54 posts tagged Sweets
54 posts tagged Sweets
Last year Annabel de Vetten, the baking maven behind the Conjurer’s Kitchen (previously featured here), created an entire Christmas dinner, roast turkey and all the trimmings, using cake.The dinner was prepared for a 2012 Imperial Fringe event called the Imperial College ‘A Feast for the Sciences’. The Imperial Fringe is an ongoing series of free public events exploring the unexpected side of science at the Imperial College of London.
Annabel made the entire meal by hand in only a few hours using sponge cake, chocolate, buttercream frosting, marzipan, and edible paint. The gravy was made of chocolate caramel sauce and the wine was fruit-flavoured gelatin. Even the candles, created by Cake For Breakfast, were made of solid chocolate.
The idea behind the sweet dinner was that visitors to the exhibition would eat it - but in typically British fashion, people were too polite to touch the art, much less take great bites out of it. Annabel said: ‘We took the dinner along to the exhibition for people to eat but to begin with everybody was a bit shy about trying tucking in. Once the first person tried a bit though, everybody else joined in and it was gone within 30 minutes.’
We think the mere idea of cake for dinner is great, so this awesome holiday spread is a spectacular feat of edible art. Click here for more photos.
Threadless is currently holding a baking contest called Threadcakes, for which bakers submit cakes based on the design used on Threadless t-shirts. This awesome noodle mummy cake was created by Jessica Allard, based on ‘Ramen’ses Return, a t-shirt designed Jerry Maninang.
Jessica spent three long days creating her delicious masterpiece. The mummy stands on a board covered in fondant that looks like a tiled floor. The mummy’s body and head are made of vanilla buttermilk cake with vanilla butter cream frosting. The arms and legs are made of modeling chocolate. Hundreds of chocolate noodles were extruded and painstakingly wrapped around the mummy’s body.
Click here to view a complete series of process photos and learn more about how Jessica made her awesome Ramen’ses cake.
Then check out the rest of the Threadcakes submission over in the Threadcakes gallery. (Then go have a sweet snack, because if you’re anything like us, you’ll be hungry after looking at so much cake.)
What could possibly be better than a life-size unicorn? How about a life-size unicorn made of cake? Yep, that’s pretty freaking awesome. But wait, there’s more, and it’s a dream come true:
Sometimes we like to imagine what the world would taste like if it were made of sweets. Miss Cakehead (previously featured here) and her team of phenomenal food artists recently created a completely edible landscape - a pop-up magical meadow - in London’s Kingly Court. On October 11th and 12th visitors were able to, “dip frog-shaped cookies into a milk fountain; harvest meringue mushrooms; break honeycomb pieces from a bee hive; catch pastry butterflies and even pull hyper realistic looking carrot cakes from chocolate cookie earth.” We can’t help but think that Willy Wonka would’ve been proud.
Created by the Tattooed Bakers, the stunning unicorn centerpiece (as you might have hoped) was made of rainbow cake. Its horn and hooves were covered in edible gold leaf.
This edible eden was called Baketopia and it was created to launch the UK’s National Baking Week, October 14th - 20th. Featuring over 3000 portions of baked goods, we’re pleased to report that every last magical morsel was gleefully eaten.
[via Cakehead Loves]
Nick from DudeFoods (previously featured here) is a bacon wizard. Everything he’s made using bacon has made our mouths water and this latest creation is no exception. Behold the dainty, decadent glory of Bacon Weave S’mores. They’re like traditional s’mores with one meaty exception: Instead of graham crackers, the melted chocolate and marshmallow are sandwiched between two heavenly pieces of woven bacon strips.
"I made each square the exact same size as half of a Hershey’s Chocolate bar, which as you can see from the photos ended up being three pieces of bacon by two pieces of bacon. Since I didn’t need full slices of bacon for the squares either I was able to create two complete squares from just five pieces of bacon by cutting each one in half first.
Since the chocolate and marshmallow melt so easily that if you make these you’ll want to make sure that your bacon weave squares are completely cooked before you add the two final ingredients. After adding the chocolate and marshmallow it was just a quick 30 seconds in the microwave until my Bacon Weave S’mores were ready to eat!”
Visit DudeFoods to learn more about this sensational snack.
