By Jess Grieveson-Smith
A young mum-of-four has been branded a CANNIBAL online for creating cakes that resemble human flesh.
From severed fingers, feet and arms, Tanya Nisa, 42, has spent the past seven years perfecting her craft of gory cakes after becoming inspired by the film, Hannibal.
Yet the realistic cakes seeping fake blood and profiling severed limbs and lifelike faces have scared more than a few online as Tanya, an interior designer, has been forced to explain that her creations are actually freshly Victoria sponge cakes.
After recently posting her scarily real cakes into the Facebook group, ‘Rate My Cake’ for others to review, she was left mortified when others branded her a cannibal.
In a series of scathing comments, users wrote, ‘it’s a real finger and you’re a cannibal!’ and ‘I felt sick looking at that!’
Tanya has been forced to explain that her cakes are not human flesh and are in fact just Victoria sponge creations.
Tayna said: “After watching the film, Hannibal, I decided I wanted to start baking gory cakes and see how real I could make them!
“It’s completely different to your every day pretty looking cakes.
“It freaks my kids, Megan, 17, Amy, 15, Cherish 9, and Zara, 2, out and I can get bit scared looking at them because my creations end up looking so life like.
“But I just have to cut into them to prove it’s a cake.
“People’s reactions are hilarious – they either hate them and don’t believe it’s a cake or love it.
“I get requests from friends to make gory cakes and decided to make both a severed foot and arm.
“I only bake at birthdays and all of the gory creations are just a hobby of mine, it’s not a business.
“My four girls hate them though and I have to hide the severed fingers in the kitchen as it grosses them out too much.”
Tanya’s creations can take anything from a few hours to days to finish, depending on the intricacy of her design – her most recent set of fingers involved delicate painting and creating a skin like tone with some of them even showing bone or a wedding ring splattered in blood.
She even recently created a bloodied belly button – complete with a silver piercing.
Tanya added: “I study the human body and use colours that are skin like – then I add fine details in which can takes hours to correct
“I use a fine brush which comes naturally to me as I was always good at art – I did study make-up at college.
“I use images of veins on Google to make sure I’m getting the exact likeness
“My most extreme gory cake was a severed head which I made for Horror Channel star Emily Booth.
“I used a Madeira cake then covered it in fondant and gumpaste, it was all completely hand painted
“The blood is jam and fondant is used to create the blades.”