Since the tragic death of George Floyd, an African-American man who died on May 25 in Minneapolis following an encounter with four police officers, many have come together to protest racism.
But few have done it as sweetly as Loft22 Cakes, a Fort Worth bakery known for its amazing artisanal cakes.
Owner Tareka Lofton has created a one-of-a-kind "blackout" cake, with dark chocolate cake, dark chocolate filling, and dark chocolate icing.
Tempting enough, but what really makes it stand out is that that the icing has been tinted black. Its glossy black surface is broken only by random white speckles, which Lofton says she added for a little contrast, to make the black look even blacker.
The cake is $55 and slices are $7. She'll donate half of the proceeds to blacklivesmatter.org.
"It's been a rough past two weeks, and we've been pondering what we could do," Lofton says. "I wanted to give back and be a part of the fight. We're known for our artistic cakes. Since we already make delicious sweets, I had an 'a-ha' moment where I thought we could make a donation and do something that's delicious and makes people happy."
Loft22 Cakes previously earned a few minutes of fame in April when they introduced a series of "quarantine" cakes, including one that looked exactly like a roll of toilet paper.
It helped get them through the tough days after the coronavirus shut down most businesses. "There's been so much going on, you don't know which pandemic from day to day," Lofton says.
She's never made this blackout cake before, but the recipe is similar to one she did at Halloween.
"It's for special occasions, but not anything we carry on a regular basis," she says. "It just seemed befitting for the time and this movement, especially as a black-owned business. We recognize what it's like to be directly affected and live this daily."
You can order the cake by calling 682-841-1771; they prefer 24 hours notice although they can sometimes get it for you on the same day.