Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin is a pie maker who runs the food blog Pies Are Awesome, which celebrates pies in unique ways. Previously, she has made headlines for such creations as a glow-in-the-dark pie crust.
Her latest extraordinary showcase pushes the boundaries of pie design. Her “piescrapers” are pies that are built upward using a series of engineering and baking tricks to enhance structural integrity and make the pies stable.
Clark-Bojin says that she developed the idea for piescrapers while dabbling in another one of her passions – paper sculpture. Many of the techniques used to create 3D structures out of paper can be applied to pies.
“Why do I care so much about making pies tall? Because I have a theory that one of the reasons cakes have always beaten pies out for center stage at weddings and big event dessert buffets is because of their low profile. Delicious though they may be, pies just don't have that ‘across the room wow factor’ of a three tiered cake. I love pies and my mission is to show the world that pies aren't just folksy family comfort food, but can be beautiful and epic and awesome too,” she says.
You can see her first tutorial of this technique above, which is a “Kraken Piescraper.” She plans to put more tutorials on her blog in the coming weeks.