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  • Meet the gothic bake queen whose creepy cakes are taking Instagram by storm
  • Meet the gothic bake queen whose creepy cakes are taking Instagram by storm
  • Meet the gothic bake queen whose creepy cakes are taking Instagram by storm
  • Meet the gothic bake queen whose creepy cakes are taking Instagram by storm

Meet the gothic bake queen whose creepy cakes are taking Instagram by storm

01 Jul 2014

Once in a while you stumble across something on the internet that’s just so genius, you couldn’t make it up.

That’s the case for LA-based photographer Christine McConnell, a poster girl for the 1950s, who creates the most deliciously grotesque and subversive cakes and bakes.

This is what happened when Christine decided to make a batch of wafflecones...

McConnell is part stylist, part performance artist with an acquired eye for retro, surreal and anarchic scenarios.

Apple pie with crushed pecans and salted caramel in the shape of a Tim Burton-style tree (photo: ChristineMcConnell/Instagram)

A groomed, model-like figure, the 32-year-old loves nothing better than posing for a 1950s-style shoot wearing floral print frocks and pastel-coloured pinafores, a la Stepford Wives.

A literal take on chicken pot pie (photo: ChristineMcConnell/Instagram)

She then throws in a curveball that gives the whole scenario a barbaric twist – such as a giant bread scorpion, chillingly life-like spiders or a raging bull voodoo cake.

The cat seems a little suspicious of this shortbread version of a facehugger from Alien - we can't blame it (photo: ChristineMcConnell/Instagram)

McConnell’s addictive Instagram feed is testimony to where imagination (and plenty of baking skill) can take you, with a series of brilliantly dark and witty kitchen scenes and set-ups. Little wonder she has 23,000 followers, and counting.

The perfect Danzig cake (photo: ChristineMcConnell/Instagram)

Her creations land somewhere between Tim Burton, Desperate Housewives and The Addams Family, with a dash of Hitchcock mixed in for good measure.

Christine acquires a scorpion face (photo: ChristineMcConnell/Instagram)

McConnell trained as a hair and make-up artist but taught herself to bake watching YouTube videos.

She names her idols as Tim Burton, Vincent Price, Alfred Hitchcock, and Paula Deen.

Samoa tarantula cookies (photo: ChristineMcConnell/Instagram)

"I’m very enamoured with the style of the 1940's, '50's, and '60's," she told BuzzFeed. "But I love the goofy sense of comedy that came out of the 1980’s. So my work is kind of a pretty/spooky combination of those things."

Christine in housewife mode (photo: ChristineMcConnell/Instagram)

"I really just bake for friends family and fun. The baking work is so complicated I wouldn’t even know how to charge for it," she added.

"I have a new idea almost every other minute and I hope I never lose the energy to keep learning and trying new stuff."

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