Food Art – My Modern Met https://mymodernmet.com The Big City That Celebrates Creative Ideas Wed, 22 Dec 2021 20:33:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.1 https://mymodernmet.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/cropped-My-Modern-Met-Favicon-1-32x32.png Food Art – My Modern Met https://mymodernmet.com 32 32 Japanese Food Artist Carves a Leaping Fish Out of a Stalk of Broccoli https://mymodernmet.com/gaku-broccoli-fish-vegetable-carving/ Wed, 22 Dec 2021 21:40:41 +0000 https://mymodernmet.com/?p=474939 Japanese Food Artist Carves a Leaping Fish Out of a Stalk of Broccoli

Japanese food artist Gaku is known for his intricate food carvings. The meticulous artist has made a name for himself using the traditional craft of Thai fruit carving. But he also specializes in the Japanese technique known as mukimono, which involves carving images into the skins of fruits and vegetables or shaping them into elaborate […]

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Japanese Food Artist Carves a Leaping Fish Out of a Stalk of Broccoli Mukimono Fruit and Vegetable Carving

Japanese food artist Gaku is known for his intricate food carvings. The meticulous artist has made a name for himself using the traditional craft of Thai fruit carving. But he also specializes in the Japanese technique known as mukimono, which involves carving images into the skins of fruits and vegetables or shaping them into elaborate forms. While he often directs his precision knife towards fruit, of late the artist has incorporated more vegetables into his art. And recently, one detailed carving of a fish made out of a fluffy stalk of broccoli has taken the internet by storm.

The broccoli fish, which took the artist about three hours to carve, appears to be mid-leap from its watery habitat. Each of its individual scales is chiseled out in detail, and the image is even complete with a shiny green fish eye. Gaku meticulously shaped its tail fin from the head of the broccoli stalk, shaving down the florets to their smooth center to mimic the flowing aquatic appendage. The artist even left on some of the buds at the ends to give the visual effect of a spraying splash as the fish jumps out of the water.

While this is one of Gaku’s more recent creations, the artist has a seemingly endless repertoire of fruit and vegetable carvings that are equally as impressive. In fact, you should see what he does with a squash. Scroll down to see more of Gaku’s incredible vegetable carvings. And for even more from the artist, follow him on Instagram.

Japanese food carving artist Gaku creates incredible artworks from fruits and vegetables.

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A variety of different organic shapes and forms find their way into his work.

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He even carves geometric patterns into his fleshy canvases.

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Healthcare Worker Creates Beautiful Buttercream Cakes That Look Like Embroidery and Macramé https://mymodernmet.com/lauren-loves-cake-fiber-art/ Tue, 07 Dec 2021 19:25:35 +0000 https://mymodernmet.com/?p=470098 Healthcare Worker Creates Beautiful Buttercream Cakes That Look Like Embroidery and Macramé

For some folks, food is a form of artistic expression. Cakes, in particular, offer an unconventional canvas from which creative bakers can craft edible sculptures. Lauren Wodnicki, aka Lauren Loves Cake, creates confections that are as beautiful as they are tasty. Inspired by handicrafts like macramé and weaving, she uses buttercream to fashion an array […]

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Healthcare Worker Creates Beautiful Buttercream Cakes That Look Like Embroidery and Macramé Buttercream Cake Art Inspired by Textile Art

For some folks, food is a form of artistic expression. Cakes, in particular, offer an unconventional canvas from which creative bakers can craft edible sculptures. Lauren Wodnicki, aka Lauren Loves Cake, creates confections that are as beautiful as they are tasty. Inspired by handicrafts like macramé and weaving, she uses buttercream to fashion an array of amazing desserts. When complete, they look like tapestries that are complete with intricate knotting and even beading.

Wodnicki became interested in cake decorating after deciding that she would make the cake for her nuptials eight years ago. “Our wedding cake was my first attempt at a decorated cake, and a tiered cake at that,” she tells My Modern Met. “It was four tiers and, in hindsight, very simply decorated. But, it was a big accomplishment at the time!”

From there, Wodnicki refined her decorating skills and discovered styles that she is “really passionate about.” Texture is a major interest of hers. “I just love the texture and dimension of knit/woven/macramé designs on a cake,” she shares. “I am definitely not the first decorator to put some sort of ‘fiber art’ decoration on a cake, but I think I have come into my own style and my color palettes make my designs unique. All my designs are piped (using bags and piping tips) in buttercream.”

