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.   Bakeries and Sweetshops. We love them! Most people do. In fact, what comes to mind when you think of bakeries and sweetshops? Pink walls with colourful jars? Cream, chocolate chips and doughnuts behind sneeze-guards infront of you? I bet you can even smell the pastries, and your teeth are probably falling out just from the thought of it!
.   But - as there is always one if such an item can start so positively - how many of these fluffy pink sweetshops have you seen lately? How many bakeries with anything original? I bet you can think of very few.
.   Most bakeries only make (they say) and sell cakes that are guaranteed to sell. In other words, if they sell enough of one cake, that cake won't leave stands for ages. Word of mouth then gets around, and the cake is then praised for longer. This is sad for the consumer: they're fed the same rubbish all the time. If their teeth are going to fall out, atleast have the cause be due to eating more amazing and original cakes.
.   As for sweet shops, where do you go when you want sweets? Newsagents, grocery stores, the like. And what do you get? A Mars bar? Maltesers? A Toblerone? Yes, that is my shopping list, because I am also guilty of this, but aside from that, from the brand names, what else is there? Where are all the Humbugs? Sherbet Lemons? Even just those little flourescent tubes full of pure sugar? They're so hard to find, but the vast majority of shops will only stock brandnames and own-brands that they know will sell, leaving the rest of us without the old days' nostalgia.
.   So it comes down to the consumers getting managed with brand-name chocolates that all look the same, and little variety in bakeries and cake shops. It can also be suggested to be the consumers' fault that this has happened, although it was in fact inevitable.
.   However, although this is bad for the consumer, it does have a few upsides - for the people among us, here on deviantART.
.   Below are thumbs of pieces of art - photography, paintings, culinary, jewelry and the like - by people here on deviantART. They show the influence of what bakeries do and don't sell and how the lack of nostalgic sweets have impacted our work. For example, DianaCretu's 'Candy I' - inspired by a strawberry and cream sweet. Simple but effective - and when was the last time you walked into a casual sweetshop/grocery store and saw any of these? And what about leAlmighty's ' Peer Pressure '? Where did these twisted liquorice laces go? There are plenty more photographs below that show the same point.
.   Let us move onto Traditional and Digital works: Sage-of-Winds' 'Cuppy Cake' painting shows an even better version of what is sold in bakeries these days - however, have you noticed, these sort of things only come out on special occasions and don't stay for long? Although, from a marketing view, it's a good thing, as they sell like hot cakes - pardon the pun - and income is higher, everso slightly atleast. This also lets us artists become ever more creative, with so much more to work with. Irudisu's 'Sweet Girl', little cupcakes and sweets floating around the girl, holding a cookie, almost tempting the art observer and making them choose between the girl or the sweets, both as worthy of your time as the other. Which would you choose? (The sweets, of course!) Very original paintings from Envy-Or-Erotic, like 'Sweets??', cubist in my opinion (I am relatively untrained - I never payed much attention to my teachers so I may be wrong), have taken the shapes and colours of basset's liquorice allsorts and weaved them in and about eachother, however it is still clear what it is a painting of. All fantastic work.
.   Jewelry making seems to be becoming an ever popular form of art on deviantART lately, and a lot of the jewelry seems to be based around sweets and cakes! Gorgeous. A personal favourite of mine is the works of PORGEcreations, her ' Pink Doughnut Bracelet ' is to die for, as are her delicious 'Choc Chop Cookies' earrings. Influenced by the more simple side of bakeries - but, how often do you see pink doughnuts in a bakery that look that good? Another of my favourites is chat-noir: 'Strawberry Sponge Cake Charms' just make me hungry, I'm a sucker for swiss rolls, and the detail is stunning - these are also less common in bakeries, it's the sort of thing your mum or nana would make you to go with your tea. 'Superhero Cupcakes' on the other hand is just plain original, and you definitely don't find them in bakeries. Even in the most independant bakeries who are renowned for originality.
.   Then there is, of course, the culinary artists. A huge part of this article and feature. These are the people who make the cakes that bakeries are either too afraid to sell through possibility of little profit, or are unable to sell due to some bakers perhaps not being as skilled as those modest people among us. I have a huge number of names I'd love to drop here, but the likes of pinkshoegirl, megilwenn, Erisana, and cupcakeninja811 are some of the more prominent ones.
.   pinkshoegirl's ' Princess Castle Cake ' is just majestic and looks inedible, just too good, and her 'Rocket Ship Cake' (being a secret cosmos nut) I find to be so cute - especially the little aliens floating around it, and the fire looks amazing. You don't find many cakes like these in bakery windows.
.   megilwenn's 'Barrel Cake' really caught my eye, I think it was the colour of the "water" and just how original it was, and almost the whole thing is fondant. Also, although it was rushed it still looks wonderful, 'Daffodil Cake' - I did think those Daffodils were real.
.   Erisana's '360 Controller Cake' is a wonder in shape and looks delicious and realistic, and her World of Warcraft cookie and birthday cake are just divine!
.   And last but not least, cupcakeninja811. Her works are exquisite, her 'Fondant Animal Cake' looks awesome, with little fondant polarbears and penguins, and her 'Chocolate Box' is definitely one of the winners!

