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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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Don't Have Space For a Christmas Tree? Decorate a Pineapple Instead
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Christmas trees aren't for everyone. Some people can't fit a fir inside their cramped abodes, while others are turned off by the expense, or by the idea of bugs hitchhiking their way inside. Fake trees are always an option, but a new trend sweeping Instagram—pineapples as mini-Christmas "trees"—might convince you to forego the forest vibe for a more tropical aesthetic.

As Thrillist reports, the pineapple-as-Christmas-tree idea appears to have originated on Pinterest before it, uh, ripened into a social media sensation. Transforming a pineapple into a Halloween “pumpkin” requires carving and tea lights, but to make the fruit festive for Christmas all one needs are lights, ornaments, swaths of garland, and any other tiny tchotchkes that remind you of the holidays. The final result is a tabletop decoration that's equal parts Blue Hawaii and Miracle on 34th Street.

In need of some decorating inspiration? Check out a variety of “Christmas tree” pineapples below.

[h/t Thrillist]

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A Pitless Avocado Wants to Keep You Safe From the Dreaded 'Avocado Hand'
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The humble avocado is a deceptively dangerous fruit. Some emergency room doctors have recently reported an uptick in a certain kind of injury—“avocado hand,” a knife injury caused by clumsily trying to get the pit out of an avocado with a knife. There are ways to safely pit an avocado (including the ones likely taught in your local knife skills class, or simply using a spoon), but there’s also another option. You could just buy one that doesn’t have a pit at all, as The Telegraph reports.

British retailer Marks & Spencer has started selling cocktail avocados, a skinny, almost zucchini-like type of avocado that doesn’t have a seed inside. Grown in Spain, they’re hard to find in stores (Marks & Spencer seems to be the only place in the UK to have them), and are only available during the month of December.

The avocados aren’t genetically modified, according to The Independent. They grow naturally from an unpollinated avocado blossom, and their growth is stunted by the lack of seed. Though you may not be able to find them in your local grocery, these “avocaditos” can grow wherever regular-sized Fuerte avocados grow, including Mexico and California, and some specialty producers already sell them in the U.S. Despite the elongated shape, they taste pretty much like any other avocado. But you don’t really need a knife to eat them, since the skin is edible, too.

If you insist on taking your life in your hand and pitting your own full-sized avocado, click here to let us guide you through the process. No one wants to go to the ER over a salad topping, no matter how delicious. Safety first!

[h/t The Telegraph]

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