But over the weekend, Chinese bakers took their craft to the extreme with a human-shaped confection that let out a realistic scream as diners cut into his sweet flesh.
Ai Si Wei Ni, a bakery in the Northeastern city of Shenyang, created the cake for the 1905 Creative Culture Park—a collective space dedicated to showcasing art exhibitions, folk performances, experimental shows, studios and new eateries, reports the Daily Mail.
The skilled bakers created a realistic looking human torso on a special platform rigged to fit a real man underneath. Not only did the resemble a human body from the outside, but on the inside bakers added a red and pink jam to the spongy cake layers to mimic internal organs and blood.
The paid actor, who donned a creepy orange and black painted face, would lie completely still as park patrons approached the table. But once people began cutting into the cake, he would start screaming.
Before a member of the public would take a slice from the body of the cake, the man underneath - a paid actor - would stay completely still, as if to look like he was part of the cake.
According to The People’s Daily Online, many patrons were initially frightened when the animated actor came to life. But by the end of the exhibit on Dec. 6, the man cake was completely devoured.
Check out the interactive cake experience below.