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Artistic Pastry Chef Uses Background in Architecture to Bake Amazing Cakes

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At just 21 years old, architect and dessert enthusiast Marie Troïtskaia (aka Marie Oiseau) has baked up an impressive portfolio of tasty treats. Combining her academic architectural background with her passion for sweets, Oiseau creates one-of-a-kind artistic cakes inspired by buildings, shapes, and sculptures.

Unsurprisingly, creating each cake is a multi-step process. Oiseau first plans the creation as she would an architectural project, sketching designs and producing models and molds. Once she's settled on the aesthetic, she begins thinking about ingredients and flavor composition. Finally, when she is satisfied with the ins and outs of her design, she begins baking.

Like most creators, Oiseau cites numerous influences in her work, which she views through an artistic lens. “For me, cakes – they're art objects,” she shared with us in an email. “I'm inspired by architecture, architects (Gehry, Le Corbusier, Gaudi, Utzon), architectural objects, artists, cities, materials, textures. I especially love to draw  chocolate panoramas and create my own chocolate cities!” Her finished products represent this eclectic range of artistic interests, spanning abstract shapes and sculptural works to figurative forms and skyline-inspired, three-dimensional surfaces.

Originally from Moscow, Oiseau now studies architecture in France, where she also is pursuing her creative career as a pastry chef. Recently, she has worked as a chef at the Moscow bakery Californecaketion, but she hopes to open her own pastry shop in Paris, where she aims to cater to architects, architectural students, and artists.

Enjoy a scrumptious selection of Oiseau's artistic cakes!

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My Modern Met granted permission to use photos by Marie Oiseau.

Kelly Richman-Abdou

Kelly Richman-Abdou is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. An art historian living in Paris, Kelly was born and raised in San Francisco and holds a BA in Art History from the University of San Francisco and an MA in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University. When she’s not writing, you can find Kelly wandering around Paris, whether she’s leading a tour (as a guide, she has been interviewed by BBC World News America and France 24) or simply taking a stroll with her husband and two tiny daughters.

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