I Turned Myself Into a CAKE

Sideserf Cake Studio
2 May 202205:19

TLDRIn this entertaining video, Natalie Seidsurf, a cake artist known for creating cakes that don't resemble cakes, revisits the challenge of making a hyper-realistic portrait cake. She shares her process of sculpting a self-portrait cake, which is more complex than object cakes due to the precision required in facial proportions. Natalie uses modeling chocolate, which acts like edible clay, to cover and shape the cake. She emphasizes the importance of reference images for accuracy and adds a humorous touch by sharing an anecdote about her husband mistaking the cake for her. The video concludes with the cake being cut, highlighting the unique experience of cutting into a cake that looks like oneself. Natalie's lighthearted approach to her craft is evident as she encourages viewers to enjoy the temporary and playful nature of her cake art.


  • ๐ŸŽจ The baker, Natalie Seidsurf, is known for making cakes that don't look like typical cakes and has a history of making a self-portrait cake.
  • ๐Ÿ”„ Natalie has shifted her focus to hyper-realistic cakes of objects, but now she's returning to portrait cakes, which are more challenging.
  • ๐Ÿค” Portrait cakes are difficult because slight errors in proportions can lead to an unflattering or even insulting representation of the person.
  • ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆฑ Natalie chose to make a self-portrait cake to practice her sculpting skills without the risk of offending someone else.
  • ๐Ÿซ She uses modeling chocolate to cover her cakes, which acts like edible clay and allows for better blending and sculpting than fondant.
  • ๐Ÿ“ธ Gathering reference images is crucial for portrait cakes, and Natalie can easily obtain them from various angles of herself.
  • ๐Ÿ˜„ Natalie doesn't take her cakes too seriously and views them as temporary, entertaining, and delicious.
  • ๐Ÿ˜‚ A humorous anecdote: Natalie's husband mistook the cake for her, showing how lifelike the cake appeared.
  • ๐ŸŽญ Applying makeup to the cake was surprisingly more difficult than applying it to her own face, which Natalie found ironic.
  • ๐Ÿ™Œ Natalie thanks her viewers for their support and encourages them to like and subscribe for more cake art.
  • ๐Ÿฐ Cutting into the self-portrait cake is a unique and personal experience for Natalie, as she gets to 'cut' herself.

Q & A

  • What was the creator's initial intention when making a self-portrait cake?

    -The creator, Natalie Seidsurf, did not initially intend to make a cake replica of herself. She was aware that it would be an odd project but enjoyed the process and decided to make it again.

  • Why does Natalie focus on making hyper-realistic cakes of objects rather than portrait cakes?

    -Natalie has focused on hyper-realistic cakes of objects because they are easier to sculpt and do not require the same level of precision in proportions as portrait cakes do.

  • What is the primary material Natalie uses to cover and sculpt her cakes, and why is it her preferred choice?

    -Natalie primarily uses modeling chocolate to cover and sculpt her cakes because it acts like edible clay, allowing for better blending of seams and greater flexibility in sculpting.

  • How does Natalie gather reference images for a portrait cake?

    -For a self-portrait cake, Natalie can easily gather reference images from all angles with the same hairdo and makeup by looking in the mirror or using a camera.

  • Why did Natalie's husband mistake the self-portrait cake for the real Natalie?

    -Natalie's husband mistook the cake for the real Natalie because he saw the cake face out of the corner of his eye and it was close enough to her likeness that he just accepted it as her.

  • What is Natalie's attitude towards her cakes and the art of cake making?

    -Natalie takes the art of her cake seriously, aiming to do a good job and create entertaining cakes. However, she does not take the cakes themselves too seriously, viewing them as temporary, strange, and a bit of a prank.

  • Why is applying makeup on a cake more difficult than on one's own face, according to Natalie?

    -Natalie finds it more difficult to apply makeup on a cake than on her own face, possibly due to the different textures and the challenge of achieving a realistic appearance on a non-organic surface.

  • What is Natalie's profession and how does it make her feel?

    -Natalie is a professional cake artist. Her work makes her very happy, and she attributes her joy to the viewers who watch her videos and engage with her content.

  • What is the significance of the phrase 'cake is my life' in the context of Natalie's video?

    -The phrase 'cake is my life' signifies Natalie's deep passion and dedication to her craft. It implies that creating cakes is not just a job for her, but a central part of her identity and lifestyle.

  • What is the name of Natalie's cake studio and where can viewers purchase a mug from it?

    -Natalie's cake studio is called 'Side Serve Cake Studio'. Viewers can purchase a mug from the studio at shop.sidesurfcakes.com.

  • How does Natalie describe the experience of cutting a self-portrait cake?

    -Natalie describes the experience as unique and emotional, mentioning that it's a beautiful moment and that she is tearing up, acknowledging the weirdness of the situation.

  • Why did Natalie choose to make a self-portrait cake again, and what was the advantage of doing so?

    -Natalie chose to make a self-portrait cake again as a form of practice for her portrait cake sculpting abilities. The advantage was that if her sculpting skills were a bit off, she would only be 'insulting' herself rather than someone else.



