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11 Cakes Inspired by Comic Books

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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Food Going Bad? How to Set the Correct Temperature For Your Fridge
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Depending on the size of your household, your grocery bill can sometimes outpace utility costs or other expenses, making it one of the biggest monthly expenditures in your budget. If you've spent that money on organic, fresh produce, watching it go bad faster than it should can be a frustrating experience.

If your lettuce is getting icy or your meat is smelling a little fishy, the problem might be your refrigerator's temperature setting. While many newer fridge models have digital thermometers that make checking for the correct temperature easy—it should be right around 37°F, with your freezer at 0°F—others have a manual dial that offers ambiguous settings numbered from one to five or one to 10.

Fortunately, there's an easy way to make the knob match your ideal climate. Refrigerator thermometers are available at home goods stores or online and provide a digital readout of the refrigerator's interior that's usually accurate within 1°F. Leave the thermometer on the middle shelf to get the correct reading.

Once you have the appliance set, be sure to check it periodically to make sure it's maintaining that temperature. Packing too much food on your shelves, for example, tends to make the interior warmer. If the coils need to be cleaned, it might be retaining more heat. Kept at a steady 37°F, your food should remain fresh, safe, and perfectly cold.

 

[h/t Reader's Digest]

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Voodoo Doughnut Is Coming to the East Coast (Finally!)
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Voodoo Doughnut, the beloved Portland purveyor of creative pastries, is finally coming to the East Coast. The company is opening a shop at the Universal Orlando Resort in Florida, according to Travel + Leisure.

The original Voodoo Doughnut opened in Portland, Oregon in 2003. An early adopter of the maple-bacon dessert trend, it became famous for its Maple Bacon Bar and has since added doughnuts that incorporate other quirky flavors like bubble gum dust, Tang, and Fruit Loops. (At one point, the company sold doughnuts glazed with NyQuil, as well as one called a Vanilla Pepto Crushed Tums doughnut, but both of those have been discontinued by order of the health department.) Several of its unique flavors have also been turned into beers by the Oregon-based Rogue Ale.

A chocolate doughnut with a candy skull inside the hole.
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The popular Portland location usually features a line out the door and down the block, and the company now has outposts in Eugene, Denver, Austin, and Los Angeles. It has such a cult following that the stores will not just provide doughnuts for your wedding—they will host the ceremony. Now, East Coast doughnut lovers will be able to get in on the action, too.

The Universal Orlando CityWalk store has opened already, but it’s still in preview mode, meaning the hours can vary, and there's no guarantee it will be open every day. When it officially opens later this spring, it will be serving up more than 50 types of doughnuts seven days a week from 7 a.m. to midnight, and until 1 a.m. on weekends.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

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