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11 Cakes Inspired by Comic Books

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Last month we brought you cakes inspired by famous painters, so this time around, let's look at cakes based on a more contemporary art style: comic books.

1. Spider-Man Groom

One of Cake Central user MissRobin’s clients ordered this groom’s cake for her son, who has always been a Spider-Man fan. The idea of a suit over the classic costume is great, especially in a heart-shape, but the chocolate-covered strawberries are what caught my eye – yum!

2. Baby Spider-Man

Think Spider-Man is too grown up for a three-year-old’s birthday party? No problem. Just make Spider-Man and three of his biggest enemies into adorable baby versions of themselves like Tracy of Little Cherry Cake Company did here.

3. Batman

If your favorite thing about Batman is the way he prowls and spies from the rooftops of Gotham, then you’ll certainly appreciate House of the Rising Cake’s take on the legendary Dark Knight.

4. Bat Tumbler & Bat Pod

Of course, if you prefer Batman’s awesome toys, then you’ll probably prefer this cake. While I can’t tell you if Paige and Nathan had a geeky wedding, they certainly had a somewhat geeky wedding rehearsal if they decided to serve this awesome cake by Piece of Cake, featuring two of Batman’s best vehicles, at their rehearsal dinner.

5. Batmobile

It’s best to keep an eye on this cake by Custom Cakes By Susan. After all, if Batman notices it’s missing, he might just drive it home with a remote control before you even have a chance to enjoy a slice.

6. Wonder Woman

While I believe the character on top is one of those adorable Pop! Vinyl Toys, the rest of the cake was most certainly custom made and the design by Bluebird Cakes, from the stars to the lasso to the gold headband, perfectly reflects Wonder Woman’s iconic costume.

7. Wonder Woman

The great thing about this Wonder Woman cake by famous Charm City Cakes isn’t the character’s sultry, yet sweet, cartoon face, but instead the fact that she is rising from the pages of a comic book, which is what all comic book heroes must do at some point or another if they want to succeed.

8. Captain America

Chocolate Moose Cakes definitely has their own style when it comes to superheroes.

9. Hulk

Here’s another unique hero design by Chocolate Moose Cakes. I love how cartoonish Hulk’s face looks in this one -- and of course his two tiny green nipples only make the design that much more charming.

10. Variety Pack

Can’t decide on your favorite superhero or even between D.C. and Marvel? Well then, this great cake from It’s A Piece of Cake is a good compromise, allowing you to celebrate with all of your favorite costumed crime fighters.

11. Super Kiddo

The girl behind Nerdache Cakes calls herself a dedicated fangirl, so it’s no wonder she’s come up with so many great geek treats. Of all her impressive delicacies though, this might be the best superhero creation, as it features bad guys, Spider-Man, Batman, Robin, Green Lantern, a little old lady and the birthday boy dressed as a superhero!

While they might not technically be cakes, Nerdache Cakes has also created quite a few great comic-book-inspired cupcakes, including Deadpool, Loki, Thor, Bane and Batman.

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New Café Geared Towards Deaf Patrons Opens in Bogotá, Colombia
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At Sin Palabras Café Sordo, a trendy new watering hole in Bogotá, Colombia, patrons can dance, play games, enjoy exhibitions and performances, and grab a drink. But while ordering from the menu, they use their hands to communicate. Sin Palabras Café Sordo—which translates to No Words Deaf Café in English—is the South American nation’s first-ever bar designed to accommodate workers and customers with hearing impairments, according to The Nation.

Located in Bogotá's Chapinero neighborhood, Sin Palabras Café Sordo has both deaf servers and menus written in sign language. Customers sit at small tables and flick on a tiny lamp to signal a bartender over to order a drink. When patrons hit the dance floor, they’re greeted by large screens playing music videos with lyrics in sign language, and a pulsing floor that allows partiers to keep in time with the beat.

A trio of Bogotá entrepreneurs—Maria Fernanda Vanegas, Cristian Melo, and Jessica Mojica—teamed up to launch Sin Palabras Café Sordo in June 2017. None of these co-owners is deaf, but Vanegas told The Nation that their goal is “for us, people who can hear, to adapt to the deaf, and not the other way round, which is always the case.” Keeping with this theme, the bar has small cards to teach non-hearing-impaired customers some basic phrases in sign language. (Visitors who don’t know enough sign language to order off the menu can point to items they want, or write them down.)

Business has been so good for Sin Palabras Café Sordo that Vanegas and her co-owners might establish even more café locations around Colombia, according to Lonely Planet. That said, they aren’t the first ones to launch a business that caters to customers with hearing impairments: Granada, Nicaragua recently became home to Café de las Sonrisas (“Smiles Cafe”), a restaurant that employs only deaf cooks and servers, and similar establishments have opened in Canada and India. And in the U.S., there are restaurants like San Francisco’s deaf-owned and -operated pizzeria, Mozzeria.

[h/t The Nation]

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This Smart Fridge Camera Will Warn You When Your Food Is Going Bad
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Food waste costs us a whole lot, both in terms of money and environmental impact. The USDA estimates that American families could each save about $1500 a year if they just ate all the food they bought. Sure, you could eat ice cream made of food waste from your local farmers market, but a more effective solution would be to cut back on the amount of food you personally waste every week.

A smart fridge can help, and you don’t have to buy an entirely new appliance to get one, according to Inhabitat. Smarter’s FridgeCam turns any refrigerator into a smart appliance, and all for just $127. Smarter, a British company that also makes smart teakettles and coffeemakers that hook up to your phone, designed the wireless FridgeCam to fit into any fridge.

A product shot shows a circular white smart camera against a white background.
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Once installed, you can peer inside your fridge from your phone, no matter where you are. (Which saves energy, too.) You can set the app to ping you when it senses you’re near a convenience store or grocery store to remind you to pick something up, or you can set it to autopopulate an online shopping cart of necessities.

In addition to letting you see your food with your own eyes, the camera tracks expiration dates in order to remind you when it's time to buy more milk and what food needs to be eaten ASAP. The Smarter Chef feature even suggests recipes based on what you have at home, including the stuff that you’ll need to throw out if you don’t use it up soon.

It’s unclear exactly how the camera tracks expiration dates, since presumably it might be hard for a camera to see an expiration date listed on the bottom of a jar, for instance. You might have to scan or input them yourself. Either way, a single camera that costs less than $200 is a whole lot cheaper than buying a new fridge. A futuristic kitchen just became a whole lot more affordable.

The FridgeCam is available for pre-order here.

[h/t Inhabitat]

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