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10 Amazing Art-Inspired Cakes

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It’s pretty hard to argue that modern cake decorators aren’t artists, especially when you look at some of their takes on games, horror movies and children’s stories. Today's featured cake decorators have taken on the art of some of the world’s greatest painters.

1. Dali

This lovely tribute to the famous surrealist not only incorporates his melting clocks, spindle-legged creatures and a few miniature versions of his actual artworks, but even includes a picture of the artist himself. Even the selection and position of the candles are perfectly suiting in this wonderful cake by Flickr user yadi.

2. Grant Wood

The great thing about this American Gothic cake by H Cakes & Sweets is that it’s not just a direct copy of the painting, but instead a suiting tribute to the artwork. Different tiers represent different aspects of the piece, from the people in it to the house to the famous pitchfork. Of course, the attention to details that make the tiers look so similar to the painting is what really sets this one apart.

3. Lichtenstein

Like the American Gothic cake, this design is wonderful in that it isn’t an exact copy of a Lichtenstein painting, but instead an inspired tribute to the artist. This wonderful creation, by Flickr user chikadoodle2000, has all the explosions, printing dots and the famous characters of the renowned pop artist.

4. Monet

Granted, Monet’s paintings of tulip fields are nowhere near as well known as his water lilies series, but when it comes to a cake this stunning, is there really any need to quibble over which paintings the baker, Flickr user megpi, chose to recreate?

5. Rachel Ruysch

Rachel Ruysch may not have one of the most famous names on this list, but you’ve almost certainly seen some of the Dutch artist’s hyper-realistic still-life paintings at some point or another. What’s truly amazing about this cake though is that it’s practically indistinguishable from her paintings –especially when photographed with just the right lighting. If you want a cake that literally looks like a work of art, then be sure to get in touch with Amy DeGiulio of Sugar Flower Cake Shop in New York.

6. Warhol

There are plenty of Warhol-inspired cakes that feature bananas or soup cans laying flat on sheet cake, but what makes this piece, by the always fantastic Debbie Does Cakes, is that the banana is the cake and that the colors used on the fruit look just like the ones used in the famous Velvet Underground album cover. The whole thing would be really surreal if the cake was banana flavored.

7. Mondrian

Love modern art to the point where you want it to become a part of you? Well then, you’d better head to San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and take a seat at the Blue Bottle Coffee Bar where the drinks and snacks are based on some of the museum’s most famous exhibits. While the menu changes daily, one of the café’s best known treats is their Mondrian cake, which features colored cake blocks that look just like the modern artist’s famous compositions.

Can’t make it out to San Francisco for a slice? Well, here’s a step-by-step guide to make your own…which is nice because it’s probably the only cake on this list that an average person would have any chance of recreating.

8. Ray Caesar

As a contemporary artist, Ray Caesar may not be as famous as many of the rest on this list, but he deserves to be listed here not only because he is extremely talented, but also because this cake, based on his painting, Descent, is simply incredible both visually and structurally. Dante Nuno of Fire and Icing really outdid himself for this creation.

9. Artsy Fartsy

Having a hard time choosing between so many great artists? Well then grab a piece of this “Artsy Fartsy Cake” by Mainmade Cakes and enjoy a little slice of Pollock, Picasso, Mondrian, Matisse and Warhol all at once. Would you believe this great design only took second place at the That Takes the Cake Sugar Art Show & Cake Competition? I call shenanigans.

10. For the Love of Cake

The great thing about this multi-artist cake by Blue Moon Bakery is that while it may not have as many great artists as the one by Mainmade Cakes, it actually has miniature versions of each of the artists working on their paintings. Granted, Pollock couldn’t actually work on his splatters from that angle, but still, the idea and execution are pretty darn great.
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Need to Calm Yourself Down? Try This Military-Approved Breathing Technique
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Whether you’re dealing with co-worker chaos or pressure to perform on a project, it’s difficult to excel at work when you're extremely stressed. Can’t escape the office? Take a cue from real-life soldiers and try a technique called tactical breathing—also known as combat breathing, four-count breathing, and diaphragmatic breathing—to lower your heart rate and regain control of your breath.

“It’s one you can use when things are blowing up around you”—both literally and figuratively—“and you need to be able to stay calm,” explains clinical psychologist Belisa Vranich, who demonstrates a version of tactical breathing in Tech Insider’s video below.

Vranich is the author of 2016’s Breathe: The Simple, Revolutionary 14-Day Program to Improve your Mental and Physical Health. Watch, learn, and—of course—inhale and exhale along with her until you feel zen enough to salvage the remainder of your workday.

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10 Creepy Candles to Get You in the Halloween Mood
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Candles are always a handy household accessory, but they're especially useful around Halloween, when they can be used to light jack-o'-lanterns, summon spirits, or simply brighten a long, dark night. These spooky lights are more suited for tabletops than pumpkins, or soirees than seances, but they'll still make your upcoming costume shindig extra festive (and fragrant, to boot).

