If your favorite part of Great British Bake Off is the Showstopper challenge, when the amateur bakers whip up elaborate structures made of flour, sugar, and butter, then you'll want to check out the sweet, sweet results of another competition. The Great Architectural Bake Off is an annual event where architects recreate famous buildings not out of concrete, steel, or glass, but cake.
2017 saw the third annual challenge take place in London as part of the city's Festival of Architecture, which continues throughout the month of June. All in all, 14 studios participated in the event, including Zaha Hadid Architects, MAKE, and Foster + Partners.
While Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood weren't anywhere to be seen, the judging was expertly handled by Rose Carrarini (of the famed Rose Bakeries in Paris, London and Seoul), New York Times design critic Alice Rawsthorn, festival director Tamsie Thomson, Wallpaper architecture journalist Harriet Thorpe, and Barbican architecture curator Daniela Puga.
Some of the famed structures built out of cake included Stonehenge, London's 2012 Olympic stadium, and St Paul's Cathedral. Snagging the winning spot was Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners for their miniature Arenas de Barcelona, which is a former bull fighting arena that was converted into a recreational complex in 2011. Their dessert replica was made from Spanish orange cake with gingerbread walls and a domed roof.
Arenas de Barcelona wasn't the only building-cum-cake that took home an award; SOM's sugary take on the Bienecke Library won an award for "Tastiest Bake," and WATG (which hosted the event) won a special mention for their stunning rendition of Cathédrale de Brasilia, surrounded by sugar glass spires.
Check out the slideshow for more buttery buildings, and hop over to Great Architectural Bake Off to see more photos from this year's and past competitions.