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The EYHO gang are having so much fun working on a range of religious themed cakes and treats for Easter. As a creative food genius it is always no surprise Miss Insomnia Tulip was first out of the box with these pentagram hot cross buns – and yes they will be sold in our online shop.
There will also be plain ones for atheists and of course the pentagram one is multipurpose… Turn ii upside down and you can a satanic hot cross bun which also comes with a hint if chilli.
We were lucky enough to be asked to take part in the Imperial College ‘A Feast for the Sciences’ fringe event, alongside some really other inspirational science communicators. In a dream brief we were asked to create a full Christmas Dinner from cake, to support the other stands at the free event.
Join us on a festive journey through an emporium of edible sensations. Explore a fusion of food and drink, agriculture, medicine and more at this feast of hands-on research.
The Imperial Fringe is a series of monthly evening public events exploring the unexpected side of science. All events are free and open to all. Prepare to think in new dimensions as you join us on a voyage of discovery and debate, inspired by Imperial’s groundbreaking research.
As I hope the pictures show, it was a great event packed full of people passionate about science communication, alongside those who were becoming passionate about the sciences due to the event.
The EYHO team creating the event was headed up by Annabel from Conjurer’s Kitchen (check out her detail on the turkey) with other members in support; Leshie Loves Cake making sprouts, Two Little Cats Bakery making pigs in blankets and Cake For Breakfast making some amazing edible candles which could be burnt AND eaten.
I adored this project so much and thanks to the team at Imperial for making it so easy for us. Next time we want to include sugar crafted candle sticks and glasses, sugar art paper hats and chocolate plates and cutlery. Maybe some of the PR agencies who turned down product support for this as they said it would look a bit shit (apparently you can’t make a cake that looks realistically like a turkey – erm you can see above) would like to make one ;-) Oooooo or maybe we need to do this in 100% chocolate – my mouth is watering (& thighs getting fatter) just thinking about it.
I am totally obsessed with this mince pie popcorn (with pine flavour syrup) from Animal Vegetable Mineral, on sale at the Museum of Curiosity Christmas Gift at 10 Newburgh Street, London.
This Friday we will be at a really cool event at Imperial College in London. Called ‘A Feast For the Senses‘ it’s free entry for all and billed as a “festive journey through an emporium of edible sensations. Explore a fusion of food and drink, agriculture, medicine and more at this feast of hands-on research.“
We’re going to be making a full christmas dinner entirely from cake (yes even sprouts). Some of the other installations there sound amazing and in particular I can’t wait to see CO2 sorbet direct from a fire extinguisher and learn how to make your own plasma (yes PLASMA) with grapes and a microwave. Oh and I’ll be talking about how cake can be used in science comunication and hope to see you all there.
To get you warmed up here are some classic diet coke and Mento experiments. In brief water molecules are strongly attracted to one another and will collect around a bubble of carbon dioxide that is found in the soda, forming a sort of coating.
Right now I am exhausted for all sorts of reasons I wont bore you with but so stunned by these BUILD YOUR OWN SKELETON MACARONS from Miss Insomnia Tulip I had to post right now. Best of all they even glow in the dark. She truly has REALLY changed the way macarons will be seen. Lest we forget her anatomical series of macarons too! I am so proud to be able to support her all I can.
Eat Your Heart Out – Anatomical Cocktails
We are so excited at being able to have a bar in the Eat Your Heart Out space this year which leads me to this… A variety of disturbing medically inspired cocktails will be on sale at Miss Cakehead’s Eat Your Heart Out being held from the 26th – 29th October. Stool samples, stomach contents of a suicide victim and charred remains of a suicide bomber just some of the inspiration for the range of cocktails.
The cocktails are being created by James Dance of Loading, a Falmouth based internet café and games arcade and go way beyond anything seen before. For example the flavoured vodka in ‘Stomach Contents’ hasn’t been skimmed to purposefully ensure it will visibly contain the perfect teenage diet of chocolate pieces and skittles, the drink garnished with empty pill casings. A shot of absinthe on the top will be reflective of the green hue of stomach bile.
Other drinks on the menu include:
‘Charred Remains’ made from vodka and Jack Daniels with a crispy meat garnish. The ‘Stool Sample’ being a creamy drink with cocoa, strawberry syrup & fudge pieces used to give the medically correct consistency of a sample. ‘Fat’ will come with a solid fatty layer on top made from white chocolate melted and reset to create the effect and the ingredients of the ‘Sanitizer’ cocktail are designed to cleanse your palette. Finally the ‘Urine’ cocktail (below middle) will come in a sample bottle, and is also offered warm for those who are after an even more authentic experience and can stomach the added reality.
