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For Frida Kahlo’s Birthday This Is An Ode To All Of The Cakes Made In Her Honor

Mexican painter Frida Kahlo has long been one of the most recognizable global icons to come out of Latin America. The fierce Chicana was a deep poet and woman with an uncanny ability to communicate the many pains and joys of life through painting. Her life was full of struggle and love: she was sick for as long as she could remember, and her love life was repleted with ups and downs revolving around her relationship with fellow painter Diego Rivera. 

Throughout the world and the decades, she has inspired other painters, writers, filmmakers, and musicians to continue with her aesthetic legacy, which combines purely Mexican elements with fierce and unapologetic femininity. But she has also inspired bakers who create cakes that feature our great Frida and that encapsulates her philosophy: Viva la vida. Long live life! 

1. “I love you more than my own skin”, Frida told Diego, and we are sure he thought her skin was as sweet as this cake

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This cake’s autumn colors are cozy and also echo the deep orange hues of mamey, the most Mexican of fruits. We love it! 

2. If we were to title this beauty, we would use one of Fridita’s quotes: “I was a child who went about in a world of colors… “. This cake gives us all the childhood vibes. 

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Just look at this cake: it looks like a canvas splattered with oil during a crazy night of mezcal and fandango. Oh, yes!

3. This cake rinde tributo to Frida’s own favorite assets: “The most important part of the body is the brain. Of my face, I like the eyebrows and eyes” 

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The iconic eyebrows defied notions of Western beauty and have become an iconic visual element in Latino popular culture. 

4. “I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence all the days and nights that I am away from you”… and she left us her sweet spirit as a source of baking inspiration

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Frida loved animals. Diego and her kept xolos, traditional Aztec dogs, and monkeys. This cute design celebrates her love for all living things. 

5. A soul that was full of wisdom: “At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.” And a slice of nice cake can help us celebrate one more year, eh?

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Besides her self portraits, this is perhaps the most iconic Frida image that exists. A photo that captures her defiant, yet wise attitude towards life. What a great way to use it on a cake. 

6. “I paint flowers so they will not die”, she said, and this cake is like spring on a plate

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Red lips, black eyebrows and the flowers that Frida adored in life: nothing else is needed. 

7. “Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?”, said Frida, and this mariposa monarca does her philosophy justice

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We love the monarch butterfly that crowns this cake. It reminds us of how Frida personified personal transformation. 

8. Viva la vida! 

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This cake features the iconic blue house in which Frida and Diego created a universe of passion, occasional jealousy and passion for the arts.  

9. We take this edible Frida figurine over a gringa Barbie anyday

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Simple, and perhaps not the most elaborate design, but it has a rustic quality that we adore. We are sure that the birthday girl was so pleased. 

10. Look at that cute face: mischievous like our glorious painter

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This cute iteration of Frida gives us all the feelings. Ideal for a little girl’s party!

11. “I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone because I am the person I know best”, said Friducha, and this cake le rinde tributo

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This is a bit uncanny…. un poco raro, but we love the David Lynch quality of the cake, the figurine and la festejada

12. Katerine is one lucky birthday girl: can we just eat those pearls already?

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Those edible pearls really give this Frida cake an elegant touch. We would love to enjoy a slice of this baby with a bottle of bubbly!

13. Papier mache and Frida: yes, porfis 

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Papel mache is one of the key elements of Mexican handicrafts, and this cake uses it to create an amazingly vibrant headpiece that screams “Fiesta!”. 

14. Look at this beauty, a huge floral arrangement that reminds us of a night in Oaxaca listening to huapango

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One of our favorites. The red hues remind us of Oaxaca, a region that Frida adored and that is home to some of the most famous Mexican painters of all time, such as Francisco Toledo and Rufino Tamayo. 

15. What about this cute and very Mexican creation? We are not sure if we wanna eat it or cuddle with it

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This is like a mix of Day of the Death and Frida aesthetics, a sort of Frida calaverita. We just want to sink our forks and teeth into it! 

16. We adore this minimalist design, elegant purple and the eyebrows that have inspired generations of Latinas

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Those cejas preciosas again! And those golden edible earrings… hope the celebrado got to eat them! 

17. Oh, such a sexy cake, almost as sexy as Frida’s thoughts on carnal pleasure: “Take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are a bourbon biscuit”

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One of the most unique Frida cakes we found, The bouquet on top makes the cake worth it by itself, but the red cheeks spell all kinds of delicious. 

18. This cake for 100 guests is the best culinary representation of what Frida thought about what mattered in life: “Nothing is worth more than laughter”

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Can you imagine the faces of pure delight that the 100 people that ate this cake saw this beauty being cracked open, revealing its chocolate and Nutella, lemon and berries interior? Drooling! 

