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Dessert Of Your Dreams

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 8:15 PM




Having It

Both Ways


Is it better to possess a thing of beauty, or to experience the ultimate consummation of oneness with that beautiful thing by actually consuming it... and being left only with the memory of its beauty? Leave it up to our deviantARTists to think of a way to have it both ways – but left over as a feast for the eyes, preserved eternally on the digital planes of deviantART.







Craft, design, and artistry as applied to the most delicious and sinful of the culinary disciplines rises forth as we shine warming a light on this small but incredibly skilled serving of artists within the deviantART community. In an effort to taste all of the communities within deviantART, let’s take a quick exit off the main freeway of art categories and stop inside the open-all-night eatery for a re-fuelling of the most important food group:


Cakes, pies and cupcakes

It is a decidedly sweet batch of artwork.


There are rows of identical Twinkies (or used to be) and then there are these carefully crafted monuments to pop culture icons constructed from a palette of sugar and ingenious design ideas. The group dA-Cake-Artists features a wide array of cakes produced by artists from every deviantART kitchen. Sample the artistic recipes given beneath many of these deviations describing the process and story behind each creation. Watch the group for what I am sure will a very interesting Holiday season of elaborately designed edible artworks submitted over the next month. Also check out FoodIsArt.





Many of these artworks fall into the “how could they have possibly made that happen” category. This dragon “Skyward Sword :: Furnix Cake” by cakecrumbs is especially noteworthy. I am sure having a Master's degree in Zoology helped a bit while Rhiannon was designing this dragon. Or was it hours playing Zelda while munching on sweets? Something must stir her incredible talent and skill.







People have always had an obsessional and mystical relationship with the demands of their stomachs, significant enough for eternal recording. When contemplating the Neolithic cave paintings of early humanity and marveling at the loving detail informing the herds of prehistoric gazelle that were the early hunters’ prey, one must wonder, was it the adrenaline rush of the hunt that the artist was trying to capture, or was he merely consumed with mankind’s most pressing daily question:


What’s for lunch?

I am assuming I have to turn in my copy of “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” after that last line. But, one should ask how an artist could complete one of these works on these pages without eating it before it is born (I mean fully baked). Obviously it’s better at the end of the day to be covered by butter, sugar and frosting than paints full of toxic if not fatal chemicals.









Is it better to possess a thing of beauty, or to experience the ultimate consummation of oneness with that beautiful thing by actually consuming it... and being left only with the memory of its beauty? Leave it up to our deviantARTists to think of a way to have it both ways – but left over as a feast for the eyes, preserved eternally on the digital planes of deviantART.

Writers: $techgnotic
Designers: $marioluevanos
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:iconmiadiangels:
MiaDiAngels Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
Oh man, that`s cute, I loved the cakes and the text. Congrats!
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The-Cosmic-Trumpeter Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
1. I usually don't eat while I draw so I don't get anything on the paper. Most of the time I get hungry afterwards. :)
2. If someone's delicately creating a pattern on a single or simple layer cake to look pretty, rather than actually molding and carefully shaping/placing baked goods to create a symbol or object, that's where I see the difference.
3. I'm really not that good at baking. The best I could do is arrange spaghetti strands into a female portrait XD
I'm going to try to improve though, this article has inspired me to.
4. It's so hard to choose!! I guess i'd have to say either soft cookies or cupcakes. :D
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patrickdannel Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awsome thats makeing me hungry now.
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222256339m Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
<font><font>من الانرية  للطهات هو  التزين  والدي  شاهدناه في هده  الواقعة  لهي  ابداع  جميل </font></font>
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Squishjunkie Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
I would have to keep the foods frozen practically for life. 
The artwork in creating the food is amazing. It would almost be
a shame to eat them. :)
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GenevieveAngel1999 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

I couldn't eat them!:shock:

I'd just let them sit there on the windowsill or something. :blush:

