An Animated Zoetrope Cake Inspired by Tim Burton

An Animated Zoetrope Cake Inspired by Tim Burton

I first fell in love with Tim Burton when I got my hands on The Nightmare Before Christmas.  And I love cake.  What could be better than an edible zoetrope (say what?) cake?  Clearly not much.

Alexandre Dubosc is an artist and apparently quite a powerhouse in the edible zoetrope field.  Who knew there was such a thing?  What the hell is a zoetrope? – I hear you asking.  It’s something that simulates movement by flashing static pictures.  Like a flip book.  Dubosc recently created The Caketrope of Burton’s Team.  It’s an animated cake celebrating the works of Tim Burton. How many Burton references can you pick out.  I absolutely love this thing.  Check out the video below.

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Chocolate Candle Melts Hot Chocolate – Not Wax – Over Your Cake

Chocolate Candle Melts Hot Chocolate - Not Wax - Over Your Cake

What took so long?  This deserves a Nobel prize.  Designed by Stéphane Bureaux, FUJISAN plays with the idea of what to expect from your birthday candle.  The chocolate candle replaces a typical candles, slowly melting into a pool of liquid chocolate inside the cake.  That’s a hell of a lot more tasty than melted wax.  Yum!!

Chocolate Candle Melts Hot Chocolate - Not Wax - Over Your Cake

Chocolate Candle Melts Hot Chocolate - Not Wax - Over Your Cake

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Sprinkles Cupcakes Offers 24-Hour Cupcake Vending Machine – Automatic Cake Machine

Sprinkles Cupcakes Offers 24-Hour Cupcake Vending Machine - Automatic Cake MachineThe Los Angeles based cupcake purveyor Sprinkles has announced plans to open a 24-hour cupcake vending machine.  How cool is that?Sprinkles Cupcakes Offers 24-Hour Cupcake Vending Machine - Automatic Cake Machine

Sprinkles bakery founder Candace Nelson, said she came up with the idea while she was pregnant and suffering sugary cravings.  “Even as Sprinkles’ founder, I couldn’t get my midnight cupcake fix,” Nelson said in a press statement about the new cupcake ATM machine.

And we’re talking fresh cupcakes, none of those nasty super-market ones.  The cupcake ATM will allegedly deliver up freshly baked cupcakes made within only a few hours of vending — even after store hours. “The machine is attached to our bakery, which is essentially a 24-hour operation,” Schwartz explained. “There’s only a small gap between the time closers leave at night and when the bakers arrive in the wee hours of 2:00-3:00a.m. “We’ll constantly be restocking the automate with freshly baked cupcakes.”  And it’s pink!

Sprinkles Cupcakes Offers 24-Hour Cupcake Vending Machine - Automatic Cake Machine

Cupcakes will be individually wrapped to prevent any damage in transit, the machine holds enough for 600 orders, and the treats will cost four bucks a piece.  Good deal.

 

 

Angel Food Cake

Angel Food CakeI don’t know Fayrene De Koker nor where she got this recipe from.  It’s a corker though.  The original is here.  I’ve, for a long time, been at odds with Angel Food Cake in general.  They’re either great or they’re rubbish.  There’s not much room in between.  I think I may have to register a bias against box mixes on Angel Food Cake.  Box mixes can fairly nail a good yellow cake (even your average box mix yellow cake is a powerful weapon when baked half competently.)  Not so much when it comes to Angel Food Cake.  What follows is the best “traditional” Angel Food Cake recipe I could find.  The result is a very nice fresh spongy cake, great with fruit, chocolate, or just some whipped cream.  This does not last long in my kitchen. Continue reading

William-Sonoma Now Sells A Peanut Butter Cup Cake – That Is All

OK so I’m a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup fanatic.  Like rabid, drooling and foaming at the mouth, rabid.  You might imperil yourself if you got in my way.  That kind of fan. What’s better than chocolate and peanut butter.  I don’t consider them breaking any diet or being a health concern.  THEY ARE LIFE SUSTAINING NOURISHMENT.  I’m such a fan of the combination that I’ve yet to forgive the Rhode Island cafe/bakery Pastiche for, probably a decade ago, changing their peanut butter and chocolate brownie.  It was perfect.  Someone decided to fiddle with it.  Pack it full of crunchy nut bits will you?  No longer perfect.  Bastards!  Enter decade old grudge.  That grudge has never stopped me from going and spending, say, $40 on any given weekday night or spending twice that on birthday cake for family members.  But I still remember, dammit.

Super pricey all-things-kitchen purveyors William-Sonoma have heard that siren call, clearly.  They’ve started selling this wonderment:

William-Sonoma Now Sells A Peanut Butter Cup Cake - That Is All

According to Willy’s…

The fulfillment of many a child’s confectionary fantasy, this moist, intensely chocolate cake is layered with house-made peanut-butter filling and wrapped in a tender shell of rich dark chocolate. It’s the creation of Perfect Endings in California’s Napa Valley, whose extraordinary handcrafted desserts combine unmatched artistry with exceptional flavor.

  • Two layers of chocolate cake sandwich peanut-butter filling.
  • Encased in a shell of dark confectioners’ chocolate.
  • Carefully selected ingredients include smooth Belgian chocolate, French artisan butter and fresh dairy cream.
  • Hand made for us by Perfect Endings in California’s Napa Valley.
  • Easy to prepare: simply thaw and serve.
  • Shipped frozen.
  • 7 1/2″ diam., 2 1/4″ high (serves 10).
  • Made in USA.
  • A Williams-Sonoma exclusive.
Sounds like a party to us.  That’s until you find out the price.  $79.95.  Not a typo.  Well this kind of chocolate-peanut butter perfection doesn’t come cheap, then.  That said it’s one hell of a cake.  Where do I sign up?  Available for a limited time, no less.  Let the voice of Shop At Home pitchman Don West be your conscience.  Be dialing people!  Be dialing.  (Also – Editor’s Note – It is my birthday today.  I am old – if Willy or any of the fine folks at William-Sonoma would like to mail this to me – please don’t hesitate.)

Cooks Country “Cakes Throughout History” Infographic

I love the people at America’s Test Kitchen.  Cooks Country is one of their spinoffs.  Check out the cool Cakes Throughout History Inforgraphic they put together below – click on the image for a larger version.  There’s also some random information inserted for your “useless information” pleasure – like the origination of celery as a garnish for a Bloody Mary – definitely cake unrelated.

Cooks Country "Cakes Throughout History" Infographic