“Eat your heart out” is a peculiar cake sale in peculiar surroundings. The venue: a pathology museum at Bart’s hospital in London. The sale showcases thousands of historical human tissue specimens dating back to over 100 years.
You’s probably think it is the last place any one would fancy nibbling on cakes, but not for those who were enticed to learn more about anatomy and diseases through baked goods that are quite the frightening sight.
Cupcake fans can feast on cakes decorated to look like they are topped with red blood cells instead of the usual cherries on top. But if gateau is your treat, how about this face with a cold sore or a fungus toe-nailed biscuit.
Some of the cakes are life-like creations. This is a life-sized skull made of chocolate, and this lung shows what damage smoking can do. Meanwhile, a “leg cake” sports a nasty infection and you can also spot a heart –shaped fruit cake with stitched up marzipan skin.
Apparently all taste really nice, the attendees say.
“They did not look appetizing but they were delicious; I had several of them and a lot of my friends bought some as well. Once you got over the initial look of the cake, they were absolutely gorgeous,” said Carla Connolly, the pathology museum technician and assistant curator.
And if you feel thirsty, do not expect a warm cup of tea but a range of cocktails that would add flavor to any haunted house. They were created by a mixologist to go with the themed anatomical approach and the creepy range of treats. They include a weird looking cocoa strawberry syrup and fudge cake drunk from a syringe.
Connolly said: they were based on various things such as a urine sample; one of them is stomach content which was based on one of our specimen from our museum collections.
But the cake sale visitors did not seem to be disgusted by the look of the desserts, perhaps because it is Halloween and so they were unfazed by the creepy treats.
And the sale was a success; over 5000 treats were sold. If the visitors could stomach the cakes, they ate their hearts out.