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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Toddlers Are Now Eating as Much Added Sugar as Adults
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We know excessive amounts of added sugar can lurk in foods ranging from ketchup to juices to “health foods” like protein bars. We also know Americans get too much of it, often consuming up to 19 teaspoons daily, exceeding the American Heart Association’s recommended limit of 6 to 9 teaspoons a day. That adds up to 66 ill-advised pounds of the stuff per year.

A new study that came out of the American Society for Nutrition’s conference last week demonstrates an even more alarming trend: Toddlers are eating nearly as much sugar every day as is recommended for adults.

The study, which was organized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, examined survey data collected between 2011 and 2014 for 800 kids aged 6 to 23 months. Based on parental reporting of their food intake, the tiny subjects between 12 and 18 months old took in an average 5.5 teaspoons of added sugar per day. Older kids, aged 19 to 23 months, consumed 7.1 teaspoons. That’s at or near the recommended intake for a fully grown adult.

In addition to health risks including weight gain and reduced immune system function, sugar-slurping babies stand a greater chance of carrying that craving with them into adulthood, where complications like diabetes and heart problems can be waiting. The AHA recommends that parents avoid giving their kids sweetened drinks and snacks and look out for creative nutritional labels that disguise sugar with words like “sucrose” or “corn sweetener.”

[[h/t Quartz]

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Science Has a Good Explanation For Why You Can't Resist That Doughnut
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Unless you’re one of those rare people who doesn’t like sweets, the lure of a glazed or powdered doughnut is often too powerful to resist. The next time you succumb to that second or third Boston cream, don’t blame it on weak willpower—blame it on your brain.

As the New Scientist reports, a Yale University study published in the journal Cell Metabolism provides new evidence that foods rich in both carbohydrates and fats fire up the brain’s reward center more than most foods. For the study, volunteers were shown pictures of carb-heavy foods (like candy), fatty foods (like cheese), and foods high in both (like doughnuts). They were then asked to bid money on the food they wanted to eat most, all while researchers measured their brain activity.

Not only were volunteers willing to pay more for doughnuts and similar foods, but foods high in carbs and fat also sparked far more activity in the striatum, the area of the brain where dopamine is released. (Chocolate is one of the foods most commonly associated with increases in dopamine, working in the same way as drugs like cocaine and amphetamines.)

Presented with these findings, researcher Dana Small theorized that the brain may have separate systems to assess fats and carbs. Modern junk foods that activate both systems at once may trigger a larger release of dopamine as a result.

This study doesn’t entirely explain why different people crave different foods, though. Much of it has to do with our habits and the foods we repeatedly gravitate towards when we want to feel happy or alleviate stress. Another study from 2015 found that certain treats associated with high levels of reward in the brain—like pizza, chocolate, chips, and cookies—were considered to be the most addictive foods (doughnuts didn’t make the top 20, though).

It's still possible to turn down foods that are bad for you, though. While many people try to improve their self-control, one of the most effective ways to avoid an undesired outcome is to remove the temptation completely. Free doughnuts in the break room? Stay far away.

[h/t New Scientist]

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