๐ŸŽ‚ Self-Portrait Cake Creation Journey

Natalie, the cake artist, shares her experience of making a self-portrait cake, which she acknowledges is an unusual endeavor. She explains her choice to use modeling chocolate for sculpting due to its versatility and blendability, contrasting it with fondant. Natalie emphasizes the importance of gathering reference images for portrait cakes and humorously discusses the challenges of applying makeup to a cake that resembles her own face. She also reflects on her lighthearted approach to cake making, viewing it as a temporary and entertaining art form. The video concludes with her cutting into the cake, a unique experience she relishes.


๐Ÿคช The Final Touches and Farewell

In the closing paragraph, Natalie expresses her amusement at the peculiarity of the self-portrait cake project. She playfully acknowledges the oddity of the situation before signing off, promising to see her audience in the next week's video for another cake creation. This paragraph serves as a light-hearted conclusion to the video, leaving viewers with a sense of anticipation for future content.



๐Ÿ’กself-portrait cake

A self-portrait cake is a cake designed and sculpted to resemble the creator's own face. In the video, the artist Natalie Seidsurf creates a cake that looks like her own face, which is a challenging task due to the need for precise proportions to achieve a likeness. This concept is central to the video's theme of creating hyper-realistic and personalized edible art.

๐Ÿ’กhyper-realistic cakes

Hyper-realistic cakes are those that are designed to closely resemble real-life objects or images to an extraordinary degree of detail. Natalie has focused on making these types of cakes, which often feature intricate details and lifelike appearances. The video showcases her expertise in this niche of cake artistry.

๐Ÿ’กmodeling chocolate

Modeling chocolate is a type of edible material used in cake decoration that is similar to edible clay. It is temperature sensitive and can be blended seamlessly, making it ideal for sculpting detailed elements on a cake. In the video, Natalie uses modeling chocolate to cover and sculpt her self-portrait cake, highlighting its advantages over fondant for detailed work.


Fondant is a type of sugar paste used to cover and decorate cakes. It is known for its smooth finish but can be more restrictive in terms of sculpting detailed shapes and blending. Natalie mentions her preference for modeling chocolate over fondant due to its greater flexibility and blendability, especially for portrait cakes.

๐Ÿ’กportrait sculpting

Portrait sculpting involves creating a three-dimensional representation of a person's face, which is particularly challenging because even slight errors in proportions can lead to an unrecognizable or unflattering result. Natalie's video demonstrates her process of portrait sculpting on a cake, emphasizing the difficulty and precision required.

๐Ÿ’กreference images

Reference images are photographs or visual representations used as a guide for creating an artwork. For a portrait cake, gathering reference images is crucial to ensure accuracy in the final product. Natalie benefits from being able to easily obtain reference images of herself from various angles, which aids in the sculpting process.

๐Ÿ’กcake art

Cake art refers to the practice of decorating and designing cakes to create visually appealing and often intricate works of edible art. Natalie's video is an example of cake art, where she not only focuses on the taste of the cake but also on its visual presentation as a form of self-expression and creativity.

๐Ÿ’กedible clay

Edible clay is a term used to describe substances like modeling chocolate that can be molded into shapes and used as part of the decoration or structure of a cake. It is compared to clay in its malleability and ability to be sculpted, but it is made from chocolate, making it both a decorative and edible component of the cake.

๐Ÿ’กcake making joints

The phrase 'cake making joints' is a humorous way of referring to one's hands or the physical effort involved in cake making. Natalie uses this phrase to describe preparing to work on the cake, indicating the physicality and craft involved in cake sculpting.

๐Ÿ’กtemporary art

Temporary art refers to artistic creations that are not meant to last indefinitely, such as a cake that will eventually be eaten. Natalie's view of her cakes as temporary and somewhat playful art pieces reflects her approach to cake making, where she emphasizes the joy and experience of creation and consumption over permanence.

๐Ÿ’กmakeup on a cake

Applying makeup on a cake is a technique used to add color and detail to a cake's surface, often to enhance the realism of a portrait or design. In the video, Natalie discusses the challenge of applying makeup to the cake that resembles her own face, noting that it is more difficult than expected due to the unusual medium.


Natalie Seidsurf made a self-portrait cake, which was oddly fascinating to the world.

She enjoys the process of making cakes that don't resemble typical cakes.

Natalie specializes in creating hyper-realistic cakes of objects.

Portrait cakes are more challenging due to the precision required in sculpting.

Modeling chocolate is used like edible clay to cover and sculpt the cake.

Modeling chocolate is preferred over fondant for its blendability and flexibility.

Gathering reference images is crucial for creating accurate portrait cakes.

Natalie finds humor in her work and doesn't take her cakes too seriously.

Her husband mistook the cake for Natalie, demonstrating the cake's resemblance.

Applying makeup to the cake proved to be more difficult than expected.

Natalie appreciates the temporary and entertaining nature of her cake art.

She encourages viewers to like and subscribe for more cake art.

Cutting into a self-portrait cake is a unique and emotional experience.

The cake serves as a form of self-expression and practice for Natalie's sculpting skills.

Natalie's cake studio mug is available for purchase at her online shop.

The final cake is a testament to the artistry and skill involved in cake sculpting.

The video concludes with Natalie's signature humor and a teaser for next week's cake.