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learani98lovesart Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my gosh!!! These are awesome! :D if I had one those in front of me I don't think I'd be able to touch it. I'd be haunted by the fact that I destroyed a wonderful piece of art. :D These are really beautiful and creative.
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Starscreams-Girl Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
these are amazingLove 
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zhoutengshan Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
Very good, to learn from you,
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Kl9cat Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
1) Well, when I get hungry, durring the here summer here while I draw outside, I would go to the garden and pick a cucumber and munch on it, love the fresh taste it always has.
2) I say decorative art would be when you make colorful icing and decorate the cake and make it look pretty for the birthday or wedding you make the cake for,I would say sculpture is when you would have a plan in what you want and there would be lots of difrent elements mixed into the cake so that you look at it for some time to take it all in, like a sculpture on the street as you walk by.
3) I would definitely try to mkae something art like, the closest thing I would have made to food art would be my Nintendo Game Boy Cake, I made a big cake, and I used food coloring to paint Tetris on it, it took a lot of time but it was worth it.
4) Favorite form would be baked, cookies and cakes, and browines, fudge, all of that good stuff, as long as it has chocolate , I'm good.
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Catmomma Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
sandwiches or finger food snax little crackers and cheese, grapes are perfect. just for myself the line would be if the decoration is something that if real I would not eat, it won't go on my cake...otherwise free -for-all... #3 yes and lastly pumpkin pie followed closely by buttercream petite fours and cheesecake.

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Cherrystarx3 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Student General Artist
1. When I draw or paint, I usually don't eat, but I do love drinking tea!
2. The line between decorative art and sculpture in cake art would be when there's more decoration than cake (like the Skyward Sword dragon sugar/cake)~
3. I have tried making art out of food, and I love it! Hopefully I can be one of these amazing culinary deviants in the future!
4. My favorite form of dessert... hmm, well, right now, I'm obsessed with macarons <3
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religiouscornrose237 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Student General Artist
1. I don't usually eat when I'm drawing, but when I do, it's a granola bar or something else snackish.
2. When there's more decoration than cake.
3. At one point, I was really into cake decorating, so yes, I have tried somewhat to make art out of food.
4. God, I don't know. :P I like pies and cakes, I guess.

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EarthToFantasy Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
1. Sweets I made like cookies or skyrim sweetrolls, soft bread, CHOCOLATE!, healthy veggies and fruits, hot chocolate, tea, etc.
2. I tried molding pastries and icing into shapes but... most of the times I failed because I'm still a beginner or got the wrong ingredients. XP
3. OH YES I WOULD! The problem is that I don't have a part time job yet to get the supplies. My parents would actually be either this O_o or this -_- They hate messy kitchen but they know I'm a creative person who searches up different sweet cake recipes that they couldn't believe... most of the time they can't  afford what I need but its ok. mmmmmm I'm hungry...
4. my favourite form of the dessert would be from the game and movie based dessert forms like Skyrim sweet rolls, narnia turkish delights, dung pie, etc. I was like that ever since when I  first watched  jurassic park when I was... 3? I wanted the food the characters had on the dinner table! pineapples, venison, pork chicken! 8D but when I look in the fridge... empty but with bread, milk and fruits and veggies. lol. 

Aren't we such sweet tooths? :P
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Milena-Zaremba Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
1. I don't eat not to make the artwork dirty. But I drink a lot of tea and coffee.
2. I guess this would be when I cannot say whether I can eat the beautiful thing or not. When I can't say it's a cake when I see it - this is the line.
3. I would but I lack accessories D:
4. Oh my, only one? I cannot decide! I like simple things like ice-cream and cakes but would eat pretty much anything sweet, I just don't like it when there's too much fruit in it.
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HermioneFrost Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! These all look amazing! Now for the questions...

1. I don't eat when I draw. I love food, but it just distracts me when I work.
2. Decorative art is adding lines, shapes, and colors using things like icing, sprinkles, etc. Sculpture cake art is when you actually sculpt a cake to make it look like something.
3. Hehe, hard task for someone that can't cook :meow: I've helped with a few birthday cakes and it was pretty fun. If I was a better cook than I'm sure I'd do it more often.
4. Ooh, gosh, um... just one? Ahhh... I really like anything chocolate :iconchocoloveplz: I also like cookies and cake and pie and... oh heck I love everything!
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PineappleParty3 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
1. I normally don't eat while I draw but when I do it's usually an apple... BORING!! :D XD
2. ..... um though question. mostly likely I wouldn't even draw a line cause I would be too busy pushing my limits...
3. ..... I never thought of making art out of food... maybe I start... hmmm
4. ice cream... no cake... no pie... IDK!!! wait I know! Chocolate cake pie a la mode!! It exists!!!!!
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Redpadna Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I made a derpy looking elmo muffin?


