Some winning combinations are a no-brainer, like peanut butter and chocolate or croissants and donuts. But others are a little less intuitive. For instance, we never thought there鈥檇 be a good way to combine our dual loves of 鈥70s shag rugs and pretty cakes. Oh, how wrong we were. If only we鈥檇 had the visionary foresight of cake decorator extraordinaire Alana Jones-Mann. It鈥檚 all good, though. Who could think about the past when these beauties exist in the present?

While we (and everyone on social media) were calling these 鈥渟hag cakes鈥 because of their resemblance to shag rugs, we weren鈥檛 100 percent sure Jones-Mann would approve of the name. Luckily, she says that the inspiration behind the technicolor, textural cakes wasn鈥檛 far off. 鈥淚 find a lot of inspiration in textiles and textures and am personally very inspired by the 鈥60s and 鈥70s,鈥 she tells Brit + Co, 鈥渟o it wasn鈥檛 an overt attempt of representation, but definitely something I was playing off of.鈥 Jones-Mann admits that her love of all things retro isn鈥檛 limited to cakes, either. 鈥淚鈥檇 say that 90 percent of my wardrobe is vintage, with the majority of my pieces from the 鈥60s and 鈥70s,鈥 she says.

Being borderline color-obsessive, of course, we wanted to know how Jones-Mann settles on the palette for each pattern she creates. The answer wasn鈥檛 an exact science, coming from a true (cake) artist. 鈥淣ature, art, fashion, interiors, patterns, prints鈥 the color inspiration behind all my work truly does come from everywhere,鈥 she says. 鈥淚t鈥檚 rarely just one specific image or reference. It鈥檚 usually a combination of images or ideas that I have.鈥 Of course, there鈥檚 always room for improvisation too. 鈥淭he palette can change once I start coloring the buttercream. I鈥檒l often make alterations based on what looks best to me once I see the colors come together in the bowl,鈥 she admits.

When it comes to creating the fringe-like lines, she says, 鈥淪ome [cakes] take just a couple of hours, while others can take a lot longer.鈥 But that鈥檚 all part of the journey to a stunning final product: 鈥淔or me, the process is fairly meditative, and I like to work on them in segments, so I never rush them. For the decorating, I use a grass tip for some of the areas, but oftentimes I鈥檒l use a small round tip because I want more intricate details or shapes.鈥 (We can imagine that the more elaborate patterns really require this precision!)

Although these shag cakes have really blown up on Instagram, Jones-Mann says she鈥檚 not caught up in the hype. 鈥淚鈥檝e been making the shag cakes for years, and just now they are getting more attention. But like all of the desserts, I make [them] for fun,鈥 she says, a fact that definitely comes across in the spirit of the cakes themselves. And while she鈥檚 not too worried about making the next It-cake on Insta, she has gotten a bit of new perspective from seeing her work touch on a trend. 鈥淭here鈥檚 something truly special about having a style that is your own, so it鈥檚 nice when it can be appreciated, but hasn鈥檛 yet been duplicated or recreated by other cake makers,鈥 she says. 鈥淭hat鈥檚 only a very small window of time these days, though!鈥

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(Images via Alana Jones-Mann)