February 21, 2015

Judging a Delicious, Fanciful Cake Baking Contest

Will Cotton, an American artist born in 1965, is fascinated with sweets and has become very well known for his surreal paintings of Candy Land, populated by nude or seminude pop icons or pinup-style models. To quote the artist: "These paintings are all about a very specific place...a utopia where all desire is fulfilled all the time."  Indulgence and desire, candies, ice cream, cakes and pastries, clothing devised of candy wrappers and other deliciousness—these are Will Cotton's underlying themes to support his painting of fantasy and imagination.

Every year, Will hosts a cake contest in his Soho studio, where invited guests bring what they hope will be devoured and chosen as the most creative, delicious and beautiful sweet cake on the crowded table of entries. I was asked to be a judge this year, and my daughter, Alexis, was asked to enter a cake, which she did. We all had a very sweet time at the party. Enjoy!