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Cakes that Don’t look like Cake No: #5: Countess Dowager from Downton Abbey

This one has GOT to take the cake for the finest confection replica ever and the creepiest one at that ─ the edible version of the Countess Dowager from the British period TV drama series Downton Abbey. When I first saw the cake, I thought: No way. This can’t be cake. Look at the eyes, the wrinkles, the skintone…It’s too lifelike to be a cake!

As it turns out, yikes, it IS cake. What’s more, it’s lifesized! If you eat it, it’ll make you a cannibal.

 

Here’s the complete bust of the lifelike cake. If you eat it, it will make you a cannibal. Apparently everyone at the party had a piece of her. (Pic from karenportaleo.com)
Here’s the complete bust of the lifelike cake. If you eat it, it will make you a cannibal. Apparently everyone at the party had a piece of her. (Pic from karenportaleo.com)

 

Another look at her. Even her bonnet and dress are edible as you will see in the “making of” video below.
Another look at her. Even her bonnet and dress are edible as you will see in the “making of” video below.

 

“She is made of vanilla cake and buttercream, with an Earl Grey Tea soak,” said its creator, cake and chocolate artist Karen Portaleo, who took 18 hours to create the baked version of Dame Maggie Smith, who plays Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham and queen of the withering comeback in the show. Smith won countless Emmys for the role by the way.

The cake was custom made for Georgia Public Broadcasting’s season five premiere party for Downton Abbey at the Fox Theatre. The series has since come to an end and everyone misses it, particularly the Dowager Countess’ caustic one liners.

Here’s a time lapse video on how Portaleo made the cake. (Pic and Info from Karen Portaleo.com)

The Dowager Countess Cake Tutorial

The “Making Of” of the Dowager Countess Cake in Pictures

First the head. Pic from (Pic from karenportaleo.com)
First the head. Pic from (Pic from karenportaleo.com)

 

Then the rest. Look at the skin folds of the neck. It’s just too creepy real. Pic from (Pic from karenportaleo.com)
Then the rest. Look at the skin folds of the neck. It’s just too creepy real. Pic from (Pic from karenportaleo.com)

 

Here she was at the premiere party, looking every bit the British aristocrat as the character in the TV series. (Pic from gpb.org)
Here she was at the premiere party, looking every bit the British aristocrat as the character in the TV series. (Pic from gpb.org)

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