Gross Out Cakes

gross out cakesI like my food to look like, well, food. Beyond that, I want it to look tasty, as well. But for some people this isn’t the case and┬áthe appeal of turning out a cake that tastes good but can gross out your friends, family and coworkers once in a while is hard to resist. The Gross Out Cakes Cookbook is pretty much the go-to source for recipes for cakes that look and sound┬álike something they’re not.

Since kids seem to be the biggest consumers of “gross-out” products in general, the book is geared towards them. Most of the recipes require some grown-up help, and there is certainly nothing to stop adults from making the cakes from start to finish without kids. The recipes are easy and, keeping the focus both kid-friendly and primarily on the decorations, many call for cake mixes (easily substituted with your own favorite cake recipe if you don’t want to go this route). The directions are presented in a picture-heavy, step-by-step format to try and ensure that you get the best (or worst, all things considered) results possible. Anyone up for Blood Clot Cake?


  1. My coworker just sent me the recipe for the kitty litter cake in a forward email!
    I love it!!
    Some of the other cakes look so cool too..

    Thanks for sharing them..

  2. Someone once tried to get me to “sculpt” some dips and spreads to look like things (a clown?!!) and I blurted out that I prefer not to humiliate my food. I didn’t mean to sound snooty, but come on!
    That being said I had a great time once making a birthday cake look like a giant plate of spaghetti with meatballs.

  3. My favorites have always been the severed body part cakes. You can’t beat bringing a bloodied and bludgeoned foot to the table after a fine meal!

    David B.

  4. made the kitty litter cake for my nephew’s birthday, he’s a vet!!!!

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