Jason Vorhees is a spoiled rotten brat. This year, his “birthday” (as in Friday the 13th) falls not once, but twice, meaning he gets two whole days to terrorize horny teens, horny astronauts and even Fred Krueger. The dude gets to eat his cake and murder it too.
But has anyone ever made a birthday cake for the hockey-mask killer? We’re thinking not, seeing as how Mrs. Vorhees’ way of celebrating is to disembowel camp counselors.
Then, we met Nicole Bendig-Lamb: a cake artist from our Colorado hometown who loves sci-fi and horror, and has the talent to turn our favorite baddies into sweet treats. This July, she made Jason two cakes: a gruesome bust of his mommy’s head from Friday: Part II, and a bloody ode to his iconic mask from Part III.
We talked to Snarky Sweet Cake Chick about the inspiration, process and gory touches of her Jason cakes, right down to the tattered sweater wrapped around mommy dearest. We can’t wait to wash it all down over a game of Chutes and Ladders: Slasher Edition.
Macabre Bros: Nicole, welcome to Macabre Bros. for our very first guest interview! Never thought we’d have a cake artist on here, but after seeing what you’ve done for Jason Vorhees’ birthday it was a no-brainer. Tell us how you do what you do.
Snarky Sweet Cake Chick: I’m Nicole, aka the Snarky Sweet Cake Chick. I make creative, unique, and deliciously dangerous cakes and desserts for all occasions in Arvada, Colorado. (Ed: the Macabre Bros. hometown, natch).
I started out in cake design over 20 years ago, and all I ever wanted to do was make wedding cakes. I began making very traditional and elegant designs. As much as I enjoyed this, and as beautiful as those cakes were, I found that I wasn’t expressing my artistic creativity as much as I could.
So I started making wacky, unusual, “outside of the box” cakes, and discovered that I have a real talent for it. Seriously, everywhere I look in the world, I think, “That’s cool! How can I recreate that in cake?” I say it so often, I’m pretty sure it annoys my son (until, of course, it’s time for HIS birthday cake!).
MB: First things first, Nicole: Are you a horror film buff? What’s your favorite film or series?
SWCC: I’m a HUGE sci-fi fan, and my second-favorite genre is horror – classic, slasher, psychological thriller and ghosts. Friday the 13th is by far my favorite horror film series.
MB: And you’re turning them into cakes! You wanted to model these two Friday cakes after treats Jason Vorhees would order. What does a masked maniac crave?
SWCC: Well, not unlike our good friend, Norman Bates, Jason clearly has “mommy issues,” so I figure he’d really want Pamela’s severed head and sweater in cake and sugar form, right? And you can’t have a Jason cake showpiece without his hockey mask and blood. Plus, he’s clearly drawn to Camp Crystal Lake, even though he drowned there as a boy, so we gotta throw the “Camp Blood” sign in there too!
MB: Did you ask yourself if Jason is a vanilla or chocolate guy?
SWCC: Jason’s cake is obviously a chocolate mud cake! I mean, all that time he’s spent at the bottom of Crystal Lake? Of course that’s what he would want! And he’s surely not squeamish, so I think he’d love red ganache dripping down the sides like blood.
MB: As you designed the cakes, what did you use for models? Film stills? Posters?
SWCC: Well, Pamela’s head was designed directly from film stills and the hockey mask was created directly from a real hockey mask that I used as a mold. I also re-watched my favorite installments in the series (Part I and Part II) to make sure that I got Pamela’s iconic sweater just right.
MB: What ingredients went into making the blood, viscera and other gruesome details?
SWCC: Jason’s mask is molded gumpaste, also called sugarpaste, which is a pliable and edible sugar medium that dries hard like porcelain.
Pamela’s head is a skull mold with cast white chocolate, cast sugar eyeballs and Rice Krispies treats, and covered in modelling chocolate (basically edible clay!). Her hair is accomplished by using spun sugar, similar to cotton candy.
Her iconic sweater is made from fondant (a rolled sugar dough that stays pliable longer than gumpaste). I used a food-grade silicone mold to emboss the sweater pattern onto it. Most normal cake artists use this sweater mold for cute little Christmas sweater cakes, but the Snarky Sweet Cake Chick has other plans! *evil laugh*
The “blood” is made from white chocolate ganache dyed with red food coloring. Ganache is basically made from boiling heavy cream and adding chocolate (either white, milk or dark).
The “Camp Blood” sign is an edible image printed onto sugar paper in a special printer that uses food dyes instead of ink. The sign is mounted onto gumpaste to give it structure, and I also added some hand-painted effects with powdered food colors.
MB: That’s some serious love for Jason and his cakes. How long do projects like this take?
SWCC: A cake like this can take a week or two from start to finish, since many of the elements have to dry before they can be painted. The actual cake part is baked fresh and all is assembled once the elements are complete.
MB: How much will the finished cakes weigh?
SWCC: Pamela’s head and sweater only weigh about five pounds, and Jason’s cake weighs in at about seven pounds.
MB: Like any good horror, your Friday the 13th cakes are part of a series. What other films will you turn into edible horror?
SWCC: Next on the list, I’ll be taking orders from other horror villains:
- Michael Myers… he’ll want pumpkin spice cake, I’m sure!
- Norman Bates… I’m thinking he’s a vanilla guy!
- Pennywise… Funfetti, duh!
- Freddy Kruger… chocolate with cayenne pepper?
- Chucky… not sure what he’ll want yet…
- Maybe some classic horror, like The Creature from the Black Lagoon!
I also LOVE science fiction, and I’ve already created a Predator bust cake (currently on my blog), but I think I’ll need to follow that up with an Alien Xenomorph… also love John Carpenter’s The Thing, and Star Trek: The Original Series.
MB: We can see the marquee now: Friday the 13th, Part XI: Jason Bakes. How much do your cakes cost and how do we get our hands on one?
SWCC: My pricing starts at $3.50 per serving with a minimum order of $50 for basic cakes, but the crazy, carved, 3D cakes start at $5 per serving with a minimum order of $75.
I serve the Denver Metro area, so if you need a quote or just want to bounce ideas off me, see the Snarky Sweet Cake Chick website, or send me an email: cakechick (at) snarkysweetcakechick.com