

    WOW! you're outstanding and TOTALLY out of the BOX! so enjoyed watching your video, YOU ROCK! wish i lived closer, i'm in Escondido, ca check out my store: KSARTSTUDIO the very best of luck to you!!! ~lucinda

  • rarebeasts said 6 years ago

    Awesome looking cakes, you're making me hungry now :)

  • Nikifashion said 6 years ago

    I like all of them, but the most pink stripes cake :O)

  • andiespecialtysweets said 6 years ago

    Great looking cakes, and a neat technique!

  • materialrat said 6 years ago

    Thank for this great video! Amazing work, I'm not sure I can eat something that pretty (:

  • KMalinka said 6 years ago

    So yummy!

  • INeedAStitch said 6 years ago

    who could eat such beauties!!? Love them!

  • buttersoap83 said 6 years ago

    Ohhh! Thanks for Pushing cakes in new (unique) directions. Loving it!!!

  • bedouin said 6 years ago

    Beautifully done ~ Their earthy colors and mod presentation is inviting. They all look delish !! Best in continued success.

  • sommervilleglass said 6 years ago

    Awesome!!

  • thebibliophile said 6 years ago

    I'm so confused! On the one hand, far too beautiful to eat. On the other hand, they look delicious and now I'm hungry. Lovely work!

  • HandiworkinGirls said 6 years ago

    What amazing work! But now I could REALLY use a slice of cake....

  • minipotterybyanita said 6 years ago

    Wow! And I thought just "plain" cake was delish! I would have to eat the WHOLE cake if it were this gorgeous! ;-) ♥♥♥

  • lmouer said 6 years ago

    Beautiful cakes! Love your style!

  • auntjanecan said 6 years ago

    You can have your art and eat it, too! I love the retro style!

  • ukaisrael said 6 years ago

    So cool! I love eat :)

  • birchcreekdesigns said 6 years ago

    Great video and I love her approach. BEAUTIFUL work!

  • Aristocrafts said 6 years ago

    These cakes look so delicious! I especially like the "Mood Swinging" one :)!

  • knitsbycaitlin said 6 years ago

    Beautiful and delicious!

  • NirvanaRoad said 6 years ago

    They look too good to eat! Great video!!!

  • ASimpleKindOfFancy said 6 years ago

    ummm....LOVE this! what pretty cakes!

  • BemusingBaubles said 6 years ago

    So cool, and tasty looking.

  • DewyMorningVintage said 6 years ago

    Love this!!! I used to do cake decorating years ago. Marcella takes it to a whole other level! I love her use of design and layering techniques. Thank you for this wonderful article!

  • Crafts2Cherish said 6 years ago

    Yumm,they look so delicious!!!

  • BigRockPaperCo said 6 years ago

    OMG. Is that art? um... YAH! it totally is.

  • NicolasKnitKnacks said 6 years ago

    Lovely cakes great work very interesting and I would say they're delicious too!!

  • agebo said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous! Taking that first slice would be so difficult! Congrats to another PDX artist getting featured!

  • TwitchyWitchy said 6 years ago

    Never seen anything like it- very cool!

  • recycledwares said 6 years ago

    Amazing! And yes, cake decorating is an art form.

  • blainedesign said 6 years ago

    The designs are sort of 1980s-alternative-comics-Dan-Clowes. Love you so!

  • aadarme said 6 years ago

    WOW! Some of the most gorgeous and interesting looking cakes I've laid my eyes on. Super awesome work!

  • thisislullaby said 6 years ago

    Oh I'm hungry now....

  • PruAtelier said 6 years ago

    Meant to say.. Truly amazing work! The artistry in these cakes appears to be formed on the surface itself and not from icing....which makes it all the more attractive!

  • squackdoodle said 6 years ago

    LOVE!

  • PaperAltar said 6 years ago

    Congratulations to a life well lived - cheers.

  • SaffronColoredPony said 6 years ago

    Oh my gosh, I sooooooo want some of that cake! What a delight to behold and I'm betting they are just as delicious~ yum yum!