Wodnicki has developed her craft alongside working a full-time job in healthcare and taking care of two little kids. “Let's just say that my cake/creative time usually happens between the hours of 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. at night.”

With her online community growing, Wodnicki is sharing her approach to cake decorating through online classes. Check out her website to download a pre-recorded course about creating buttercream flowers. Or if you prefer one-on-one instruction, she also has private classes available. Scroll down to see more of what she is crafting in cake, and then follow her on Instagram to see what she’s up to next.

Lauren Wodnicki, aka Lauren Loves Cake, creates beautiful confections inspired by crafts and textile art.

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In addition to textiles, Wodnicki also fashions colorful floral cakes.

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Lauren Wodnicki.

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Japanese Food Artist Turns Rice Into Adorable Onigiri Characters https://mymodernmet.com/onigiri-characters/ Tue, 09 Nov 2021 16:10:49 +0000 https://mymodernmet.com/?p=459330 Japanese Food Artist Turns Rice Into Adorable Onigiri Characters

Are you a fan of onigiri? The popular Japanese rice balls are usually formed into triangular or cylindrical shapes and wrapped in nori; however, there’s one food artist in Japan who is putting their own creative spin on the traditional snack. Simply known on Instagram as Onigiri Gekijō—meaning “rice ball theater”—the creative chef turns ordinary […]

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Japanese Food Artist Turns Rice Into Adorable Onigiri Characters Onigiri Characters by Onigiri Gekijō

Are you a fan of onigiri? The popular Japanese rice balls are usually formed into triangular or cylindrical shapes and wrapped in nori; however, there’s one food artist in Japan who is putting their own creative spin on the traditional snack. Simply known on Instagram as Onigiri Gekijō—meaning “rice ball theater”—the creative chef turns ordinary ingredients into all kinds of cute and funny characters.

From pop culture icons and anime characters to cats and dogs, each rice ball looks way too cute to eat. Each edible creation is carefully sculpted in white sticky rice, before details are rendered in sesame seeds, pickled plum, salted salmon, bonito flakes, and seaweed. In some cases, the rice is dyed using soy and other sauces, allowing each character to be the same color as its real-life counterpart.

Among Onigiri Gekijō’s delectable visual diary of food art, there’s an onigiri Shiba Inu, a rice koala, and a whole group of edible cats in different colors and patterns. The artist is particularly creative when it comes to representing humans as food. Her palatable portfolio includes onigiri versions of Ukiyo-e characters, Beethoven, and even Léon from Léon the Professional.

Check out some of Onigiri Gekijō’s culinary creations below and find more in Instagram.

A Japanese artist known as Onigiri Gekijō creates super-cute characters from rice and other ingredients.

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The artist puts their own creative spin on traditional onigiri.

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Watch the artist at work.

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All images via Onigiri Gekijō.

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Bakery Sculpts an Intimidating “Loki Alligator” Completely Out of Bread https://mymodernmet.com/dough-ki-bread-sculpture/ Thu, 21 Oct 2021 20:40:12 +0000 https://mymodernmet.com/?p=454138 Bakery Sculpts an Intimidating “Loki Alligator” Completely Out of Bread

Benicia, California-based One House Bakery has created a creature out of bread that’s as terrifying as it is tasty. The massive character is called dough-Ki, inspired by the Marvel television show Loki, specifically the alligator that is a variant of Loki—a Loki from an alternate universe. One House Bakery co-owner Hannalee Pervan, with the help […]

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Bakery Sculpts an Intimidating “Loki Alligator” Completely Out of Bread Alligator Sculpted From Bread

Benicia, California-based One House Bakery has created a creature out of bread that’s as terrifying as it is tasty. The massive character is called dough-Ki, inspired by the Marvel television show Loki, specifically the alligator that is a variant of Loki—a Loki from an alternate universe. One House Bakery co-owner Hannalee Pervan, with the help of her mom, fashioned dough-Ki completely from carbs by using buns and loaves to mimic the scaly texture of an alligator. They also included the character's defining feature—golden horns. The result is amazing; who knew bread could look so intimidating?

