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When art, philanthropy and cupcakes combine

These are not just cupcakes – they’re works of art

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When art, philanthropy and cupcakes combine

October 19 2011
Sibéal Pounder

Standing proud among the gaggle of shops that make up the more “old-school” stretch of Soho’s Brewer Street, Cox Cookies & Cakes – the avant-garde cupcake shop founded by fashion designer Patrick Cox and French patisserie chef Eric Lanlard – will be offering a taste of philanthropy until November 15, in aid of human-rights organisation Amnesty International.

Wittily titled Amnestea, the range of cupcakes (£4 each) – available in Madagascan vanilla and triple Valrhona chocolate – come courtesy of a host of artists, including Marc Quinn, Tracey Emin, Sam Taylor-Wood and Sue Webster, who have each fashioned the cupcakes with mini artworks.

Marc Quinn’s “Telescope Dilated Desire” cupcake (second picture), for example, features a large, eye-like sponge atop swirls of baby blue and white icing, while Sam Taylor-Wood’s eye-popping scarlet design, “Cuppy Cuppy Cupcake You’re My Sweetie Pie” (first picture), is topped with what could pass for a palm-sized photograph of one of her typically surreal figurative works.

To further sweeten the deal, £1 from every cupcake sold will be donated to Amnesty.