What in the world is art deco? Here’s a very brief art history lesson: art deco came into style in the 1920′s and stuck around through the 1930′s, with a resurgence again in the 1960′s. While originating in Paris, this style was actually inspired by ancient Egyptian and Aztec forms. It was a departure from the organic curves that dominated style prior. It focuses more on linear symmetry, with a more abstract and eclectic feel.
This cake is a 4 tier, square cake that has quite a bit of the art deco influence, especially the top tier. The bottom tier is studded with pearls in a very geometric pattern (not random) while the 2nd from the bottom is sprayed with diagonal pearlescent stripes. The 3rd tier from the bottom is the swirly pattern that you see a lot these days but with the occasional chocolate pearl. The top tier is where we combine all of the art deco elements and is a very modern design that would look great on an entire cake.
I often look at fabrics and paintings when needing cake design inspirations. If you are interested in trying an art deco design, here are a few pics that might get those ideas flowing.