Would you eat these creative but creepily realistic cakes?

This cake, which contains rice krispies, was modelled after the head of Ms Katherine Dey's husband.
This cake, which contains rice krispies, was modelled after the head of Ms Katherine Dey's husband. PHOTO: KATHERINE DEY ART/FACEBOOK

A registered nurse in New York by day, Ms Katherine Dey's hobby in her spare time is baking cakes.

But these are not your ordinary confections - among the 30-year-old's bizarre but realistic creations include a man's head, a naked baby, animals and human organs like a heart and a brain with its stem attached.

Ms Dey's inspiration for her cakes, which are completely edible, come from "a lot of things" and are centred around an eclectic mix of human anatomy, mushrooms and portraiture.

"I love the strange feeling I get when something looks real but it isn't. Or when a cake doesn't look particularly appetising but it is a cake and it tastes delicious," she told Buzzfeed.

"I like to make people feel two conflicting things at once."

The mother of two, who studied illustration and sculpture at the Rhode Island School of Design, worked for a robotics company before training as a nurse. 

Her very first cake a couple of years ago was a tree stump covered in mushrooms, and she has since invested plenty of time and effort into her designs so as to ensure they don't fall apart easily.

Ms Dey's cake-making process, according to Vice, involves baking and freezing the cake. She then carves the basic form and re-freezes it before working on details with either chocolate, marzipan or fondant. 

The cake's surface colours are painted with food colouring and frosting mixture. 

Ms Dey added that responses to her creations are usually "strong" and oscillate from disgust to excitement.

"I have to say, no matter how disgusted some people may be, in the end no one has refused to eat the cake."

She is also working on a video tutorial, which will detail the work that goes into her cakes.


A brain - with its stem attached - cake. PHOTO: KATHERINE DEY ART/FACEBOOK


A baby cake. PHOTO: KATHERINE DEY ART/FACEBOOK


A heart cake made for Valentine's Day. PHOTO: KATHERINE DEY ART/FACEBOOK


A lamprey cake. A lamprey is a jawless fish that has a toothed, funnel-like mouth, with an eel-like body. PHOTO: KATHERINE DEY ART/FACEBOOK


A dead possum cake. PHOTO: KATHERINE DEY ART/FACEBOOK


A pigeon cake. PHOTO: KATHERINE DEY ART/FACEBOOK


A portrait cake of Ms Dey's father. PHOTO: KATHERINE DEY ART/FACEBOOK