It always amazes me whenever someone can bake. I can cook โ€“ and well โ€“ but the baking skill has always eluded me. The closest I come to baking perfection is buying cookies from the store and warming them up myself.

But one Los Angeles-based baker is wowing social media with her custom cakes that also double as works of edible art. With a background in event planning and a passion for design, Alana Jones-Mann brings these two elements together in her work. Besides being able to do the conventional cake-decorating themes like flowers and festive holidays, Alana has also found a huge source of inspiration from the humble shag rug.

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Technicolor Dream Cake

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Alanaโ€™s carpet-themed confections perfectly capture the spirit of the 70s through her colorful and abstract designs that have textured surfaces. Just like her popular cactus cupcakes, all her retro rug cakes come covered in buttercream frosting. She uses a meticulous piping technique in order to capture the vibe of the fuzzy floor rugs, using many psychedelic patterns for a free-spirited aesthetic.

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Swipe right to see this guy in motion. I made this cake for the hilarious @darcycarden (to celebrate another season of @nbcthegoodplace ๐ŸŽ‰) and it might be one of my favorite shag cakes to date.

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a very special shag cake that went out earlier this week

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just another boring video of a not-so-boring cake ๐Ÿ’ซ

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nothing new to share this week, so here's a closeup of that colorful shag cake from a couple of weeks ago. ๐Ÿ’›

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Here's a better look at one of last week's wedding cakes for @wrightmerry, another rad bride I had the honor of baking for. ๐Ÿ’›

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Just another colorful shag cake. Made this one to celebrate the birthday of @tuesdaybassen ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ”ถโค๏ธ

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throwing it back to this cake. shoutout to cool brides like @goldteethbrooklyn who allow me to decorate their wedding cakes however I want! total freedom is my favorite.

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1 of today's 3 wedding cakes – the trippiest of the trio, by far. having free reign when decorating is my favorite. happy wedding day @goldteethbrooklyn

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Shag carpeting isnโ€™t the only element of interior design that excites Alana. She has also been known to draw inspiration from other elements such as decorative wall hangings, retro-patterned wallpaper, black and white tiling, as well as indoor terrariums. No matter which aesthetic sheโ€™s using in her baking, each cake she decorates is a perfect representation of Alanaโ€™s decorating skills as well as her mantra that โ€œitโ€™s all about the details.โ€

If you want to foray into the world of cake decorating, you can check out her Alana Jones-Mann website to pick up a few tutorials and insightful how-toโ€™s.

You can see some her baked goods definitely resemble interior design pieces such as wall hangings:

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yesterday's just-for-fun cake

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cake inspired by one of my previous cakes, frosted in the couple's wedding colors ๐Ÿง๐ŸŽ€๐Ÿฉ๐Ÿ–ฑ

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Wallpaper:

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one more from yesterday's wallpaper cake post, just in case you missed it!

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“https://www.instagram.com/p/BJei3KCDGa6/

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throwing it back to this guy because #summer

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Tiling:

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tile cake on tile floor (from a series of tile + pattern cakes I made back in 2014)

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Terrariums:

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I made this TERRARIUM CAKE for @bettymagazine's Summer 2016 (and 5th Anniversary! ๐ŸŽ‚) issue. You will be able to find my DIY in the upcoming magazine, as well as a DIY for the buttercream succulents on my blog. Huge thank you to the Betty team for asking me to be in their special issue – I am so honored! #bettyinbloom

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these terrarium cakes went out with some mini cactus cupcakes for one of my favorite clients earlier this week. it's been a busy past 3 weeks for my team of ONE, but so grateful for the work…and now looking forward to a few days off (hopefully). ๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŒต

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And, of course, potted plants:

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Apparently the site I made my DIY Potted Cactus Cake for a year or two ago no longer exists, so I posted the tutorial on my site today. For those of you who were looking for the DIY but couldn't find it, go get it! Link in profile. ๐ŸŒต๐ŸŒต๐ŸŒต

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For more of Alanaโ€™s quirky cake designs, you can see the full range on her Instagram.