Embroidered “Cakes” Look Just as Moist and Sweet as the Real Thing

Embroidered Cake Painting by Heather Ríos

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Have you ever seen embroidery that could make your mouth water? Artist Heather Ríos creates incredible mixed-media embroidery pieces that look like sweet treats. Scrolling through her Instagram will make you feel like you’re walking through a bakery and it may even evoke sweet smells and tastes.

Ríos uses various embroidery techniques—including punch needle embroidery—along with Sculpey clay and acrylic paint to create a vast array of amazing faux treats. There’s something for every sweet tooth: confetti cake, vanilla donuts, cupcakes with every color frosting, chocolate cake bites, and so much more. Many of these creations are available to purchase on her Etsy and are made-to-order, ensuring each confection-like piece of art has the buyer in mind.

With over 28,000 followers on Instagram and high praise from fans and customers, the popularity of Ríos’ bakery-esque artistry is undeniable. In June 2022, two of her TikToks garnered a combined total of over 600,000 views and the comments are filled with amazement at how lifelike her cakes look. One user says, “I still thought it was real even after you were touching it.” Another admits, “It took me like three whole views to understand it wasn’t food.” Even after realizing it isn’t actual food, one viewer states, “I would still eat it,” showing just how tasty Ríos’ work looks.

Just when you thought her illusions couldn’t get more realistic, a short scroll through Ríos’ social media will surprise you. While the majority of the artist’s designs are on canvas, some of the artificial confections are three-dimensional. Using craft foam as a base, Ríos transforms her flat pieces into lifelike slices of cake on actual plates.

Ríos’ love for embroidering in unconventional ways is displayed on her Instagram as far back as you can scroll. Everything from Dolly Parton and Mona Lisa to Harry Styles and The Office have gotten a textile reimagining from the artist. It seems that Ríos made a switch in April 2022 to focus on her iconic confectionery embroidery pieces, which makes our eyes happy—and our stomachs grumble.

Scroll below to see some of Ríos’ delicious-looking art and find even more treats on Instagram and Etsy.

Artist Heather Ríos creates works of art that look deceptively delicious.

Embroidered Cake Painting by Heather Ríos

From cake to donuts to cupcakes, Ríos has quite an array of faux-confectionary creations.

Embroidered Cake Painting by Heather Ríos

Ríos uses a combination of Sculpey clay, acrylic paint, and yarn to create her pieces.

Embroidered Cake Painting by Heather Ríos

Her baker-esque artistry has garnered a lot of attention online, with many fans remarking how amazed they are. Some even admit it took them multiple views to realize her creations weren’t real.

Embroidered Cake Painting by Heather Ríos

While many of these forbidden treats are on canvas, some of Ríos work is three-dimensional, making her illusionary work even more realistic.

Embroidered Cake Sculpture by Heather Ríos

There’s no doubt that these embroidery pieces are incredible to look at—and might make you want to visit a bakery.

Embroidered Cake Painting by Heather Ríos

Heather Rios / HararaTextiles: Instagram | Etsy

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Heather Ríos.

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Madyson DeJausserand

Madyson DeJausserand is a Video Editor at My Modern Met Academy and a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. She is also an award-winning filmmaker who graduated from Oakland University with a BA in Cinema Studies with a specialization in Filmmaking. Her passions for filmmaking and art bleed into her everyday life and she devotes her time to developing her voice as a filmmaker, writer, artist, and editor.
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