Gross Out Cakes

[ 0 ] October 13, 2008 |

Great Cookbooks for Families
Reviewed by Katy Killilea
Grossout Cakes Book Cover, SpatulattaYuck! Kitty Litter Cake, Bleeding Brain, Phlegm Brulee? Flipping through the pictures in this slim volume of thirty disgusting-looking desserts nearly makes me faint. Yes, dear readers, the items are intended for human consumption.

You have to hand it to the authors because these are incredibly well-executed ideas (however nauseating). The dog peeing on a snowman cake comes with this directive: “Place a small piece of brownie or Tootsie Roll under the dog if desired.” In the cookbook’s photo of the finished product, the snowman grins idiotically as he is defiled by the frisky puppy (with optional Tootsie Roll scrap in place).

The other twenty-nine ideas are equally revolting/creative. There’s a certain kind of kid (and maybe adult) that these concoctions will appeal to, and if you want to make their vile dreams come true, get this book and let them pick their favorite. Many of the recipes are perfectly suited to Halloween (e.g., Putrid Puss Pockets, Graveyard Cake, Bloodclot Cake). And after seeing the melted butterscotch and mini marshmallow “Earwax Swabs,” you may never look at the ingredients in your pantry in quite the same way.

Gross Out Cakes
By Britney Schetselaar and Kathleen Barlow
2006 Silverleaf Press

Category: books / stories, food + recipes

Anisa Raoof

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Anisa Raoof is the publisher of She combines being a mom with her experience as an artist, designer, psych researcher and former co-director of the Providence Craft Show to create the go-to spot for families in Rhode Island and beyond. She loves using social media to connect parents with family-related businesses and services and promoting ways for parents to engage offline with their kids. Anisa believes in the power of working together and loves to find ways to collaborate with others. An online enthusiast, still likes to unplug often by reading books and magazines, drawing, learning to knit, making pop-up books with her two sons and listening to records with her husband.

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