How To Make An Incredibly Realistic Turkey Cake For Thanksgiving

How To Make An Incredibly Realistic Turkey Cake For Thanksgiving


This turkey isn’t what it seems. That’s because it’s not
actually a raw bird, but a meticulously decorated cake. Sarah Hardy makes
incredible realistic cakes and chocolates completely by hand. From realistic chocolate
fossils to severed-head cakes, her work is often creepy
and incredibly lifelike. Her turkey cake is made
from four layers of sponge covered with a bright
pink buttercream icing. This icing helps give the bird
its realistic pink skin tone. So, how do you get into
making these shocking cakes? Sarah Hardy: I was an artist,
and I went to art school, and one of the ways I paid my way through my exhibiting years was to make waxwork figures for museums, and we traveled around and made displays of battle scenes, and, I mean, a lot of the work that
I was doing was traveling, it was also using chemicals
that I didn’t wanna use when I was pregnant, so I stopped. I did go a bit bonkers
cause I stopped working. And then, once I had kids and
they grew up a little bit, I could start making them cakes, and I couldn’t help but start making sculpted cakes for them, so that’s where it started. And then they just got
slightly weirder and weirder. You know, we all know what cake is, why not change it and just
have a bit more of a laugh? When you’re buying a chocolate or a cake, you tend to be giving it
to someone as a present, so it’s someone you wanna
give them an experience, not just a taste experience. You can give them the
experience of surprise and a little bit of joy as well. But most of the ideas are
just things that I love. So, I’m interested in natural history, internal organs, historical artifacts, and if I like it and I think
it’s cool, I’ll make it edible. Narrator: The process of making one of these intricate cakes can take days and would cost over $600 to order. Sarah: Most of my work
is highly realistic, so it looks like something
else, and the idea is that there is a moment
where you’re not quite sure. I just wanted to shock people
whilst giving them pleasure, ’cause, I mean, a cake is
always gonna taste nice, but it’s always good to
give them a question, what they’re looking at. Narrator: Once the cake is fully shaped and coated in icing, small dots of marzipan
are placed all over. When the final layer is added, these give the impression of plucked skin. The final layer is a
thin sheet of marzipan. It’s draped over the cake and then worked carefully
to add fine details. Once it’s all in place, the finishing touches
are ready to be added. String is tied around the legs, and the details are
painted on in food dye. A syrup glaze is even
used to baste the turkey and give it that shiny appearance. And once all that’s finished,
it’s ready to serve. Sarah sells a range of
her amazing chocolate work through her website, and if you want to make
your own turkey cake, there’s even a tutorial
available on the site, too.

100 thoughts on “How To Make An Incredibly Realistic Turkey Cake For Thanksgiving”

  1. Food should be astheticly pleasing to my eyes before I eat it. Cake or not I just don't find a raw turkey palatable even if it is a cake. Great talent but not for me.

  2. Just make sure not to put it next to an actual raw turkey. But then again, who puts raw turkey on a dinner table to be served anyway

  3. My mind think of tastefull meast, but my eyes see sweet colorfull sugar….. They mix up in my mind

    I'm gonna vomit…… 😵😵😵😵

  4. Her cakes looks super cool. A little dry. But still awesome. In america we got "How to cake it". And her cakes are amazing. She makes sure her cakes aren't dry. With the sugar syrup. She did a turkey one too but the turkey was actually cooked.. but this one is still very cool.

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