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Barbara Jo and Barbara May are sisters who like to make ridiculous edible art. Especially Barbara Jo. Check out the cakes, chocolate, and gingerbread we've made recently.


Demolition cake

Demolition cake

March 2009
The Demolition cake was created by Barbara Jo for her truck-obsessed nephew's third birthday party.

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Gelatinous Man cake

Gelatinous Man cake

April 2006
The Gelatinous Man was created for a small art show at Barbara Jo's business school. The concept started with an idea for a cake that had an entire man trapped inside, trying to get out. Naturally, when she finally got around to making the cake, it came out all oozy and bloody and moist.

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Killer Rats cake

Killer Rats cake

May 2005
The Killer Rats Cake was made for Son of Zombiefest, our celebration of the posting of our 300th review. Like its illustrious predecessor, The Zombie Cake, The Killer Rats Cake began life as a pattern for a carved pumpkin. Both the pumpkin and the cake depict a severed human arm being devoured by three large, ugly rats. The cake arm was constructed in layers, from the inside out, so that a slice of the cake looked like a cross-section of an arm, complete with ulna, radius, bone marrow, skin, etc.

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Seasons of Love cake

Seasons of Love wedding cake

May 2004
This is by far the most complicated cake we've made. The two of us spent the entire day before the wedding working on it (about 18 hours, each) but during the week before, Barbara Jo spend about 50 hours and Barbara May (due to her day job) spent about 30 hours working on it. That all adds up to about 120 woman-hours and an incredibly fun project.

We didn't keep close track of the cost, but we estimate we spent about $500 on supplies, including all the ingredients, gum paste, cake pan and leveler, and the silicone mold compound for the sugar plates (which was the biggest single expense).

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