The Kid Should See This

Alana Jones-Mann’s ‘Shag Cakes’

Nicknamed for the ubiquitous shag carpets of the 1970s, Alana Jones-Mann‘s signature ‘Shag Cakes’ are eye-catching buttercream-frosted delights. Her not-so-secret secret: Meticulous and meditative piping that can take two hours to complete.

This Los Angeles Times video wraps her colorful work with some jazzy music that hearkens back to 1950s film shorts:

Without taking her eyes off the cake, she gripped a piping bag filled with sky-blue buttercream and began flicking small, sharp dots onto its pale, rounded surface. Up close, every stroke looked as sharp and tactile as a spike. After a few minutes of decorating, the tightly spaced points of color grew softer, forming fuzzy, undulating waves.

Check out more of her work on Instagram:

Next, get inspired to make your own cakes with Dinara Kasko’s incredible edible geometric cakes, How To Be A Better Baker with Kiano Moju, and the magic formula for Milk Bar’s strawberry-lemon cake truffles.

Plus, a few jazzy 1950s videos: Glas, Bert Haanstra‘s Oscar-winning documentary short and Norman McLaren’s Pen Point Percussion and Dots.

This feature is being tested. Saves will disappear if you clear cookies. Find saved videos here.

🌈 Related videos

How to make a ‘Tom & Jerry’ No-Bake Cheesecake

Rion Nakaya

Animated chocolate cake zoetropes by Alexandre Dubosc

Rion Nakaya

How this color changing cake was made + lenticular printing

Rion Nakaya

Dinara Kasko’s incredible edible geometric cakes

Rion Nakaya

How to make a no-bake blueberry cheesecake

Rion Nakaya

Casdoce (カスドース), a confection made for lords & emperors

Rion Nakaya

How To Be A Better Baker with Kiano Moju

Rion Nakaya

The magic formula for Milk Bar’s strawberry-lemon cake truffles

Rion Nakaya

Automated Cake Icing and Decorating Machines

Rion Nakaya

Browse the TKSST Video Collections

Get 7 smart videos delivered every week.