London's real Willy Wonkas

Step into a world where anything is edible with London's most creative confectioners (then try their tricks for yourself!)



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They’ve made houses out of chocolate, oceans out of jelly and ice cream that tastes like Christmas. As a big new musical version of Roald Dahl’s ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ opens in London, we went in search of London’s real-life Willy Wonkas – and their amazing creations.

Miss Cakehead

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Provocative ‘cake curator’ Miss Cakehead has hit headlines around the world with her gruesome baking. Alexi Duggins finds out what inspires her extreme adult creations.

Most shocking cake you’ve made?
‘For the first of our annual Eat Your Heart Out events in 2010 we had cake versions of shits on sticks and something called “Two Girls, One Cupcake”. We were being purposely provocative.’

Why do that stuff?
‘I don’t see the point of doing things that don’t provoke a reaction. Plus, we usually try to educate people. Our blackened cookie lungs cake comes with a leaflet about lung cancer and we did STD cupcakes to promote sexual health. They ended up being featured on the “Oprah Winfrey Show”!’

Do you ever shock yourself?
‘The vomit cupcakes we did for “The Helpers” film freaked me out. It was just candied fruit and condensed milk, but I was going “bleurgh”!’

Worst kitchen disaster?
‘We have a big problem in needing to protect any cake we make for exhibitions, as a member of the public will always try to poke it or eat it. Someone once cut open a six-foot-long rainbow cake we were exhibiting.’

Biggest reaction that you have ever provoked?
‘I do non-cake events, too, and we did human butchery with meat shaped into human body parts. I was reported for inciting cannibalism, but sadly the police never bothered to interview me…’

The pop-up Depressed Cake Shop, selling only grey cakes to raise money for mental health charities, is in London Aug 2-4.

Miss Cakehead and The Tattooed Bakers’ guide to making your own Wonka-style lickable wallpaper

You've heard of window-lickers? Well, prepare to become a wall-licker, as Miss Cakehead and collaborators the Tattooed Bakers recreate Willy Wonka’s lickable wallpaper, as seen in the film ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’.

Servings depend on how much wallpaper each person wants to lick

- Patterned wallpaper (the more colourful the better)
- Bag of boiled sweets
- Silicon cupcake cases (or any other silicon container)
- Sugar decorations (such as silver beads, edible glitter, shimmer powder, popping candy)

  • Step 1

    Lay some tin foil on your work surface and get some rubber gloves on. Open your sheet of wallpaper on a flat surface near your work area. Unwrap and place two or three sweets (depending on their size) in a silicon cupcake case/silicone container.

    Step 1
  • Step 2

    Heat them in the microwave for 20-30 seconds or until melted and bubbling (times will differ depending on your microwave). Be careful not to burn the sweets (if you see it smoking you’ve microwaved it for too long), as this will affect the taste and colour.

    Step 2
  • Step 3

    Remove sweets from the microwave. (It is essential you are wearing your gloves for this as the molten sweets will be very hot.) Pour the molten sweets onto the wallpaper using the pattern as a guide. You will have to work quickly as the sweets will harden within 10-15 seconds.

    Step 3
  • Step 4

    Add the decorations/popping candy while the poured sweets are still tacky. Wait until the sweets are hardened to brush on any glitter or shimmer powder. You can also make shaped sweets using silicone moulds. Use the same technique as above, but pour the melted sweets into the mould, leave for a few minutes and pop out. Then attach to the wallpaper using a bit of melted sweet.

    Step 4
  • Tips

    Choose a wallpaper with a small pattern.
    Don’t wash the silicon cases in-between use (just crack the old sugar out), as water will affect the way the sugar melts.
    Only heat two to three sweets at a time as you have to work really quickly.
    Try and match where possible the colours of the sweets to those on the wallpaper.


Step 1

Lay some tin foil on your work surface and get some rubber gloves on. Open your sheet of wallpaper on a flat surface near your work area. Unwrap and place two or three sweets (depending on their size) in a silicon cupcake case/silicone container.

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Easily the the funnest, most delicious, exciting and every updating, tasty ice cream place in London. It always tastes amazing, everyone is very helpful, extremely pleasant and the atmosphere is perfect - chilled out and fun. We've lost count of the number of times we've hurried from the tube station/bus stops to get there before closing.


I am from Manchester and whenever I visit London, I make sure to fit in a trip to Camden for a scoop (or two) of Chin Chin ice cream. It's incredible to watch the process...and the ice cream itself? The best you will ever taste. 5 stars aren't enough for this hidden gem, highly recommended.

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