You can literally have your own cake custom-designed to look like this for Thanksgiving.
Sarah Hardy goes by many names. Some call her the 'Baker from Hell' and others, a 'diabolical genius.' This British baker has a knack of preparing cakes and chocolates that are unique, gory-looking, and straight-up wild. Have you ever tasted, or even thought of, chocolates that look like a human brain? Do you fancy a sweetmeat that might resemble a pig's heart? You got all that and more at Sarah's enterprise—The Edible Museum. “I love what I do. I get to be curious and create intriguing things out of delicious chocolate and this makes me happy. I get to make things that look like things that aren’t tasty… and then they are tasty. It’s a definite thing,” Sarah writes on her official page.
For those in her local community, she is almost a household name when it comes to baking. Of late, she has gone viral for baking what is being called a 'raw turkey cake'. It sounds just as it looks—pretty revolting—but you can't imagine the work that went into it. “I used to be a sculptor and when I had children I stopped being able to work in the way I had – eventually it just popped out in cake form because with kids you get to have birthday parties. I do love a celebration!” Sarah told Bored Panda. “I love being called a genius!” she added. “But it’s not true, I just have funny ideas and am prepared to fiddle for ages until I get the right effect. Many people don’t understand why one would want to make something that looks like a raw turkey… it is admittedly not for everyone.”
In case you're really perplexed right now, don't worry, the turkey cake is not an actual raw skinned turkey. It's a carefully designed and decorated cake made from four layers of sponge layered with buttercream icing that gives the cake a realistic pinkish skin tone. “Honestly, I was making weird stuff all the way through my life – you should see some of my teenage sculptures with hair sprouting out of vertebrae and bulbous stretchy feet. But the real reason it got ‘odd’ was probably frustration. I had been making wedding cakes, trying to make real, proper cakes. And I started to add the odd brown petal or insect to the beautiful sugar flowers. I don’t even know if all the brides knew… Then finally I was fed up with making cakes that looked like what other top designers were doing and made something more akin to a Dutch still life with snails crawling all over – I also love still life and Moments Mori. Beauty and death altogether,” Sarah told the outlet.
All of Sarah's chocolates are hand made and hand-painted from the UK. You can buy them online and your gift can be shipped across the world. Each item is a unique, edible artwork that is crafted with high-quality Belgian couverture chocolate for a wonderful taste. “When you’re buying chocolate or a cake, you tend to be giving it to someone as a present and you want to give them an experience, not just a taste experience but the experience of surprise and a little bit of joy as well. But most of the ideas are just things that I love. I’m just interested in natural history, internal organs, historical artifacts. If I like it and it’s cool, I’ll just make it edible,” the baker told Dessert Insider.
A cake like this with all its elaborate finesse and specifications will cost you around $600 to order from Sarah. To give the impression of plucked skin, she placed small dots of marzipan all over the cake. It's actually the final layer on the turkey, after which lies a string around its 'legs' and she even painted some more details with a food dye. Just before serving, a syrup is glazed on the cake to give it a regal and shiny appearance, waiting to be devoured. Those interested in attempting to make this cake for themselves can check out a link to a tutorial and a video for the same as well.