There has always been something about Gustav Klimt’s work that is timeless but with The Kiss being over a 100 years old and a film coming out this year about the artist we wanted to look in depth at this beautiful work. There are so many elements that are surprising when you look closely: the black base of the painting with the fantasy flowers in pinks and blues; the 1920s style of the black and blue/grey squares and rectangles; the swirling circles with magenta and scarlet centres.
A favourite discipline of ours to decorate cakes is painting directly onto the smooth iced surface. This was done with edible petal dust and icing sugar to get a depth to the work to reflect painting in oils. We wanted to get a look of opulence to the cake and chose to highlight some elements with real gold leaf. Overall the piece works as a whole but has also been used as inspiration for several birthday and anniversary cakes in the last few months.