Here, the buttercream trimmings are modeled after the "crazy quilts" of the late 19th century, in which women used intricate stitching techniques (changing up the patterns to flaunt their needlework skills) to sew together scraps of fabric and bits of beloved garments. This cake, though, could be created even by a novice. "Short lines don't require much control, which makes them easier to pipe," says Kromer. She suggests baking square layers, then cutting off the corners to form octagons. That way, you'll end up with twice as many sides for displaying your handiwork.