Katherine Dey is a 30-year-old registered nurse from upstate New York. She has a very interesting talent that’s she’s turned into a creative hobby.
She makes totally edible cakes that take on very unique forms, like this “brain” with the stem attached
Dey started making cakes a few years ago, with her first being a tree stump covered by mushrooms. Since then, she has progressed into other areas.
She’s made everything, from cakes that look like human organs…
… to this very realistic-looking lamprey.
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. 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. I love portraiture.
Making a portrait of someone helps me to really see them. I love the details.
She said that when it comes to making her creations, a lot of time and effort is put into the design to make sure the cakes don’t fall apart.
Dey said that the responses to her cakes are varied. “The reaction is usually a strong one,” she said. “Some people are excited about them, some people are a little disgusted.”
“I like to make people feel two conflicting things at once,” she added.
She also added that no matter how much people are turned off by the cakes, they still enjoy her work. “I have to say no matter how disgusted some people may be, in the end no one has refused to eat the cake,” she said.
Dey is now making a cake tutorial video so she can share the process of her art with the world.
Whether they are loved or loathed, these cakes are bound to get some kind of reaction.