The Cake Boss Takes on Our Wicked Plants

On Monday, October 26, our very own Amy Stewart appeared on TLC’s popular new reality show, Cake Boss. Back in July, the Cake Boss team was so inspired by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden “Wicked Plants” exhibit–based on Stewart’s hit book, Wicked Plants–they whipped up a sinister Venus Flytrap cake that was unveiled at BBG.

Amy is amazed to see her book interpreted as cake!

Amy is amazed to see her book interpreted as cake!

Can you believe this thing? It’s like a fondant-covered tribute to Little Shop of Horrors!

The entire cake, with the exception of the neck made from PVC piping, was edible. The head was a giant Rice Krispies treat wrapped in green modeling chocolate! The planter was made of vanilla and chocolate cake with mocha filling. Yum! And an added bonus: all of the crafted garden flowers (poisonous and otherwise malicious, as Wicked Plants will tell you) were 100 percent safe for munching!

The full episode, “Plants, Pranks, and a Proposal,” is available at TLC’s website, and you should definitely check it out. The process–from planning to execution–is amazing! You can see a snapshot of the evolution below. I don’t know about you, but this has me hungry for cake. FEED ME!


P.S. Remember, you can enter to win a copy of this book (and two other equally awesome titles!) all this week. Each comment you leave counts as an entry (but one comment per post, please)!

Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart--the centerpiece of the Cake Boss consultation!

Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart--the centerpiece of the Cake Boss consultation!

Buddy Valastro

The Boss, Buddy, investigates Stewart's Wicked Plants. Get a load of his reaction!

Buddy works to bring the blueprint model (left) to life!

Buddy works to bring the blueprint (left) to life!

Buddy crafts and hand-paints the Hydrangea clusters; Amy finds them delicious!

Buddy crafts and hand-paints the hydrangea clusters; Amy finds them delicious! (Real hydrangeas have cyanide. Yikes!)

The transport was perilous, but everyone made it one piece!

The transport was perilous, but everyone made it in one piece!


7 Comments On This Post:

October 29, 2009
4:21 pm
Genevieve says...

This is completely awesome, though I’m not sure a green rice krispies treat covered in , what was it, modeling chocolate? I’m not entirely sure I’d eat that. Sometimes I wonder if the cake decorators forget the point of a cake, which is that it tastes totally amazing!!

It’s absolutely gorgeous though and nice to see Wicked Plants getting such great play!

October 29, 2009
9:34 pm
Billy Goodnick says...

Amy: What an honor and what a hooooot! I guess it’s been a while since it was eaten, so there’s no chance any of your delectable poisonous plants were on the ingredient list. Good thing as most authors don’t carry that kind of liability insurance. Congrats!

November 4, 2009
7:02 pm
Katie says...

That is fantastic!

Love Wicked Plants

Love Cake

November 8, 2009
6:29 pm
jennie says...

A cake based on a book? So cool!

March 10, 2010
1:24 pm
Jennifer Christine says...

Audrey II is my favorite wicked plant… <3 <3 Cake Boss is clearly talented, wish he was part of my family . I'd like wicked plants… Meow

June 14, 2010
7:28 am
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February 1, 2011
3:26 pm
Sarah says...

This show was amazing! Buddy really put thought in to it and can with a bang. This plant idea was totally great and I can’t believe how great it turned out. My favorite part of the cake had to be the plants at the bottom. Having got to see the show in HD that I get with DISH is great. Working with DISH I try to make sure that all my TV experiences are as great as I watch this show.

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