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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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Food Going Bad? How to Set the Correct Temperature For Your Fridge
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Depending on the size of your household, your grocery bill can sometimes outpace utility costs or other expenses, making it one of the biggest monthly expenditures in your budget. If you've spent that money on organic, fresh produce, watching it go bad faster than it should can be a frustrating experience.

If your lettuce is getting icy or your meat is smelling a little fishy, the problem might be your refrigerator's temperature setting. While many newer fridge models have digital thermometers that make checking for the correct temperature easy—it should be right around 37°F, with your freezer at 0°F—others have a manual dial that offers ambiguous settings numbered from one to five or one to 10.

Fortunately, there's an easy way to make the knob match your ideal climate. Refrigerator thermometers are available at home goods stores or online and provide a digital readout of the refrigerator's interior that's usually accurate within 1°F. Leave the thermometer on the middle shelf to get the correct reading.

Once you have the appliance set, be sure to check it periodically to make sure it's maintaining that temperature. Packing too much food on your shelves, for example, tends to make the interior warmer. If the coils need to be cleaned, it might be retaining more heat. Kept at a steady 37°F, your food should remain fresh, safe, and perfectly cold.

 

[h/t Reader's Digest]

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Voodoo Doughnut Is Coming to the East Coast (Finally!)
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Voodoo Doughnut, the beloved Portland purveyor of creative pastries, is finally coming to the East Coast. The company is opening a shop at the Universal Orlando Resort in Florida, according to Travel + Leisure.

The original Voodoo Doughnut opened in Portland, Oregon in 2003. An early adopter of the maple-bacon dessert trend, it became famous for its Maple Bacon Bar and has since added doughnuts that incorporate other quirky flavors like bubble gum dust, Tang, and Fruit Loops. (At one point, the company sold doughnuts glazed with NyQuil, as well as one called a Vanilla Pepto Crushed Tums doughnut, but both of those have been discontinued by order of the health department.) Several of its unique flavors have also been turned into beers by the Oregon-based Rogue Ale.

A chocolate doughnut with a candy skull inside the hole.
A Dia de los Muertos-themed doughnut
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The popular Portland location usually features a line out the door and down the block, and the company now has outposts in Eugene, Denver, Austin, and Los Angeles. It has such a cult following that the stores will not just provide doughnuts for your wedding—they will host the ceremony. Now, East Coast doughnut lovers will be able to get in on the action, too.

The Universal Orlando CityWalk store has opened already, but it’s still in preview mode, meaning the hours can vary, and there's no guarantee it will be open every day. When it officially opens later this spring, it will be serving up more than 50 types of doughnuts seven days a week from 7 a.m. to midnight, and until 1 a.m. on weekends.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

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