Any way you slice it, this is one decadent throwback. Though its origins are up for debate (New York City’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel offered a version in the 1920s), most say it’s a Southern thang.
Here, to break with tradition, Francina Stewart of One Girl Cookies in Brooklyn, New York, created ombre layers of cake and then covered them with beads of cream cheese buttercream. The end result is charmingly retro, with a homemade quality that makes you want to sneak a swipe of frosting. It would fit right in at a backyard bash, and it’s cute for a Valentine’s Day soiree, too, says Stewart. After all, red is the color of love.