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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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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 ;)
Kookootje Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
i want those cokkiemonster cupcakes!
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.
ABDenise Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Mmmm I am hungry!! I am going to make a cake!!
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,…
4: ice-cream or violet crumble cheesecake.
TheRealFry1 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013   Digital Artist
These look all so delicious...
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.
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ASTRO1964 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
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.
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!
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

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
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:
HaniaJedi Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital 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.


Merliniara Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist
1. I don't eat, I drink tea-always.
2. ...
3. no
4. pancakes :D
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.
splash-light Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I also love tiramisu
MissLilyMakesArt Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
It's amazing. :3
splash-light Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yes it is
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)
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
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?
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!
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
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 of now..prob not XD
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.
Neinnonay Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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 )
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.
Aeracolthearts Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
1.powdered doughnuts
2.when i recieve food posioning from my curiosity. 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!
Megido23 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
1. Watermelon Jolly Ranchers or wintergreen mints. Anything else usually distracts me. In an emergency (due the next day or that day) I eat all meals while working.

2. When there is either so much non-edible stuff to hold it up that there's no point to eating it, or there is more fondant than cake. Nobody can eat more than a few bites of that stuff, not even me.

3. Lots of times. Every year I make the Christmas cookies and the sugar cookies are all frosted as realistically as possible. We have weird cookies like roosters, cows, pigs, etc. and then some normal ones like angels, trees and reindeer.

4. Basically anything that has cream or chocolate (or both) and no nuts.
sora-h Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student General Artist
1. What do you eat when you draw or paint or do you paint or draw while you eat?
Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't. Oftentimes it's something light and simple. Potato chips, chocolates... yeah. I don't usually eat meals while drawing/painting though.

2. Where would you draw the line between decorative art and sculpture in cake art?
Decorative art would serve as just that--decoration on the cake. Sculpture would be the whole thing.

3. Would you consider making art out of food or have you every tried doing so?
I tried it a few times, and would like to do it again if I have the chance.

4. What is your favorite form of dessert?
So long as it tastes good [and hopefully looks nice too], it's fine with me.
theelfhybrid Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
1) What do you eat when you draw or paint or do you paint or draw while you eat?
I try not to eat and draw, smudges are hell. Must be something that lasts a while.

2)Where would you draw the line between decorative art and sculpture in cake art?
I don't think there is one. What is art applies to all genres of art.

3)Would you consider making art out of food or have you every tried doing so?
I have tried,will keep trying!

4)What is your favorite form of dessert?

Love the features, very impressive!
Lady-LM Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
1) N/A

2) Probably just before the cake is a sculpture made of frosting

3) Maybe, not to the scale of some of these chefs

4) Milk Chocolate fudge :drool:
Detonatress Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
1. Some peanuts maybe. Otherwise, whatever is available.
2. Sculpture in cake art would require way more details than some simple decor. A cake looking like a creature or building is already going towards sculpture.
3. I've decorated some salads before (one was of fruit, other was made of vegetables and chicken meat, with boiled eggs and some peppers). Not something too fancy though.
4. As long as I find its taste good, I don't really care what it looks like (with a few exceptions, like... I wouldn't eat something that looks offensive or disgusting, and when I was a kid, I used to avoid eating chocolate bunnies because they looked so adorable... so I used to keep them until they'd expire and my mother would throw them away)
keidream Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
1. I tend to keep my activities separate. I drink various warm beverages while I write, though ^ _ ^
2. Who needs lines? I think something can count as both!
3. Gingerbread houses, anyone? I love decorating cookies for valentines day and christmas, and my family makes a "flag cake" for the fourth of july using. white frosting, blueberries, and strawberries.
4. I like cake when it's really well made. I would love to try making the sushi-cake featured above. I'm very impressed by it.
Lightning-Flower01 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student General Artist
1. I usually eat fruit or something when I'm drawing.
2. I'm not sure. :(
3. I want to try make cakes that look super AWESOME!!!!
4. There are so many I can't pick! But I love lots of them :3
england3 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
1. i do not draw while drinking, i draw in my room which is peace and quiet. While listening to music
2. ??? I don't understand... :sighs:
3. I make smiley faces on EVERYTHING~... hehe~
4.favorite form is mostly artistic stuff
kitdg Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student General Artist
1. i eat an drink paint. lol jks. no, i don't eat when i do art. but i doodle and sketch when i eat breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack :XD:
2. not sure about this... what is art? lol
3. i've never really thought of it as a medium for me. and i don't think making smiley faces on cookies and pancakes count, so no. :(
4. favourite form? can't pick one. but all is welcome as long as it's sweet and pretty :meow:
ChrissietheArchen Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
1. no, i never eat while draw. i only listen to music.
2. Decorative art is more wedding cake style while sculpture is more along the likes of skyward sword cake.
3. i have tried with mash potatoes. There was this guy on TV which made the most amazing art with sand, creating pictures. That was inspiring.
4. Chocolate moose. The pudding kind.
SaiyuriTachikowa Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
1. I usually eat pocky when i'm drawing or gaming so that i can use both my hands.
2. i draw the line when you have more non-cake ingredients than actual cake.
3. I'm a baking student, so yes I make art from food everyday.
4. hmm I have to choose? I'd guess that'd be New York Cheesecake ^-^
Bahar1 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't like cakes decorated with hard candy. I don't want to think: "Will I break my tooth while dealing with that stuff?" or "How can I get rid of that candy flowers to actually eat the cake?!!".

