When we picture cakes most of us think of pink frosting, gooey chocolate, thick sponge and lashings of cream! Often they look as sickly sweet as they taste and you know what you are getting yourself in for with pink being strawberry and white vanilla frostings, however here we have a huge difference. Feast your eyes upon a range of cakes that you’ll have to trust us are actually cakes as they look so scarily like other things, so much so that it will trick your brain into expecting different flavours entirely!
Meet 46 year old, Debbie Goard from California who has a crazy talent for baking realism! She has been a professional baker for over 20 years so she has the talent completely down and some might argue now she is one of the best in the business, but she does something very different to most by combining super realistic images and ideas and creating them into cakes! It was not until 2006 that she began baking really realistic cakes she said, “I don’t make traditional cakes at all, there have been stories about my cakes being on full display for hours before anyone realized it was edible. That’s pretty gratifying.”
She started her own business named Debbie Does Cakes, after finding making cakes very tedious so she stepped up her cake game entirely! “I never really viewed it as a career choice. It was simply a job, a very hard job. I was always plotting my escape from cake, but a coworker suggested find a way to come to terms” she said. So that is what she did and she found a new love for baking and vowed that each day she would create something different to the last cake.
“Since I rarely make the same cake twice, every day can feel like reinventing the wheel. If I had to make the same cake over and over again I think I’d go crazy with boredom.Left to my own devices I’d have a much less diverse portfolio so I am grateful to be forced to step outside my comfort zones,” Debbie said. “I’ve heard ‘That’s a cake?’ thousands of times.”
Here are some more awesome cakes from the talented lady:
It takes Debbie around eight hours to complete a simple cake, so you can imagine the time she had to put in for some of the others! What a talented lady!