Those fairy cakes you've just baked are about to look seriously sub-par next to these fantastical creations from Lou Lou P
There's edible art. And then there are the mind-blowing, fantastical foodie creations of Lou, from Lou Lou P's Delights.
Lou's creative cakes, macarons, cake pops and loaves have been delighting the internet, and appealing to every sweet tooth, whether their taste veers towards the cute (Pugloaf) or the somewhat creepy (a naked, hairy Burt Reynolds éclair, anyone?)
The Leeds-based baker came to the food art world by way of a fine art background, and is inspired by films, pop culture and TV shows in her work. She also uses her baking for good, "to inspire discourse surrounding difficult issues such as mental illness and abuse", as part of her work with The Depressed Cake Shop.
"So many people refer to Lou Lou P’s delights as a bakery in Leeds – while this is a remarkable accolade, and a dream of mine, I have to let you into a secret; it is in fact just me," Lou tells Homemade.
"I have a Kenwood Chef; a couple of baking trays and an unerring compulsion to create ridiculous but delicious food art. I just can’t help myself."
For Lou, baking and making art have plenty in common: they're both about problem-solving, experimenting and coming to terms with limitations.
Arguably her most famous creation, Catloaf, was something Lou first baked a couple of years ago which caused an internet frenzy, She was recently challenged to make a complementary Pugloaf.
"Well, what is a baker supposed to do with that suggestion? Finding myself at a loose end last Sunday, I made my way to the kitchen.
"The most challenging part of Pugloaf was getting his furrowed brow correct. Luckily, bread dough lends itself to a pug's face really well, so, after 30 minutes, Puggie proved he was ready for the oven. I baked him slowly so I could retain the light beige fur colour; no one likes a crisp, burnt pug.
"When he was cool I took edible dust to the carby canine and gave him his big puppy dog eyes, ears and snout. He was then ready to slice and lightly toast. Delicious!
"There was a small remainder of spare dough; it seemed a shame to waste it, so naturally this became a Unicorn burger bun. I really have no clever explanation or reasoning for this. Just like unicorns themselves, it was pure magic."
Check out some of Lou's fabulous edible artistry below. We defy you not to smile ...