I was debating between painting directly on the cake or creating an icing collage. Ultimately, I opted for the second approach as it seemed more in character with the artist. Picasso was one of the originators of the word ‘collage‘ and used this method in his Cubist paintings. Besides, this painting depicts love as two bodies becoming one – so it is really about two lovers kissing rather than just one sitting on the armchair.
The cake was a rectangular Victoria sponge which was covered in white icing.
The individual colours on the painting were achieved by mixing small portions of icing with different colours to get to the correct shades.
Paper stencils for each part were cut out from a printed picture.
The different colours were then rolled out and cut to the correct shape of the stencils.
The main areas were marked out on the white cake using tracings on parchment paper. Using these guidelines, the individual parts were assembled together like a jigsaw.
Finishing touches such as shaded areas, features on the face and other lines were then painted on.
Finally, a wood-like icing frame was placed around the picture to give it a painting-like effect.
The finished cake was indeed my masterpiece!