Harper Collins just sent me a copy of Twisted Cakes, and I couldn’t wait to share it with you! While the “iced gravestone” and “can of worms” are great for a kids Halloween party – there are some seriously gruesome cakes in this book for teens and adults; as well as cakes for every occasion including an “ears to you, dear” severed ear in a Valentines Day box, an almost beating heart “twisted bridal cake”, and an axe murder’s “frosty split” to celebrate divorce.

Eyeball mini cakes and chop chop cakes. Photos by Bruce Fleming

Food Network Cake-Off contestant, Debbie Goard, has been coming up with these extraordinarily ghoulish confections, including “Siamese pigs”, “roach motel”, and my own personal favorite “eyeball mini cakes” for over 20 years now. She knew she was onto a winner when she sent the link from her Debbie Does Cakes website for promotion, and in return received a recommendation to “remove the dead-rat cake.” She’s been creating specialty cakes other shops would’t dare to ever since.

Twisted Cakes by Debbie Goard photo by Bruce Fleming

I immediately wanted to know what would possess Ms. Goard to dream (or nightmare) up these macabre delicacies? Each cake design entry begins with what inspired her – making the book an intriguing read in addition to the perfect how-to bible. Being a cake decorating simpleton, I was also relieved to find detailed step by step photos in addition to the fabulous photos of the completed cakes.

Lively candy and can of worms cakes. Photos by Bruce Fleming

You will need some specialty baking and decorating tools, so there will a financial investment beyond just the purchase of the book to succeed in creating these rather grotesque desserts, but they are all nicely listed for you in the front of the book, along with basic recipes and techniques. I recommend purchasing the hard copy over the digital, because it comes complete with templates for the fiendish creations.

Roach motel cake. Photo by Bruce Fleming

I’ve already shown you how Hollywood does decorating for Halloween, and now you know how to sweeten the deal, but what Halloween celebration would be complete without an ingenious costume? My friend Deborah Waugh gets my vote for best costume this year with her clever take on the surgery obsessed, Barbie wannabe, classic Hollywood bimbo. No plastic surgeon necessary. To get the look: all you need is a blond wig, false eyelashes, make-up for creating the bruises and stitches, bandages, wax lips, a form fitting dress, a couple big balloons, and a great imagination. Bravo Deb!

Best costume this year goes to the surgery obsessed, Barbie wannabe, classic Hollywood bimbo.

Yes, this is a sponsored post, but I received the book due to my own request for it. You can trust that I only write about products I love, and would never lead you astray. I received no other compensation for writing this review other than the joy of discovering a new creative endeavor to embark upon. I hope you will have as much fun with it, as I am already.

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  • October 27, 2012
    4:07 am

    I just showed my 14 year old budding chef these photos and all she kept saying is “wow!”
    Trust me its hard to impress a teenager these days 🙂

  • October 27, 2012
    8:51 am

    Hahaha – I know, isn’t it amazing how the sky’s the limit when it comes to coming up with bizarre cake designs and executing them (providing you have the imagination and skill)???

  • October 27, 2012
    10:58 pm

    It would be so fun to make cakes like these! I have to admit, I have always wanted to be able to make wedding cakes or “pretty” cakes of that kind. But, ghoulish, cakes, that would really be good for a giggle or two. Oh well, no need for any cakes here, other than the usual fruit cake come the holidays.

  • October 31, 2012
    8:54 am

    Jewels – the Roach Motel totally cured my appetite for the next month. Roaches are my #1 phobia. The cake was done a little TOO well, lol!

    What great photos and your friend’s costume – BRILLIANT!

    I love that you always include such amazing creative resources in your posts!

    And the ideas don’t ever stop here, they always overflow into the Forum – I’m such a lucky gal!

    Happy Halloween, everyone!!

  • October 31, 2012
    9:07 am

    Yeah, have to say – it’s a great way to cake diet!

  • October 31, 2012
    7:06 pm

    Brilliant cakes by Debbie Goard. What a talent!
    Loving your friend’s costume Jewels.

    For our celebrations during Halloween here in OZ, I took my family over to a neighboring suburb. The action was so alive and buzzing, I and my almost 8 month old son had a ball. Little could be said for my daughter who is almost 4. Dressed as a witch she was in tears once she took one look at her cousin’s cousin who wore a very ghostly costume. The mask sent her so shaken. I thought her sleep that night would be affected. Luckily she slept like an angel with no cries or screams of fright.

  • November 9, 2012
    5:09 am

    Very nice little website you got here.Mine ain’t that big, i just love to blog about my own cake recipes, check it out if you like.Ciao

  • November 9, 2012
    7:17 am

    Lovely article, you should write more often. I recently started a little blog myself about cakes and recipes, if you feel like it why not take a look.Cheers