A love of Loki is what inspired Pervan to sculpt dough-Ki. “My mom and I were talking about how much we loved Loki alligator in the show,” she tells My Modern Met, “and my mom got super excited and said we absolutely had to make him out of dough this year!” To give the creature the look and feel of a real alligator, they used leather tools. “We had to adjust the consistency of the dough to be a bit stiffer so the patterns wouldn’t bake out when they went into the oven,” Pervan explains. “My mom made each scale and cut it out and then we glued them on individually or stuck them into wet dough.” This was a long—but well worth it—process that they started in August and finished just in time for the spooky season.

Dough-Ki was created as an entry in Benicia’s 2021 Downtown Scarecrow Contest, in which local businesses fashion their own versions of scarecrows and the public votes for their favorite. If you’re local to the Bay Area, check out dough-Ki in person outside of the One House Bakery.

Benicia, California-based One House Bakery has created a giant bread sculpture inspired by alligator Loki from the Marvel television show Loki.

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Called dough-Ki, this sculpture is made completely of carbs.

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One House Bakery co-owner Hannalee Pervan worked with her mom to create dough-Ki. Here's a peek into the process:

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Hannalee Pervan.

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Master Fruit Carving Artist Creates Sensational Food Art With Avocados https://mymodernmet.com/daniele-barresi-avocado-fruit-carving/ Mon, 18 Oct 2021 15:10:07 +0000 https://mymodernmet.com/?p=448539 Master Fruit Carving Artist Creates Sensational Food Art With Avocados

Master fruit carver Daniele Barresi is known for his award-winning food sculptures. Using everything from melons to broccoli and cheese, he creates intricate patterns and arrangements that look absolutely too good to eat. But some of the food artist’s most fun and eye-catching designs are carved into the soft, creamy flesh of avocados. Sometimes even utilizing […]

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Master Fruit Carving Artist Creates Sensational Food Art With Avocados Carved Avocado Food Art

Master fruit carver Daniele Barresi is known for his award-winning food sculptures. Using everything from melons to broccoli and cheese, he creates intricate patterns and arrangements that look absolutely too good to eat. But some of the food artist’s most fun and eye-catching designs are carved into the soft, creamy flesh of avocados. Sometimes even utilizing the bulbous seed of the healthy green fruit, the Italian artist carefully crafts food art that is both complex, delicate, and—at times—even funny.

In some of his more playful pieces, Barresi creates fun seasonal images, sculpts tiny creatures from the soft avocado fruit, and even etches images onto the pit. In one of his most recent food artworks, he made a hilarious reference to a popular TikTok star, Khaby Lame, calling the masterpiece “Avokhaby.” In other instances, the creative artist meticulously cuts detailed patterns to make some very artistic avocado toast.

No matter what his final product, the result is always impressive. And seeing as the artistic medium is food, it’s probably just as delicious to the taste as it is appealing to the eye.

Scroll down to see more of Daniele Barresi’s incredible avocado fruit carving food art. For even more from the artist, you can visit his website and follow him on Instagram.

Master fruit carving food artist Daniele Barresi crafts incredible masterpieces from avocados.

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From playful characters to intricate designs, he takes food art to a whole new level with the healthy green fruit.

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The artist doesn't just carve the flesh, he also etches sketches into the pit.

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And, of course, he can't help using his talent to create some fancy avocado toast and fun seasonal designs.

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Daniele Barresi.

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Cheesecake Topped With Capybaras Soaking In a Hot Spring Is Almost Too Cute To Eat https://mymodernmet.com/rin-capybara-cheesecake/ Tue, 27 Jul 2021 13:25:22 +0000 https://mymodernmet.com/?p=423558 Cheesecake Topped With Capybaras Soaking In a Hot Spring Is Almost Too Cute To Eat

There are times when food looks so spectacular that it enters the realm of edible art. A university student and baker named Rin, aka @rinsforest, has done just this with their incredibly cute capybara cheesecake. The delectable dessert features the three rodents soaking in an onsen, or Japanese hot spring, sitting atop the cake surrounded […]

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Cheesecake Topped With Capybaras Soaking In a Hot Spring Is Almost Too Cute To Eat Cheesecake Art

There are times when food looks so spectacular that it enters the realm of edible art. A university student and baker named Rin, aka @rinsforest, has done just this with their incredibly cute capybara cheesecake. The delectable dessert features the three rodents soaking in an onsen, or Japanese hot spring, sitting atop the cake surrounded by sculpted rocks, oranges, and leaves.

Capybaras in an onsen, it turns out, is a real thing. “When I saw photos and videos of Japan’s hot springs for capybaras, I knew this was the scene I wanted to recreate,” Rin tells My Modern Met. “The capybaras and miscellaneous details on top are all made of nerikiri—a confection made of white beans that is often used in traditional Japanese sweets called wagashi.”

