Pat Lasch, the daughter of a German pastry chef who was tutored in pastry decoration herself, has become best known for her miniature sculptures resembling confections—though Lasch has declared she is not interested in baking. Her most famous works are cakes and petit fours, constructed from acrylic and wood. On occasion, Lasch also uses gold leaf, pearls, and porcupine quills to ornament her works. In spite of their alluring appearances, the works hint subtly at death and decay. Lasch has also made a series of small-scale porcelain nude figures, some of which make reference to mysticism and mythology; other works include wall-hanging assemblages of mixed media.