CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - Looking from a distance, it looks like a very well-behaved cockatiel is sitting on top of someone's wedding cake. Take a closer look and you'll see that the bird itself is made out of frosting.
We met up the mastermind behind this masterpiece.
Before you scarf it down, do you know where it's been, and what it took?
"That can take anywhere from 10 to 20 hours, depending on how elaborate it becomes," Nathan Harris said. "I started with one cake and it just snowball effected from there, and I've had a wonderful time doing it."
Harris, of Carbondale, had dedicated 13 years of his time hoping that he could make the special days of hundreds in the Heartland a memorable experience.
"It's something that is just grasping that they will hold onto forever," he said.
Harris, who is now pursuing a career as a professional sculptor, said the passion is not for the faint of heart.
"There comes a point where you have to understand aesthetics, make it something beautiful so that when they see it, they want it," he said. "There are many sleepless nights, you're constantly worrying about whether or not it's gonna turn out or if they're gonna like it."
Harris said his cake-making career has opened his eyes to sculpting as a career.
Whether you're crafting statues or edible statues, He said the important thing is to keep faith.
"When you finally deliver it and see the joy on their face, it's truly phenomenal," Harris said. "Don't stop. Let people know what you do. It becomes a passion, it becomes a drive, and it will take you places you cannot imagine."
Harris has worked professionally for Larry's House of Cakes and other cake makers since 2002. He said he will still make cakes from time to time, but only on very special occasions.