After admiring the work of other wagashi artists, Rin knew they wanted to try making their own as a fun summer project. “Jelly-encased fruit cakes and island cakes have also been trending this year and I was very intrigued by the realism of these water-based desserts,” they explain.

“The cake itself is a simple no-bake cheesecake topped with a panna cotta layer. I used both artificial and natural colors such as mugwort and black sesame to color the nerikiri, and then handcrafted it into capybaras and other details. I then arranged the wagashi pieces on top and poured over the jelly to make the onsen.”

The great thing about edible art is that once it's photographed and admired, you get to dig in. Rin made the cake with their parents in mind, and they gathered to enjoy the sweet treat. “I’ve been making huge messes in the kitchen since I was a child and my parents have always patiently supported my culinary experiments. My mother was especially delighted by the details, and I was grateful to have been able to enjoy it together.”

And as for more culinary creations, Rin already has ideas for what they’ll tackle next. “I really love the whimsical look of jelly cakes, so I would really like to make another nature-inspired dessert. Wagashi that look like little ponds of goldfish is a cute summertime sweet, and I would definitely like to try making it someday.”

A baker named Rin created an adorable—and delectable—cheesecake that looks like three capybaras soaking in a Japanese onsen.

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Rin.

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Dessert Designer Creates Cute Cookies Inspired by Clothing and Accessories https://mymodernmet.com/cookie-clothes-liz-joy/ Thu, 08 Jul 2021 15:10:26 +0000 https://mymodernmet.com/?p=416228 Dessert Designer Creates Cute Cookies Inspired by Clothing and Accessories

For those with a sweet tooth, cookies are simply irresistible. However, those made by award-winning dessert designer Liz Joy (of Inspired to Taste) are far too pretty to eat. She creates cute confections that look just like miniature fashion items. “I fell into the world of baking completely by accident,” Joy tells My Modern Met. […]

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Dessert Designer Creates Cute Cookies Inspired by Clothing and Accessories Cookie Clothes and Shoes by Liz Joy

For those with a sweet tooth, cookies are simply irresistible. However, those made by award-winning dessert designer Liz Joy (of Inspired to Taste) are far too pretty to eat. She creates cute confections that look just like miniature fashion items.

“I fell into the world of baking completely by accident,” Joy tells My Modern Met. “I was looking for a new creative activity I could easily do at home, and figured I'd try baking pretty things and posting them to Instagram to keep myself motivated.” She adds, “I ended up having more fun than expected, and people and brands began inquiring about custom dessert design and content creation, and that's how my business was born.”

Today, Joy creates “edible content” for brands who use her stylized cookies for ads, social media, and events. It’s no surprise that some of her clients include fashion giants, such as Christian Louboutin. Each debonair dessert beautifully pays homage to whatever is “in vogue,” as well as real items that are in the artist’s own closet.

From jeans and t-shirts to shoes and bags, Joy can turn any piece of clothing or accessory into an edible treat. Once she’s cut out her silhouette from cookie dough and baked it, Joy then decorates each dessert using marshmallow fondant and edible paint. Each cookie features an incredible amount of detail and realistic texture. There’s a design modeled after a pair of sneakers, featuring panels that look like real leather, and white soles that look just like rubber. Joy even created a pretty lace bodice with intricately piped icing that looks just like embroidery.

“I love the whole creative process of dreaming up, baking, and decorating unique treats,” Joy reveals. “A lot of my designs are inspired by fashion, beauty, and pop culture—any items or images I come across that catch my eye and spark my interest. It's so much fun to deconstruct those items and ideas and rebuild them in edible format.” Joy adds, “I enjoy the challenge of constantly working from new inspiration and trying out new ideas and techniques.”

Check out Joy’s fashion-inspired cookies below and find more from her portfolio on Instagram.

Award-winning dessert designer Liz Joy creates cute confections inspired by clothing and accessories.

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Joy decorates each cookie using marshmallow fondant and edible paint.

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Each edible treat features and incredible amount of detail and realistic texture.

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Many cookies are based on Joy's own clothing.

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We're not quite sure if we want to eat them or try to wear them!

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Liz Joy.

