Dubbed as the baker from Hell, Sarah Hardy makes the most realistic, unique, goriest, craziest cakes and chocolates you will ever see.
Sarah Hardy is one baker whose talents seem like a direct gift from the Gods. Dubbed as the baker from Hell, this British baker makes the most realistic, unique, goriest, craziest cakes and chocolates you will ever see. On her page, The Edible Museum, she wrote, "I love what I do and I get to be curious too. I create intriguing things out of delicious chocolate and it makes me happy. I get to do the things that appear are not tasty. And then they are tasty. It’s a definite thing."
Although Hardy has been a popular name in the baking circle, she went viral earlier this year with her extremely realistic raw turkey cake. Yes, it does kinda look revolting but it's just so damn cool! In a conversation with Bored Panda, Hardy said, "I used to be a sculptor and when I had children I stopped being able to work in the way I had – eventually it just popped out in cake form because with kids you get to have birthday parties. I do love a celebration!"
Needless to say, this is not a real raw turkey, (no matter how convincing it looks) but a very meticulously baked cake. The cake is made out of four sponge-layers and the buttercream icing gives it a realistic pinkish tone. She said, "Honestly, I was making weird stuff all the way through my life – you should see some of my teenage sculptures with hair sprouting out of vertebrae and bulbous stretchy feet. But the real reason it got ‘odd’ was probably frustration. I had been making wedding cakes, trying to make real, proper cakes. And I started to add the odd brown petal or insect to the beautiful sugar flowers. I don’t even know if all the brides knew…"
She continued, "Then finally I was fed up with making cakes that looked like what other top designers were doing and made something more akin to a Dutch still life with snails crawling all over – I also love still life and Moments Mori. Beauty and death altogether." In another conversation with Insider, the talented baker quipped, "When you’re buying chocolate or a cake, you tend to be giving it to someone as a present and you want to give them an experience, not just a taste experience but the experience of surprise and a little bit of joy as well. But most of the ideas are just things that I love. I’m just interested in natural history, internal organs, historical artifacts. If I like it and it’s cool, I’ll just make it edible."
Although the cake looks absolutely amazing, it is very hard to make. Priced at $600, this cake takes days to bake. She said, "I love being called a genius! But it’s not true, I just have funny ideas and am prepared to fiddle for ages until I get the right effect. Many people don’t understand why one would want to make something that looks like a raw turkey… it is admittedly not for everyone.”
In order to give the impression of plucked skin, she puts small dots of marzipan all over her design, and in the final design, she puts a string around the turkey’s legs and paints some more details with a food dye. Before she serves her masterpiece, she uses a syrup graze on the cake to give it a shiny appearance. If you want to bake the cake yourself, you can check out this tutorial, but be warned, it's a tough feat to achieve.