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NORTHWOLF55 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Student General Artist
1. I sometimes eat when I draw...'cuz if I draw something from an MMO or something like that,I start to think of the foods in-game,and that makes me hungry. :D
2.Hmm...though question...
3.Yep. I've always thought of designing and decorating cakes...(though I'm not a very good cook)..,only your limits are the boundaries that determine what you can create! If you choose to face your limints,then you can create anything! :)
4.Hmm...stuff with fruit and cottage cheese. And icing. :D
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ArtbyCharlotte Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ha this reminded me of my paintings! I paint cakes and confectionery as realistically as possible, check out the relevant album in my gallery:



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theawesomehippy Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
1. I don't usually eat when I draw or paint, I'm often too busy or just forget :XD: though when I do eat it's usually tea and biscuits! ;P
2. I don't really know... I guess it depends on how complex it is ^^
3. I have often considered making art out of food ^^ when i was younger , on fathers day, we would make my dad a special breakfast and I'd always try and make it look like a face. (not very artistic, but the closest I've been to creating food art I guess! :XD:)
4. I love all forms of desert! :D My favourite depends on what mood I'm in ;)
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Kookootje Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
i want those cokkiemonster cupcakes!
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TahomaNightlock Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
1: While I draw, I eat cannolis or pudding.
2: I don't know.
3: I tried, I made it for my parent's anniversary.
4: My favorite desserts are berry yogurt parfaits and tiramisu.
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ABDenise Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Mmmm I am hungry!! I am going to make a cake!!
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kiki34 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
1: I usually eat Tim-Tams while I'm drawing (if I have the money to buy them)
2: I don't know.
3: yes I have tried, kiki34.deviantart.com/art/My-Y…
4: ice-cream or violet crumble cheesecake.
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TheRealFry1 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013   Digital Artist
These look all so delicious...
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Neglanash Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
1: I tend to eat while I paint and/or draw... and I prefer to sketch food designs. If not that then just actual food...
2: I would draw the line between decorative art and sculpture in cake art to the degree where decorative art is more adding lines and writing to the piece, just simplistic things to make it different, whereas sculpture--for lack of a better term--is actually sculpting what you want out of the food rather than adding on to it.
3: I've tried doing so and failed horribly. I do think about it often, though.
4: hmm... I like ice cream. Chocolate preferably. Any type with chocolate in it.

   This really got me thinking... they're all neat ideas. I might have to re-try.
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narutofan-prekonoha Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
1: I don't paint, and I don't eat when I draw...but I do eat donuts white writing my books!
2: I don't know...uh...the sculpting is actually shaping the cake i.e adding more layers, cutting out certain shapes, where the frosting and toppings are decorative art.
3: I have tried, and failed miserably.
4: CHEESECAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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ASTRO1964 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
superbe
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KMcfar57 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
My appetite goes South when I am in the studio, but anything coffee is how I spend breaks. If I had an assignment featuring food, I'd surround my self with that particular food. If structure, or mechanics is introduced into the making of a food presentation, I consider that sculpture - otherwise, food is art, always. Mt favorite desserts center on combining various textures into one sweet dish - molten chocolate cake with lush, warm liquid; crunchy crust; cake with bite and whatever else (surprise me) can be incorporated.
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Susensd Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
1. Usually chocolate-bars, cookies or crackers - if anything at all. I don't want to ruin my canvas!
2. I think it would be when you go from a single cake to adding more layers/cakes on to of each other - that's a "sculpture". While decorating cupcakes would be "decorative art".
3. Yes, I have done that a few times before.
4. Anything that involves chocolate!
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SuperNicce Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
1. I Drink green tea 

2. I have no concept, that it for a question... :o

3. Maybe... ^^
4. Meat...Joke.  Cake, ice cream, green tea :drool:  :D

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YumeNox Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
1. not eating while drawing/taking photos :p
2. I think a cake is much more of decorative art than sculpture, except when are included characters like this dragon for example ^^ 
3. Yes i tried ^^ gonna continue to improve
4. favorite form of dessert => strawberries, muffins and croissants :D
:heart:
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HonouNoKage Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
1.  Trail mix, with caramel balls and toffee cashews ^w^
2. I don't have a clue about this kinda stuff, so...
3. Nope, don't care for it.  If I made something that pretty, I prolly wouldn't eat it XD
4. Sundaes and shakes~ ^w^ :la:
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HaniaJedi Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

