Yay! It's my turn to present an offering for the Creepy Cake and Bake! I love being in the kitchen, and between schedules and deadlines and stuff, I don't get there as often as I'd like. This little event made me make time to bake again. Vin, the Mert and I had a blast making...
The Catacomb Cake!
When I first signed up, I batted some ideas around: an alien, Miss Havisham's cake--OMGosh, that WOULD be cool, wouldn't it?! Something to file away for next year or a birthday party >:) Anyway, having thought about creepy and things I like, I settled on catacombs. But I wanted to do creepy AND beautiful...
|Humble beginnings... NOT pictured--eggywegs for meringue bones!|
|The bones are a Martha Stewart idea--she's so clever. Only prob was...|
|...how to place them? There were lots of scrape offs and broken bits :(|
|Meringues are delicate but delish! They MELT in your mouth--YUM! To make...|
|I made femur-y looking bones, a skull and some rib bones, then arranged them.|
|I Victorianized it with black BLACK frosting and gold and glittery jet sprinkles.|
|There's only one real issue when you use that much food coloring...|
Inspirations? Have a look at this. The Sedlec Ossuary is a destination on my bucket list. That, and now having read The Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I MUST see Prauge...
|A skeleton sculpture at the Sedlec Ossuary in Kutna Hora|
And then there's this place...
|Bone and mummy decorations at the Capuchin Catacombs in Salermo|
...another location on my list. I would think it would be incredibly creepy walking through a place like this (maybe even more than Kutna Hora as this has actual bodies leering out at you from the walls). The Sleeping Beauty (a very sad story) also rests here...
I also wanted to somehow incorporate a Victorian sensibility to my cake. I always loved mourning jewelry. Raz (DH), if you're reading this, my birthday is coming up soon--how about this for a pressie?
|A beautiful Victorian skeleton mourning ring.|
Making art with bones isn't all ancient history. Look one of artist Francois Robert's beautiful statement pieces on the consequences of violence...
Have a happy, peaceful and safe Halloween!
VOTE FOR NAT!!!
The Creepy Cake-N-Bake-a-Thon is ON! Vote for your favorite entry by commenting below. You can comment on EVERY Cake N Bake post, one entry per post, for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate from Barnes and Noble or an official Creepy Cake N Bake doll! Please include your email in order to be entered to win.
Trophies will be awarded on Halloween for the top creeptastic creations. Winners will be chosen by our special Celebrity Judge, Adam Rex, author of such deliciously creepy creations such as FAT VAMPIRE, FRANKENSTEIN TAKES THE CAKE, FRANKENSTEIN MAKES A SANDWICH, and PSSST!
Check the list of contestants and their post dates so you don't miss any of the fun:
Mon Oct. 3 - http://www.saundramitchell.com/blog Saundra Mitchell
Wed Oct 5 - staceyjayya.blogspot.com Stacey Jay
Friday Oct 7 - http://bostonerin.livejournal.com/ Erin Dionne
Saturday Oct 8 - www.mybignose.blogspot.com Sydney Salter
Mon Oct 10 - http://brennayovanoff.com/posts/ Brenna Yovanoff
Wed Oct 12 - http://tarahudsonwrites.blogspot.com/ Tara Hudson
Friday Oct 14 - http://karenhealey.livejournal.com/ Karen Healey
Saturday Oct 15 - http://robinbridges.livejournal.com/ Robin BridgesMon Oct 17http://michellezink.com/ Michelle Zink
Wed Oct 19 - http://juliakarr.livejournal.com/ Julia Karr
Friday Oct 21 - http://veschwab.wordpress.com Victoria Schwab
Saturday Oct 22 - http://writegame.blogspot.com C.Lee McKenzie
Sunday Oct 23 - http://www.ekristinanderson.com/ Emily Kristin Morse
Mon Oct 24 - http://nataliezaman.blogspot.com/ Natalie Zaman
Wed Oct 26 - http://www.stephanieburgis.com/blog/ Stephanie Burgis
Friday Oct 28 - http://dawn-metcalf.livejournal.com/ Dawn Metcalf