At first glance, artist Rachel Dyke’s mini cakes seem like the perfect solution to picky cake eaters at every occasion. “Finally, someone made personal cakes so everyone can have their own cake!” you may think to yourself. “Genius! Yes! Tiny cakes for all!” But then, you read the fine print and you realize that Dyke, a former pastry chef, sculpts itsy bitsy cakes as swag; something to remember a fantastic evening by. And that, despite your Alice in Wonderland dreams, they’re not meant to be eaten, even though they smell like the real thing.
This frosted cake smells like pink sugar buttercream and berries, thanks to scented oils.
Most of her tiered cake creations are used to memorialize a wedding. She tells Bon Appétit that this one, a replica of the Royal Wedding cake, took her 40 hours to make, compared to the usual 12.
Last year, Dyke took her miniature talent to Food Network, where she competed on Cake Masters:
She says she has about a month-long wait list for cakes, but that she’s happy to take requests through Instagram DMs. Here’s some more of her amazing work.
You can really see the painstaking detail on her creations. She even bakes some of the roses in the oven to make them sturdy enough to handle:
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