Looking at cute food on Pinterest, Instagram and all those other visual platforms can get depressing. The shiny gleam of gumdrops and sprinkles on a flawless gingerbread house might warm your heart, but it can also make you feel like your sole claim to baking fame is smearing some whipped cream on an Easy-Bake cake at 6-years-old.
No more! Now you can erase any lack of artistry with these fantastical and foolproof Pie Guides. Enamored with the world of geeky baked goods, Jessica “ThePieous” Clark-Bojin wanted to try her hand at pies after discovering a love for the oven.
After fruitlessly searching for inspiration, her friends informed her that it was too difficult to work with pies, since the crust tends to dry and crack as you create shapes for decoration.
The solution was to take the whole “time” factor out of the equation. Using one of Jessica’s handy Pie Guides, you won’t need to fuss over what critter or fandom you want to eat next.
These food-centric stencils allow you to cut your dough into a series of perfect pieces that come together to form C’thulhu, unicorns, a “pi” mandala and much more.
One of the nicest things about this concept is that you aren’t stuck using the same design forever, even if you only own a single Guide. You can reposition the pieces so characters “pose” differently, invert the crust and filling to switch the focus, style the crust in a new way—whatever sparks your imagination at the time.
If you think the Pie Guides alone still won’t be enough to impress your (snooty, fun-hating) friends, then you can also step things up a notch by grabbing some of the Powder Guide Kits. After using a Guide, you just place the Powder Kit on top of the shape and douse it with some egg whites. You can then dust your spice of choice on top of the design to add additional detail to the image.
The result is nothing short of impressive and wouldn’t look out of place adorning a high-end storefront (or your social media gallery). Eat that, fancy baking mavens!
Explore the Kickstarter and stop by Jessica’s main site, Pies Are Awesome to drool over delicious designs. If you visit her blog you can get a behind-the-scenes look at how she creates her stencils and transfers existing images into edible art. One of my favorites is this gorgeous Aubrey Beardsley picture.
The Kickstarter ends on Nov 29. What picture or character would you like to see gracing the face of a pie?
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