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The Great British Bake Off may have finished for another year but things are just heating up in the UK’s grossest cake kitchen.
A baker who creates gruesome edible art all year round, has dug up her best work yet for delicious decay this Hallowe’en.
Annabel De Vetten, 45 from Birmingham is the mastermind baker behind Conjurer’s Kitchen making the most grim and morbid yet delicious cakes on the market, starting from £100.
Annabel, also known as Annabel Lecter has gone one step further in this Hallowe’en, creating Decomposing Dahlia, for an event she is co-hosting at Bart’s Pathology Museum, London.
Annabel said: “She is created in a ‘body farm’ setting, in a chocolate lined box containing edible soil, showing stages of decay.
“She will be served to the guests at the event who will be able to dig in to her by the spoonful.
“I wanted to push my own boundaries in terms of scale and extremeness. She is quite gross even by my standards and if she didn’t smell so delicious I might hesitate to take a bite myself.
“I think she’ll make a great centrepiece for our event and will no doubt challenge some guest’s perceptions of what can be edible.
“I hope she will help raise some awareness of how incredibly important these research facilities are to forensic scientists- and what better time to do it than Halloween!”
In case you cannot tell Decomposing Dahlia, is a red velvet cake with marzipan resting on edible soil and white chocolate maggots.
Annabel said: “She took about 30 hours to make, not counting making the box, with a lot of hours of research, which was fascinating yet quite graphic.
“I love the projects where I end up learning things other than new cake techniques!”
Before trying her hand at baking freakish creations, Annabel trained as a sculptor, a taxidermist, and then turned full time painting fine art.
Annabel said: “The years I spent doing painting and sculpturing helped me build the foundation I needed for the work I’m now doing with cakes, not that I knew it at the time.”
Annabel was inspired to create Dahlia for Delicious Decay, an event designed to give people a better understanding of the decomposition process.
The sold out show at Barts Pathology Museum, part of Queen Mary University of London is using Annabel’s art to help unearth techniques used for extracting information from human remains.
When Annabel is not commissioned for a cake by a customer or for an event, she takes ideas from everything she loves, from horror movies to alternative art and animals.
Conjurer’s Kitchen is known for its blood and gore but Annabel is not short of variety from customer requests.
Annabel said: “It’s great! One day I’ll be working on a full-sized replica of the actor from the TV show Dexter for FOX.
“The next day I’ll be making a wedding cake for a couple who runs their own S&M business, and then a dragon cake for a wedding at Warwick Castle.”