I love the cover on the current issue of The Texas Observer (August 10). Right away, it's apparent that the illustration is from a photograph of an actual cake. Our guess was that the cake was an H-E-B creation, which in fact it turns out to be, at one remove. Here are the credits: cover design by Leah Ball, photograph by Daniel Carter, cake by Central Market Westgate (the more down-home Central Market). Those are actual three-dimensional palm trees, with icing-work hibiscus blossoms.