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10 Movie-Inspired Cakes Worth Filming

Whether prepping for a geeky friend’s birthday party, celebrating the release of a film you’ve been dying to see or as part of a fun wedding reception, movie-themed cakes are always in good taste.”These ten creations go beyond fandom and into a whole new realm of cake design mastery.

1. Kung Fu Panda

If you’re familiar with Ace of Cakes, then you probably already know about Charm City and their amazing decorating skills. Even so, this amazing Kung Fu Panda display really “takes the cake” when it comes to movie-based themes.

2. Ghostbusters

Who you gonna call? It better be Charm City (yes, they are good enough to be mentioned twice in a row) if you want to turn your wedding cake into a tribute to one of the greatest movies of all time. The bride and groom are huge fans of the movie and they figured that crossing their streams to defeat Stay Puft would be one of the most romantic ways to symbolize their love together.

3. Harry Potter

Mandrake Roots may have deadly screams, but when they’re quietly sleeping in their pots, they’re actually kind of cute. This silent but (not so) deadly cake version was created for a Harry Potter movie launch party in Guam. He’s probably a lot more delicious than those in the series, as this one is made from devil’s food cake and pastillage.

4. AT-AT

There’s just something delightfully adorable about the AT-AT that makes you want one as a giant robot pet. Until that day comes though, you can always have yours in fondant. Of course, when Jennifer Luxmore from Sin Desserts decided to make this for her friend’s groom’s cake, I doubt she expected it to cost more that $5,000 and take over 60 hours to complete. Maybe you’re just better off saving your money and waiting for the life-sized reality after all.

5. Captain Kirk

Don’t ever imagine that Trekies can’t make cakes as well as Star Wars fans. Just check out this amazing Captain Kirk pound cake that won first place in the 2009 Star Trek cake contest. While most of the decoration is comprised of fondant, his hands and face were casted from candy melts in a mold that was hand-sculpted by the creator.

6. Tardis

The creator designed this two-feet tall Tardis cake is so it would look bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. Everything is edible with the exception of the lights and wiring. Best of all, if you want to become a baking Time Lord, all the instructions are right here so you can make your own.

7. Kill Bill Cake

Cake artist Barbarann Garrard made this goretastically wonderful cake for her 9 year old daughter’s birthday party. It includes chocolate bullets, a katana, a death list and plenty of blood.

You might remember Barbarann and her daughter from the zombie girl cake included in the geeky birthday cakes article I wrote in October. Now there’s a kid whose parties I’d love to crash.

8. Eye of Sauron

If you love the Lord of The Rings series enough to want to make your own Eye of Sauron cake, you’re in luck. Instructables user RavingMadStudios has a useful guide to create your own “Bundt Cake of Barad Dur.”

9. Gollum

Perhaps you prefer peering around corners of your house softly whispering, “my precious” and discussing murder plans just out of hearing range of your roommates. If so, this Gollum cake by Brian Stevens of Crazy Cakes may be perfect for your next bash, provided you haven’t actually killed off all your friends yet.

10. Wall-E

This adorable Pixar-inspired masterpiece was designed and constructed by two brothers who work at the European Cake Gallery in Texas and was created for the International Cake Exploration Societe convention in Orlando.

I don’t know about you, but I love Wall-E too much to actually cut into this cake. Actually, I don't think I could cut into any of these.
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As always, I love hearing from you guys, so if you have any links to great movie cakes or stories of incredible frosting art, please share in the comments!

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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, Oregon, 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 doughnut 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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11 Things You Might Not Have Known About Garlic
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National Garlic Day may be a holiday best celebrated alone—or with a hefty box of breath mints and a very charitable loved one—but few foods are as deserving of their very own day of recognition as the amazing, edible bulbous plant (okay, “bulbous plant” might not sound super appetizing, but it’s certainly accurate). Celebrate National Garlic Day on April 19 with your favorite garlic-laced meal and a few fun facts about this delicious, flavor-packed add-in that can do almost anything, from reducing your cholesterol to keeping vampires at bay.

