Before turning her talents to treats, Alexandria Pellegrino graduated from ontario College of Art and Design and lived as an oil painter in Bologna, Italy. Not surprisingly, “It’s actually harder to paint on cakes,” she says. (Creating the five shown here took 30 hours.) For each stroke, she mixes a few drops of vodka with petal dust, a finely ground, food-safe pigment. Once it touches fondant, the blend dries instantly and doesn’t bleed or run. It’s a painstaking method, so she has few peers. In fact, Nicole Richie’s wedding cake, gilded in edible 24-karat gold, was the Canadian’s handiwork.
Cake Opera Co., Toronto, Ontario