Which placenta cake takes the cake?

My doula & placenta encapsulation business is growing, and my first trainee has just finished her certification process to become a Placenta Encapsulation Specialist.  We need to celebrate – with a cake!  A placenta cake, to be exact.

No, I don’t mean a cake made out of actual placenta, although I’m sure that’s possible.  In fact, now that I think about it, we could add placenta powder to the batter, or to the frosting…

Back on point.  Looking for inspiration for our celebratory placenta cake, I discovered that we aren’t the first folks to have this thought.  Here’s the evidence:


A group of medical students baked this cake for Flickr user Mayouska.


A mom baked this gluten-free apple spice cake to bring to her childbirth education class.


Flickr user mama3peanuts was lucky enough to have this cake made for her as a gift. Check out her Flickr stream for in-the-making shots, and a final shot with cherries used to make blood clots on the placenta.

Lab workers at National Jewish Health used this image to describe how they spend their time outside the lab.

This cake was posted to Tumblr by user amanysplendouredthing, who I”m thinking is outside the U.S., because I’ve never seen that kind of umbilical clamp before. What are those things??

It’s kind of disturbing (and amaaaaazing) how realistic these things are.

And this cake…I have no back story here. Just a cropped shot of an enormous OB table cake. Holy obstetrics geek!

Alright, folks.  Which placenta cake takes the cake?


3 responses to “Which placenta cake takes the cake?

  1. Your style is so unique compared to other folks I’ve read stuff from. Thanks for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I will just bookmark this page.

  2. The yellow clamps are toy versions of surgeon’s tools a friend of mine and I bought for the upper version to garnish the mutterkuchen (German for placenta, literal translation “mother’s cake”) we made when his sister had her first child. They were then reused on the second version when my sister uncled me for the first time.
    Both are rather usual cake with a cream layer, sugar icing and an umbilical cord made of marzipan – surrounded by cherry compote.

  3. Very good info. Lucky me I ran across your website by chance
    (stumbleupon). I have saved it for later!

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