PAINTED EDIBLES

As you can see here and here, I like writing about people who use their artistic skills to make beautiful, delicious desserts. This time, I’d like to show you the creations of Natasha Collins, owner of Nevie-Pie Cakes in Hertfordshire. Natasha has always loved baking and so after a career in textile design, she went back to her baking roots. She began Nevie-Pie Cakes only as a hobby but now it has grown into a business known for hand-painted cakes, cupcakes and cookies. (By the way, the fishbone below is actually a cookie!) My favorite designs are those in the last three photos – they seem to have come straight out of children’s books!

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CHRISTOPHE ROUSSEL: CHOCOLATIER PATISSERIER GOURMAND

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
saving
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

– This is Just to Say by William Carlos Williams


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HEAVENLY BAKES

A ballerina-turned-baker was the star of a previous post here.  Today, I’d like to show you a few creations by another artist who ventured into the world of confectionery. Heather Baird used to paint and work in galleries for painters, sculptors, glass blowers, textile artists and other artisans as a career. Now she creates art in the form of “desserts that are as artful as they are delicious.” The best part: Heather shares her passion for making beautiful, delectable sweets by posting free recipes and decorating ideas on her blog SprinkleBakes. That’s certainly more than just a sprinkling of love, don’t you think?

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DAINTY DETAILS: MAGGIE AUSTIN CAKES

It was my birthday yesterday!! My mom has always said that birthdays would never be complete without a cake so I leave you with these cakes from Maggie Austin. Maggie is a former classical ballerina whose 23-year dance career ended due to a foot injury. Well, we all know what the wise folks say: You can take the girl out of ballet but you can never take ballet out of the girl. See how romantic and delicate her designs are? I think Tchaikovsky himself would be pleased.

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