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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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Job Alert: The UK Needs a Chicken Nugget Taste-Tester

Do you like highly-processed chicken molded into mushy, breaded bites? Are you willing to relocate to England? Can your palate distinguish a savory nugget from a mediocre one? Your dream job awaits, AJC.com reports.

British retail chain B&M recently posted a job listing calling for a "chicken nugget connoisseur" to help the company get feedback on their new line of frozen food products. The chosen applicant—or applicants—will get a monthly voucher worth £25 ($34) to spend on frozen goods. Job duties consist of eating nuggets and other items and then providing B&M feedback.

The post describes the position as "temporary," so it's unlikely there's opportunity for advancement. If you care to apply, B&M will accept a paragraph describing yourself and why you’d be good for the job—though if you actually have a CV full of previous nugget-related positions, we're confident they'd love to see it.

[h/t AJC.com]

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Switzerland Just Made It Illegal to Boil Live Lobsters
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No, lobsters don’t scream when you toss them into a pot of boiling water, but as far as the Swiss government is concerned, they can still feel pain. The path most lobsters take to the dinner plate is supposedly so inhumane that Switzerland has banned boiling lobsters alive unless they are stunned first, The Guardian reports.

The new law is based on assertions from animal rights advocates and some scientists that crustaceans like lobsters have complex nervous systems, making death by boiling incredibly painful. If chefs want to include lobster on their menus, they’re now required to knock them out before preparing them. Acceptable stunning methods under Swiss law include electric shock and the “mechanical destruction” of the lobster’s brain (i.e. stabbing it in the head).

The government has also outlawed the transportation of live lobsters on ice or in icy water. The animals should instead be kept in containers that are as close to their natural environment as possible until they’re ready for the pot.

Proponents of animal rights are happy with the decision, but others, including some scientists, are skeptical. The data still isn’t clear as to whether or not lobsters feel pain, at least in the way people think of it. Bob Bayer, head of the University of Maine’s Lobster Institute, told Mental Floss in 2014 that lobsters “sense their environment, but don’t have the intellectual hardware to process pain.”

If you live in a place where boiling lobsters is legal, but still have ethical concerns over eating them, try tossing your lobster in the freezer before giving it a hot water bath. Chilling it puts it to sleep and is less messy than butchering it while it’s still alive.

[h/t The Guardian]

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