19. A Frida cake and books, doesn’t get better than this. She was an intelligent, fierce, independent woman who said: “I am my own muse”

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We can almost smell el cafecito de olla being brewed for the celebrada and the guests, and the smell of books and wood on a cold, rainy afternoon, 

20. Last, but certainly not least, our favorite… just look at that fierce woman and this piece of fine culinary art

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This is such an elegant design, inspired by pop art and featuring the deep eyes of Frida Kahlo, a woman like no other, a woman who contained multitudes. The eyes of a woman who said: “I must fight with all my strength so that the little positive things that my health allows me to do might be pointed toward helping the revolution. The only real reason for living.” The world would be much better with more individuals like her. 

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Latinos You May Not Have Known Were Jewish

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Latinos You May Not Have Known Were Jewish

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Although Roman Catholicism is the dominant religion in most Latin American countries, we all know by now that Latino culture is not a monolith. In fact, Latinidad comes in all shapes and forms, and it’s a total misconception that all Latinos are Catholics. Latinos follow a variety of religions, from Islam to Buddhism to Judaism. And while most people don’t think of Judaism when they think of Latin America, there is, in fact, a small but proud population of Jewish peoples living throughout Latinidad.

Although the Jewish population in Latin America is relatively small (only an estimated 300,000), Jewish Latinos keep their culture alive through tradition and a strong sense of community. The largest Jewish community resides in Argentina, which is considered to be the “center of the Jewish population in Latin America”. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of famous and influential Jewish Latinos who have made their unique mark on the world. Take a look below!

1. Frida Kahlo

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Frida Kahlo was both proud and vocal of her Jewish ancestry at a time when Anti-Semitism was at its height in Mexico. According to Kahlo, her father, Guillermo Kahlo, was a Hungarian-Jew who immigrated to Mexico. In fact, many of Frida’s work have been displayed at Jewish art exhibits.

2. Monica Lewinsky

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Monica Lewinsky’s father is El Salvadoran–born to Jewish-German immigrants who fled Germany during WWII to escape persecution from the Nazi regime.

3. Daniel Bucatinsky

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Beloved “Scandal” actor Daniel Bucatinsky was born in New York City to Argentine-Jewish parents. Bucatinsky has been candid about how his “roots” are in Argentina and how he speaks Spanish fluently. You can even catch him speaking Spanish to his fans on Twitter.

4. Sammy Davis Jr.

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One of the most talented and charismatic performers of the infamous “Rat Pack”, Sammy Davis Jr. was a Latino born to an Afro-Cuban mother. Citing a strong connection to the Jewish faith due to its people’s history of oppression, Davis Jr. converted to Judaism in 1961 and remained devout until his death.

5. William Levy

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Cuban actor and all-around heartthrob William Levy was born in Cojimar to a single mother, Barbara Levy of Jewish descent. At the reported urging of his friends, he converted to Catholicism in 2009

6. Diego Rivera

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Celebrated artist and husband to the venerable Frida Kahlo, Mexican painter Diego Rivera was descended from a Portuguese-Jewish family. Of his roots, Rivera said: “My Jewishness is the dominant element in my life. From this has come my sympathy with the downtrodden masses which motivates all my work”.

7. David Blaine

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Born to a Puerto Rican father and a mother of Russian-Jewish descent, famed magician and illusionist David Blaine is of both Jewish and Latino heritage.

8. Geraldo Rivera

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Journalist and television personality Geraldo Rivera was born to a Puerto Rican father and a mother of Russian-Jewish descent. He was raised “mostly Jewish” and had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony. Rivera affectionately describes himself as “Jew-Rican”.

9. Bruno Mars

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Bruno Mars was born in Hawaii to a father of mixed Puerto Rican and Ashkenazi Jewish descent, while his mother is Filipino. Mars has referred to his ethnicity as existing in a “gray zone” of neither black nor white. Of his ethnicity, Mars has said: “I hope people of color can look at me, and they know that everything they’re going through, I went through. I promise you.”

10. Sara Paxton

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Sara Paxton was born to Lucia Menchaca Zuckerman and Steve Paxton in Los Angeles. Paxton’s mother was originally from Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, where she was raised in a Jewish family. Paxton’s father has since converted to Judaism.

11. Cecilia Roth

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Acclaimed Argentine actress and “muse” of Pedro Almodóvar, Cecilia Roth was born to parents Abrasha Rotenberg and Dina Gutkin in Buenos Aires. Like many European Jews in the 1930s, Roth’s father fled Europe to escape the rising tide of anti-Antisemitism.

12. Eduardo Saverin

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Facebook co-founder, tech entrepreneur and multi-billionaire Eduardo Luiz Saverin was born in São Paulo, Brazil to a wealthy Jewish family. In 1993, the Saverin family immigrated to Miami. Interestingly enough, he was portrayed by the British actor Andrew Garfield in the acclaimed movie “The Social Network”.

