cakes, diy desserts

Otomi Embroidery Cake

AlanaJonesMann Otomi Cake

I’ve recently found myself very enamored with classic Otomi embroidery patterns from Mexico. My appreciation for the traditional folk embroidery styles of The South led me to research a variety of designs in search of a common underlying pattern. To my surprise, I found that there is no such thing as an identical pattern; the randomness of it all is so incredible. Each original Otomi embroidery piece is unique. And while the palette stays the same across the designs, it is so incredibly expansive, much more than I had thought it was at first glance. I’d love to travel to the small town of Tenango in Hidalgo, Mexico where the embroidery style originates from. I can’t even imagine how incredible the textile markets are down there! Anyhoo, with all this said, I guess I should mention the obvious – I made a cake inspired by Otomi embroidery. I was able to achieve the embroidery-esque appearance with buttercream. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to shoot a DIY of the process before I had to jump on a plane for a job in CA this weekend, but I plan to do so once I’m back so I can share my process with you all. But for now, here’s a look at the cake!

Mexican Folk Cake Otomi Embroidery Cake - Closeup Mexican Embroidery Cake


  1. SuzyMcQ

    November 6, 2015 at 3:45 pm


  2. Adrienne

    November 6, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    You’re a hell of an artist. This cake is beautiful.

    1. alanajonesmann

      November 11, 2015 at 7:11 pm

      so sweet of you to say. thank you so much!

  3. Kearin

    November 8, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    This cake is so fabulous!

    1. alanajonesmann

      November 11, 2015 at 7:11 pm

      why thank youuu!!

  4. Homemade Banana

    November 9, 2015 at 1:27 am

    This is so perfect. I’m also totally obsessed with Otomi textiles (I’m currently sitting on a couch next to a pair of Otomi pillows) and I love the way you translated it to a totally unique and beautifully festive cake via buttercream. Yum!

    1. alanajonesmann

      November 11, 2015 at 7:11 pm

      i love that! thank you so much!

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  6. cococakeland

    January 19, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Alana this cake… I can’t believe I missed this one… it’s soooo beautiful! You are so amazing with textile-inspired cakes. Your talent is awe-spiring, lady!! xo

  7. carolynncarreno

    February 3, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    I am blown away. So original and so perfect. I want this! Thank you for the inspired idea.

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