These incredible, edible masterpieces will have you thinking twice about food presentation

Three words; oh, my, goodness. What does one get when designers, architects and photographers follow their passion for food? Edible masterpieces, that’s what. From cheese and chocolate to pasta and chewing gum, these inventors have let their imaginations run wild, for the rest of us to enjoy and drool over. Each as jaw-dropping as the last, the following images may induce unwanted hunger pangs that will have you scrambling to the pantry in search of sugar-laden treats. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

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Blue Cheese Spiral Staircase by Tekla Severin

Blue Cheese Spiral Staircase by Tekla Severin

Blue Cheese Spiral Staircase by Tekla Severin

Blue Cheese Spiral Staircase by Tekla Severin

The Stockholm-based interior architect created ‘An Architectural Food Tour’ for The Gourmand that draws parallels to details of buildings scattered from the Amalfi Coast to Norway and the United States.

Pistachio Chocolate Chess Floor by Tekla Severin

Pistachio Chocolate Chess Floor by Tekla Severin

Pistachio Chocolate Chess Floor by Tekla Severin

Pistachio Chocolate Chess Floor by Tekla Severin

Working in the multidisciplinary fields of art direction, set design and photography, these epic images are just two of Severin’s standouts, but there are many, many more to explore, here.

Architectural Cakes by Dinara Kasko

Architectural Cakes by Dinara Kasko

Architectural Cakes by Dinara Kasko

Architectural Cakes by Dinara Kasko

As an architectural graduate, Ukraine’s Dinara Kasko took up the hobby of baking — with a twist.

Architectural Cakes by Dinara Kasko

Architectural Cakes by Dinara Kasko

Architectural Cakes by Dinara Kasko

Architectural Cakes by Dinara Kasko

Carefully curating each and every aspect of her creations to form intriguing, 3D shapes, Kasko also works as an architect-designer and visualiser.

Architectural Cakes by Dinara Kasko

Architectural Cakes by Dinara Kasko

Architectural Cakes by Dinara Kasko

Architectural Cakes by Dinara Kasko

At first glance, none of these spectacular works appears edible, with Kasko approaching each piece as if it were a structure or a building.

Architectural Cakes by Dinara Kasko

Architectural Cakes by Dinara Kasko

Architectural Cakes by Dinara Kasko

Architectural Cakes by Dinara Kasko

But underneath it all, the baking genius lies — a tasty piece of handiwork that would almost be a shame to eat.

Complements Chocolate Modular System by Universal Favourite

Complements Chocolate Modular System by Universal Favourite

Complements Chocolate Modular System by Universal Favourite

Complements Chocolate Modular System by Universal Favourite

The Sydney-based team from Universal Favourite created these Tetris-like creations as an end-of-year tribute to their collaborators.

Complements Chocolate Modular System by Universal Favourite

Complements Chocolate Modular System by Universal Favourite

Complements Chocolate Modular System by Universal Favourite

Complements Chocolate Modular System by Universal Favourite

The chocolate modular system is designed to be paired and shared. By combining their design and 3D printing skills with Sydney artisans Bakedown Cakery, Universal Favourite successfully constructed an array of mouthwatering chocolates. Best Christmas gift ever, we think.

Architectural Arrangements by Sam Kaplan

Architectural Arrangements by Sam Kaplan

Architectural Arrangements by Sam Kaplan

Architectural Arrangements by Sam Kaplan

Like looking through a void into another world, this epic construction by Sam Kaplan is made entirely with slices of chewing gum.

Architectural Arrangements by Sam Kaplan

Architectural Arrangements by Sam Kaplan

Architectural Arrangements by Sam Kaplan

Architectural Arrangements by Sam Kaplan

The New York photographer crafted this futuristic masterpiece, aptly named Unwrapped, using thousands of sticks of Double Mint and 5 Gum.

Architectural Arrangements by Sam Kaplan

Architectural Arrangements by Sam Kaplan

Architectural Arrangements by Sam Kaplan

Architectural Arrangements by Sam Kaplan

Each design is an abstract version of Brutalist buildings, with every piece of chewing gum having been tirelessly glued together in small clusters.

