6 Eye Cakes From The Cardboad Kitchen

Patianne Stevenson sculpts her favorite foods from recycled cardboard... that is, when she is not painting them or creating new recipes for cooking and eating them. Her sculpturing skills are so satisfying to look at, that I call them eye cake! You'll see why.

Stevenson's pantry is filled with boxes. She writes that every box that arrives at her home is marked and stored depending on the kind of box it is. Her markings note what was in the box and where it came from, so many of her cardboard creations retain these markings and can be seen on bits of the finished products. What a great way to personalize them.

Stevenson's sculpting skills are best seen in the photos of her luscious-looking layered cakes, where the variations in textures are so well captured. I don't know if these will appease your appetite, but they surely will please your eye.


1. Cardboard Kitchen, Coconut Cupcake

Lots of detail here in the shredded coconut. And are those slivered almonds along the bottom rim? Dimensions: 4 1/2" high-to top of label x 4" wide




2 Cardboard Kitchen, Sushi

Sushi may not taste like cake, but many pieces are as ornate as a decorated cake, and Stevenson captures every detail so well. Dimensions: 10 3/4"x 7" x 3 1/2"


3. Cardboard Kitchen, Chocolate Torte With Ganache And Piped Rosettes

The layers of cream and ganache separated by finely layered cake are well-captured in the torte sculpture and the rosettes are so true-to-sugary rich. Don't miss the intricate tray and delicate doily either. Dimensions: 6 1/4" x 2" x 2 1/2"



4. Cardboard Kitchen, Organic Celery

Right, this isn't cake either, but you needed a break . Isn't this celery sculpture marvelous? And Stevenson adds the product tie for the finishing touch. Dimensions: 10 1/2"x 3 1/4"


5. Cardboard Kitchen, Petit Four With Fondant Rose On Victorian Dessert Stand

Color, texture, and line all capture the eye in this exquisitely sculptured design. Dimensions: 4 1/2" high-to top of rose, 3 1/2" wide including stand




6. Cardboard Kitchen Cupcake With Butter Cream

The perfect everlasting Valentine's cupcake. Now this is eye-cake! Dimensions: 4 1/2" high-to top of cherry stem, 3 1/2" wide including display doily cardboard.



Stevenson's food sculptures are on display in her Cardboard Kitchen, but several of her works have been shown at national galleries and museums. Most of her work is commissioned.

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