Food as Art: Emma Dodi

This London cake designer’s floral-inspired sweets are almost too pretty to eat—and too delicious not to
Pressed flower 3-tier cake by Emma Dodi and the high-fashion inspiration
This floral cake by Emma Dodi (left) was inspired by a dress designed by Oscar de la Renta in collaboration with artist Tricia Paoluccio and worn by Taylor Swift to the 2021 Grammy Awards ceremony. Photos courtesy of Emma Dodi Cakes and Oscar de la Renta

black-and-white photo of London cake designer Emma Dodi“I love the challenge of making bespoke products, and I love to push boundaries,” says London cake designer Emma Dodi. One look at her artistic creations and it’s clear that she has pushed well past those boundaries as she expertly captures the personalities, characters, and styles of her clients. Emma’s goal is to translate the vision of each person into reality, bringing elegance and romance to every design.

While the talented baker has always had an artistic eye, it wasn’t until a friend suggested she take a cake-decorating class that she realized her calling. That led to the official launch of Emma Dodi Cakes in 2016. But cakes are not the only confections she creates. The baker is also known for her hand-painted macarons. These intricately detailed sweets appear as dainty pieces of art that almost seem too beautiful to eat.

Macarons featuring a blue-and-white floral design are displayed in a glass box on a fabric pattern featuring birds and botanical elements
Hand-painted macarons. Photo courtesy of Emma Dodi Cakes

Even with so much focus on the aesthetics of her creations, Emma doesn’t overlook the importance of taste. She constantly experiments with new methods and flavors that keep customers coming back. By using only the finest ingredients, Emma ensures that the inside of each cake is just as exquisite as the outside.

By Julie Gillis

November December 2021 cover of Flower magazine featuring a Christmas tree and mantel decorated with a garland and potted amaryllis flowers in the blue-and-white living room of Tina Yaraghi, founder of The Enchanted Home

This story appears in Flower magazine’s November/December 2021 issue. Subscribe, find a store near you, or sign up for our free e-newsletter.

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