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

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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An Eco-Friendly Startup Is Converting Banana Peels Into Fabric for Clothes
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A new startup has found a unique way to tackle pollution while simultaneously supporting sustainable fashion. Circular Systems, a “clean-tech new materials company,” is transforming banana byproducts, pineapple leaves, sugarcane bark, and flax and hemp stalk into natural fabrics, according to Fast Company.

These five crops alone meet more than twice the global demand for fibers, and the conversion process provides farmers with an additional revenue stream, according to the company’s website. Fashion brands like H&M and Levi’s are already in talks with Circular Systems to incorporate some of these sustainable fibers into their clothes.

Additionally, Circular Systems recycles used clothing to make new fibers, and another technology called Orbital spins those textile scraps and crop byproducts together to create a durable type of yarn.

People eat about 100 billion bananas per year globally, resulting in 270 million tons of discarded peels. (Americans alone consume 3.2 billion pounds of bananas annually.) Although peels are biodegradable, they emit methane—a greenhouse gas—during decomposition. Crop burning, on the other hand, is even worse because it causes significant air pollution.

As Fast Company points out, using leaves and bark to create clothing may seem pretty groundbreaking, but 97 percent of the fibers used in clothes in 1960 were natural. Today, that figure is only 35 percent.

However, Circular Systems has joined a growing number of fashion brands and textile companies that are seeking out sustainable alternatives. Gucci has started incorporating a biodegradable material into some of its sunglasses, Bolt Threads invented a material made from mushroom filaments, and pineapple “leather” has been around for a couple of years now.

[h/t Fast Company]

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New Plant-Based Coating Can Keep Your Avocados Fresh for Twice as Long
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Thanks to a food technology startup called Apeel Sciences, eating fresh avocados will soon be a lot easier. The Bill Gates–backed company has developed a coating designed to keep avocados fresh for up to twice as long as traditional fruit, Bloomberg reports, and these long-lasting avocados will soon be available at 100 grocery stores across the Midwestern U.S. Thirty or so of the grocery stores involved in the limited rollout of the Apeel avocado will be Costcos, so feel free to buy in bulk.

Getting an avocado to a U.S. grocery store is more complicated than it sounds; the majority of avocados sold in the U.S. come from California or Mexico, making it tricky to get fruit to the Midwest or New England at just the right moment in an avocado’s life cycle.

Apeel’s coating is made of plant material—lipids and glycerolipids derived from peels, seeds, and pulp—that acts as an extra layer of protective peel on the fruit, keeping water in and oxygen out, and thus reducing spoilage. (Oxidation is the reason that your sliced avocados and apples brown after they’ve been exposed to the air for a while.) The tasteless coating comes in a powder that fruit producers mix with water and then dip their fruit into.

A side-by-side comparison of a coated and uncoated avocado after 30 days, with the uncoated avocado looking spoiled and the coated one looking fresh
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According to Apeel, coating a piece of produce in this way can keep it fresh for two to three times longer than normal without any sort of refrigeration or preservatives. This not only allows consumers a few more days to make use of their produce before it goes bad, reducing food waste, but can allow producers to ship their goods to farther-away markets without refrigeration.

Avocados are the first of Apeel's fruits to make it to market, but there are plans to debut other Apeel-coated produce varieties in the future. The company has tested its technology on apples, artichokes, mangoes, and several other fruits and vegetables.

[h/t Bloomberg]

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