Is there a knead for baked working technology?

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Israeli designer Nitsan Debbi has created some ‘bread technology’ which I think is amazing. Literally baking working components into fresh loaves, I love how strange and pointless it seems at first glance. The process involves Debbi removing the original casings from various clocks, radios and a flashlight and simply embedded the technology into baking loaves of bread.

A Industrial Design student of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem “the pieces were created to highlight the contrast between high-tech and low-tech”. Want to know the best bit…they are fully functional (hell yes bring it on)!!!

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Fancy a Christmas dinner made from cake? We did! #impfringe

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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.

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Detail of the incredible attention to detail on the turkey skin & roast spuds by the Conjurer’s Kitchen

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Some more detail of the CAKE turkey from the Conjurer’s Kitchen – I love the herb rub detail!

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Annabel (Conjurer’s Kitchen) enjoying her ‘wine’ aka jelly

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Gravy was chocolate caramel sauce – true to the real deal lots of the marzipan peas fell in. Guests were doing some major dunking into this delicious gravy!!!

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The classic jelly as red wine twist

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Full shot of the turkey cake with sprout pops from Leshie Loves Cake and roast potatoes from the Conjurer’s Kitchen

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My kind of gravy – the chocolate caramel kind!

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Best darn turkey cake I have ever seen!

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More details – love the ‘butter’ on the peas and the carrots

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The full table – the candles were solid chocolate from Cake for Breakfast and I ADORE them.

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As you would expect in the real world all of the butter ‘knobs’ showed were at different stages of melting – love this kind of attention to detail

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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.

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Eat Your Heart Out – Anatomical Cocktails

Stool Sample - press will able to sample this cocktail in advance at the launch for Resident Evil 6

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.

Cocktail inspired by the stomach contents of a teenage suicide victim

Charred Remains was inspired by the remains of a suicide bomber

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.

Stool Sample – press will able to sample this cocktail in advance at the launch for Resident Evil 6

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.

Urine Sample (can also be served warm)

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.” 

The solid layer of ‘lard’ on top of this creamy cocktail is actually melted then set white chocolate

Brilliantly the contents of the Sanitiser are designed to clense your pallet

All photography copyright Will Edgecombe 2012

Catering For Monsters With An Edible Swamp

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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?..

Resident Evil Dining

I don’t care what I have to do but I really have to go to Japan this year – for starters check this RE restaurant out. Apologies for the total arse piece presenter in the video here but it does tell you a little more information.

Now I love a good themed restaurant but I am totally and utterly obsessed with the love hotel culture in Japan – a love hotel containing rooms specifically designed for f*cking to put it bluntly. Or as Wired summed up:

For decades Japan’s love hotels have provided a place for couples to enjoy anonymous, uninterrupted sex. Politician and secretary, teacher and student, husband and hooker — all are welcome, as long as they pay in cash and leave when the time limit is up. But 2006 spawned a new type of love hotel. Decorated with theme park interiors and equipped with game consoles, karaoke boxes and sex machines — these establishments provide kinky fun for all types, from fetishists and sadomasochists to the ordinary couple seeking sexual adventure. 

Felt compelled to share some images of said hotels which fascinate me on a design / creative level not a fetish fantasy one. The Bat Cave one is ridiculous and I have no idea how this could turn anyone on. But that said each to their own and lest we forget people are strange and large groups of people are already into things such as Klismaphilia (deriving sexual pleasure from receiving an enema). Anyway back to the love hotels imagery – it’s hard to choose but the Christmas themed hotel has to be up there in terms of the most random. It’s also glorious that Christmas Eve is one of the busiest times of year for these rooms…


You have to watch this video even if just for the demo of the fake traffic noise so a cheating husband can pretend he is stuck in traffic not this mistress. Anyhow time for me to start saving for that airfare to Japan!

Kerrang! Awards 2012

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We were delighted to be asked to work with Torture Garden on the freaky food element of the Kerrang! Awards again this year – the theme was Tudor royalty / feasts and Natasha Collins nailed the ideas (as normal). Between rushing off to am emergency dentist (as soon as this post is written) and my killer hangover (only thing masking the main my tooth nerve is exposed OUCH) I shall keep this short and sweet (no pun intended).

Chicken Feet Cake Pops from Miss Insomnia Tulip – dressed with edible flowers

Chocolate Snails from Cakes for Breakfast

Chris (from Cakes fir Breakfast) also made some frog spawn – lemon jelly injected with chocolate served on wooden spoons

Natasha styled the snails with ‘soil’ and crystallised edible flowers

Natasha hand painted some fish cookies which where then nestled inside gold bread (I think she is addicted to gold food spray)

The Cake Conjurer made the ever awesome ‘cakes in eggs’ – this time dying the eggs green for an unsettling & rotten Tudor feel

Head of the roasted swan cake made by the Cake Conjurer – see dedicated post for more detail. Gave this to a friend to eat on the night (bet he didn’t)!

More of Natasha’s fish cookies – super tasty gingerbread base

Natasha also made larger fish cookies of ‘eaten’ fish nestled on edible flowers, salt (popping candy) and salad leaves (explaining why a few snails also crept in)

These freak me out – ‘Fingers’ from the Cake Conjurer

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More of Natasha’s fish cookies in the light used for the event

THE TEAM:

Art Director / Head of Fish Cookies & Gold Bread – Natasha Collins

Eat My Flowers provided the most incredible edible flowers (can’t recommend highly enough – my new favourite company & thing)

Chocolate snails / frog / frogs spawn – Cakes For Breakfast

Incredible swan, meat cake, rotten eggs, hearts and fingers the brilliant Cake Conjurer

White Chocolate Skull – Iced Over Cakes (pictures to follow)

Chicken Feet Cake Pops – Miss Insomnia Tulip (see separate post on these bad boys)

Chicken Wing Cupcake

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Coccadotts Cake Shop has created a unique cupcake – corn-bread muffin base with bleu-cheese frosting and a chicken wing – an inspired PR stunt to promote The National Chicken Council for the Super Bowl. Reminds me something you’d see on Cupcake Wars (along with those hideous women who wear pink and cover EVERYTHING in glitter). Personally I don’t think their online shop is worth a visit and it appears to be a festival of blah.

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If chicken cupcakes not your thing then what about cupcakes that just look like chicken?