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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:…

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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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. :)
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...
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..
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. 
aphid777 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The half fig is my favorite part! :la:
caballero-nocturno Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
Wow, looks delicious!
Cookiesnet Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
Wooooooooooooooowwww!!!! I am floored by your craftsmanship!
Beltaneh Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
It is wonderfully painted. And the half fig looks just perfect to me :)
Pirate-Utau-Sama Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...So it's a CHEESE CAKE? :rofl:
neurotype Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
...I need friends like this. :eager:
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