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World-Renowned Pastry Chef Creates Extraordinary Chocolate Sculptures https://mymodernmet.com/chocolate-sculptures-amaury-guichon/ Wed, 07 Jul 2021 15:10:52 +0000 https://mymodernmet.com/?p=414302 World-Renowned Pastry Chef Creates Extraordinary Chocolate Sculptures

  View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Amaury Guichon (@amauryguichon) For those with a sweet tooth and a love for art, the work of world-renowned pastry chef Amaury Guichon is sure to blow your mind. The Las Vegas-based French chocolatier creates extraordinary chocolate sculptures that look like they belong in a […]

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World-Renowned Pastry Chef Creates Extraordinary Chocolate Sculptures

 

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For those with a sweet tooth and a love for art, the work of world-renowned pastry chef Amaury Guichon is sure to blow your mind. The Las Vegas-based French chocolatier creates extraordinary chocolate sculptures that look like they belong in a museum. He can produce pretty much anything from the sweet confection; including animals, fantasy creatures, motorbikes, ferris wheels, and much more.

Guichon shares his intensive making process for each sculpture through behind-the-scenes videos, revealing how he sculpts each design from chocolate as if it was clay. For one of his most recent works—a spectacular, 180-pound chocolate lion—Guichon spent five days crafting the edible beast, and 10 hours on its mane alone. He started by pouring melted chocolate into giant egg-shaped molds, before combining each large section. These act as the base to the lion’s head and body. Guichon then added more chocolate in thick, clay-like layers in order to sculpt the lifelike details. Finally, he used a spray gun to paint on colorful, edible pigment, and he even added thin, white chocolate whiskers.

Many of Guichon’s chocolate showpieces celebrate his love of fantastical characters. For one, he made a Game of Thrones dragon from chocolate, and for another, he crafted a Demogorgon, the monster popularized on the TV series Stranger Things. He even sculpted an incredible chocolate phoenix rising from the ashes, complete with vibrant red plumage.

When he’s not sculpting chocolate masterpieces, Guichon teaches masterclasses at his company, The Pastry Academy. Check out his website to find out more.

Scroll down to see some of Guichon’s amazing chocolate sculptures, and follow him on Instagram for more behind-the-scenes footage.

World-renowned pastry chef Amaury Guichon crafts incredible chocolate sculptures.

 

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He uses the sweet confection as if it was clay.

 

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Each piece takes several days to complete and features an incredible amount of detail.

 

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Many edible showpieces are inspired by fantasy creatures.

 

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Guichon is an expert at reimagining real-life objects as desserts.

 

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Watch the talented chocolatier in action.

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Talented Pastry Chef Sculpts Sugar Flowers That Look Just Like Real Blooms https://mymodernmet.com/sugar-flowers-finespun-cakes/ Tue, 29 Jun 2021 13:25:39 +0000 https://mymodernmet.com/?p=413629 Talented Pastry Chef Sculpts Sugar Flowers That Look Just Like Real Blooms

These flowers might look as though they’ve just been picked from a beautiful garden, but they’re actually edible cake decorations. Pastry chef Alexandria Murray (of Finespun Cakes) is an expert at sculpting incredibly realistic sugar flowers that beautifully adorn her multi-tier wedding cakes. Murray discovered sugar flowers when she was 19 years old, during a […]

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Talented Pastry Chef Sculpts Sugar Flowers That Look Just Like Real Blooms Realistic Sugar Flowers by Finespun Cakes

These flowers might look as though they’ve just been picked from a beautiful garden, but they’re actually edible cake decorations. Pastry chef Alexandria Murray (of Finespun Cakes) is an expert at sculpting incredibly realistic sugar flowers that beautifully adorn her multi-tier wedding cakes.

Murray discovered sugar flowers when she was 19 years old, during a year off from art school. She was mesmerized by their forms, and decided to teach herself how to make them using books and online tutorials. She tells My Modern Met, “I could make them every day and never get bored because there's always more detail to add or a new flower to create.” She decided to pursue her passion; and after graduating from the Patisserie program at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, Murral worked as an intern at Bonnie Gordon College of Confectionary Arts in Toronto. There, she learned everything she needed to know to start her own cake business, and today she’s even teaching other aspiring cake artists how to create her famous sugar flowers.

Murray sculpts each realistic flower from icing sugar and uses edible gums to add structure. Her recipe also includes meringue powder and gelatin for extra stability. Each realistic sugar flower takes at least two days to make, but some more complex botanicals can take up to a week. After she sculpts them, Murray dusts each petal with edible pigment to achieve the soft, lifelike hues. “There's drying time between layers of petals and different coloring to be added at certain stages of the flower,” Murray explains. “Not to mention the finishing touches like calyxes and pollen so they really come to life.”

