They may look scary, but they’re dead tasty

Severed toes and ears, dragon teeth and armpit hair were among the items that a mum-of-two took to Number 10 Downing Street yesterday.

Natasha Collins was there to take part in an event by author Nick Hornby’s charity the Ministry of Stories, which encourages children to use their imaginations.

The gruesome tidbits weren’t real, of course – they were in fact cakes in disguise.

The 42-year-old, of Egerton Road, Berkhamsted, has been making them for the past five years.

She said: “Some people say it’s horrible, but I can see it as a piece of art.”

The toes – which would usually retail at £4.50 each – were given to children at Number 10 for free.

Her cakes were used during a monster’s tea party – so, the cakes were disguised as the kind of things monsters would eat.

She said: “Children love stuff like this – they love anything a bit gruesome.”

Prime Minister David Cameron, however, was not at the tea party.

Mrs Collins said: “The kids just tuck in and eat it. Sometimes adults are a bit squeamish about it – and I think he probably would not want that photo opportunity.”

Mrs Collins makes her cakes by baking biscuits and covering them with fondant painted with food colours.

She has also made them for events like the Kerrang music awards, where they were made to look like used cigarette butts – complete with lipstick markings on the end.

She said: “I kind of like the challenge to make sure they look as real as you can get them, but that they taste great too.”