Remember when your art teacher would ask you to recreate a famous painting? No one told us that we could replicate it in this delicious way!
Emily Zauzmer, a Harvard University student combines her love of art history with a skill for baking and cake decorating – these “cake-paintings” can take from around 2 hours to four days to finish.
Zauzmer is a Folklore and Mythology student with a focus in Pop Culture at Harvard, told PEOPLE
. In total Zauzmer has created seven cake paintings — including famous ones like The Scream by Edvard Munch, The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh and Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer but she says: "My favourite is my take on American Gothic by Grant Wood"
“It’s really just for fun, something I love to do!”
This 20 year old from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, first had the idea to pursue baked cake paintings as a young girl in high school, but she's always had a love for art from a young age. During a high school art history course in 2013, Emily decided to try her hand at design.
“I was studying art, but not creating art,” she explains. “I became frustrated, because I had all of these creative juices flowing!”
And so, she created her first ever masterpiece — The Starry Night
on vanilla cupcakes.
“I bought a cupcake book that gave me some decorating tips to recreate Starry Night
,” she says. “But at the end of the process, I ended up doing my own thing.”
At the moment, Zauzmer tries to bake and decorate a new piece every five months or special family occasions.
When going about a new design the first thing she does is print out the photo and studies it. She then bakes a cake (her usual is vanilla) this is her blank canvas and uses toothpicks to make an outline, which she fills in with icing.
“I start pretty neat using utensils and plastic bags to put on icing,” she says. “But by hour three, that’s done and I’m just using my fingers!”
These tasty works of art disappear quickly, but in order to preserve her work she always takes photos and posts them on her Instagram page. In an interview with the self described “perfectionist” she admitted that "my family and I usually eat the whole thing, which is rewarding!”
Her next endeavour is to create the Mona Lisa – we'll be on our way to The Louvre then.
This story first appeared on People