03/12/2014 06:54 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

Edible Art, Anyone? Amazing Cake Designs


If you're having withdrawal symptoms from The Great British Bake Off, these incredible cakes are the perfect tonic.

The Threadcakes competition asked bakers around the world to design and make cakes inspired by Threadless – the printed T-shirt company.

Creations included characters from The Simpsons, a tiger covered in flowers and a deer drinking from a lake.

The winning 3D cake, made by 29-year-old Kylie Mangles, was based on a cut-out version of The Simpsons character, Ralph.

The cake and cookie designer from Canada won $1,000 in cash and Threadless gift certificates for her intricate design.

Kylie spent five days working around the clock to bake the ribs and bones and decorate the cartoon character with fondant.

Winner of the 2D category, 22-year-old Megan Matsumoto, from California, designed a 'Fantasy Space' cake.


"Sculpting and painting all the gumpaste and fondant pieces took about three weeks or so, but only because I was so busy and could only work on them a little bit here and there," she told Barcroft Media.

"When all the pieces were done, I baked and finished the cake in one day."

Other standouts include a deer with foliage sprouting from its back, which was made in 30 hours over three days, and a cat wearing goggles which took a week to assemble and included buttercream for the fur.

Chris Cardinal, from Threadless, said: "A panel of judges reviews each cake and picks their ten favorites in the 2D and 3D categories and submits them to me. Their ballots are tallied and the winners are selected.

"This year's best entries had a lot of complexity and really accurate execution of the original design."

You can see all the amazing designs in the gallery below. The cat is our favourite.

Easy (!) cake recipes on Parentdish:

Gluten-free carrot cake

Caramelised lemon cake

How to make the perfect chocolate cake