7 Bakers Whose Artistic Cakes Belong in a Contemporary Art Museum
Here are some of today’s best bakers whose cake decorating and sculpting skills take food art to a whole other level.
MATHEMATICAL CAKES BY DINARA KASKO
Architect-turned-pastry chef Dinara Kasko constructs cakes inspired by mathematics and sculpture. Pairing algorithms with her architectural background, she precisely pieces together cakes that look more like experimental works of art than ephemeral, edible confections.
ARCHITECTURAL CONFECTIONS BY TORTIK ANNUSHKA
Family-run, Moscow-based bakery Tortik Annushka produces pastries and cakes that are as aesthetically unique as they are tasty. Inspired by both art and architecture, the one-of-a-kind cakes often feature asymmetrical accents and organic designs that exhibit the bakery’s avant-garde approach to baking. “Ideas simply come to us, and sometimes, they emerge as we experiment,” Madina Yavorskaya, one of the founders, explains.
CUBIC CAKES BY CÉDRIC GROLET
French pastry chef Cédric Grolet is known for his eye-catching cakes inspired by an unexpected muse: the Rubik’s cube. Each cubic creation is composed of 27 individual pastries that vary in color, decoration, and even flavor. On top of these puzzle-like pastries, he also creates figurative treats that look like flora and fruit.
“BRUSHSTROKE” CAKES BY KALABASA
Russian bakery Kalabasa cleverly creates cakes inspired by the abstract strokes of a paintbrush. The “brushstrokes” that top each unique cake are sculpted from sugar and crafted according to a specific color scheme. This particular approach ensures that—much like the abstract paintings that inspire them—no two cakes are alike.
The Bakers Elevating Cakes to an Art Form
Sideserf does her fair share of preparatory research, gathering source material and video to try to get a sense of the dimensionality of her subjects, in order to best render them in the round. She said she’s looking to the work of artists more than her fellow bakers and cake designers for inspiration, citing
How Did Sculptural Cakes Become So Popular?
So, How Much Do These Cakes Cost?
Say you want a bust of your mother that will feed 80 people—prices can easily jump above a grand.
How Are These Cakes Made?
But…Do They Even Taste Good?
So, You Want to Be a Cake Artist?
But Are They Too Beautiful to Eat?
“You’re creating this piece of art—people walk into a room, and then they’re going to take it and taste it.”