.   Overall, while I started out as being negative about the lack of variety in bakeries and the decline in traditional sweetshops, it is a good thing for us. The bakeries allow us to be imaginative with our own home-baking and we can therefore make money out of it also. Bakeries won't worry because they have better advertising and actual stores and the like than we do - that doesn't make them better though, no way. And with the nostalgic, gorgeous, colourful sweets of the old days becoming ever harder to find, when we do find them they are all the more sweeter for it, and all the artwork that stems from them becomes all the more original and nicer to look at. Would you rather hang a huge painting in your house of a Mars bar wrapper, or of a jar of colourful sweeties? Which is more appealing?

Turkey Pie by Glori305 Balls by becesque
lots of cakes again by gee231205 Iguana Cake 1 by studpup
360 Controller Cake by Erisana A very attractive cupcake by pisthelimit
Strength and Respect Cupcakes by Cakeums Buttercream by metalbunofice
Presentation Practice by GuardienOfThePyre princess castle cake by pinkshoegirl
:thumb84696946: World of Warcraft birthday by Erisana
WoW cookie by Erisana Best Friends by meechan
weird cake order by fancyfish My Amazing Cake 4 by Zen-Art-Gallery
My Amazing Cake 3 by Zen-Art-Gallery:thumb73759716:
Birthday-Valentine's Cake by Cakeums Cupcake duo by SpAmSaLoT
Cinco De Mayo Cake by scarredbutnotbroken Fondant Rose in Buttercream by Cakeums
sweet sweet moogle by ikklesammy

Love Sweet by tedsie Pink doughnut bracelet by PORGEcreations
Cupcakes by Bottine:thumb86303175:
Croissant charms by PookieTookieJewelry Whipped cream and cherry by PookieTookieJewelry
Just cake by PookieTookieJewelry Cake Charm by cats-aint-waterproof
Cake'n'Roll by cats-aint-waterproof Strawberry Sponge Cake Charms by chat-noir
Jelly Donut by chat-noir Rainbow Swirl Pop Necklace by xlilbabydragonx
Yum Yum Yum by xlilbabydragonx Yum Yum Yum by xlilbabydragonx
Starburst Earrings by lavadragon Chocolate: Wear it by Shiritsu
Delicious Charms by Shiritsu Cotton Candy by someweirdcrab
Cupcake by someweirdcrab Poptart Charms by someweirdcrab
Candy Pop Love by deabusamor Candy Earrings by Kezzi-Rose
Cake and Cupcake charms by bapity88 Snow Cone Zipper Charms by MandaBeads
Chocolate Bite Necklaces by AndyGlamasaurus Naked Gingerbread People by AndyGlamasaurus
Delicious Sinphony by deabusamor Ice cream cupcake pendant by strawberrywafers
Doughunt Set by yummmmy Bears by yummmmy

Digital/Traditional Art
:thumb84317483: + Candy Mountain xD + by KoUta-KuN
Ceci by Cocodrillo CEci:'WelCoMe tO mY WoRLd' by LunnX
Sweet Girl by Irudisu:thumb54555836:
When Life Gives You Candy... by TekkonBaka:thumb85170864:
Candy Addict by Starke-Haz 4-chocolate-castle by Schatten-Drache
3-cookies by Schatten-Drache Let them Eat Cake by Rincewind1
Happy Birthday by Anonymous-Caribou Wee loveeee Color by xlilbabydragonx
:thumb58220929: Cupcakes by Popsicles
Kawaii Bleuh Berry Pie by KawaiiUniverseStudio Kawaii Tiramisu by KawaiiUniverseStudio
Kawaii Chocolate Hearts by KawaiiUniverseStudio advent children feat ice-cream by kika1983
:thumb74043605: Cookies by IG-Design


