The greatest art made out of food

Spoiler: these images are more than your average foodie Instagram pictures. They go beyond culinary boundaries and reach new gastronomic heights.

Please do not try at home.

A scene from Sherlock in cake

Journalist and broadcaster Samira Ahmed tweeted this picture of her nephew’s birthday cake, which features a scene from episode 'The Reichenbach Fall' (the third and final episode of the second series of the BBC television series), where a dead Moriarty lays and Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock sits on the edge of a building ready to jump off.

'The Creation Of Adam' in marshmallows

To mark the 450th anniversary of Michelangelo's death this year, an artist recreated his finest masterpiece entirely out of cake and marshmallows. The lifesize replica of 'The Creation of Adam', which features on the ceiling of Rome's Sistine Chapel, is called 'The Baking Of Adam' and is made up of over 10,000 marshmallows, half a billion cake sprinkles and took 168 hours to complete.

Sculptures in cabbage

Artist Ju Duoqi created the bizarre sculptures for her project called 'The Fantasies of Chinese Cabbage'. The leafy works of art, some of which are based on icons including Marilyn Monroe and Lady Gaga, have been made from cabbage held together with toothpicks. The cabbage is left to age for varying lengths of time and then cooked in different ways to achieve a range of colours and textures.

Landscapes in vegetables

Photographer Carl Warner was first inspired by portabello mushrooms which he thought looked like "some kind of tree from an alien world". He took them back to his studio with a few other ingredients such as rice seeds and beans he created a miniature scene on a table top. Now he creates elaborate surreal scenes by sketching out a picture and using pins and super glue to hold together his creations.

Celebrity portraits in toast

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New York artist Henry Hargreaves used pieces of burned toast to create his series of celebrity portraits. He used dozens of pieces of bread, some barely toasted and others burned to a crisp.

The London Tube Map in cake

This giant cake, measuring 7 foot by 7 foot, of London's underground system also depicts famous London landmarks. It was made by 'Food is Art' for National Baking Week in 2011 and was the focal point at St Pancras Station.

Village scenes in butter

Sculptor Jim Victor spends hours in extremely cold freezers sculpting mounds of butter into life-size figures of horses, children, and of course, cows.

British countryside in breakfast food

Renowned food artist Prudence Staite used 33 different types of breakfast food such as oats, bread, bacon and 11 different types of cereal to make a typical scene from Britain's famous countryside. In total she used 500g of porridge oats, 21 slices of bread, 169 wheat biscuits and 12 rashers of bacon, 42 shredded wheat parcels, 14 bread rolls, 14 crumpets, 2 jars of marmalade and 42 apples were used.

A Greek god in banana

Artist Keisuke Yamada painstakingly carves figures into banana flesh using just a toothpick and spoon. His depiction of Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea, took two hours to carve, including five horse companions.

Words: Sejal Kapadia, Image credit: Rex features

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