1726 – Masquerade

Masquerade balls were a feature of the Carnival season in the 15th century, and gradually evolved into pageants and triumphal processions celebrating marriages and other dynastic events of late medieval court life. The “Masquerade” has figured repeatedly in literature, including Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”, Edgar Allan Poe‘s short story “The Masque of the Red Death”, Herman Hesse’s “Steppenwolf”, and perhaps most famously, “The Phantom of the Opera.”  This design has all the elements required for an exciting, dramatic, and convivial birthday celebration. The backdrop is a bright green icing on two round tiers. Elegant gold artwork embellishes each tier, and thick gold “ropes” ring the base of each layer. A hand-sculpted golden mask that suggests royalty and mystery, at the same time, rests on the lower tier. Large plumes of deepest black burst forth from the top of the cake, adding an air of theatricality to the piece. “Masquerade” is homage to the spectacular balls and parties of old, where glamour was in fashion, and everyone looked forward to the midnight unmasking!

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