Most home bakers stick to layer cakes and pies, but Christine McConnellsculpts pastries worthy of Ladure ... if it were run by Tim Burton. McConnell is aphotographer anda self-trained baker, and started chronicling her bakinga few years agoon Instagram. Her moody pictures with one-of-a-kind pastrieshave earned her more than 150,000 Instagram followers(and counting). She combines prim 1950s baked goods with eerie, unexpected touches. Likea domed ivory cakewith a snake coiled atop Victorian lace, or airy lemon barscrawling with "dragon bees."
Halloween is clearly the holiday best suited toMcConnell's aesthetic, so we're including some of her work for October #goals inspiration.
Halloween isn't the only time of yearwhere McConnell embraces fangs and spiderwebs. She gives just as much care to a birthday cupcake:
Some of her projects like a raspberry gelatine and "screamberries" are almost sweet:
McConnell regularly takes inspiration from movies. There's her pie pastry inspired byAlien ...
... as well as an elaborate recreation of Gremlins:
McConnell gives behind-the-scenes photos too, showing her process to make each cake:
So far, McConnell has only shared pictures of her work, but next spring she publishes a cookbook (yes, I preordered it). You can find out more on her website.
Do you have a signature Halloween creation? Tell us in the comments below.