The photo of this Albino Burmese Python looks so real, Francesca Pitcher of North Star Cakes in Kent, U.K., was prompted to add this tagline: "****I DO NOT SELL SNAKES****. This photo is of a snake CAKE made to look like an Amelanistic Burmese Python for a birthday party."
Yes, the snake is a fake. It's a fake snake cake.
And it truly is awesome, as many of the commenters on North Star Cakes' Facebook page have stated emphatically.
Michelle: "OMG.... That's a cake? I thought that was a picture of an actual snake!"
Patricia: "Me too!"
Becky: "Me three!"
Simon: "The detail is absolutely spot-on!! As a long-time reptile keeper I know you would do well to advertise this in local pet shops and reptile specialists."
Indeed. Just take a look at this realAlbino Burmese Python for comparison sake. The fake snake cake has an incredible resemblance to the real Albino Burmese Python, which is one of the six largest snakes in the world with most averaging 12-feet long. But it can grow up to 19 feet, and, if not handled properly, can be quite dangerous.
The only danger with Pitcher's snake, however, is to the waistline.
According to the UK Daily Mail, Pitcher's now-6-year-old daughter Claudia, who loves reptiles, wanted a spooky-themed birthday party. She wanted something that would scare her friends. Pitcher suggested a snake cake.
She regretted that idea immediately and for good reason. Pitcher has a snake phobia.
From the UK Daily Mail:
'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...'
Over the course of three days, Pitcher spent 12 hours baking and shaping sponge layers, using "a white chocolate fondant with special dye to make the skin and replicate the distinctive markings of the dangerous snake," according to the Daily Mail.
As it turned out, none of the kids at the birthday party were afraid of the snake. Instead, they fought over who was going to eat the head.
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