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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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Does More Fat Really Make Ice Cream Taste Better?
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Cholesterol. Sugar. Carbs. Fat. As diet-trend demons come and go, grocery store shelves fill with products catering to every type of restriction. But as any lifelong snacker knows, most of these low-sugar/carb/fat options can't hold a candle to the real thing when it comes to taste. Or can they? Scientists writing in the Journal of Dairy Science say fat may be less important to ice cream's deliciousness than we thought.

Food researchers at Penn State brought 292 ice cream fans into their Sensory Evaluation Center and served each person several small, identical, unlabeled bowls of vanilla ice cream made with a range of fat levels: 6 percent, 8 percent, 10 percent, 12 percent, or 14 percent. The participants were asked to taste and compare the samples.

The researchers had two questions: Could participants tell the difference between varying fat levels? And if so, did they care?

The answer to the first question is, "It depends." Taste-testers' tongues could spot the fat gap of 4 percent between dishes of 6 percent and 10 percent. But when that range moved to 8 percent and 12 percent, they no longer noticed. 

More interestingly, reducing fat levels didn't have much effect on their interest in eating that ice cream again. They were equally interested in having a bowl of ice cream that had 6 percent fat and one that had 14 percent.

It's a bit like plain and pink lemonade, co-author John Hayes said in a statement. "They can tell the difference when they taste the different lemonades, but still like them both. Differences in perception and differences in liking are not the same thing."

Co-author John Coupland notes that removing fat from ice cream doesn't necessarily make it better for you. For this study, the researchers used the common industry trick of replacing fat with a cheap, bulk-forming starch called maltodextrin.

"We don't want to give the impression that we were trying to create a healthier type of ice cream," Coupland said.

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A Cardboard Grill You Don't Have to Feel Bad Throwing Away
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Just because a product is built to last doesn't necessarily mean it's good for the environment. In the case of barbecuing, disposable can be a good thing—if it's designed right. The Danish CasusGrill is a cardboard grill made from ingredients that break down quickly without causing environmental damage, as opposed to the aluminum versions (both disposable and traditional) that take hundreds of years [PDF] to decompose, as Co.Design reports.

The exterior is fashioned out of recycled cardboard, with the bottom lined with lava rock to protect the box from burning—and to insulate your hands against the heat, should you want to pick up the grill. The gridiron is made of bamboo, which has a higher ignition point and thus is less likely to catch on fire while grilling than regular wood.

Steak, sausages, and bacon cook on top of the cardboard grill.
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The grill is fueled by bamboo charcoal that gets hot enough to use in five minutes. Traditional charcoal briquettes usually have additives like coal and borax that make grilling a smoggy affair, while bamboo charcoal is a little more human-friendly. (It's the same kind of charcoal that's used in beauty products and those striking black charcoal-flavored foods.)

Based on the instruction video, it seems like the grill is just about ready to use straight out of the box. If you've ever put together an IKEA coffee table, the CasusGrill will be a breeze. You just have to fit a few cardboard pieces together to make the base, attach it to the grill, and light it up. Give it a few minutes to heat up, put the grate on top, and it's ready to go, cooking for up to an hour. When you're done, you can toss it on your campfire, leaving no trace of your cooking process. (Except the full stomachs.)

It's not available on the market just yet, but should be out sometime in August 2017. Go ahead and add it to your summer camping must-have list. You can pre-order the CasusGrill for $8 from The Fowndry.

[h/t Co.Design]

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