Cupcakes have been iced up in pink and glitter for far too long... and now they are getting their revenge!
Lily Vanilli shows how you can take inspiration from the macabre and grotesque to create some really evil-looking cakes that taste divine. Using natural ingredients and edible decorating materials, such as edible lustre dusts, gum paste, and glazes, Lily shows you how to turn basic cupcakes into amazingly realisticand delicious—sculptures, from Eerie Eyeballs to Ghastly Ghouls. For really gory desserts, why not make Dracula’s Bite red velvet cupcakes, or some Bleeding Hearts, which are molded with deep red fondant into human hearts and covered with a cherry ‘blood’ sauce? You can also go for heavenly Fallen Angel Cakes, made with a divine honey-flavoured icing, or indulgent, truly dark chocolate Devil’s Food Cupcakes, with ganache icing, and chocolate devil’s horns. With 25 brilliant recipes and tips and tricks throughout, this is the perfect introduction into the world of alternative cake decoration.
Lily Vanilli, aka Lily Jones, is a baker and cake designer. Originally a graphic designer, she began baking as a hobby and then started selling her cakes at Swanfield market near Brick Lane. Her cakes are available online at www.lilyvanilli.com and from Harrods food hall. She is known for her unusual recipes – she experiments with savoury ingredients such as avocado and bacon – and designs spectacular cakes and other edible treats, such as the marzipan insects she made for an Alexander McQueen film project, or the blood and gore cupcakes created for Maaike Meeking’s show at London Fashion Week. Read more at http://lily-vanilli.blogspot.com. The author is based in Homerton, London.