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Ok, so I love to bake, and I think I’m quite good at it, but there are some crazy talented people out there.  I look at Nadia from My little bakery‘s incredibly delicate biscuits, they’re so beautiful, I don’t think I could ever eat them..  The dedication, and steady hand! it has to take to make these boggles my mind…

Then there’s Karen Portaleo and her catering team at the Highland Bakery in Atlanta, Georgia (who count Demi Moore and Sir Elton John amongst their celebrity clients), who specialise in cake sculptures – and appear to do a particularly good line in animal-inspired creations.

Take, for example, the cake they created for Sir Elton’s birthday party, which depicted a dog complete with wacky, Elton-esque sunglasses. Or the pooch poking its head out of an oversized Gucci holdall. Or the incredibly complex octopus cake, intricately finished down to the suckers on its tentacles.

Amazingly, lead decorator Karen has no formal training in baking, and worked as a prop and set designer for the advertising industry before turning her sculpting skills to baked goods. She now records her creative cakes on her blog, Special Sugar – complete with step by step tips in case you ever want to make your own.

Could you honestly eat this?

And then, of course, the perennial favourite, cupcakes…  I adore these by Grace from Cupcakes by design that I always order when a friend has a baby…

Or they’re great to send at any time…

And just for the heck of it, because they’re so pretty, hydrangea cupcakes…