Spanning over 3 days from 26-28th October the cake shop will sell ONLY 100% anatomically or scientifically correct educational treats in a nod to it’s location at St Bart’s Pathology Museum in London. Alongside Miss Cakehead the museum’s, Carla Valentine, will be curating the cakes on sale drawing on her years of experience working in morgues, preserving anatomical human specimens and running the Shoreditch based Clandestine Cake Club to help deliver the world’s most unique cake shop, and an innovative form of science communication.
Commenting on the collaboration with Miss Cakehead James comments:
“For Eat Your Heart Out the real challenge was to try and make some drink that worked with the anatomical nature of the event, focusing on bodily fluids being too limiting. Instead I took a crime scene body outline as inspiration and tried to cover every area of the body. Of course cocktails such as the ‘Stool Sample’ and ‘Urine’ were so obvious I could not resist including them. As with the cakes each drink will be disgusting to look they will all taste amazing, horror being in peoples minds and the connections they make.”
Miss Insomnia Tulip is one of those super talented people who just don’t get how ground breaking their work really is. Sure people have made rabbits, teddy bears and even heart shaped macarons before but she is the first person I have seen really take the humble macaron to the next level in terms of presentation. Something she had previously done with cake pops such as these blow up doll ones and the now infamous Leveson Inquiry set.
Beyond excited at being able to sell such jaw dropping macaron based anatomical delights at our shop (forget places like Fortnum & Masons we are THE place to go for Halloween treats). When Miss IT starting painting on macarons I loved the innovation of it (I am a macaron fiend and normally use my friend Ross as an excuse to buy them whenever his band is playing in London), and am slightly staggered at how the boundaries of creativity with macs continue to be pushed and broken by her astonishing talent. Remember these are all created using traditional macaron mixture…
You can see below some of the range she will be selling at EYHO, both in full sets such as hearts, and in organ specific packs. Have a feeling you’ll need to get there early if you want to get your bloody hands on any of these for your Halloween party.
Oh and she will also be selling things such as this ‘Small Pox Surprise’ – White Chocolate Rocky Road Traybake with Pistachio, Jelly Fruits, Macadamia Nuts and Chocolate Chips. Who knew deadly diseases could be so tasty!
Beyond delighted to say that Eat Your Heart Out 2 will be held in the St Barts Pathology Museum in London from October 26th – 28th. Working closely with the wonderful Carla Valentine, EYHO is going 100% anatomically correct & educational on your arse. If you want pretty labels on your cakes saying what flavor they are then don’t come… In their place will be some information on the very body part you are about to eat a delicious cake version of. They’ll also be the ultimate cake pathology lecture focusing on REAL conditions such as maple-syrup urine disease, icing sugar spleen and nutmeg liver. Lots more secrets yet to be revealed so be afraid, be very afraid…
Lung cancer cookies below are from Nevie Pie Cakes (and will be on sale in the space if I can persuade her)!
Cake makers wanting to take part then the full brief is here – the pathology theme is fairly open so please fell free to send me over any ideas you have. Eat Your Heart Out is a non for profit organization supporting the art of cake making all brand support welcome.
Now anyone for an icing sugar spleen?..
As many of you already know I love creating some gross things for the Ministry of Stories and their Hoxton Street Monster Supplies events. They are a non for profit organisation promoting literacy to children who do some incredible work. Past ‘hits’ have included scabs (cranberries), cockroaches (dates) and the now infamous unicorn pies (pork pies sprayed with lustre and covered in glitter). You can see some more of these over at Cakehead Loves.
This time Iced Over Cakes & Cake for Breakfast kindly stepped into the breach for me & created this amazing swap / pond theme for their latest event. I had a thoroughly miserable afternoon feeling poorly whilst they were doing the honours at the location (remotely assisted by Nevie Pie Cakes who made some scary fish cookies). Everyone generously gave their time for free I hasten to add – super talented really creative & kind bunch of foodies there :-D
As you can see it looked amazing and much better than anything I could have carried off to be honest with you. Both Chris & Lisa are trained graphic designers and you can really tell as it all looks so darn good with great attention to detail. Special hat tip Chris for Breakfast for the inspired idea of using sausages to create pond reeds which formed part of the cool centrepiece. Hope he will send me some more close ups of this detail so I can add some more close up images of these.
Would make the most perfect dessert table for a boy’s birthday party don’t you think?..