From sugar roses to gum paste carnations, each edible flower is hand-sculpted to mimic the texture, form, and color of its real counterpart. Each velvet-like petal is incredibly thin, and they even feature lifelike veins and ridges. Murray creates all kinds of blooms, but she enjoys making tropical flowers the most. “They're so vibrant and the petals have interesting shapes too,” she says. “I hand-cut petals for more obscure flowers because no one has created the tools to make them yet, so I improvise and make my own.” She adds, “I love any flower that challenges me!”

Murray’s sugar flowers are 100% food-safe and edible, but they can also be kept as a keepsake. If they’re stored properly, sugar flowers can last forever!

Check out some of Murray’s sugar flowers below and see more of her incredible cakes on Instagram. If you’re inspired to try making edible flowers yourself, you can join her online “Perfect Peony” course.

Pastry chef Alexandria Murray (of Finespun Cakes) crafts incredibly realistic sugar flowers from icing sugar and edible gum.

Realistic Sugar Flowers by Finespun Cakes

Each cake flower is hand-sculpted to mimic the texture, form, and color of its real counterpart.

Realistic Sugar Flowers by Finespun Cakes

Murray arranges them on top of her multi-tier wedding cakes for a beautiful floral effect.

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Watch Murray's brilliant process to make spray roses:

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Alexandria Murray / Finespun Cakes.

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Award-Winning Artist Turns Avocados Into Intricately Carved Masterpieces https://mymodernmet.com/avocado-carving-daniele-barresi/ Fri, 25 Jun 2021 16:55:09 +0000 https://mymodernmet.com/?p=410615 Award-Winning Artist Turns Avocados Into Intricately Carved Masterpieces

Avocados are great for your heart, brain, skin, hair, and gut, but Italian artist Daniele Barresi has found another use for the popular fruit. He uses the green flesh as his canvas to create incredibly intricate avocado carvings. His food sculptures are so impressive that they’ve even earned him awards. He’s the two-time world champion […]

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Award-Winning Artist Turns Avocados Into Intricately Carved Masterpieces Avocado Carvings by Daniele Barresi

Avocados are great for your heart, brain, skin, hair, and gut, but Italian artist Daniele Barresi has found another use for the popular fruit. He uses the green flesh as his canvas to create incredibly intricate avocado carvings. His food sculptures are so impressive that they’ve even earned him awards. He’s the two-time world champion carving designer of WACS championship (both 2013 and 2014) and in 2015, he was invited back to be one of the judges of the contest.

It’s easy to see why Barresi has been so successful in his chosen art form. His avocado carvings are not only visually stunning, but they clearly demonstrate his expert skill. Each design can take hours to complete, but Barresi enjoys every moment. He tells My Modern Met, “As we say in Italy, if you love what you are doing, it doesn’t matter how long it is going to take, because you will enjoy the whole time you are doing it.”

From nature-inspired patterns to sculpted birds and other creatures, Barresi turns avocados into amazing works of art. And while he’s famous for his avocado sculptures, he also carves from other fruits, vegetables, soap, and even resin. “I really love to carve, especially watermelons, because they remind me of my birth country,” he reveals. “Because of their colors—green, red and white—and also because of their size. I can choose any design, even if it would take a while.”

Fruit carving allows Barresi to combine his love of food with his passion for art. “Carving is a peace of mind for me,” he shares. “I have always loved anything related to arts, and kitchen, so carving gave me the possibility to match both of them.”

Check out Barresi’s latest avocado carvings below and follow him on Instagram to see his works crafted from other objects.

Italian artist Daniele Barresi creates incredible sculptures from avocados.

Avocado Carvings by Daniele Barresi

His award-winning carvings can take hours to complete, but the artist loves the process.

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Many of his designs are inspired by nature.

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Each incredible work deserves to be in a gallery.

Avocado Carvings by Daniele Barresi

Unfortunately, the ephemeral sculptures will eventually decay…

Avocado Carvings by Daniele Barresi

…but each piece lives on through photographs.

Avocado Carvings by Daniele Barresi

Barresi shares his work with over 87,000 Instagram followers.

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There's no end to this food artist's imagination.

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Daniele Barresi.

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