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Well, here's a cake in the shape of 'Downton Abbey's Dowager Countess

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Maggie Smith
Nick Brigg; Courtesy Karen Portaleo

Someone has created the sweetest likeness out of Downton Abbey‘s tartest dame. For the show’s fifth season premiere at Fox Theater in Atlanta, local baker and chocolate-artist Karen Portaleo created an eerily human-like cake of the Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith).

According to People, the somewhat creepy confection is made of vanilla cake—soaked in Earl Grey tea, fittingly—and buttercream frosting. It took lifelong baker Portaleo, 50, 18 hours to bake, assemble, and “paint” her immaculately detailed tribute to the character. Portaleo told Today.com that Downton Abbey consultant Alastair Bruce said her cake was “so very American.” Portaleo agreed, laughing, “It is very American to create a human out of cake.”

Judging from Portaleo’s Instagram, it was a hit among guests at the premiere.