The Art of Cake

The Creme de la Creme of the World's Favourite Desserts


Cakes offer a kind of magic, turning the everyday into the exquisite. In this unapologetic ode to cake, Alice Oehr’s engaging writing and distinctive, playful illustrations tell the stories of fifty of the world’s favourites.


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Alice Oehr


Cake is about so much more than just flavour. Cake is history, nostalgia, cultural DNA and therapy. Cake is also theatre. The visual forms of cake speak a language of their own. Inspired by their place of origin (Black Forest Cake, Hummingbird Cake, Vínaterta), to commemorate a specific event or historical figure (Battenberg, Pavlova) or to prove sheer culinary audacity (Croquembouche, Smörgåstårta, Angel Food Cake), cakes are an important part of any country’s culinary vernacular.

Each delicacy comes to life in The Art of Cake through the charming writing and seductive illustrations. The book includes origin stories, explanations and interesting facts for everyone who has a taste for cake. Author and illustrator Alice Oehr keenly observes the finery of cake: colours, patterns, toppings, packaging and forms of display, teaching us to fully appreciate our favourite desserts. Just like cake, this is a book to adorn any festive occasion or to be enjoyed on one’s own.

Additional information

Weight 487 g
Dimensions 21.1 x 16.8 cm
Publisher name Thames & Hudson Australia Pty Ltd
Publication date 27 March 2020
Number of pages 128
Format Hardback
Dimensions 21.1 x 16.8 cm
Weight 487 g
Alice Oehr is a designer and illustrator from Melbourne. Her distinct colourful style incorporates her love of food, pattern, collage and drawing with many of her ideas having made their way onto textiles, homewares and magazines. Alongside illustration and design, Alice teaches still life classes with Apple iPads at Lamington Drive Gallery. She has previously illustrated Happiness is Baking (Little Brown & Co, Hachette US), Around the World in 80 Cocktails (Hardie Grant), Tacotopia (Smith Street Books) and Australia (Hardie Grant Egmont) among others.