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.
“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.