Architectural Arrangements by Sam Kaplan

Architectural Arrangements by Sam Kaplan

Architectural Arrangements by Sam Kaplan

Architectural Arrangements by Sam Kaplan

Each structure took approximately 15 hours to make. Clever  photography has also made them appear larger than they actually are — the biggest is only 30 centimetres tall.

Break Bread Cake Maze Installation by Scott Hove and Baker’s Son

Break Bread Cake Maze Installation by Scott Hove and Baker’s Son

Break Bread Cake Maze Installation by Scott Hove and Baker’s Son

Break Bread Cake Maze Installation by Scott Hove and Baker’s Son

Bringing to life what we think looks a lot like a Hansel & Gretel fantasy, Scott Hove and Baker’s Son unveiled the ‘Break Bread Cake Maze’ installation inside LA’s Think Tank Gallery.

Break Bread Cake Maze Installation by Scott Hove and Baker’s Son

Break Bread Cake Maze Installation by Scott Hove and Baker’s Son

Break Bread Cake Maze Installation by Scott Hove and Baker’s Son

Break Bread Cake Maze Installation by Scott Hove and Baker’s Son

Divided into six rooms, each expertly decorated with real, edible lollies, Hove told the Los Angeles Times that he believes cake appeals to a very primitive part of our brain, it makes us feel good. We couldn’t agree more.

Edible Surfaces by Arantza Vilas, Leslie Vanderleeuw and Erik Spande

Edible Surfaces by Arantza Vilas, Leslie Vanderleeuw and Erik Spande

Edible Surfaces by Arantza Vilas, Leslie Vanderleeuw and Erik Spande

Edible Surfaces by Arantza Vilas, Leslie Vanderleeuw and Erik Spande

Creating something you would be more likely to find on your dessert plate at a fine dining institution, ‘Edible Surfaces’ by Arantza Vilas, Leslie Vanderleeuw and Erik Spande is a series of mouthwateringly good chocolate masterpieces.

Edible Surfaces by Arantza Vilas, Leslie Vanderleeuw and Erik Spande

Edible Surfaces by Arantza Vilas, Leslie Vanderleeuw and Erik Spande

Edible Surfaces by Arantza Vilas, Leslie Vanderleeuw and Erik Spande

Edible Surfaces by Arantza Vilas, Leslie Vanderleeuw and Erik Spande

Vilas is a London-based textile designer of Pinaki Studios and Vanderleeuw and Spande are premium chocolate retailers at Chocolatl. Their collaboration saw design, craft, food and materials in perfect harmony.

Pits and Pyramids by Sam Kaplan

Pits and Pyramids by Sam Kaplan

Pits and Pyramids by Sam Kaplan

Pits and Pyramids by Sam Kaplan

Cuppa tea and biscuit anyone? Another masterpiece by Sam Kaplan, it is his obsession with order and patterns that led to this still life series.

Pits and Pyramids by Sam Kaplan

Pits and Pyramids by Sam Kaplan

Pits and Pyramids by Sam Kaplan

Pits and Pyramids by Sam Kaplan

The baked goods are arranged into towers and craters, hence being dubbed Pits and Pyramids. The result? A hypnotic piece of work that we wish we could indulge in.

Tradizione, Costruzione by Gemma Tickle

Tradizione, Costruzione by Gemma Tickle

Tradizione, Costruzione by Gemma Tickle

Tradizione, Costruzione by Gemma Tickle

Photographed by Aaron Tilley for The Gourmand and designed by Gemma Tickle, this construction pays homage to Italian architecture.

Tradizione, Costruzione (Tradition, Construction) by Gemma Tickle

Tradizione, Costruzione (Tradition, Construction) by Gemma Tickle

Tradizione, Costruzione (Tradition, Construction) by Gemma Tickle

Tradizione, Costruzione (Tradition, Construction) by Gemma Tickle

By using five different types of pasta (the country’s most famous food and our favourite), the duo successfully created a floor, a curtain, a Roman column, a shingled roof, and a staircase.

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