The internet was broken by a TV baker with his huge hospital patient cake. He had to stop posting images on Instagram because his fans don’t know what is real anymore.
The stunning optical illusion cakes of Bake King Ben Cullen are so real that some people thought their newborn daughter was actually edible. He shared a photo to celebrate her birth.
Ex-tattoo artist who now lives in Chester has received a lot of requests from Jonathan Cheban, Meghan McKenna, and Rita Ora since her appearance on Channel 4’s Extreme Cake Makers.
He is a master of life’s designs. His human-sized hospital patient was a cake, and he left people speechless.
Ben, a 30-year-old artist, created the masterpiece in Slowthai’s music video Feel Away.
The dad claims that his creations are so real, he can’t post photos of his daily life because people don’t believe it is possible to create anything.
He spoke to the Silver Screen Beat: “This is the problem isn’t it?
“Because I can’t upload anything, I made a bed.
“My Instagram is an example. It was my Instagram, but now it is taken over by cakes.
“I used to post pictures of just me with my friends going out on a Friday night and that can’t happen anymore because people are staring at it like hang on a minute.
“Apart from cakes, I don’t post anything that isn’t really important to me. Willow was, however, a lot of people thought she was a cake.”
The dad showed off his beautiful daughter – Willow Grace Cullen – to the world with an Instagram post earlier this year and revealed her staggering size – making it even harder to believe that she wasn’t a cake.
He wrote: “She is just the most incredible thing I have ever seen in my life, I’m the luckiest man in the world! Willow was born 31/05/21 weighing 9.1 what a chunk!”
One user responded with: “Cake or baby?”
Another person commented: “For a second I thought this was a cake.”
While another replied: “Oh, I thought this was another cake.”
Ben’s admiration was shared by many others. “best creation yet”Willow was said to be getting the “most amazing birthday cakes ever”.
When asked how the success of his cake business has helped him support his family, he stated: “When my first start, I was a bit reckless and younger. It was a risk that was worth taking.
“It’s a very difficult industry to create a business out of compared to the hours that you put in – there are way more well paid more secure industries that you can get into.
“For example, I used to be a graphic designer before that. It’s a rewarding career where you can sit at a computer and have fun. You’ll also get good pay and security.
“Whereas cake decorating can be a very harsh industry because of the levels of competition but luckily for me I have managed to find a bit of a niche.
“But it’s definitely not an easy job for the money you get paid because to be able to support your family you have to give up everything, all of your hours, to make sure it’s perfect.”
Ben’s pieces, such as the one he made for his hospital patient, can be expensive in ingredients and can take up to a week to make.
He said he has found it “very hard”To balance Willow’s time and his increasing workload.
“Everyone knows how hard I work and how little I see them [ family and friends ] because of the hours,”He said.
“I’m on my own – in a world of my own, getting on with the cakes.”
He also added: “Willow is only just coming up to six months old now but as she’s getting older she’s getting more responsive – such as her face when I walk in the room.
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“It’s going to be very difficult to concentrate and work when I know I can just pop back in.”
He is a former tattooist and bakes his cakes at a local studio.
He stated: “Whilst I was tattooing someone her mum who was a cake decorator was there holding her hand and she started showing me bits on a phone, like little fondant figures that were cake toppers. They just looked like little toys and again it was an art form that I hadn’t really tried.
“It was something I hadn’t done before. I never thought of cake decorating as an art form. However, when I saw those tiny figures I thought “wow that’s so cool.” I was hooked and haven’t stopped trying it since. It became my obsession.”
Ben stated that his previous job helped him improve his baking skills.
“That steady hand that you perfect for tattooing – it has come in massively helpful for me with the cakes because I’m able to execute smaller,”He added.
However, Ben is happy to acknowledge that his mom helped him begin his baking journey.
“It’s phenomenal what has happened to me because it was a bit of a joke at first.
“It was something I wanted to do. It was my boyfriend’s and my mom’s birthday, and I knew I wanted to try it.
“But I didn’t know how to bake a cake so I had to ring my mum!”
Ben hasn’t looked back since then, and despite the hours spent creating each cake, the father stated that his favorite moment was when his client has eaten it.
He also added: “Especially with the illusion cakes – which look the least like cakes, they are the best ones to cut because it’s like a shocking reveal when it doesn’t look like a cake.
“It’s like a magician performing magic tricks.”
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