Operating under the motto “When all hell bakes loose,” Seattle-based Lauren Ko creates pun-captioned pies that look like they should be in a design museum.
Making the best of a plaid situation. ??| Heavy-hearted over the current state of national and international affairs. Is it truly so hard to look beyond oneself for a second and exercise compassion and be kind (and choose scientifically-based facts over bs?) ??
A post shared by Lauren Ko (@lokokitchen) on Oct 3, 2017 at 6:58pm PDT
I’ll make it worth your argyle. ??| Almond Cream Tart à la @davidlebovitz with spiced red and white wine poached pineapple quince (hey there heyyy, @westseattleproduce!). You guys, the internet is such a crazy thing. I’m over here trying real hard to be cool but…OMGGGGG HIIIIIIIII. And thank you. ??
A post shared by Lauren Ko (@lokokitchen) on Oct 26, 2017 at 7:01pm PDT
Not for the faint of tart. ????| Eva from @bakestreet did this incredible weave with bread and I couldn’t get it out of my head. Her video tutorial made this gory Halloween variation unboolievably accessible. @bakingamoment’s chocolate pie crust with a jammy strawberry-cherry-raspberry filling. | Quería intentar el diseño que hizo @bakestreet con pan pero yo con una tarta (masa de tarta de chocolate por @bakingamoment). Gracias por el excelente vídeo, Eva—fue súper fácil seguir. Acá tienen tarta tipo Halloween de fresa-cereza-frambuesa. ??
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Puns N’ Roses. ??| I know, snore, everybody’s doing the rose apple thing and no one can touch Queen @julie_jonesuk’s technique, but I had to try it (verdict: v slippery). Pink apple rose tart with dulce de leche crème and sugared pecans for glittery crunchy bitz.
A post shared by Lauren Ko (@lokokitchen) on Nov 2, 2017 at 6:59pm PDT
Ring around the cozy. ??| @taraobrady’s Chai Masala Pumpkin Pie via @food52. Considering my lifelong allegiance to Team Apple, this was a wildly convincing argument for the Pumpkin Posse. You’ve gourd to give it a chai. ??
A post shared by Lauren Ko (@lokokitchen) on Nov 7, 2017 at 7:00pm PST
Incredibly, 30-year-old Ko only began baking a year ago, and she’s not a designer by training; her day job is at Seattle Colleges, where she’s Executive Assistant to the Chancellor. She cranks these out in her spare time.
More than sweets the eye. ??| @food52’s Sweet Potato Pie with a PURPLE sweet potato twist! A spudderly fun and colorful option for the Thanksgiving table among the traditional golden, orangey hues. A tutorial for constructing this crust will be out sometime this week. Keep an eye on my stories for the exciting details!
A post shared by Lauren Ko (@lokokitchen) on Nov 14, 2017 at 7:00pm PST
Go boldly where no cran has gone before. ??| Preempt any holiday piesaster and snag a bushel of plump, fragrant, and most notably, high in pectin cranberries from @paradise_meadow_cranberries for a guaranteed jammy filling. Last year, I brought an overly juicy, undercooked pie to Thanksgiving dinner and had to sit by mortified as my in-laws politely insisted on eating their slices, oozing raw bottoms and all. Crust me, it was a dough blow. SAVE YOURSELVES FROM IMPENDING DOOM—do what you cran, do what is pieght. ???? #sponsored
A post shared by Lauren Ko (@lokokitchen) on Nov 21, 2017 at 6:55pm PST
“I’m driven by color and pattern, so I’m constantly brainstorming color combinations and geometric patterns that I think I can replicate with pie dough [and] fruit,” Ko told Buzzfeed. “What I create during a particular baking session is also often informed by produce that is in season and what’s currently in my fridge.”
Check out Ko’s Instagram, which was only started in August and already has 89,000 followers.