Blood and guts inspire Fife cake designer

Cakes designed by Gillian Bell. Picture: SWNS
Cakes designed by Gillian Bell. Picture: SWNS
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A SCOTTISH cake designer is taking her unusual creations to London for a display to raise awareness of skin disease.

Gillian Bell, from Glenrothes, Fife, whose usual work includes cakes in the shape of body parts such as hearts and fingers, is entering her designs in an anatomically-inspired cake event in the city.

“Eat Your Heart Out” is to be held in St Bartholomew’s Hospital’s Pathology Museum, later this month.

Ms Bell, 33, said yesterday: “The idea behind the event is designers from all over the UK make cakes that will help raise awareness of different ­diseases.

“There are cakes based on heart disease. My own cakes are based on skin disease.”

Lectures on the diseases will also be given at the event, which takes place from 26 to 28 October.

Ms Bell, who is self-employed, added: “I’m going down for the press launch and I’m really looking forward to it.

“It’s a good opportunity to have my work on display.”

Ms Bell began her business as part of her degree in visual ­communication at Dundee’s Abertay ­University.

She combined her love of the horror genre with skills learned while running a cake-making business in Edinburgh to create her unusual cakes.

Ms Bell charges up to £350 for a cake, and ­despite their grisly appearance, the cakes are made in the same way as traditional cakes.

Her previous creations have included a wedding cake that appeared to be made from human skin.