  • Parachute425 said 6 years ago Featured

    Yes Marcella, that's art! It's always an inspiration to see people who are the very best at what they do. Now when cake eating becomes an art, I will be the Pigcasso of cake eating.

  • themefragrance said 6 years ago

    that was absolutely fascinating! amazing process to produce the designs. love the patterns retro modern. i think if i had one of your cakes, it would be too precious for me to eat, though i am sure the cake is delicious in taste ~ certainly a feast for the eyes!

  • msmarinsss said 6 years ago

    wow! really amazing

  • msmarinsss said 6 years ago

    wow this is really well made and looks delicious. thank you for sharing

  • ACupOfSparkle said 6 years ago

    Impressive!

  • calistagraaff said 6 years ago

    That was excellent! You are truly creative.

  • Powerofflower said 6 years ago

    Simply stunning!

  • SquidWhaleDesigns said 6 years ago

    Unlike the typical approach to cake decorating, which often uses the things like fondant or icing or added candy elements, I really appreciate her more "purist" approach to using the actual cake itself as the decorative vehicle. So conceptually inspired!

  • ArtisintheHeart said 6 years ago

    Love the overflow of creativity!! These cakes look amazing. Truly inspirational.

  • ArtisintheHeart said 6 years ago

    Love the overflow of creativity!! These cakes look AMAZING! Truly inspirational.

  • jessjamesjake said 6 years ago

    AMAZING. Want. Now!

  • jibbyandjuna said 6 years ago

    I LOVE her perspective on creativity and the cakes...well those cakes are just amazing!

  • timelapse said 6 years ago

    Like so many have said...WOW!!! And since chocolate IS one of my basic food groups, I would love to sample one...sigh

  • pollyfoofoo said 6 years ago

    what a cool lady! beautiful cakes.

  • BrianaEdelmanDesigns said 6 years ago

    Those are stunning!!

  • SuVasi said 6 years ago

    love the video, amazing cakes!

  • ByAngie said 6 years ago

    I wanna be her friend simply because of her cool attitude...the cakes would be a bonus!

  • deekish said 6 years ago

    Awesome cakes. Love the idea of cake art!!

  • fromLUCYwithLOVEwed said 6 years ago

    Gosh, this is so awesome!!

  • littlepart said 6 years ago

    so inspiring!

  • dahliasoleil said 6 years ago

    wow.Amazing work.So unique and innovative.

  • HoneyThistle said 6 years ago

    this is amazing! I love seeing her process :)

  • cannie33 said 6 years ago

    such a cool technique for baking cakes! I love all the patterns! I just watched the video and my stomach is literally growing now :)

  • patspottery said 6 years ago

    WOW!! Who knew? I am learning something every day:>)

  • bstudio said 6 years ago

    She's definitely thinking outside the cake box, with these unique designs!

  • WackyWanitas said 6 years ago

    This woman is probably the most un-pretentious artist I've ever seen in film. And look how amazing she is! ... What a fascinating interview. Love it.

  • allisondendulk said 6 years ago

    Amazing!!

  • gossamer531 said 6 years ago Featured

    Being a person who wanted to study pastry professionally and never did, I am FASCINATED and INSPIRED on so many levels by this beautifully made film!! Food is so much more appealing when it is being made in artful ways such as this!! Thank you, Marcella!!! Your work has captured my imagination, both in and out of the kitchen!

  • monsterhugs said 6 years ago

    Wow, the cakes are gorgeous! I would hesitate to cut in to one!

  • brokenasphalt said 6 years ago

    Totally out of the box

  • KelleyWorley said 6 years ago

    So cool!! How unique to use cake as art!! Wonderful!!

  • chieblossom said 6 years ago

    Amazing cakes!!

  • lovelygifts said 6 years ago

    Awesome!

  • DailyArtbyAngelina said 6 years ago

    Love them!!!!

  • DarkBluebell said 6 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous! Great designs.

  • loobyloo1 said 6 years ago

    A...ma...zing!!! Are there any other adjectives left unsaid to describe this fantastic lady and her creations... ?

