What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

The Sugar Artist


Liz Joy-Murray

Two years ago, Hollywood art director Liz Joy-Murray had to take a leave of absence for health reasons. To fill her time and occupy her mind, she decided to teach herself to bake. But being an artist at heart, she wasn’t content to bake things that just tasted good. Nope. Her baked goods also had to serve as a canvas where she could express her wild creativity.

To hear her tell it, Joy-Murray spends an insane amount of time creating her one-of-a-kind pies, cakes, and cookies. So long, in fact, that I started to wonder if they don’t sometimes get stale while she fiddles with them. They certainly are beautiful, though!

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I had this idea that it’d be so cool to create layered sunglasses cookies with see-through isomalt lenses. After destroying about five in a row they lost a few coolness points for me, but I’m still pretty jazzed about the end result (and the possibilities). I made these @fendi-inspired sunnies as part of a Galentine’s gift and decided to add an edible @fendi handbag as well. Then it struck me that I’ll be shipping these things 🙈. Please send lots of good juju that these glasses survive a cross-country trip! (Anyone want to play the odds on that?) 🤞🏼😬. _______________________________________________________ These hand-cut chocolate cookies are topped mostly in @fatdaddios fondant, with royal icing details. I added cocoa powder to the darker-colored fondant, and the isomalt lenses are also chocolate-flavored. The sunnies are decorated with @fancysprinkles. I painted the silver and gold details with @sweetsticksau’s metallic palette (thanks for the awesome gift, @sweetelizabethcakedesigns!). _______________________________________________________ – – – – – – – – – – #cookieart #decoratedcookies #customcookies #royalicing #sugarcookies #cookiesofinstagram #icedcookies #cookieartist #cookiedesign #instadessert #dessertlover #foodart #edibleart #cutefood #fondant #frosting #sweettooth #madetocreate #foodstyling #cookiedecorating #fashionlovers #cookiegram #bakersgonnabake #instabaker #fendi #fendibag

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Thank you guys for helping me brainstorm peach pie design ideas! The winning concept came from @mulberry_t and @yanaira_navarro who suggested “A League of their Own.” I’ve always loved the movie and was super excited to pie-ify it. So here’s the finished piece: a Rockford Peaches Pie ⚾️🍑🥧😊 _______________________________________________________ Despite my initial excitement, I swear this project was cursed. I tend to be a klutz in general, but I literally destroyed ERRTHING on here at least a couple times. I was so happy when it was finally done. But then it proved a nightmare to photograph 🙈. Luckily it tastes absolutely delish (yay for redeeming qualities)! _______________________________________________________ Specs: brandied peach and chia seed pudding filling in a spiced cookie crust (organic peaches gifted from @villa.fincadelsol and chia seeds via @mammachia). This pie is grain-free, reduced-sugar, reduced-carb and (except for a couple colors) also vegan 🤗. This is my first time using @pinkpoppypastriesandpops colors and I’m already beyond obsessed with the coverage. The gold is from @trulymadplastics. _______________________________________________________ – – – – – – – – – – #pie #pieart #pierevival #pastryart #marthabakes #foodart #edibleart #ilovepie #imsomartha #piesofinstagram #foodstyling #onmytable #pielover #onmytable #homebaker #piecrust #psimadethis #heresmyfood #foodwinewomen #abmlifeissweet #dessertlover #desserttime #sugarcraft #madetocreate #instapastry

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I’m so excited to share the first piece from my recent commission. The fabulous @borderlandsbakery asked me to create a family portrait cookie collection for her friend @thesweetestmix’s birthday. Lisa gave me free reign on how I wanted to design these, and I’ve been dying to make cookie frames for some of my cookie portraits, so figured I’d try out the idea here. Among the things I learned with this project: I suck at cutting 45° angles 🙄. But I’m still so thrilled with how each piece turned out, and this ended up being my favorite cookie set to date. You can currently see them all in @thesweetestmix’s stories, and I’m soooooo thrilled that she’s so happy with them 🤗💕. _______________________________________________________ Products used: the cookie portrait is topped in @fatdaddios fondant. I painted it using mostly @poppypaints and @sweetsticksau’s #edibleartpaint. Outlining was done with pens from @americolor and @tweetscookieconnection (I’m OBSESSED with Teri’s pens!) _______________________________________________________ – – – – – – – – – – #cookieart #decoratedcookies #customcookies #royalicing #sugarcookies #cookiesofinstagram #icedcookies #cookieartist #cookiedesign #instadessert #dessertlover #foodart #edibleart #fondant #frosting #onmytable #sweettooth #madetocreate #foodstyling #kawaiifood #cutefood #cookiedecorating #flatlay #pitbullsofinstagram #dogstagram

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Throwing it back to these @gucci slipper cookies I made for the incomparable @ashleylongshoreart a couple of years ago. I’ve been a fan of Ashley Longshore’s work for quite awhile and am so excited she’ll be in Hollywood this weekend, where I’ll finally have the chance to meet her and see her art in person 🥳🤗. _______________________________________________________ Ashley is hugely inspirational in that she’s found incredible success not just through her amazing talent, but in being her authentic self, charging what she’s worth, blazing her own trail, and not taking crap from anyone. She is a much-needed role model in the creative entrepreneurial space, and is particularly inspiring as a female artist and business owner who stuck to her guns and found success on her own terms. _______________________________________________________ I’m currently crazy-busy with projects, but am hoping to find time to make her a li’l something for Saturday’s show at @ericbuterbaugh’s gallery 🤞🏼🤞🏼. _______________________________________________________ – – – – – – – – – – #cookieart #decoratedcookies #customcookies #sugarcookies #cookiesofinstagram #icedcookies #cookieartist #cookiedesign #instadessert #dessertlover #foodart #edibleart #cutefood #fondant #frosting #sweettooth #madetocreate #foodstyling #cookiedecorating #flatlay #fashionlovers #bakersgonnabake #instabaker #edibleartpaint #guccishoes

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Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

7 thoughts on “The Sugar Artist

  1. That is insane…ly good! How could you possibly eat any of them though? It would be like snacking on the Mona Lisa. :/

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  2. What ever floats your boat but I can see making the lemon cupcakes. Must take a few hours or days to finish.

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  3. These are incredible confections! And they are quite diverse in style and skills involved (not that I know a great deal about bakery and cake decorating). I always think that they are so good to look at that I can never eat them but I am a chubby sow so of course I would eat them!

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