19 Amazing Video Game Cakes

Serious gamers know just how time-consuming gaming is, often making it difficult to do anything besides working (only to buy more games) and playing the games themselves. Even so, gamers usually do still manage to have lives outside of the console; these cakes are some of the amazing creations born as a result.


While most people dedicate their gaming obsessions to the specific games they play, others adore entire consoles. For those who worship at the altar of the original NES, Debbie Does Cakes has made a simply amazing cake complete with some of the system’s most classic characters.

Of all the console cakes around, this PS3 cake by Pink Cake Box, accessorized with a Blackberry and spilled Pepsi can, might best capture the gaming lifestyle for those truly dedicated few.

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of pulling a new system out of its box for the first time and this Nintendo DSi cake by Pink Cake Box perfectly captures that blissful feeling.

Lego Batman

While most video game cakes focus on the characters in the game, Elisa Strauss from Confetti Cakes made a great decision when she chose to focus on the amazing backdrop of the Lego Batman game for this cake, created specifically for the game’s launch party.


It should be no surprise that video game launch parties are the source of some of the most impressive video game cakes around. If you need further proof, just check out this amazing Skyrim cake from Bethesda’s recent party for the game, as created by the legendary Charm City Cakes of Ace of Cakes.


One of the most amazing things about this great Bioshock cake is the simple fact that this was only the fourth time the creator had ever worked with fondant. While the faces aren’t quite perfect, I think Flickr user futurestar101 certainly has a gift for cake design and, with a little practice, she could in fact be quite a star in the cake-making world.


While Q*Bert might not be as popular as many of the other console heroes from the past, there’s no denying that he does make a fantastic cake model. Just ask creator Karen from the Highland Bakery.


There are tons of cakes dedicated to this classic game, but DeviantArt user anafuji’s Super Mario chess set cake, based on an actual board game, just might be one of the cutest as it includes all of the best characters in the game.


Flickr user hello naomi is the queen of Pac-Man cakes because, while there are plenty of Pac-Man-inspired sweets out there, none capture the essence of the game as well as this set of cupcakes.

The Legend of Zelda

Like Mario and Pac-Man, there are plenty of great cakes based on this classic NES game, but this Wind Waker cake by Little Cherry Cake Company is the most epic one I’ve ever seen.

World of Warcraft

Speaking of epic cakes, Cake Central user nwelper’s World of Warcraft cake is by far the most epic on this list and might be one of the most epic cakes ever created in general.

Star Craft

Star Craft may not be as widely loved as many classic console games, but it has more than a few dedicated fans and apparently they love to bake cakes. At least, that’s the impression I got after looking over this great gallery of fan cakes from one Star Craft forum’s contest. While there are plenty of great cakes at the link, a few that really stand out are Vincze01's (above) and pape’s (below).

Angry Birds

Angry Birds is a great game, but sometimes you just have to wonder how the physics would actually work out in the real world. Fortunately, Mike Cooper created this brilliant playable cake version of the game so anyone could find out for themselves. In fact, he even included directions so you can make your own.

If you’ve ever wondered what the Angry Birds would look like in real life, look no further than this clever Threadless shirt. It was rendered in cake version by Jamie Masterson as part of the Threadcakes competition that encourages fans of the tee shirt site to turn their favorite designs into edible treats.

Plants vs Zombies

One of the greatest things about Plants vs Zombies is just how cute the animation in the game is. That’s why this adorable cake, by OC’s Little Kitchen, is such a perfect tribute.


The in-game cake may be a lie, but this cake version of a space core by Mike’s Amazing Cakes is anything but.

One of the game’s most iconic symbols remains the Companion Cube though, and here’s a fantastic one by All About The Cake.


Mike’s Amazing Cakes not only makes amazing Portal creations, but also is quite gifted when it comes to Halo designs. Here’s his wonderfully detailed take on Master Chief’s helmet.

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Stones, Bones, and Wrecks
UK Archaeologists Have Found One of the World’s Oldest 'Crayons'
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University of York

A prehistoric chunk of pigment found near an ancient lake in England may be one of the world's oldest crayons, Colossal reports. The small object made of red ochre was discovered during an archaeological excavation near Lake Flixton, a prehistoric lake that has since become a peat wetland but was once occupied by Mesolithic hunter-gatherers. Though it’s hard to date the crayon itself, it was found in a layer of earth dating back to the 7th millennium BCE, according to a recent study by University of York archaeologists.

Measuring less than an inch long, the piece of pigment is sharpened at one end, and its shape indicates that it was modified by a person and used extensively as a tool, not shaped by nature. The piece "looks exactly like a crayon," study author Andy Needham of the University of York said in a press release.

A pebble of red ochre thought to be a prehistoric crayon
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The fine grooves and striations on the crayon suggest that it was used as a drawing tool, and indicate that it might have been rubbed against a granular surface (like a rock). Other research has found that ochre was collected and used widely by prehistoric hunter-gatherers like the ones who lived near Lake Flixton, bolstering the theory that it was used as a tool.

The researchers also found another, pebble-shaped fragment of red ochre at a nearby site, which was scraped so heavily that it became concave, indicating that it might have been used to extract the pigment as a red powder.

"The pebble and crayon were located in an area already rich in art," Needham said. "It is possible there could have been an artistic use for these objects, perhaps for coloring animal skins or for use in decorative artwork."

[h/t Colossal]

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Tour the National Museum of Scotland From Home With Google Street View
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Google's Street View technology can be used to view some amazing art, whether it's behind the walls of the Palace of Versailles in France or the Guggenheim Museum in New York. As the BBC reports, the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh is the latest institution to receive the virtual treatment.

The museum contains items tracing the history of the world and humanity. In the Natural World galleries, visitors will find a hulking Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton and a panorama of wildlife. In the World Cultures galleries, there are centuries' worth of art and innovation to see. The museum's permanent galleries and the 20,000 objects on display can all be viewed from home thanks to the new online experience.

Users can navigate the virtual museum as they would a regular location on Street View. Just click the area you wish to explore and drag your cursor for full 365-degree views. If there's a particular piece that catches your interest, you may be able to learn more about it from Google Arts & Culture. The site has added 1000 items from the National Museum of Scotland to its database, complete with high-resolution photos and detailed descriptions.

The Street View tour is a convenient option for art lovers outside the UK, but the museum is also worth visiting in person: Like its virtual counterpart, admission to the institution is free.

[h/t BBC]


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