There are plenty of bakers who can to masterful things with cakes, but a creative Canadian dessert enthusiast does her incredible edible art on pies.
Jessica Clark-Bojin from Vancouver is the genius behind Pies are Awesome, and goes by @thepieous on Instagram. There, she shares pictures of her amazing pie masterpieces, which she decorates with fun and fantastic designs.
Recently, she’s turned out a series of pies with celebrity faces made out of crust called Celebrity Pietraits, which so far has included edible renderings of Oprah, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and Betty White.
Yum! Jessica Clark-Bojin from Vancouver runs the pie-centric company Pies Are Awesome, creating tasty treats featuring stars’ faces – including the likes of Oprah
Creative: At the star of the new year, she kicked off a series of star-inspired Celebrity Pietraits (left: actor Jensen Ackles from Supernatural, right: Lando Calrissian from Star Wars)
Brilliant: She also made a pie featuring Eleven from Stranger Things, played by actress Millie Bobby Brown, surrounded by pie crust Eggo waffles – which the character is known to love
Dig in? Her Betty White pie looks almost too adorable to eat
Fellowship of the cherry filling: Jessica wants to show people that pies can be as creative as cakes (pictured: Elijah Wood)
Super pie! Jessica doesn’t actually have formal training as a baker (pictured: Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman)
‘My mission is to show the world that not only can pies go head-to-head against the poshest wedding cakes and fancy-pants desserts on the most discerning buffet tables of the world, but that they can be fun and easy to pull off too! ‘ Jessica explains on her website.
To that end, she offers tutorials on YouTube, has a book called Pie-Modding: How to “Epic-Up” Store Bought Pies and Be the Hero of the Party, and also sell special ‘pie guides’ that help people make creations like hers at home.
On January 2, she announced that she would be kicking off the new year with the Celebrity Pietraits series.
So far, she’s made pie versions of Gal Gadot, Supernatural’s Jensen Ackles, David Bowie as the Goblin King in Labyrinth, Oprah, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Betty White, and Elijah Wood.
Mo Pie, Mo Problems: She makes the celebrity faces (like Biggie Smalls) out of pie crust and sometimes paints them
Delish: This Thor pie looks heavenly — and plenty of women would like to take a bite out of Chris Hemsworth
Eat up: She’s done celebrity and movie character pies in the past, like Jack Nicholson in The Shining (left) and Bruce Willis in Die Hard (right)
Genius! She used a heart-shaped mold to do the Queen of Hearts, and filled her head with cherries
DIY: Jessica also has a book and sells ‘Pie Guides’ which help people carve out pie crust shapes easily at home
Previously, she’d also made pies with the faces of Eleven from Stranger Things, Lando Calrissian from Star Wars, Bruce Willis, and Biggie Smalls.
She does more than celebrities, though. She has a soft spot for nerd culture, and has shared images of a dozen Star Wars-inspired designs. She’s paid homage to Disney characters, and during the Christmas season did several holiday-themed desserts.
She even makes what she calls ‘piescrapers,’ pies that are stacked upwards beyond the crust in incredible structural displays.
And she does all this without a formal culinary training.
‘I’m actually a filmmaker and my formal degree was in graphic design,’ she told Food & Wine. ‘Baking was just this random thing that came along. A fluke.’
Good luck: She calls her second career as a pie maker a ‘fluke’
Seasons eatings: She also does non-celebrity pies, and did a very fun series during Christmastime
Fork in it: She is a master at shaping crust and making pies look almost too pretty to eat
‘Even though everybody loves pies, nobody does anything fancy with them,’ she said
Amazing: She’s also invented these ‘Piescrapers,’ pies that build upward
Smart: She bakes the crust components on top separately and adds them later
In fact, she told CTV News Canada, there was a time that she ‘couldn’t crack an egg. I was shooed out at family gatherings. I had no experience in a kitchen whatsoever.’
But then in 2016 she got baking, and quickly began to turn the hobby into an art form.
‘Even though everybody loves pies, nobody does anything fancy with them,’ she told CBC, explaining that her first ‘fancy’ pies paid homage to her favorite pop culture references: ‘I started out making the things that I love, like pixel art and Star Trek things and bands that I like from the ’80s.’
Now, she’s using her popularity to encourage others to follow suit.
‘I suppose it’s pie art in the sense that it’s using pie as an artistic medium, but really what I want to do is encourage other people to be creative and think outside the box with how they approach any of the food that they love,’ she said.