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.