“I like puns and I like buns,” says recipe author and Guardian food critic Eve O’Sullivan of the cookbook she’s written with her husband, Fenland Witch musician David O’Sullivan. Their new book, ‘Bake In Black’, draws influence from the world of rock to create edible tributes to music. There are a mouthwatering 58 recipes featured in the book – for cakes and brownies, biscuits and cookies, doughnuts, pies, tarts and desserts – each different, written with a band in mind, using plenty of punny humour.
You can taste Sex Pistols' 'God Save The Cream', Led Zeppelin's 'Glazed & Infused' or Meatloaf's 'Battenburg Out Of Hell' thanks to this tongue-in-cheek creation, which you can buy here. Below are some of its tastier offerings...
Name: Big Cheese
Reference: Nirvana – 'Big Cheese'
This double chocolate and passion fruit cheesecake takes its name from the B-side to Nirvana's debut single, 'Love Buzz', which in turn is a cover of Dutch rockers Shocking Blue. All these years later, the theories behind the smiley logo can be put to rest. That's clearly a sugar overdose face.
Name: Lemmy's Meringue Pie
Not so much about a song as a band-member, this one. It's dedicated to Motörhead singer and bassist, Lemmy, but it's not what you'd expect, given the name. No lemons here – it's a cider and black forest fruit meringue pie. They had to get the darkness in somewhere.
Name: God Save The Cream
Reference: Sex Pistols – 'God Save The Queen'
What's the way to celebrate John Lydon and his band of frothing, anarchistic punks? Make them an angel cake topped with delicate whipped cream, strawberries and blueberries, of course! That'll calm them down.
Name: Reign In Red Velvet
Reference: Slayer – 'Reign In Blood'
The only thing that isn't sickly sweet about this four-layer red velvet cake, topped with coconut buttercream, is the blood-like aspect of its interior. And, of course, the sanguine drips of the SLAYER branding. REDRUM works equally well, we hear.
Name: School's Out
Reference: Alice Cooper – 'School's Out'
This isn't really a case of where the cake matched the name – the O'Sullivans probably just wanted to replicate the stabbed heart on the front cover of Alice Cooper's 'School's Out'. It's an orange and cardamom marble cake with strawberry buttercream, in case you were wondering.
Name: Sweet Tooth Of Mine
Reference: Guns N' Roses, 'Sweet Child Of Mine'
Three separate tiers of honey, molasses and maple cake form this sugar implosion, named after Guns N' Roses' most recognisable hit. Actual guns-n-roses decor is optional, presumably.
Name: I Was Mint For Loving You
Reference: KISS – 'I Was Made For Loving You'
These white chocolate brownies are seriously minty, which is weird considering the freshness of KISS' music. Their make-up has been achieved with icing pens, and on the white brownie, it echoes the album cover for 'Dynasty', the album 'IWMFLY' is drawn from.
Name: Rise Above
Reference: Black Flag – 'Rise Above'
Hardcore punks Black Flag are celebrated with hardcore... vegan loaves? They're covered in black poppy seeds – making them look slightly flag-like – and inside are avocado, almond, and lemon, which rise through baking powder, not yeast. Rebels.
Reference: Iron Maiden – 'Powerslave'
This is a "wholemeal and ale waffle stack cake with vanilla cheesecake ice cream and lemon caramel." If half of those words sound confusing, don't worry – that's probably effect of the pharaoh's gaze as he guards over his starchy pyramid. The pyramid is meant to reflect 'Powerslave''s Egypt-themed album cover. Go with it.