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Swiss Wheel of Cheese Cake by cakecrumbs Swiss Wheel of Cheese Cake by cakecrumbs
This is a cake I was commissioned to do for a 21st birthday surprise party. It's a cake meant to look like a wheel of swiss cheese. The happy birthday message is presented as the logo atop the wheel. 

The cake was only to be sitting atop a cake board decorated to look like a wooden cheese board, but as I got into it I wanted to add a little extra detail. Now, I spend a lot of time trying to make food into edible versions of inedible things. But turning sugar into edible versions of things that are already edible was definitely something unusual for me. I spent a lot of time wishing I could channel all the incredible skills of you food miniature clay artists into my work cause wow was it a learning curve.

The grapes were fairly easy. A simple shape that only required painting in different shades of reds and purples to give some depth. The crackers were a little trickier. I kept playing with ways of adding texture and colour until, on the third try, I started getting something I was a bit happier with. 

The figs were a lot more difficult to paint and I spent a lot of time adding and removing colour to try and achieve something that looked fig-ish. The inside in particular didn’t become the perfect picture of stunning realism that I imagined in my head, but they hopefully ended up resembling the fruit enough to be distinguishable. Maybe if you squint a bit you can pretend it looks totally realistic.

You can head here for more pictures of the cake: cakecrumbs.me/2014/06/05/swiss…

Other attempts a cakey realism:

Tasmanian Masked Owl Cake by cakecrumbs Blue-ringed Octopus Cake by cakecrumbs 
Jupiter Structural Layer Cake by cakecrumbs Commission: Earth Structural Layer Cake by cakecrumbs
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:iconfreakiegeekie:
FreakieGeekie Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought you'd taken up cheese making :lol:
The cut fig doesn't look bad. :)
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Sebau-nu-mu Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Student General Artist
At the first look I thought it was all real 0_0
You are really amazing but why didn't you just make a few biscuits for the crackers?
I tried that once and they looked exactly like crackers...
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SorbetBerry Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist
WOW this is amazing as usual!! And the figs look really pretty :D like a still life painting, only 3D..
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alphabetsoup314 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have to admit, I would be a little conflicted about what I was supposed to be tasting when biting into this. Incredible job on the realism. 
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aphid777 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The half fig is my favorite part! :la:
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caballero-nocturno Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
Wow, looks delicious!
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Cookiesnet Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
Wooooooooooooooowwww!!!! I am floored by your craftsmanship!
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Beltaneh Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
It is wonderfully painted. And the half fig looks just perfect to me :)
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:iconmeganekko-senpai:
Meganekko-Senpai Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...So it's a CHEESE CAKE? :rofl:
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
...I need friends like this. :eager:
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:iconmadizzlee:
madizzlee Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014   General Artist
Hah this is awesome!!
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:iconvanthica:
Vanthica Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just awesome, You combined two most delicious things. Cake that looks like a cheese, the world needed it :) In the thumbnail it looked nothing like a cake, great work! :D
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dad-butts Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Student General Artist
I actually had a hard time telling if the fig was real or not, so you did a great job with the realism hahahah!
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SlinkySlinks Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Student
:O AWSOME!
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white-dragon-freya Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
it's beautifull!!!!
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:iconcakecrumbs:
cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
Thank you :D
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Kleevie Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn it's looks so real ! You definitely nailed the colors on the cheese ! And come on, your fig is excellent, and even more so for a first try ! It's not the easiest thing to paint with all these seeds inside anyway ^^

It's a very original idea for a cake too :D
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
Thank you so much :heart:
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scowlingelf Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
This is (outside of anything Zelda because I am horribly biased ^-^;;) the best cake ever.
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:iconcakecrumbs:
cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
Oh thanks so much. ♥ I totally pick the Zelda cakes first too hehe.
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AquaAurion Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You always make such creative cakes~! I always wonder how you come up with them ^^ As this was commissioned, were you given a theme or did you choose the design?
And the figs look really good, I thought they were real before I zoomed in ;)
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
Each of them is usually a different process. In the case of commissions it involves a lot of back and forth with the customer. Most people tell me they don't know much about cake and have very general ideas about when they want, so it's up to me to offer ideas and suggestions to come up with a way of realising their vision. Other people are very specific in what they want right down to the colours and placement of certain things. Some people are very specific about what they want yet really don't understand cake and want things that I feel don't necessarily work, which can be a difficult challenge.

For this cake in particular the customer knew they wanted a wheel of cheese cake and gave me a Jarlsberg photograph for a reference. They gave me a lot of license to create outside of that so that was really fun. 
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AquaAurion Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I imagine that those who already have a mental image of the cake they want are hard to please. Have you ever had a cake commisioned to you that you felt was impossible to make? Even with armature there has to be some ideas that won't be able to hold.

I love how much detail you manage to put into your cakes without making them feel to cluttered. Is this something you plan out before making the cake or do you feel sometime during the process that it's "complete"?
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Deprivance Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Everything looks great, especially the crackers :D
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
Thank you :D
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Moonstar37 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Student General Artist
was it an actual cheesecake?
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
It was all chocolate cake and chocolate icing inside. I think I forgot to say that. :/
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:iconmoonstar37:
Moonstar37 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Student General Artist
MAybe. Oh well it still looks and probably tasted amazing!
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Annie-Cornell Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
Beautiful work, especially on the figs!
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:iconcakecrumbs:
cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
Thank you! ♥
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
My first thought was: since when is Rhiannon making cheese as well? :lol:

I think it looks fantastic!
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
Bahaha. If I could make cheese I would probably never stop oh my god. No cheese making, but I am incessantly making ice cream right now. And it's winter.
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
I did some ice cream a while ago as well. Not that happy with the result, but mixed with other ice and a bit of cream it's yummy :D
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SanguineMiasma Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is stunning, my goodness! You just gained another watcher. :heart:
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
Thank you so much ♥
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chef-chad Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, I'm actually disappointed that isn't really a great big wheel of cheese! :)  VERY realistic!
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:iconcakecrumbs:
cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
That is so lovely of you to say, thank you!
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Scaly-heart Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a Stunningly Beautiful cake! I love it! Good job! :heart:


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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
Thanks so much! :glomp:
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Scaly-heart Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome! :heart:
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suneidesis Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014   Artist
Gorgeous work as always!
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
Thank you! ♥
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XiaNumber14 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist
That is amazing and I think the fig look great.
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:iconcakecrumbs:
cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
Thank you :D
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XiaNumber14 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist
You're welcome~!
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't even like cheese but this one I definitely wouldn't mind eating :XD:
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
=OOO I love cheese! Except blue cheese, that is so gross. 
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't like cheese =P Shame I don't, though.
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Alexandros-Derveron Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Admittedly, I've only ever seen a fig's inside once (because I don't particularly fancy their taste, so I stay away from them), but you had me fooled until I read your comment! So I'd say you did a really awesome job at making the figs look realistic :) and the rest looks so stunning! I wish someone would order a cake like that for my birthday, haha.
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
I've never seen them in person, I've yet to try them. Everyone seems to love them but now you have me worried I won't haha. 

Also thanks for your kind words. ♥
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