13. Jamie-Lynn Sigler

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Known for her role as the spoiled daughter Meadow on “The Sopranos”, Jamie-Lynn Sigler was born to a Cuban mother and a Jewish father. Sigler’s mother converted to Judaism upon marrying Sigler’s father. Sigler has revealed that being raised Jewish, she both attended Hebrew school and had a bat mitzvah.

14. Joaquin Phoenix

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Joaquin Phoenix was born in Puerto Rico to a Jewish mother and a (lapsed) Catholic father. At the time, his parents were acting as missionaries for the cult “Children of God”. Phoenix’s father currently lives in Costa Rica. Of his Latino roots, Phoenix says, “I do like Spanish culture…I like to practice my Spanish when I am working with any actor who speaks Spanish or with members of the crew”.

15. Don Francisco

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Cultural stalwart and host of Univision’s “Sábado Gigante”, Don Francisco was born in Chile to German-Jewish immigrants who fled their home country to escape the Nazi regime.

16. Gabe Saporta

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Cobra Starship lead singer Gabe Saporta was born in Uruguay to a Jewish family. Like many of the entries on this list, Saporta’s grandparents fled Europe during the WWII era to escape anti-antisemitism. His Instagram bio currently reads “I was a terror since the hebrew school era” and he frequently interacts with fans on the account in Spanish.

17. Joanna Hausmann

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Joanna Hausmann is Venezuelan-American comedian, Youtuber, and TV personality. Hausmann is the daughter of Venezuelan intellectual and Harvard professor Ricardo Hausmann and CNN en Español host, Ana Julia Jatar. Hausmann has a series of videos called “Joanna Rants” on Flama where she covers a variety of issues affecting Latindad–from differences in accents to cultural stereotyping.

18. Kayla Maisonet

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Known for playing the sporty sister in Disney Channel’s “Stuck in the Middle”, Kayla Masionet is a biracial actress of Puerto Rican and Russian-Jewish descent. On dealing with criticism in the industry, Maisonet has revealed that she chooses to embrace what makes her different as opposed to “conform[ing] to what people say I should do”.

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Reports Of A New Series Depicting The Life Of Frida Kahlo Has The Internet Asking All Sorts Of Questions

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Reports Of A New Series Depicting The Life Of Frida Kahlo Has The Internet Asking All Sorts Of Questions

There are few people in this world that are as iconic as Frida Kahlo. She’s captured the minds and imaginations of generations of people from all over the world. We’ve seen her story told before, including on the big screen, but fans have long awaited a Netflix rendition of the artists unique story and now it seem like we may finally be getting what so many of us have wanted for so long.

The Frida Kahlo Corporation is developing a TV drama series based on the artist’s storied life.

Acording to a report by Deadline, the Frida Kahlo Corporation is working with a media company and famed Venezuelan composer and singer Carlos Baute to produce a drama series following the life of the iconic artist.

Frida Kahlo has inspired and influenced fans around the world and has had a major impact on the Latinx diaspora, the art world, feminism and culture as a whole. So, it seems that producers are pulling out all the stops to make sure they do right by the artist.

The series is being written by Latino talent, lead by Joel Novoa and Marilú Godinez. Novoa, who has worked on Arrow, Blood and Treasure and the feature film God’s Slave is attached to direct. The partnership will create a slate of content to celebrate the life of Frida Kahlo in different genres.

“The idea is to talk about what the books don’t,” said the writing duo in a joint statement. “The subtext behind each painting, the richness of Mexico’s 20th century and the revolution. Themes that are incredibly relevant at this unprecedented time.”

Carlos Dorado of the Frida Kahlo Corporation added, “Frida Kahlo corporation is always looking for talented people who know how to exalt the life of an icon like Frida Kahlo. In this case the professional team that has been formed is distinguished by its great professionalism, experience and most importantly the sensitivity to be able to approach a project as important and transcendental as Frida Kahlo. This high professional team will always have the support of Frida Kahlo Corporation.”

So when can we expect to see a series about one of the world’s greatest artists and feminist icons?

The team expects to start production of the series during the second half of 2021. A studio has already shown interest and the presentation of the project to the market is expected to occur in February.

“We are currently developing and writing the basis of the series and expect to be ready to present the project in the upcoming weeks,” the team said in a statement.

Also, why has it taken so long?!

Should the series find a studio and distributor, this would be the first drama series focusing on Kahlo in recent history. It’s been almost twenty years since her story was told on the big screen, when Salma Hayek portrayed the icon in the 2002 film Frida. That film went on to earn six Oscar nominations, winning for Best Makeup and Best Original Score. More recently, Kahlo was voiced by Natalia Cordova-Buckley in the Oscar-winning Pixar pic Coco. 

In addition to this, in 2019 it was announced that there would be an animated film about the painter.

But fans of the iconic feminist and artist have long hoped to see a TV series depicting her larger than life personality and role in shaping the world we live in today and it looks like we may finally get what we’ve asked for.

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