I love the Cookie Monster Cupcakes btw! Cute and eatable.
luckyhalo303 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for this awesome topic author! ^^ I've been eying some creative designs and watch tutorials and now's all that's left for me is to take to the kitchen and start a mess. ^^

1 When I draw I eat crackers. It's something to hold me over and it's not to messy or too oily. When I'm at the computer, I prefer bite sized portions of things (like raisinettes) because I really am focused more on my work and eating is something I do to satisfy my daily needs. (I'm still huuman!)

2 Between decorative art and sculpture in cake art? I don't know the difference between the two. Maybe my stance will change once I get to reading previous comments. I guess sculpture is building things (so is decorative art). Yeah, I don't know the difference. Sorry! ^^;

3 Like I said I am considering making art out of food! Yeah it get's eaten (or rotten) and gone forever. But that's the idea of it. To capture something so ephemeral is memorable to see it at a social or a party; and then eat it! The closest I've come to doing it though is by arranging my food plate. I don't know how to describe it better. :\

4 My favorite form of dessert is frozen vanilla bean ice cream cheese cake (drizzled with hot fudge)! Yeah it tastes good and creamy and yummy-sweet but the frozen-ness amplifies it's consistency and enjoyability three times over! :O
ESP96 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
1. I never draw or paint while I'm eating. I always get caught up in one of the two activities. Either I become too endorsed in the taste of the food to draw, or I get too into the detail of the drawing to eat. I can't multitask like that, sorry ^^;

2. If you make a birthday cake and write "Happy Birthday Jimmy" with frosting on the top, then that's just decoration. However, if you sculpt out a small man in armor battling the evil dragon Alduin atop the Throat of the World into a cake, that's sculpture.

3. I don't normally consider making art out of my food. I sometimes can pick out petty designs in the layout of the food, but I really don't care enough to actually do something with it. When I get food, I get it to eat it, not make art. You know what I mean?

4. Anything made out of milk chocolate. Consider that, and you'll know my favorite dessert. If it has chocolate in it, that's my favorite.
Darkwhisper88 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so hungry!
Kova360 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012   Digital Artist
this is amazing!!! My little sister would love that. Wow!!!!
ReimaHowaido Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
But those are SO much different from the cakes that we have here~

1. Hmmm.. Sometimes I do have something to drink.... Something fruity~ Or just milk
And some candy maybe :meow:
2. No Idea /D Don't ask me about these. A cake is a good cake as long as it's not too pretty to be eaten :XD: [ This makes me sound like some kind of 'Ton Fairy' ]
3. I always try to make things to look good Cx
When we had to make food in one thing at school.. I was usually the one they put to make the sallad.. But when I once get to make the desert: it looked pretty, it tasted good and there was just enough of it~ [ 'Frozen' fruits just taken out of the freezer + caramel fudge and some beautiful glass thing s for them to be in it~ ]
4. Any kind~ If we have those. Too much things to do so deserts are rare
Bashxcore Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
Queenoftheuniverse12 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
1. I on't eat when I paint or draw I tend to forget to eat when I'm into my work... 2. Skyward would be my though but it depends on the design and how high you want it... 3. I have but I stopped and continued my work mainly in Drawing and paint. 4. cupcakes in the form of andy sixx's face
GodessFae Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student General Artist
1. pretty much anything...When I was in high school I would eat my lunch in the art room. Sometimes I was so in the zone of creating that I almost drank my paintwater XD and one time I made the mistake of thinking my brush (which was loaded with oil paints and liquin) was my fork. That was really nasty...(I'm probably going to die young because of that XD)

2. that's a hard line to draw- but I would definitely have to consider “Skyward Sword :: Furnix Cake” by *cakecrumbs a work of sculpture!

3. All the time! When I was five or so I made a 'mothers day mouse' out of a pear body, gummy worm tail, cherry nose, chocolate chip eyes,and almond slivers for the ears. I made a turtle frybread once when I was like, 12. and Birthday cakes are always a fun thing to do. and don't get me started on sugar cookies or gingerbread houses!

4. DO I HAVE TO CHOOSE? pretty much anything with sugar in it is amazing to me. Though of late I have been extra fond of Hazelnut or coconut delights!
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