Most wedding layer cakes are larger than life, often big enough to feed hundreds of guests after a long night of dancing. But Los Angeles–based artist Rachel Dyke, aka @rachelslittlethings, had something else in mind when she started her cake business. She makes teeny-tiny cakes, small enough to hold in the palm of your hand. Unfortunately, they're not actually edible, but they make perfect keepsakes to remember exactly what your IRL wedding cake looked like long after your big day is over.
Dyke, a miniaturist, uses polymer clay to make the small cakes. While her training is in special-effects makeup, she spent more than two years working as a cake decorator, and the two fields have come together perfectly with her mini cakes. Her cake skills are so enviable that she even made an appearance on Food Network's Cake Masters last year. And even though she says her specialty is making tiny wedding layer cakes, she also makes other, less-romantic tiny cakes and replicas of celebrity cakes, as well as "bouquets, jewelry, furniture, houses, [and] dioramas."
"I've been creating miniatures since I was 6 [or] 7. It gives me satisfaction, and I would be doing it even if no one was paying me for it," Dyke wrote in an email to Brides. She adds that the average cake takes her about 12 hours to complete, although some more intricate designs take longer—her re-creation of the British royal wedding cake, for instance, took 40 hours.
Dyke's business is growing quickly (her waitlist is all booked through the next month), but she still takes bookings through Instagram DMs, where she gladly accepts requests for custom works like a replica of your wedding cake. She also confirms that "none of the pieces are edible, and I don't work with food or pastries any longer."
Check out a few photos of Dyke's masterpieces, below.