In our ongoing effort to bring you the most awesome cakes we can find, we’re please to present the work of English baker Louise Caola, another cunning and creative baker who devotes her energy to creating cakes that don’t look like cakes at all. Instead they look like dinners of beautifully marbled roast beef, grilled steak and chips, burritos, sausages and mash, roast chicken, fish sticks, and pizza, to name a few.
"The 23-year-old designed her first sausage and potato mash cake for a friend’s birthday and received praises from everyone who got to see it before it was devoured, which fueled her passion for novelty desserts. She immediately started working on even more impressive cakes in her free time and posted photos of them on social networks like Twitter and Instagram. Soon Louise was flooded with orders from all over the internet and she started taking her hobby more seriously.
A few weeks ago, the amateur baker finally decided to quit her job and focus all her attention on her newly-created novelty cake brand called Poppy & Lulu (after a couple of close childhood friends). For the time being she only offers hand-delivery around London, but hopes to one day expand nationwide and have a team of bakers helping her make fun cakes.”
Louise’s edible creations take up to four hours to make, Achieving such convincing results involves lots of trial and error, but we’re willing to bet that those errors are still delicious.
Kawaii! It doesn’t surprise us at all to learn that Japan produces some of the cutest donuts we’ve ever seen. And boy, do we ever wish that we could taste them too. They even make cute walrus donuts! In Japanese these happy-making donuts are called “doubutsu doonatsu” (どうぶつドーナツ), which simply means “animal donuts.” Here’s a bit about their sweet history:
The two donut shops in Japan known for their animal rings are Animal Doughnut of Ikumimama and Floresta. There’s a reason for that: Both have a shared history and a shared employee.
One of the Floresta staffers who helped create the animal donuts, a woman named Ikumi Nakao, has spun off an animal donut specialty shop called Animal Doughnut of Ikumimama, which opened in Kawasaki this past June.
In August 2012, Ikumi started uploading her animal donuts to Twitter, and they soon caused an internet sensation. Her handmade animal donuts were viewed over 200,000 times online and appeared on television in Japan. But she wanted to return to Kawasaki to raise her family and was able to with her own adorable animal donut shop. How sweet!
It’s hard to keep from smiling when your food is smiling at you. Head over to Kotaku to learn more about and view many more photos of these ridiculously, wonderfully cute animal donuts.
Cotton candy is so sweet and yummy that we’ve always happily eaten it without paying any attention to the fact that it usually looks like the end of a giant cotton swab. That has all changed since we first watched this hypnotic video in which a skilled street vendor in Ciqikou, Chongqing, China creates servings of spun sugar that look like enormous, colourful flowers.
Great big, fluffy flowers of sugary awesomeness.
[via That’s Nerdalicious!]
If you take a bite out of this particular burrito you’re either going to be wonderfully surprised or horribly disappointed, because this burrito is really a cake. Redditor parakeetpoop made this awesome burrito cake for a co-worker’s going-away party.
It took her about 2 hours to create this deceptive dessert, which is a chocolate cake wrapped in fondant. The dark spots on the fondant tortilla were created using powdered brown food colouring. The meat is crushed chocolate bar, the lettuce and cheese are shredded coconut coloured with powdered food colouring, and the tomatoes are strawberry fruit snacks. It’s all held together with butter cream frosting and it sounds completely delicious.
Are you ready for another edition of “Food that isn’t what it looks like”? Last time we learned about an amazing cake that looks like a giant Philly Cheesesteak. While this food is smaller in size, we think it’s even more impressively deceptive.
You might think you’re looking at dollops of mashed potatoes drizzled with rich gravy and a sprinkling of pepper, but don’t believe your eyes. These are actually bites of cheesecake topped with caramel “gravy” and shaved chocolate “pepper flakes” and we wish we had some right this very minute. Yum!
Sandra Denneler created these tricky little treats.
Click here for the complete recipe and instructions.
But wait, Jasmine didn’t stop there. The response to her Churro Waffles was so great that she took her kitchen wizardry one mouthwatering step farther. She combined the crispy cinnamon and sugar-coated goodness that is a churro with the warm, fruity heaven that is apple pie by creating, you guessed it, Churro Apple Pie Waffles.
If Jasmine hadn’t shared so many photos, we’d think this was all too good to be true. But that’s not all, she also shared her brilliant recipes.