You’ve seen cakes that look like super realistic inedible objects, but have you ever seen an inedible sculpture that looks like a super realistic cake?
If not, your eyes will be delighted. It’s becoming a bit of a trend right now, and a former baker living in Toronto has become a master at making super realistic faux cake sculptures for her company Vintage Bakesale.
It was a natural progression for founder Rebecca Ferguson, as she had never had a sweet tooth in the first place.
“I was most inspired by Jasmine Archie from Pretty Shitty Cakes,” Ferguson told blogTO. “I don’t know if she was the first to do this stuff for people’s homes, but I love her style.”
Vintage Bakesale offers vintage-inspired faux cake sculptures that are perfect for people who, like Ferguson, don’t have much of a sweet tooth but love the look of old-school cakes and wish they could keep them forever.
Her designs come with heavy piping, loads of ruffles, floral details, bright cherries and citrus segments, and cheeky lyrics piped across the top. None of this is edible, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t look great on your table at home.
Ferguson is currently a full-time media communications student at Humber College and has taken some time off to pursue this. However, she also plans to return to full-time work as a barista and cafe manager in the new year, in addition to continuing with Vintage Bakesale.
“I moved here in 2015 and started working as a barista in west Toronto. I worked in a few bakeries in my early twenties while I was in college. I did my early days at the cutest little cafe in Dundas – the town, not the street – called Detour Cafe. That being said, most of my cake decorating skills were self-taught,” says Ferguson.
“I quit mainly because of the hours. There are a lot of great mornings. Also, I don’t have a sweet tooth at all. I was really interested in the art of dessert presentation and style , so I guess it makes sense why I’m doing things now that you can’t even eat.”
Ferguson started making fake cakes last summer and never wanted the project to turn into a full-fledged business, but when she posted photos and videos to her Instagram, she immediately started receiving personalized requests. The cakes are made using wall plaster and acrylic paint.
“The process is pretty much the same as decorating a real cake,” says Ferguson. “I have endless fun ideas for cakes I want to make, but I think my favorite and most elaborate cake I’ve made so far is a three-tiered disco ball cake with cherries on top. warm red maraschino.”
You can pick up fake Vintage Bakesale cakes at Easy Tiger for a low $120, and Ferguson also makes appearances at local markets. She almost exclusively does custom work, but she hopes to do Instagram drops in the future for cakes that have already been made.
Ferguson had made edible cakes before and sometimes gets requests for real ones, but has to explain that everything she currently sells is fake.
“Never say never, but I can’t see myself going back to working in a bakery or pastry shop,” Ferguson says. “I’m having a lot of fun with what I’m doing now.”