Image courtesy of Emily Zauzmer (@girlwithapearlicing/Instagram)

Emily Zauzmer is a 20-year old college student at Harvard University who has an interesting baking hobby: she takes classic paintings and turns them into cakes.

In the last few years, she has taken the time during semester breaks to make her art-inspired desserts. Typically, they are made from vanilla cake, but she has also done chocolate cupcakes and cookies.

The pieces take a great deal of time to put together, usually anywhere between 12 hours and 4 days, but Zauzmer says it is worth it.  "I really look forward to it, because, with school there's so much work at all times, and it's so much fun that I give myself several days where I just focus on making a cake. It's a great way to unwind,” she tells Mashable.

She has created cake masterpieces modeling famous works such as Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night, Grant Wood’s American Gothic, and George Seurat’s A Sunday on La Grande Jatte.

Zauzmer posts her work to her Instagram account, @girlwithapearlicing, “a treat for palettes and palates,” as she calls it.

Image courtesy of Emily Zauzmer (@girlwithapearlicing/Instagram)