1. I don't usually eat while drawing. But in elementary school I would draw while eating my lunch at least once a week.

2. When most of it isn't even cake. o-o Or if it's so pretty it breaks your heart to eat it. XD

3. I never really thought about it... But in a way I have many times; decorating Easter eggs.

4. CAKECAKECAKE!!! :la:

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Merliniara Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist
1. I don't eat, I drink tea-always.
2. ...
3. no
4. pancakes :D
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MissLilyMakesArt Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
1. I don't eat when I'm drawing.
2. When there are more non-edible materials on the cake than edible materials. :o
3. I have never tried to, but it sound fun so I'll probably give it a shot.
4. Tiramisu. :3 Like omnomnomnomnom. xd And cake, because.. cake.
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splash-light Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I also love tiramisu
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MissLilyMakesArt Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
It's amazing. :3
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splash-light Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yes it is
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Florosco99 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
1-sweet things like lollipops and ice-cream 2- i don't know D: 3- i'd consider making art out of food! 4- Alfajores (cookies with dulce del lece in the middle)
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Menarch Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
1.- Lays Potatoes and beer
2.- Just in all do not be eat
3.- I consider there
4.- Cup cake or Cookie monster
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Kirasel Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
1) Whatever random thing I put on the chair next to me.  Normally fruit.
2) It would stop when there was more non-edible stuff than edible, or when the non-edible stuff made the edible stuff really hard to eat.
3) It'd be pretty fun, though I'd probably never do it.
4) All dessert is delicious.  I dunno.  Cake?
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princewings Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
1) I don't eat at all whilst I'm drawing.
2) I wouldn't draw any lines, I feel food can be just as artist as other mediums such as painting. 
3) Making fandom cookies and cupcakes is something I really, really want to try. 
4) For me, nothing beats a good home-made apple pie with cream!
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Ananascc Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
1) I usally eat a twix.
2) EEEEEEE I don't now :D
3) I would LOOOOOOOOOOOVE tried doing art of food.
4) I LOOOOVE cupcakes and pancakes
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XxRockFiendxX Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
1) i usually don't eat while drawing/painting so I don't get graphite and/or acrylic in my system XD but if I do need a snack, I'll snack on a cookie, granola bar, or wash my hands and get some fruit
2) there are no lines...cake is already a masterpiece <3 lol
3)if i was capable of doing so while being able to keep it forever..maybe...as of now..prob not XD
4) CAKEEEEE
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Arttt225 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student General Artist
1) I usually draw after I finish eating lunch which consists mainly of a bologna sandwich,juicebox lol, and snack.Mainly because of the convience. At home I usually don't eat while I draw, and if I do its usually water with pretzels or something XD 2) If there's more nonedible materials than edible ones on the cake that's when I would consider the cake to be more of a sculpture,however if you're using edible substances for your decorative addons then thats more of decorative art. 3) When it comes to food prep that's going to be presented to another person for a special ocassion etc,then I would decorate it as elaborately as I could without overdoing it.The farthest I've come to this was making cookiesinto candycanes and angels etc.I like scuplting with clay,but I would need to broaden my culinary skills farther to do so. 4) I love cake sculptures the best because of the time and dedication put into making them.
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Neinnonay Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
cookies
When it stops tasting good because its all plastic
yes, it would be awesome to learn to create something like those cakes, though i've never tried
chocolate pudding with some chocolate ice cream ( Yay Chocolate :D )
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mei96 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist
Such amazing cakes!I would have such a hard time eating one because they're so amazing!
I wish I had cake around for whenever I finished an art project, unfortunately I just have a glass of water and perhaps a handful of crackers.
I wish I could do something like these, unfortunately I don't have the time or skill at the moment.
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Aeracolthearts Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
1.powdered doughnuts
2.when i recieve food posioning from my curiosity.
3.it depends, id have to improve my cooking skills before i try, but yes i would.
4.yellow and strawberry tripple layer cake with vinialla icing with whip cream and strawberries on top!
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