Artists transform food into space-themed cakes

Mar 4, 2016 at 10:25 a.m. ET

Art director Gem Fletcher, photographer Aaron Tilley and food stylist Iain Graham have a knack for turning ordinary food into something extraordinary, taking cue from distant planets and alien landscapes.

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Working with set designer Kyle Bean, the artists created a series of space-themed cakes. Using meticulous diagrams, they tried to stay as close to the real proportions of actual planets as possible.

The artists capture Mars by using a trifle cake with a jelly core centre, creating a model of the red planet that looks good enough to eat. And Saturn looks equally yummy, with a matcha mousse-white chocolate core.

Space cake
Image: Gem Fletcher/Aaron Tilley/Creative Review

To capture the likeness of Mercury, they used a treacle tart.

Mercury Space Cake
Image: Gem Fletcher/Aaron Tilley/Creative Review

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The results of the project are stunning — to the naked eye, the photographs almost look like actual planets.

Space Cake
Image: Gem Fletcher/Aaron Tilley/Creative Review

This isn't the first time Fletcher, Tilley and Graham have elevated food photography to an art. They shot their Indulgence series with set designer Aliki Kirmitsi, transforming foods into strange landscapes inspired by the natural world.

It doesn't get much more decadent than their ocean wave, shot for Indulgence and modelled from black caviar, an unforgettable image that looks like it popped right out of one of my food dreams.

Black Caviar wave sculpture
Image: Gem Fletcher/Aaron Tilley/Gourmand Magazine

Their work is full of hidden surprises. If you look closely, you might spot a peanut butter and jam sandwich peeping out from this marble sculpture:

Marble food sculpture
Image: Gem Fletcher/Aaron Tilley/Gourmand Magazine

It's hard to tell whether you're looking at layers of sponge candy or bedrock here:

candy sculpture
Image: Gem Fletcher/Aaron Tilley/Gourmand Magazine

And you've probably never seen lobsters like this. They look like a troop of synchronized swimmers who've been swept up into a swirling tornado.

Lobster sculpture
Image: Gem Fletcher/Aaron Tilley/Gourmand Magazine

Want to see more from these artists? Check out Aaron Tilley and Gem Fletcher on Instagram.

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