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10 Bloody, Gory, and Delectably Evil Horror-Themed Cakes

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Between the scorching hot ovens and easy-to-mess-up chemical reactions, many people find baking to be simply horrifying. While experienced bakers may not be afraid of these challenges, they still understand that cakes can be the things of nightmares, particularly around Halloween. Here are some of the most wonderfully creepy Halloween cakes ever baked.

Thorax

This thorax cake by Barbara Jo of Do It Myself might just be the most labor intensive horror cake ever made, but that hard work was definitely worth it, given that it might also be the most delicious. Each organ has its own cake flavor and sauce. The heart is orange cake with raspberry sauce, the stomach is made from orange cake and mango sauce and the intestines are jelly rolls with red currant jelly. Lest you worry that the whole thing isn’t actually edible, relax — even the bones are made from delicious white chocolate.

Killer Rats

Barbara Jo is quite the horror cake master, as she also whipped up this delightfully gory treat. While it might not shoot out colored filling like the thorax cake, it is still a work of art. The details on this cake are simply amazing, from the spun sugar fur on the rats to the hard candy bones.

Heart

Here’s another shocking anatomic cake, this one created by The Fondant Fairy and photographed by Spud-ography. While it presumably contains a decent amount of fondant given the creator’s name, I can’t find out more information on the cake itself, like what flavor it is.

Oozing Brains

With chocolate candy melts, blood-red caramel sauce, and raspberry cake, these oozing brain cupcakes by Flickr user xsomnis not only look intimidating, they also sound delicious.

Zombie Hand

How do you turn a gourmet Grand Marnier flourless chocolate cake into something dark and scary? Just add some marzipan and almond hands like Desserts By Candy did.

Silent Hill

Fans of the Silent Hill video game series know just how creepy the bandaged nurse figures are, which is why they were so perfect as decoration for the Freak Show auditions for Alice Cooper's massive Halloween show last year. Mamma Jamma Cakes made the nurse from 6 stacked chocolate cakes surrounded by fondant that had been pressed with textured bandages, giving it the appearance of decaying medical bandages.

Walking Dead

Atlanta bakery Sweets to the Sweet made this Walking Dead cake adorned with the iconic scene from the series as a birthday cake for one of the show's cast members. While it’s hard to tell from the image here, the cake actually does bulge out towards the top thanks to the array of zombies pushing on it.

Nightmare On Elm Street

What better way to commemorate your big horror movie convention than with a giant scary cake? This Nightmare On Elm Street cake was created for the Spooky Empire Ultimate Horror Weekend held in Florida last year and was photographed by Flickr user insidethemagic.

Evil Dead

This year’s Spooky Empire Ultimate Horror Weekend had an equally epic cake, this time based around The Evil Dead trilogy, and also photographed by insidethemagic. While the cakes were comparable in their quality, this one had the distinct advantage of being cut by the chainsaw-wielding star of the movie series.

Ozzy Osbourne as Frankenstein

It might not be as creepy or bloody as many of the others here, but Frankenozzy most definitely fits in with the rest of these dark cakes. Made by the legendary Charm City Cakes team from the Ace of Cakes TV show, the merging of Ozzy with one of literature’s most classic monsters is simply brilliant and looks surprisingly realistic.
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I know some of you Flossers are probably going to host Halloween parties this year. Are any of you planning to include a scary cake on the menu? If so, what are your plans for the design?

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This Game About Soup Highlights How Tricky Language Is
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Soup, defined by Merriam-Webster as "a liquid food especially with a meat, fish, or vegetable stock as a base and often containing pieces of solid food," is the ultimate simple comfort food. But if you look closer at the definition, you'll notice it's surprisingly vague. Is ramen soup? What about gumbo? Is a soy vanilla latte actually a type of three-bean soup? The subjectivity of language makes this simple food category a lot more complicated than it seems.

That’s the inspiration behind Something Something Soup Something, a new video game that has players label dishes as either soup or not soup. According to Waypoint, Italian philosopher, architect, and game designer Stefano Gualeni created the game after traveling the world asking people what constitutes soup. After interviewing candidates of 23 different nationalities, he concluded that the definition of soup "depends on the region, historical period, and the person with whom you're speaking."

Gualeni took this real-life confusion and applied it to a sci-fi setting. In Something Something Soup Something, you play as a low-wage extra-terrestrial worker in the year 2078 preparing meals for human clientele. Your job is to determine which dishes pass as "soup" and can be served to the hungry guests while avoiding any items that may end up poisoning them. Options might include "rocks with celery and batteries in a cup served with chopsticks" or a "foamy liquid with a candy cane and a cooked egg served in a bowl with a fork."

The five-minute game is meant to be tongue-in-cheek, but Gualeni also hopes to get people thinking about real philosophical questions. According to its description page, the game is meant to reveal "that even a familiar, ordinary concept like 'soup' is vague, shifting, and impossible to define exhaustively."

You can try out Something Something Soup Something for free on your browser.

[h/t Waypoint]

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