Candy one by DianaCretu Sweet by artahh
Jaffa cakes by artahh:thumb63092658:
Ze Birthday Cake by rebel-skum Swimming Swimming Swimming by rebel-skum
Cupcake. by assica sickly sweet by rebel-skum
eye candy by ftourini Heart Candy by nissa
CUPCAKE by GeeWiz Pink Cupcakes by Couleur345
Ze Birthday Cake by rebel-skum peer pressure by leAlmighty
the jawlipop kiss by leAlmighty
Chocolate Topped Vanilla by blacklava Pinnacle of the Rainbow by blacklava
Chocolate Swirl by the-cloud-atlas:thumb47108187:
Victim by metalbunofice Marshmallow Pyramid by metalbunofice
The Wonder of Candy by thetopcrusader:thumb83872708:
bowl of joy. by dnlX Candy Love by crazy-bree

Bits and Bobs
.:.:.Bisquits.:.:. by Shiritsu:thumb73070130:
Mrs. Clark-Brown's Cake by someweirdcrab mmm cookies by someweirdcrab
:thumb73759754: Magnet Madness by AndyGlamasaurus
Support Kawaii Chocolate Stamp by KawaiiUniverseStudio Doughnut Stamp by Kezzi-Rose

Thank you everyone who participated in the thread I posted in the thumbs forum, and to everyone who responded to the notes and gave me permission to use these works. blacklava.
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ElisEiZ Featured By Owner May 2, 2009   Filmographer
fancyfish Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2008
thank you so much for the feature!!
Envy-Or-Erotic Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008  Student
great article made me think! i wanna open a propa sweet shop :P lol

and thanks for the feature! :D
AndyGlamasaurus Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008   Artisan Crafter
Thanks for featuring me.
RoninFox Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008
So many marvelous works here! And yes, I agree with you, bakeshops and candy stores just aren't as eye-catching and colorful as they used to be. Many thanks for the feature! It's given us deviantART residents a healthy dose of visual deliciousness!
leAlmighty Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008
This was an awesome feature. A pleasure to read. Thanks for featuring me!
GuardienOfThePyre Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
A lovely journey into sweet-land, descriptive and delicious!

Thank you for including mine :)
wcaclimbing Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008
gah. Now i want candy. The good kind of candy, no brand names. but there isn't a store nearby.....
blacklava Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2008   Photographer
My point, exactly.
AbigailLarson Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the feature! That's an inspiring article. Keep an eye on my gallery for a picture of Saline the Salt Lake Queen and her infamous salt cake ^_~
StormMakers Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008  Hobbyist
Congrats,I think your article worked a treat.It reads well and has generated quite some interest so well done!:wave::trophy::winner:
blacklava Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2008   Photographer
:D Thank you!!
streetmilo Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008
Some beautiful ones here :)
Chebi Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008
great section

and this is mine haha:D
planet-terror Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008
Nice article, I'm definitely craving some pastries now. :0
And thanks for the feature. :]
chris-ellis Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008
Jesus I'm craving a cake right now. Any of the above look too nice to eat though :S
blacklava Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2008   Photographer
sorry xD
gee231205 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
really nicely put together article :D thankyou for the feature.
pinkshoegirl Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008
nice article thanks :)
rebel-skum Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008
Thanks so much for the features. :D
Awesome article too.
PookieTookieJewelry Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008
thank you sooo much for the features :D
Crazyclur Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008
I love your introduction, it's really well written. Thank you for featuring me too! :D I've since made a bracelet with Fimo cookies and cakes that would fit far better ([link]) but I greatly appreciate the feature :D
Kezzi-Rose Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for featuring my work! ^w^

Great article, I totally agreed with it. Time to make some cupcakes!

Schatten-Drache Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the sweet feature :aww:
ftourini Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Yummy features!!!! :drool: Thanks for everything!! :blowkiss:
TGA-Tsurugi Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks for the feature!!
GemmaBurden Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for featuring my work :hug:
PORGEcreations Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008
Thanks so much for the feature doll! Great article <3
dark3y3s Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you! nice photos in here :D delicious :)) :heart:
dnlX Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008   Photographer
thanks for the feature. ^^
and great idea!
artahh Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008
thank you for the feature! :love: :aww:
kika1983 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
thanks for the featuring:) really interesting idea ,with cookies:)
sfrench Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008
thank you! wonderful writing! :heart:
Glori305 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008
Thanks for the feature!
Anonymous-Caribou Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008
Thanks a lot for featuring me :heart:
KoUta-KuN Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008
Thanks for featuring!! =3
IG-Design Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008
Thanks for the feature!
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