93 posts tagged Baking
93 posts tagged Baking
Check out this amazing Hogfather cake created by Jo Orr from Ciccio Cakes in Rotorua, New Zealand. If you’ve read Sir Terry Pratchett’s indescribably awesome series of Discworld books then you’ll recognize this grinning fellow straight away. On the Discworld, instead of Christmas they celebrate Hogswatchnight and, instead of Santa Claus, they have the Hogfather. When the Hogfather suddenly goes missing, Death steps in to cover his duties. That is, as best as the personification of death can.
So here he is in all his Hogswatch glory, Death as the Hogfather. He’s made of Rice Krispies Treats, fondant, white chocolate, and edible lace. This geektastic cake was made for Bake a Christmas Wish, an international collection of bakers doing what they do best in order to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
[via That’s Nerdalicious!]
Last year Annabel de Vetten, the baking maven behind the Conjurer’s Kitchen (previously featured here), created an entire Christmas dinner, roast turkey and all the trimmings, using cake.The dinner was prepared for a 2012 Imperial Fringe event called the Imperial College ‘A Feast for the Sciences’. The Imperial Fringe is an ongoing series of free public events exploring the unexpected side of science at the Imperial College of London.
Annabel made the entire meal by hand in only a few hours using sponge cake, chocolate, buttercream frosting, marzipan, and edible paint. The gravy was made of chocolate caramel sauce and the wine was fruit-flavoured gelatin. Even the candles, created by Cake For Breakfast, were made of solid chocolate.
The idea behind the sweet dinner was that visitors to the exhibition would eat it - but in typically British fashion, people were too polite to touch the art, much less take great bites out of it. Annabel said: ‘We took the dinner along to the exhibition for people to eat but to begin with everybody was a bit shy about trying tucking in. Once the first person tried a bit though, everybody else joined in and it was gone within 30 minutes.’
We think the mere idea of cake for dinner is great, so this awesome holiday spread is a spectacular feat of edible art. Click here for more photos.
They say “Everything is bigger in Texas.” Thanks to a group of A&M Traditions Club members and volunteers, that saying now includes gingerbread houses too. Behold the World’s Largest Gingerbread House. Measuring an awesome 39,201.8 cubic feet, it’s the size of real house and it really is made of gingerbread:
"Traditions Club Executive Chef, Michael Menchaca, lead the baking team to success. The house at Traditions Club is 60 feet by 42 feet and is 20.11 feet tall at its highest point. It was constructed using 1,800 pounds of butter, 7,200 eggs, 7,200 pounds of flour and close to 3,000 pounds of brown sugar. Add to this 22,304 pieces of candy that are attached to it. Totaling 36 million calories!"
All the materials used to create the house were donated to the project and all of the proceeds from it are being donated to the St. Joseph’s Level II Trauma Center in Bryan, Texas. Thus far, the enormous edible house has raised in over $150,000.
Visit Inthralld for more photos.
The eagerly anticipated 50th anniversary of Doctor Who has turned this into a truly nerdtastic weekend. BBC America commissioned the Denville, New Jersey-based Pink Cake Box custom bakery to create this awesome cake in celebration of the special 50th anniversary episode, “The Day of the Doctor.”
An edible sculpture of Matt Smith, the eleventh incarnation of the Doctor, is dressed in his overcoat and his trademark bow tie, and wields his trusty sonic screwdriver. The Doctor stands beside the TARDIS, with one of its doors ajar allowing a tantalizing glimpse of the console room. The cake was vanilla with raspberry chambord buttercream. How the pastry chefs made it bigger on the inside, we’ll never know.
[via That’s Nerdalicious!]
Thanksgiving and the start of Hanukkah fall on the same day this year. The Zucker Bakery in Alphabet City, Manhattan is celebrating this special holiday concurrence by offering a tantalizing selection of Thanksgivukkah donuts. They aren’t like any donuts we’ve seen before.
The flavours include Sweet Potato Donuts with Toasted Marshmallow filling, Spiced Pumpkin Donuts with Turkey-Cranberry Filling, Spiced Pumpkin Donut with Turkey-Gravy Filling, and Cranberry Donuts. They look and sound delicious. If you’re in New York, please pay them a visit and enjoy a few Thanksgivukkah donuts for us.
Beth Klosterboer of Hungry Happenings is a festive food maven. One look at her amazing Candy Corn-stuffed Thanksgiving Turkey Cake and we’ve completely forgotten about eating actual roast turkey. Who has time for dinner when dessert is as awesome as this?
The turkey is a layered, frosted yellow cake with wings and drumsticks hand-molded using a paste made of frosting and mashed cake. The impressively realistic stuffing is a combination of toasted cake cubes and crumbled bits of frosting/cake paste dusted with cocoa powder. And the veggie trimmings are made of fondant and modeling chocolate.
But wait, assuming you have any leftovers the day after Thanksgiving, you can create a whole new dessert by using slices of turkey cake to make turkey cake sandwiches. Om nom nom nom!
Every year it seems that holiday decorations hit the stores earlier and earlier. The remaining bags of Halloween candy have barely been put on sale before artificial trees and shiny garlands are filling the next aisle over. Annabel de Vetten of the Conjurer’s Kitchen (previously featured here) created a deliciously macabre batch of Conjoined Gingerdead Men cookies that feel like a wickedly festive bridge between two otherwise disparate holiday seasons.
It’s Weird and Wonderful Holiday Treat Day on Geyser of Awesome!
No need to rub your eyes or refresh your screen. Yes, this really is a Burt Reynolds Éclair and it may be the beginning of a whole new department here at the Geyser of Awesome. Let’s call it “Things that can’t be unseen, but might also be delicious.”
This hirsute dessert, modeled after Burt Reynolds' iconic 1972 nude Cosmopolitan centerfold, was created by Leeds, England-based bakery Lou Lou P’s Delights (previously featured here) in honour of Movember UK. Burt’s bearskin rug has been replaced by a chocolate eclair and we’re pretty sure that Burt himself is edible too. Considering that Mr. Reynolds has long been considered a mustachioed icon of masculinity, we think this unsettling pastry is a pretty amazing and apposite Movember creation.
Threadless is currently holding a baking contest called Threadcakes, for which bakers submit cakes based on the design used on Threadless t-shirts. This awesome noodle mummy cake was created by Jessica Allard, based on ‘Ramen’ses Return, a t-shirt designed Jerry Maninang.
Jessica spent three long days creating her delicious masterpiece. The mummy stands on a board covered in fondant that looks like a tiled floor. The mummy’s body and head are made of vanilla buttermilk cake with vanilla butter cream frosting. The arms and legs are made of modeling chocolate. Hundreds of chocolate noodles were extruded and painstakingly wrapped around the mummy’s body.
Click here to view a complete series of process photos and learn more about how Jessica made her awesome Ramen’ses cake.
Then check out the rest of the Threadcakes submission over in the Threadcakes gallery. (Then go have a sweet snack, because if you’re anything like us, you’ll be hungry after looking at so much cake.)
These two awesome Doctor Who-themed cakes were created by the Bleeding Heart Bakery in Chicago, IL. It took their crafty bakers 12 hours to create the Dalek cake. It looks so good, we don’t know whether to take a big bite or run for our lives.
We were sorry to discover that the bakery closed in the summer of 2012. Fortunately we can still check out many of their astonishingly creative and skillfully constructed cakes via their Flickr stream, including individual photo sets for the Dalek cake and the TARDIS cake.