1. KISA CANDLE

PyroPet’s cat-shaped Kisa candle looks like an ordinary wax feline. But as it melts, a hidden surprise reveals itself: a macabre metallic skeleton with charred bones and bared fangs.

The Kisa candle costs $34 and comes in three colors: pink, gray, and an ultra-spooky black. Not into cats? Additional PyroPet offerings include birds, bunnies, reindeer, owls, and dragons, all with the same silver framework.

2. BRAIN CANDLE

Brain candle by Creepy Candles
Creepy Candles

This specimen-inspired candle by Etsy seller Creepy Candles would look equally at place in a mad scientist’s laboratory as it would at a Halloween soiree. A wax brain is suspended in green-tinted gel that resembles formaldehyde, but the candle itself thankfully smells like grapefruit. The Brain Candle costs $25 and is handmade to order.

3. HUMAN SPINE CANDLES

Beeswax human spine candles, set of three, by Grave Digger Candles
Grave Digger Candles

Grow a spine this Halloween—or at least buy one. These notched beeswax pillar candles are inspired by the Victorian Era, a period in which physicians created detailed wax models of flayed corpses to teach medical students the literal ins and outs of anatomy. Etsy seller Grave Digger Candles sells them in sets of three for $76.

4. OUIJA BOARD CANDLE

LED battery-operated Ouija board candle by Twisted Nightmares
Twisted Nightmares

This Ouija board-inspired, LED battery-operated candle probably won’t summon spirits, but it’s still spine-tinglingly spooky. Sold by Etsy user Twisted Nightmares, it costs $20 and requires three AAA batteries, which aren’t included with purchase.

5. BLEEDING HEART CANDLE

Bleeding Heart Candle by Cozy Custom Candles
Cozy Custom Candles

Love guts, blood, and Gothic romance? Your heart might bleed for this candle, which turns into a gushing heart when lit. Sold by Etsy seller Cozy Custom Candles, the heart-shaped light source has a white outer shell made from a high-melt point paraffin wax, while its core is made of a red-colored wax blend with a low melting point. The candle hemorrhages vital fluids as it burns, making it the perfect accessory for a bloody good time.

The Bleeding Heart Candle costs $17 and comes in multiple autumnal scents, including caramel apple, pumpkin pie, and sweet cinnamon-pumpkin.

6. PICK YOUR POISON CANDLES

Pick Your Poison candle by Mr. Toad's House of Wax
Mr. Toad's House of Wax

The “Pick Your Poison” candles by Etsy seller Mr. Toad’s House of Wax appear to have been snatched from the shelf of a Victorian apothecarist. But while labeled “Poison Hemlock Oil” and “Tincture of Wolfsbane Poison,” they smell like fresh fallen leaves, pumpkin spice, and other autumnal scents when lit. Both candles cost $21, and are embellished with a sparkly jewel and black velvet ribbon.

7. CREEPY WOODS & GRAVEYARD DIRT CANDLE

Woods & Earth candle by Geeky Girl Scents
Geeky Girl Scents

There’s nothing quite like the aroma of trees and fresh graveyard dirt on a fall night. With hints of wood and earth, this candle by Etsy seller Geek Girl Scents will make your living room smell like a haunted cemetery. An eight-ounce jar costs $15, and a 16-ounce version is also available.

8. WITCH FARTS CANDLE

Witch Farts Scented Soy Wax Candle by The Candle Crate
The Candle Crate

If you’ve ever wondered what witch gas smells like (who hasn’t?), you can find out by purchasing The Candle Crate’s flaming ode to supernatural flatulence. The Etsy seller’s “Witch Farts” candle is more Glinda the Good Witch than Elphaba, with top notes of peach, apricot, and blackberries and middle notes of mandarin, cinnamon, and rose.

The soy wax candle costs $12, and is sold alongside other witchy, Harry Potter-inspired products like “Number 12 Grimmauld Place” and “The Leaky Cauldron.”

9. GHOST REPELLENT CANDLE

Ghost Repellent candle by Nola And Neighbors
Nola And Neighbors

Even if you ain’t afraid of no ghosts, you can still keep them at bay with this “Ghost Repellent” candle by Etsy sellers Nola And Neighbors. It smells like lavender and sage, and comes with an instruction label informing owners to light it “at dusk or dawn” for best results—although the ghost’s removal is “not guaranteed.” At $17, it’s still way cheaper than hiring the Ghostbusters.

10. ZOMBIE GOLDEN GIRLS PRAYER CANDLE SET

Zombie Golden Girls prayer candle set by The Eternal Flame
The Eternal Flame

Golden Girls devotees who’d follow the Fab Four to the grave and beyond can light up their lanais with these zombie prayer candles by Etsy shop The Eternal Flame. They come in sets of four (one for each Girl, naturally) and cost $40. Color choices include white, orange, and purple.

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