1. YOU CAN EAT MORE THAN JUST THE STANDARD GARLIC CLOVE.

When you think “garlic,” you inevitably picture garlic cloves, but despite the ubiquity of that particular image of the plant, it’s not the only part you can eat. Hard-neck varieties of garlic produce “scapes,” green shoots that can be especially delicious and tender when they’re young. Think of them as garlic-flavored scallions. They also make a wonderful addition to pestos, soups, and butters.

2. CHINA PRODUCES THE MOST GARLIC.

Garlic is native to central Asia and has long popped up in European and African cooking, too. But it's China that currently holds the record for most garlic grown. Per a 2012 study, China grows a staggering two-thirds of the world’s garlic, believed to be around 46 billion pounds per year.

3. AVERAGE CONSUMPTION OF GARLIC IS BELIEVED TO WEIGH IN AT AROUND TWO POUNDS PER PERSON.

Even with just two pounds, that means eating roughly 302 cloves per person per year, as each clove typically weighs about three grams.

4. GARLIC'S HEALTH BENEFITS ARE MYRIAD, INCLUDING AN ABILITY TO REDUCE CHOLESTEROL.

The best way to release the health-happy power of garlic is to cut it, which then turns garlic’s thio-sulfinite compounds into allicin, an antibiotic and antifungal that is believed to reduce “bad” cholesterol, as it inhibits enzymes from growing in liver cells.

5. ALLICIN IS ALSO GOOD AT COMBATING HEART DISEASE.

Allicin helps nitric oxide release in the blood vessels, relaxing them and thus bringing about a drop in blood pressure. Keeping blood vessels relaxed and lowering blood pressure is good for the heart and the rest of the vascular system (and it’s tasty).

6. GARLIC CONTAINS TONS OF VITAMINS, MINERALS, AND ANTIOXIDANTS THAT ARE GOOD FOR YOU, TOO.

The bulbs are packed with potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, selenium, beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, and Vitamin C.

7. GARLIC'S USE AS A HEALTH AID DATES BACK TO ANCIENT HISTORY.

It’s believed that Egyptian pharaohs plied their pyramid-builders with garlic for strength, and an ancient Egyptian medical document—the Ebers Papyrus—counts a stunning 22 different medicinal uses for the plant. Garlic also pops up in texts from Virgil, Pliny the Elder, Chaucer, and Galen, all of which detail its various uses and share lore about the magic plant.

8. DESPITE ITS ASIAN ORIGINS, ITS NAME IS DERIVED FROM ANGLO-SAXON SPEECH.

A combination of two Anglo-Saxon words—“gar” (spear) and “lac” (plant)—is believed to be the source of the plant’s name, specifically in reference to the shape of its leaves.

9. GARLIC'S REAL HEALTH BENEFITS ARE PROBABLY THE REASON FOR ONE OF ITS MOST PREVALENT MYTHS.

Garlic had long been recognized as a wonderful health aid before writer Bram Stoker introduced the concept of the vampire—a beast repelled by garlic—to the public with his 1897 novel Dracula. In the book, Van Helsing uses garlic as a protective agent, and it’s believed that Stoker lifted that idea from garlic’s many medicinal purposes, particularly as a mosquito repellent (think of the blood-sucking).

10. YOU CAN USE GARLIC TO MAKE GLUE.

The sticky juice that’s in garlic cloves is often used as an adhesive, especially for delicate projects that involve fragile items like glass. You just need to crush the cloves to get to the sticky stuff which, despite its smell, works surprisingly well as a bonding agent for smaller jobs.

11. GARLIC CAN CLEAR UP SKIN TROUBLES.

You can battle both acne and cold sores with garlic, simply by slicing cloves in half and applying them directly to the skin. Hold for a bit—as long as you can stand!—and while the smell might not be the best, the antibacterial properties of the miracle plant will speed along the healing process.

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