For some people, getting crafty with dessert means tossing a few sprinkles on a cupcake. But Italian pastry chef Matteo Stucchi takes sweet treats to a wondrous new level.
Based in Monza, Stucchi took to Instagram earlier this year to showcase his imaginative worlds featuring tiny figurines ensconced in dessert landscapes.
"My name is Matthew and I'm a professional pastry chef, or at least I try," he wrote when he debuted his creations. "I decided to combine my great passion — desserts — with the small world of Lilliput and here's the result."
Stucchi has itty-bitty construction workers toiling in a worksite of tiramisu, gussied-up strawberries tying the knot, and zombie hunters fighting mummified gingerbread men. For his first creation, he imagined rafters paddling in chocolate lava.
"I get my ideas by seeing other artists on the web who create an interplay between objects and food," Stucchi tells MNN. "And by that, I focus on my desserts, in order to make them in a different and innovative way, using all my fantasy trying to surprise my followers."
"My idea has been accepted in a very positive way," Stucchi says. "I’ve received a lot of compliments but, above all, I reached my goal: to touch people. I think it’s important to appreciate by eyes, but it’s better to do it by heart."
"Who among us has not dreamed of being able to navigate in a chocolate river?" Stucchi writes on Instagram about this clever creation. "Sometimes dreams can become reality."
In a dessert, decoration is as important as taste, Stucchi writes. These brownies with chocolate ganache fondant wouldn't be complete without nuts cut by his little helpers, he says.
Stucchi says he has a special Newton's cradle on his desk, which his diminutive workers use to make his baci di dama or "lady's kisses" cookies.
There's nothing better than watching animals in their habitats, writes Stucchi, and sugary Lake Lilliput is the ideal place to admire the elegance of the rare Swans Eclair.
After harvesting sugary peaches, tiny workers use a catapult to launch them into a jar.
"I think people love (my work) because it’s funny, and it’s a new and different way to present a simple dessert," Stucchi says. "It makes us feel like children again."
Around Halloween, gingerbread men became toasted mummies. Fortunately, Stucchi writes, zombie hunters were on hand to do battle.
Stucchi posts new images on Wednesdays and Fridays. To check out his mouth-watering creations, find him at #idolcidigulliver and @idolcidigulliver where he has 69,000 followers. Here are more of his amazing pastry worlds: