Chicken Foot Baba Yaga Cake

You know? This blog doesn’t say this cake is perfect for the Halloween table, you know, next to spaghetti insect hairs, treachery entrees and other things like blood-cursed sides — but I think you really can. The chicken foot is a Wiccan sign for Satan!

Okay, enough said.

That Cooking Thing

This cake marks the sixth in my series of Proms cakes. These are cakes inspired by pieces of music which performed at the BBC Proms, which is the largest classical music festival in the world. A lot of composers take inspiration from nature, life, myth and paintings and these cakes are designed to embody some aspect of a piece that makes it stand out.

The chicken foot cake is based on a movement from Pictures at an Exhibition, by Mussorgsky – an orchestral suite inspired by a series of paintings; the cake is specifically inspired by a movement based on a painting of a character from Russian folklore: Baba Yaga. Baba Yaga was a witch who lived in a hut on chicken legs (paintings disagree whether the hut was on one or two legs but that is beside the point). I did think after making the cake that maybe I…

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