Francesca Pitcher created a special birthday cake for her reptile mad, six-year-old daughter: a cake so real it 'freaked out' the party guests.
Pitcher, a professional cake maker, wanted to make something special for her daughter Claudia's spooky-themed party. Although reportedly terrified of snakes herself, the 37-year-old, from Kent, England, spent three days creating the masterpiece from sponge cake and white chocolate fondant. Photos of the amazing cake have now been shared around the world via Facebook and other social media channels.
Pitcher told the Daily Mail, 'I made the cake for my daughter's sixth birthday party.'
'We had recently been to the zoo and I asked her what cake she wanted for her birthday, and suggested a snake, which I immediately regretted because I have a real phobia of them. 'But Claudia said she wanted it to scare her friends as it was going to be a spooky themed party.
'At first I couldn't even look at the images of them online but as I kept researching them I realised they weren't so bad and had quite beautiful patterns.
'Once I had got over my phobia I just cracked on with it, although before I put the skin on it looked really creepy.
'After I made him I had to keep him in a box and lock him away in a room, I just couldn't look at him.
'The children were fascinated by the cake and weren't scared at all, but their parents gave it a wide berth when they arrived and some of them were quite freaked out by it.