The story behind those colorful shag-rug cakes all over Instagram

Los Angeles baker and cake designer Alana Jones-Mann discusses her wildly popular and colorful "shag rug" cakes.
Patricia Escárcega • Los Angeles Times • May 20, 2019
On a recent Friday afternoon, Alana Jones-Mann sat in her light-filled dining room overlooking the leafy hilltops of central Los Angeles. She was seated at the long, white kitchen table that doubles as her work space, with about a dozen pastry...
The full article can be read on the Los Angeles Times website.

Related Articles

Tasting Notes: The last day in the life of L.A. legend Art's Famous Chili Dogs

Patricia Escárcega • Los Angeles Times • March 14, 2020
I stood in line for four hours to eat a chili dog last weekend. You’re probably wondering whether it was wrapped in gold leaf or covered in rare-breed truffles or otherwise so extraordinary that I had to devote a whole afternoon to getting it. In...
Art's Famous Chili Dogs   

This cheese shop lost 90% of its business overnight. Now what?

Patricia Escárcega • Los Angeles Times • April 11, 2020
Weddings, birthday parties, baby showers — the coronavirus outbreak has put many of these celebrations on hold. It’s bad news for everyone, including the businesses that provide the food and drink at these special events. Recently I spoke to Sarah...

Coronavirus tips: Quarantine baking for stress relief

Patricia Escárcega • Los Angeles Times • April 13, 2020
Jessica Reed has baked a cake almost every day since the coronavirus crisis upended her daily routine several weeks ago. Reed, who goes by “The Cake Historian” on Instagram, is known for designing cakes inspired by history, literature and her...

Q&A: Netflix’s ‘Tuca & Bertie’ makes fun of food trends. Its creator explains ‘crünts’

Patricia Escárcega • Los Angeles Times • May 6, 2019
Lisa Hanawalt — illustrator, TV producer, soup dumpling devotee — has dedicated much of her work to the subject of food and the working lives of chefs. “I love people who are really good at something, and cooking in particular,” Hanawalt said...

Mario Batali apologizes for sexual misconduct, steps away from his restaurant empire

Samantha Masunaga, Jonathan Gold, Amy Scattergood • Los Angeles Times • December 12, 2017
Celebrity chef Mario Batali stepped away from the day-to-day operations of his culinary empire and from the ABC show “The Chew” on Monday, as allegations emerged that he committed sexual misconduct spanning at least two decades. In the...