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'Sacred Tarts' at Barts: Museum explores sweeter side of religion this Easter
Audience - All welcome
A one day Christian-themed cake pop up shop that offers an alternative to Easter Eggs
With stigmata cookies, 'Holy Spirits', cupcake saints and the iced eyes of St Lucy, a top London medical museum is resurrecting the pop-up cake shop to celebrate Easter 2013 without chocolaty clichés.
On Saturday 30 March, Barts Pathology Museum at West Smithfield hosts 'Sacred Tarts' – a one day cake show inspired by religion and created by some of the country's most imaginative bakers and experimental food makers.
While this latest venture handles faith with respect, Sacred Tarts is also keen to explore the darker side of religious art and symbolism. Expect Cake Pope cake pops, a rising Christ cake, edible relics, opera singing and a Miracle Messiah cocktail bar.
Sacred Tarts is curated by the Museum's Assistant Technical Curator Carla Connolly – a Catholic former mortician, ex-convent resident, Clandestine Cake Club leader and Avon lady. Carla will be blogging regular snippets of popular religious news, as well as the latest creations from the Sacred Tarts group, at her blog.
Carla comments: "Easter eggs are always well received, but are pretty boring when you know you're going to get them every year. The Sacred Tarts team will be busy over the next six weeks coming up with some pretty exciting alternatives- from crystal sugar crowns of thorns to cake Popes, butterscotch crucifixes to edible saints."
Barts Pathology Museum is well used to hosting unusual events at the site. From sell-out taxidermy workshops to lectures on body snatching, the Victorian medical museum is fast becoming one of London's most exciting event venues.
The shop showcases the talents of:
- London's 'purveyors of curious events and experimental foods' The Robin Collective
- Food artists and historians Animal Vegetable Mineral
- Cake maker extraordinaire Nicola Shipley of Tattoo Cakes
- Organic cupcake creator Francesca Matta with GlutenFreak
- Unique cake sculptor Laura Edwards of Mama Jamma Cakes
- Food artist Hannah Glennerster with Made With Love By Me
- Kay Gajra's Kaykes
- Retro-inspired cake crafter Amanda Whelan with Cake Follies
- Jen Cooper of occasion cake specialist Jen's Cakery
- Amy Hollinshead of Cambridge company Bee's Knees.
Sacred Tarts will run from 11am – 7pm on Saturday 30 March. Entry is free.
Barts Pathology Museum
Robin Brook Centre
London, EC1A 7BE
Keep an eye on Carla Connolly's blog for teasers as the project develops.