Published On: Fri, Jun 24th, 2016

This US nurse makes incredibly realistic cakes

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  • Katherine Dey, 30, started baking as a hobby after she created a mushroom-covered tree stump cake 
  • The mother-of-two from Nunda, New York, studied illustration and sculpture before training as a nurse
  • The gory cakes include babies, severed heads, vital organs and even the odd dissected creature
  • Although it is currently a hobby, she said she would love to open a bakery 

As a registered nurse, Katherine Dey is accustomed to seeing human anatomy and organs close up.

But when she gets home to her log cabin in Nunda, New York, the 30-year-old sets to work at recreating them in the form of gory cakes.

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Katherine, who studied illustration and sculpture at Rhode Island School of Design and worked in robotics before training as a nurse, specializes in making cakes based on organs and human body parts.

This US nurse makes incredibly realistic cakes

Gory: Katherine Dey, 30, started baking gory cakes, such as the one pictured, as a hobby after she created a mushroom-covered tree stump cake

Blood-soaked: The mother-of-two from Nunda, New York, who studied illustration and sculpture before training as a nurse, creates super realistic cakes, pictured

Blood-soaked: The mother-of-two from Nunda, New York, who studied illustration and sculpture before training as a nurse, creates super realistic cakes, pictured

Bold: Her previous cakes include babies, pictured, severed heads, vital organs and dissected creatures

Bold: Her previous cakes include babies, pictured, severed heads, vital organs and dissected creatures

Detailed: The mother-of-two freezes cakes, pictured, during the process to ensure the most realistic results

Detailed: The mother-of-two freezes cakes, pictured, during the process to ensure the most realistic results

The mother-of-two first started making cakes a few years ago as a hobby. Her first project was a mushroom-covered tree stump before she moved on to gorier subject matters.

She told Daily Mail Online: ‘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.’

As well as nursing and baking, she is also married, has two daughters aged four and six months and numerous pets which makes fitting everything in a balancing act.

She said: ‘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.’

At the moment she makes cakes for fun but she said she would like to turn it into a business.

Talented: Katherine, pictured with a muscle-painted arm, said it started as a hobby but she would like to open a bakery in the future

Talented: Katherine, pictured with a muscle-painted arm, said it started as a hobby but she would like to open a bakery in the future

Grotesque: Katherine, whose cake is pictured, said she likes making people feel multiple emotions in one go

Grotesque: Katherine, whose cake is pictured, said she likes making people feel multiple emotions in one go

Acquired taste: She said she enjoys making cakes look unappetizing but taste delicious

Acquired taste: She said she enjoys making cakes look unappetizing but taste delicious

Disturbing: Despite their sometimes shocking designs, such as the baby cake pictured, Katherine said nobody has ever refused to eat her cakes

Disturbing: Despite their sometimes shocking designs, such as the baby cake pictured, Katherine said nobody has ever refused to eat her cakes

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.’

She said she likes making creations that make people feel multiple emotions in one go.

‘I am inspired by a lot of things. I love that strange feeling I get when something looks real but it isn’t,’ she told BuzzFeed. ‘Or when a cake doesn’t look particularly appetizing but it is a cake and it tastes delicious…

‘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.’

Despite her grotesque designs, she said nobody has ever refused to eat her cakes.

Distressing: Katherine said making cakes, such as the one pictured, is a 'fun challenge'

Distressing: Katherine said making cakes, such as the one pictured, is a ‘fun challenge’

Deadline: She said time constraints of being an edible product makes makes creating cakes, such as the one pictured, exciting

Deadline: She said time constraints of being an edible product makes makes creating cakes, such as the one pictured, exciting

Graphic: During the start of the creation process, Katherine decides on the look of the cake, such as the one pictured

Graphic: During the start of the creation process, Katherine decides on the look of the cake, such as the one pictured

Shocking: After baking the cake, such as the one pictured, Katherine freezes it so she can carve it

Shocking: After baking the cake, such as the one pictured, Katherine freezes it so she can carve it

Explaining her cake making process, she told Vice that it is a ‘fun challenge’ for her because as an edible product it has to be completed within a certain amount of time and afterwards she enjoys giving people cake.

First she decides on a look for the cake then selects her materials.

She normally bakes the cakes then freezes them so she can carve it and then freezes again before setting to work on details with either chocolate, marzipan or fondant.

Afterwards she paints the surface with colors made from frosting mixture and food coloring.

She is currently working on her a how-to video after getting requests from people wanting to know how she does it.

Production line: After carving, Katherine, whose work is pictured, then freezes the cakes again

Production line: After carving, Katherine, whose work is pictured, then freezes the cakes again

Disturbing: She then setting to work on details of the cakes, such as this head, pictured, with either chocolate, marzipan or fondant

Disturbing: She then setting to work on details of the cakes, such as this head, pictured, with either chocolate, marzipan or fondant

Painstaking: She finally paints the surface with colors made from frosting mixture and food coloring to produce effects such as this cake, pictured

Painstaking: She finally paints the surface with colors made from frosting mixture and food coloring to produce effects such as this cake, pictured

Teaching: Katherine is working on her a how-to video to show others how to make cakes like hers, pictured Read more:

Teaching: Katherine is working on her a how-to video to show others how to make cakes like hers, pictured
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