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 you haven’t, your eyes are in luck. It’s becoming quite the trend right now, and a former baker living in Toronto has become an expert at making super-real looking fake cake sculptures for her Vintage Bakesale business.
It was a natural progression for founder Rebecca Ferguson, as she had never really had a sweet tooth in the first place.
“I was very inspired by Jasmine Archie from Pretty Shitty Cakes,” Ferguson tells blogTO. “I’m not sure if she was the first to start making these kinds of things 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 a sweet tooth but love the look of old-school cakes and wish they could keep them forever.
Her creations come with chunky piping, lots of ruffles, flower details, glossy cherry and citrus segments, and bold sayings across the top. None of this is edible, but that doesn’t mean it won’t look great on your table at home.
Ferguson is currently a full-time media communications student at Humber College and has taken time off from work to achieve. However, he also plans to return to his full-time job as a barista and cafe manager in the new year, as well as continuing with Vintage Bakesale.
“I moved here in 2015 and started working as a barista on the west end of Toronto. I worked in a few bakeries in my early 20s while in college. I started in the cutest cafe in Dundas – the city, not the street, called Detour Cafe. That said, most of my cake decorating skills have been self-taught,” says Ferguson.
“Mostly stopped in for the hours. That’s a lot of super early mornings. Also, I don’t have a sweet tooth at all. I really liked the art of presentation and the style of the desserts, so I guess it makes sense why.” Now I make things you can’t even eat.”
Ferguson started making fake cakes this past summer and never intended for the project to grow into a full-fledged business, but when she posted photos and videos on her Instagram, she started receiving custom requests right away. The pastels are made with wall putty and acrylic paint.
“The process is virtually identical to decorating a real cake,” Ferguson says. “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 spicy red maraschino cherries.”
You can pick up fake Vintage Bakesale cakes at Easy Tiger for $120, and Ferguson also makes appearances at local markets. He does custom work almost exclusively, but hopes to post on Instagram in the future for cakes that have already been made.
Ferguson has made edible cakes before, and sometimes gets orders for real cakes, but has to explain that everything he’s selling right now is fake.
“Never say never, but I can’t see myself ever working in a bakery or pastry shop again,” says Ferguson. “I’m having a lot of fun with what I’m doing now.”