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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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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.

Cherrystarx3 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
religiouscornrose237 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.

EarthToFantasy 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
Milena-Zaremba 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.
HermioneFrost 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!
PineappleParty3 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!!!!!
Redpadna Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I made a derpy looking elmo muffin?

NORTHWOLF55 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
ArtbyCharlotte 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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