Ok I am weak, I simply can not wait until Halloween to post this beast, stopping just short on an online petition that gory cakes are not just for Halloween.
Barbara Jo is a legend in the Halloween cake world. She generally makes a bleeding heart cake for Halloween; sometimes the heart beats, and sometimes it’s anatomically correct. But then she did something really amazing – made an entire thoracic cavity cake.
Barbara Jo’s original plan was for each organ to be made out of a different kind of cake and to secrete a different color of fluid when it was cut into, but the organs didn’t bleed as well as she had hoped. FYI proposed organ-fluid pairing were as follows:
Heart – orange cake with raspberry sauce
Lungs – apple spice cake with strawberry sauce
Kidneys – orange cake with blueberry sauce
Stomach – ginger cake with mango sauce
Liver – chocolate cake with kiwi sauce
Small Intestine – jelly roll with red currant jelly
Full instructions on what she did and how to do it are on her web page, but it might be handy to have an anatomy book to hand.
As it turns out Barbara Ann is a bit of an all round baking legend. Looking on her website I was staggered at the creativity and skill in her baking – all with a pinch of strange. Here are some of the best..