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Artist Makes Mini Tower Cakes You Can Hold in the Palm of Your Hand

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It seems that there’s no limit to what you can do with a cake. From sculptural buttercream flowers to mirrored glazes, bakers are using the beloved confection as a canvas for unconventional art. Paying homage to this craft is Rachel Dyke, who specializes in making miniature cakes that'll fit in the palm of your hand. Her creations, however, aren’t edible. Dyke crafts the mouthwatering confections out of polymer clay. Using carving tools and tiny paint brushes, she forms the same trails of flowers, layers of sprinkles, and towering tiers that you’d find on the real things.

Dyke has an eclectic background that makes her perfectly poised for this type of unique artwork. “My formal training is in Special Effects Makeup,” she writes in an Instagram post, “I worked as a cake decorator for over two years and appeared on Food Network’s Cake Masters last year [2016].”

To craft the intricate details on these confections demands ample working time, and some sculptures take as long as 12 hours. When she’s done, Dyke will apply scented oils to make the handheld sculptures even smell like the real thing. Just remember, though—eat with your eyes only!

Miniaturist Rachel Dyke creates impossibly tiny cakes.

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The amount of detail she's able to achieve is incredible.

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Wedding cakes, drip cakes, literary-themed cakes—it's all fair game for Dyke.

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They look delicious but… they're made from polymer clay. So eat with your eyes only!

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Watch Dyke in action:

Rachel Dyke: Instagram
h/t: [Hello Giggles, Cosmopolitan]

All images via Rachel Dyke.

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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