  • whitecoffeedesigns said 6 years ago

    yeah... i'm speechless :)

  • FreshFromtheFlame said 6 years ago

    Yes this is art!

  • emberair said 6 years ago

    Wow! Gorgeous cakes! They really are art, and I'd never thought of them as a medium like this before

  • PipsEmporium said 6 years ago

    Wow, never realized someone could design cakes like that! Amazing!

  • TheBerryPress said 6 years ago

    She seems like the kind of peson you'd like to hang out with! Her cakes are amazing. I've never seen anything like them before. Hope she always has lots of ideas and that her customers are always waiting in line to get them!

  • MMArtists said 6 years ago

    Love this, what innovation!!

  • PoppysGarden said 6 years ago

    So talented - what beautiful Cakes !

  • CabochonCorner said 6 years ago

    This is awesome! Thanks so much for sharing :)

  • raechelsaunders said 6 years ago

    I could watch someone make Arty cakes allll day :)

  • juliadomnits said 6 years ago

    Incredible! I have no words to describe!

  • catherinemaria said 6 years ago

    So beautiful, love the detail

  • TheRobinsTree said 6 years ago

    Wow! These cakes are so beautiful-they truly do look like works of art. I would feel so bad eating them though. :-) They do look tasty however..... :-)

  • littlecatdraw said 6 years ago

    Mmm cake! Beautiful and delicious :P

  • accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    Extraordinary and beautiful!

  • LushWreathWorks said 6 years ago

    Wow these are gorgeous!

  • fairyatheart said 6 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous! What a unique way to design a cake, I haven't seen the technique she uses for the outer layer before, but it's totally genius!

  • sarahmoon503 said 6 years ago

    Wow! total pieces of art, so yummy! Right here in my town, aren't I lucky. (:

  • sarahmoon503 said 6 years ago

    PS making cake is a totally important art! lol (:

  • DarwinsDress said 6 years ago

    OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!! My mouth is hanging open in awe and I better close it because I'm drooling all over the place! Incredible design and looks incredibly delicious too ~ I'm ready to jump in the car and drive 10 or 15 hours up to Portland to see these cakes and eat a slice .....or 3! Awesome gorgeous work Marcella ~ you are inspiring us to do our personal best using our own unique perspective. <3 <3 <3

  • 5gardenias said 6 years ago

    fantastic! thanks for sharing Alison!

  • basiabachota said 6 years ago

    I've been working at the bakeries over 8 years and I 've never seen anything like this, they are amazing! congrats

  • sighfoo said 6 years ago

    Amazing!

  • PureLove said 6 years ago

    Oh my!! Love this way of decorating cakes. So unique and different. Let the phenomenon begin. I'm so over fondant.

  • ssr710 said 6 years ago

    Yes Marcella, it IS art & it is important. The fact that it's consumable add the whimsy. Your work is beautiful & it looks like it's a time consuming labor of love. I sure hope you charge accordingly!!!

  • andreaciske said 6 years ago

    Wow! I loved watching this video! I literally smiled throughout the entire piece; it made me happy! I loved watching you talk about your work, Marcella. I loved watching your process. I loved the cakes and designs. I loved the groovy music it was all set to. I'll be watching it again for sure. Thanks.

  • djpet said 6 years ago

    You rock! Wow! Sincerely love what you do. ...and great video by the way.

  • TabbiesandTrains said 6 years ago

    Impressive, inspiring...edible artwork! Thank you for sharing

  • craftyhands1981 said 6 years ago

    Mmmm! Artwork you can eat....

  • meganashwell said 6 years ago

    These are amazing!! x

  • oomimmi said 6 years ago

    I have never seen anything like this. They are a.mazzzze.ing! I have shared this link with everyone. So impressive.

  • CharmingShopLove said 6 years ago

    Just breathtaking! They're so beautiful! You almost can't even believe they're cakes!

  • Mystiquebijoux said 6 years ago

    Wow! I love this feature. What an inspiring designer. So different from what we see these days in cake decorating. Congrats!

