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!