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Technological (Geek) Cakes

Geek cakes seem to fall into four main categories: 1. cakes that resemble computers, game consoles, and other gadgets, 2. cakes that illustrate one's geeky obsession, 3. cakes that are made by strange technological methods, and 4. cakes that incorporate technology into the finished product.

1. Cakes that look like gadgets. When Miles turned 15, he received a Mac Mini cake, and a Mac Mini, too!

Check out this iPhone cake Flickr user icruise received for his birthday.
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There are more cakes made to resemble game consoles, computers, and iPods at YesButNoButYes. This gallery is a little heavy on Apple, but that's OK, I like apple cakes. Other categories of geek cakes, after the jump.

2. Cakes that reflect a geek's favorite pastime include this Star Wars cake recently featured on Boing Boing. It depicts Max Rebo, the keyboardist in Jabba's palace band. With illustrated steps. Also see the Death Star cake and the Mustafar cake.
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Dr. Who fans might prefer this chocolate Dalek cake, created by Flickr user Brainless Angel. Flickr has a collection of Dr. Who cakes.
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Kassy made this awesome Super Mario cake. It was featured at Game Cakes, where you'll find many more imaginative gaming-themed cakes.
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Pimp That Snack! has step-by-step instructions for creating your own Rubik's Cube Cake! Or you could have one made by a professional.
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3. Highly intelligent, technologically-minded people (geeks) cook, too, but sometimes by specialized methods. Colin at Instructables made this cake with intricately-designed edges by using a laser cutter.
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4. Then there are cakes that do things. Dave Spencer at Instructables made a volcano cake for his son's birthday. This cake had vibration, smoke, sound effects, and a lava flow (strawberry flavored)! It required seven boxes of cake mix. Then he posted the process of building the cake, hardware and all, and a video of the cake in action at the birthday party.
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Believe it or not, I'm hungry now.

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The Origins of 36 Marvel Characters, Illustrated
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No matter what their powers, every super hero has an origin story, from Spider-Man’s radioactive bite to Iron Man’s life-threatening chest shrapnel. In their latest poster, the designers at Pop Chart Lab have taken their infographic savvy to the Marvel Universe, charting the heroic origins of 36 different Marvel characters through miniature, minimalist comics.

Without using any words, they’ve managed to illustrate Bucky Barnes's plane explosion and subsequent transformation into the Winter Soldier, Jessica Jones’s car crash, the death of the Punisher’s family, and other classic stories from the major Marvel canon while paying tribute to the comic book form.

Explore the poster below, and see a zoomable version on Pop Chart Lab’s website.

A poster featuring 36 minimalist illustrations of superhero origin stories.
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Keep your eyes open for future Marvel-Pop Chart crossovers. The Marvel Origins: A Sequential Compendium poster is “the first release of what we hope to be a marvelous partnership,” as Pop Chart Lab’s Galvin Chow puts it. Prints are available for pre-order starting at $37 and are scheduled to start shipping on March 8.

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