Katherine Dey bakes really gory cakes that will surely keep you awake at night.
Everyone loves cake. It is one of our favorite desserts and honestly they taste like heaven. Katherine Dey is a 30-year-old registered nurse from upstate New York and she has a lot of experience of being around human anatomy and organs up close.
Once she gets back home, the mother-of-two goes back home and starts working at recreating the human organs in the form of cakes. Dey studied illustration and sculpture at Rhode Island School of Design and has also worked in robotics before starting her career as a nurse.
She started off with baking a few years ago as a hobby and her first project was a mushroom-covered tree stump, and later on, she moved into more gory subjects. In an interview with Daily Mail, Dey said, "I started off making a mushroom cake for my mushroom club, Rochester Area Mycological Association. I made them a tree stump covered in Lycoperdon pyriforme or puff balls. I remember carving the puff balls out of marshmallows. It was so much fun, cake making really became a hobby after that."
Dey added, "It is always a struggle to find time to do everything. I am working as a nurse, married with two kids, a new puppy, and 30 chickens. So I keep my supplies on hand and I work whenever I can." Presently, she bakes for fun but said that she will love to turn it into a business in the near future. She said, "I would love to open a bakery. I love the whole process of making these cakes and if it were possible I would do it full time."
Hercules Beetle Grub cake made by Katherine Dey pic.twitter.com/E7GIpuf3Rf— ruby weapon (@clownpond) January 23, 2020
In a separate interview with Buzzfeed News, Dey said, "I am inspired by a lot of things. I love that strange feeling I get when something looks real but it isn’t. Or when a cake doesn’t look particularly appetizing but it is a cake and it tastes delicious... "
She continued, "I like to make people feel two conflicting things at once. The subjects I choose are things that have interested me forever, be it anatomy, mushrooms, or portraiture." Even though her designs are on the gory side, Dey said that nobody has ever refused to eat her creations. Check out some of her creations below.
Katherine Dey started making these cakes as a creative outlet during nursing school pic.twitter.com/AQtr6fZBth— Insider (@thisisinsider) April 20, 2019