There's a lot to love about The Silence of the Lambs — even if I find the much grittier, sleazier Manhunter to be a better movie overall. Jonathan Demme's version of Thomas Harris' 1988 novel of the same name features great performances by Jodie Foster as the determined FBI trainee who hunts Anthony Hopkins' eccentric, cannibalistic doctor. The movie also made Oscar history as the first horror film to take home a Best Picture Academy Award (a fact argued by some fans).
Hopkins hamming it up is fun, but the real star in my eyes is Ted Levine, who plays murderer "Buffalo Bill." The character actor with a distinctive voice isn't as terrifying as Tom Noonan in Manhunter (he played a different Harris serial killer), but he's menacing in his own right — especially when (spoiler) it's revealed that the cross-dressing killer is stitching a skin suit using the flesh of his victims.
Annabel de Vetten of Conjurer's Kitchen paid homage to Buffalo Bill with a morbid cake for Birmingham's Shock and Gore in the U.K. It's a vanilla cake, with dark chocolate ganache and black cherry filling. Considering the gory reference, there's a surprising finesse to the design. I also appreciate how she tried to make the skin look like it came from different victims.
Check out more custom cake creations from Conjurer's Kitchen over here. Here's some music from Silence of the Lambs to accompany your next slice of cake. [Spotted via Neatorama]