  • georgieandjetdesigns said 6 years ago

    YUMMY!!!!! BEAUTIFUL!!

  • SilverFoxDesigns6 said 6 years ago

    Great cakes are a true art. A delicious one too.

  • paramountvintage said 6 years ago Featured

    I'm in love! I'll never be satisfied with a plain cake ever again!

  • janicewd said 6 years ago

    Oh what fun...cake art:)

  • mrstheta said 6 years ago

    Amazing !!

  • moneuharth said 6 years ago

    I love this!

  • JaradLIN said 6 years ago

    Wow. Yum!!

  • candycoateddigitals said 6 years ago

    WOW -- I LOVED your video!! Not only are your cakes uniquely beautiful but I really enjoyed your message.

  • ArtisintheHeart said 6 years ago

    So cool! Beautiful and yummy too!

  • BurashiArt said 6 years ago

    So cool!!! Love your style!

  • TheGlowingSkin said 6 years ago

    Delectable! Food as art, and as perfect can be.

  • leannjellis said 6 years ago

    Amazing!!

  • janeargarrus said 6 years ago

    Amazing! They look as delicious as they are beautiful!

  • TopRackPinup said 6 years ago

    this is absolutely beautiful! so much talent and patience

  • AntonellaMia said 6 years ago

    They look so delicious! Love the names you have chosen!

  • Daniblu said 6 years ago

    Amazing!

  • helenbobelenhbb said 6 years ago

    "It's really important and it's not important...but you strive to always do your best..." Beautiful work and a beautiful video portrait. Thank you...

  • TheresasGourmet said 6 years ago

    Wow, absolutely amazing!!!

  • LostInTheValley said 6 years ago

    Now I want cake!! Such fabulous work!

  • Nemki said 6 years ago

    Wow, I've never seen cakes like this before!

  • 26Seeds said 6 years ago

    So interesting how she creates the patterns. I could watch her bake all day!

  • aressa said 6 years ago

    I just can't believe how awesome cakes are these days...Very unique...Love it!

  • anordicrose said 6 years ago

    Amazing ! never saw anything like it before !

  • johntasto said 6 years ago

    That looks awesome, Very creative.

  • ASParkerJewellery said 6 years ago

    Yum yum! :D

  • Hayatgul said 6 years ago

    Your cakes are definitely art! They look delicious and beautiful, great concept!

  • EriMill said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous! The process is so different too, I love it!

  • swaggjewelry said 6 years ago

    Lovely Cakes :-b

  • atelierpompadour said 6 years ago

    fabulous!!!

  • DuPreGeneralStore said 6 years ago

    Damn awesome cakes and what a joy to see that Marcella has such a great attitude of not taking her self so seriously. She certainly has her cake and is eating it to!

  • prtybrd said 6 years ago

    I am so impressed. Your cakes are so beautiful!!

  • nativestrandsjewelry said 6 years ago

    Very interesting cakes!

  • snoopy41 said 6 years ago

    Yes, that is definitely art! Beautiful art, at that! And not only do they look pretty, they look darn delicious!

  • AmyMeredithHutson said 6 years ago

    So pretty I'd feel bad eating it :) Amy Meredith Hutson

  • ElisabethSpace said 6 years ago

    Welp, this video just made my day. Totally cool, down-to-earth, full-of-laughter creator with gorgeously fleeting bundles of deliciousness. Hot damn, I want me some kitschy mod, ooey gooey layer cake now!

  • kadydesigns said 6 years ago

    These cakes are amazing!!! So unique and beautiful!!!!

  • Zarell said 6 years ago

    Lovely!

  • sarahrglover said 6 years ago

    love this so much fun! I know this lady in Seattle she does Crazy Cakes After School programs. So much fun and great money Your work is amazing!!

  • Sparkleandswirl said 6 years ago

    Very nice cakes! Great details.

  • Knallbraun said 6 years ago

    Oh wow! I think I have never seen cakes as beautiful as Marcellas. I love them. I want them.

  • peonyandthistle said 6 years ago

    These cakes are amazing! LOVE!

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