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From runny cheese to a rack of ribs, the world's most hyper real cakes will make you double take

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A San Francisco baker has been taking the cake world by storm with her incredibly realistic cakes.

From cooked crab to ribs to a newspaper and Starbucks cup, the bakes by Debbie Goard of bakery Debbie Does Cakes' look like anything but cake.

Goard only accepts orders for her 'sculptures' and bans any traditional round, square or tiered cakes of any kind. (She also strictly forbids cupcakes).

Instead she hand-carves icing and sponge into well-known dishes and objects.

Her works of edible art, which starts at $200 (£124), are available in a variety of flavours: vanilla, devils food and red velvet for the sponge and salted caramel, vanilla buttercream, chocolate, mocha, peanut butter, raspberry jam, cream cheese and ganache for the filling.

"I accidentally got into cakes," says Gourd on her website. "No, not in a pratfall, covered in buttercream kind of way, but in a confluence of events kind of way."

"For as long as I can recall, I've always been artistic. I'd draw on whatever was handy, even paper towels...Naturally, after years of honing my napkin art skills, I had hoped to parlay that into a career."

During her job as basic deli/ bakery clerk, Gourd's boss approached her and asked if she would like to take over from the retiring cake decorator, knowing she was talented. "I had only made one cake in my life prior to this, a Victorian house cake in grade 5...I was willing to learn, though. After a week of “observing” , I made my first cake which was then sold, technically making me an instant “professional”. I am eternally grateful that I didn't have a camera at that time," she said.

Years passed and Gourd's unlikely career has become an internet sensation. Her book Twisted Cakes: 20 Deliciously Evil Designs is available to buy on Amazon.

Take a look at her impressive cakes below.

French bread and brie cheese cake

Dungeness crab cake

Sugar shoes are typically paired with a shoebox or accessory that form the cake

A custom newspaper cake complete with edible Starbucks coffee cup

Chicken wings made from chocolate served with buttercream ranch dressing and sugar celery sticks

Rack of ribs cake

Michael Kors shoe box

Vietnamese Pho noodle soup

Chihuahua cake

Baker Debbie Goard posing with one of the cakes from her cookbook Twisted Cakes: 20 Deliciously Evil Designs

Experimenting with hyper real lettuce

In another experiment Gourd creates sugar crisps

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