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12 mesmerizing desserts that prove pastry is an art
Photo: Courtesy of Tim Ireland/Raindrop Cake via Facebook
Raindrop Cake

If you spend any time at Smorgasburg or on a computer, you might have heard about Japan's beautiful and slightly surreal Raindrop Cake, or Mizu Shingen Mochi. Darren Wong started serving his version of it—made with water and gelatin, and served with brown sugar and roasted soybean powder—at Smorgasburg recently and, well, people went a bit nuts. Staring at, indulging in and, of course, Instagramming stunning desserts have become a full-blown pastime (we're even a bit guilty of it ourselves). So we rounded up the 12 most stunning and creative desserts we've seen lately.

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  • Beautiful Blossom
    Lafayette's pastry chef Jen Yee turns out some of New York's most beautiful desserts, including this apple blossom tart made with apples compressed in cranberry syrup.

    Photo: @jenyeepastry via Instagram

  • Beehive
    Unlike the hairdo, Liholiho Yacht Club's beehive baked Hawaii will never go out of style.

    Photo: @liholihoyachtclub via Instagram

  • The French Do It Best
    The French Laundry executive pastry chef Elwyn Boyles takes "toast" seriously. The pink iteration is called "toast and jam," while the black version packs chocolate, peanut and banana together.

    Photo: @_tfl_ via Instagram

  • Bay Stunner
    SF's always-classy Dominique Crenn removes blood orange juice and pulp only to return it to its rightful place eventually.

    Photo: @petitcrenn via Instagram

  • Bloomin' Marshmallows
    Sugar whisperer Dominique Ansel's ode to Sakura (cherry blossom season) includes a marshmallow that blooms in the bowl. (See for yourself.)

    Photo: @dindeo_ddae via Instagram

  • Cry Me a River
    Don't worry, Darren Wong's raindrop cake won't burst.

    Photo: @gammacataclysms via Instagram

  • Pearly Beauty
    Don't fear the porcupine-like exterior of Benu's signature cake. There are treats to be found inside.

    Photo: @dtrinh via Instagram

  • Wild and Crazy
    Desserts get a bit wild at the newly opened Le Coq Rico in New York City.

    Photo: @donthatemecuzimhungry via Instagram

  • Pink Paradise
    Pastry chef François Payard introduces a macaron to a doughnut. And they get along quite well.

    Photo: @nycfoodgals via Instagram

  • Salty Biscuit
    This salt and biscuit ice cream with marshmallow, candy and caramel earns its cotton candy halo.

    Photo: @tinnikaa via Instagram

  • Taste the Rainbow
    This cotton candy concoction outshines the pack.

    Photo: @m7ndy via Instagram

  • #NotFromAnIceCreamTruck
    Cannalé. Push Pops. Really everything else is irrelevant.

    Photo: @jenyeepastry via Instagram

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