This Chef’s Confusing Desserts Will Make You Look Twice Before You Eat Them

Chocolate cigarette butts, merengue ashes, and rotten apples filled with custard – are just some examples of the mind-bending, realistic dessert creations from food illusionist Ben Churchill designed to deceive the senses but delight the stomach. Churchill specializes in creating stunning desserts that look like other everyday foods and objects.

The talented chef has over 10 years of experience in the culinary world but only began to make pastries over the last three years. “I decided to learn the basics,” he explained, “but decided to move into mimetic food, just to see what could be done. This gave me the bug to start teaching myself more and more.” He has quickly become a sensation for his ingenious designs, inspired by the world around him. “Everything inspires me, it could be modern events, the media, online culture. But recently it’s been wanting to see how far I can push human perception and good taste,” said Churchill.

 

#1 Vanilla Cake, Cream, Mango

Vanilla Cake, Cream, Mango

 

#2 Maple Filled Chocolate Brownie Tree

Maple Filled Chocolate Brownie Tree

 

#3 The Rotten Apple… Apple Mousse Coated In Chocolate Filled With Custard

The Rotten Apple... Apple Mousse Coated In Chocolate Filled With Custard

 

#4 Chocolate Cherry Ganache,mirror Glazed And Served With Chocolate Sponge, Cream And A Cherry Gel

Chocolate Cherry Ganache,mirror Glazed And Served With Chocolate Sponge, Cream And A Cherry Gel

 

#5 Tropical Fruits Ice Cream, Chocolate Soil, Sugar Glass

Tropical Fruits Ice Cream, Chocolate Soil, Sugar Glass

 

#6 Rose And Orange Entremet

Rose And Orange Entremet

 

#7 Carrot Cake Shaped Like A Carrot, Chocolate Plantpot Filled With Whipped Cream Cheese Icing, Chocolate Soil

Carrot Cake Shaped Like A Carrot, Chocolate Plantpot Filled With Whipped Cream Cheese Icing, Chocolate Soil

 

#8 The Banana And Ginger Golden Snitch

The Banana And Ginger Golden Snitch

 

#9 The Chocolate Throne. Filled With Bleeding Strawberry Coulis And Coated In Lustre

The Chocolate Throne. Filled With Bleeding Strawberry Coulis And Coated In Lustre

 

#10 Marzipan Beans

Marzipan Beans

 

#11 Cereal Milk Iced Parfait, Oat And Raisin Cookie, Lemon Balm, Popping Candy, Lemonade Gel

Cereal Milk Iced Parfait, Oat And Raisin Cookie, Lemon Balm, Popping Candy, Lemonade Gel

 

#12 Pear Crumble. Pear Mousse, Filled With A Custard, Mirror Glazed And Flecked, Brown Butter Granola

Pear Crumble. Pear Mousse, Filled With A Custard, Mirror Glazed And Flecked, Brown Butter Granola

 

#13 Moist Chocolate Cake, Strawberry Jelly, Chocolate Ganache, Mint

Moist Chocolate Cake, Strawberry Jelly, Chocolate Ganache, Mint

 

#14 Scotch Bonnet Infused Brownie, Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Plantpot

Scotch Bonnet Infused Brownie, Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Plantpot

 

#15 Pear Parfait, Charred Overnight Oats, Almonds, Honey

Pear Parfait, Charred Overnight Oats, Almonds, Honey

 

#16 Caramel Filled Millennium Falcon, Chocolate Crumb, Cream

Caramel Filled Millennium Falcon, Chocolate Crumb, Cream

 

#17 Jumbo Chocolate Log

Jumbo Chocolate Log

 

#18 Apple Bavarois, Stewed Apple Filling, Chocolate Maggots

Apple Bavarois, Stewed Apple Filling, Chocolate Maggots

 

#19 Pumpkin And Cinnamon Flat Mousse, Filled With Pumpkin Gel

Pumpkin And Cinnamon Flat Mousse, Filled With Pumpkin Gel

 

#20 Mouldable Chocolate And Black Meringue Powder

Mouldable Chocolate And Black Meringue Powder

 

#21 Haribo And Chocolate Birthday Cake

Haribo And Chocolate Birthday Cake

 

#22 Olive Oil Sponge Cake With Mint Crumb, Sweet Milk Foam And A Baked Apple Puree