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Cakes Aren’t Art? These 7 Cake Designs Say Differently

By Sarah Kramer posted on:
November 13, 2017

Can custom-designed cakes be considered works of art?

That is one of the questions at the center of Colorado cake artist Jack Phillips’ Supreme Court case. Jack declined to use his artistic talents to design a custom cake for a same-sex wedding. And though he offered to sell the couple anything else in his store, or to design a cake for a different event, he was sued.

But if you’ve watched the Food Network, or TLC, or even if you just paid attention to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding – you know that custom-designed cakes are, in fact, art. But if that’s not enough, perhaps these seven cakes will convince you otherwise.

1. Charm City Cakes


2. Texas Cake House




3. Cake Hunters




4. Cake Wars




5. Cake Boss




6. 11 cake artists who filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court


7. Jack Phillips




When you look at these cakes, it’s clear that cake designers are artists. And, as you can see, that includes Jack Phillips.



Of course, there are some who would say, “So, what? It doesn’t matter if cakes are art – the government should be able to force artists to create art that expresses a message or celebrates an event that violates their faith.” But do we really want the government to have that power?

If the government can tell artists what to create, what’s to stop them from doing the same to you and me? That’s why we asked the Supreme Court to uphold Jack’s artistic and religious freedom. Because, in doing so, it would uphold those freedoms for all of us.


Learn more about Jack’s case and get updates from the attorneys representing him.

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Sarah Kramer

Sarah Kramer

Digital Content Specialist

Sarah worked as an investigative reporter before joining the Alliance Defending Freedom team.

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