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19 Amazing Video Game Cakes

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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.

Consoles


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.

Skyrim



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.

Bioshock



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.

Q*Bert



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.

Mario



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.

Pac-Man



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.

Portal



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.

Halo



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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Barack Obama Taps Kehinde Wiley to Paint His Official Presidential Portrait
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Kehinde Wiley
Kehinde Wiley Studio, Inc., Wikimedia Commons // CC BY-SA 3.0

Kehinde Wiley, an American artist known for his grand portraits of African-American subjects, has painted Michael Jackson, Ice-T, and The Notorious B.I.G. in his work. Now the artist will have the honor of adding Barack Obama to that list. According to the Smithsonian, the former president has selected Wiley to paint his official presidential portrait, which will hang in the National Portrait Gallery.

Wiley’s portraits typically depict black people in powerful poses. Sometimes he models his work after classic paintings, as was the case with "Napoleon Leading the Army Over the Alps.” The subjects are often dressed in hip-hop-style clothing and placed against decorative backdrops.

Portrait by Kehinde Wiley
"Le Roi a la Chasse"
Kehinde Wiley, Wikimedia Commons // CC BY 3.0

Smithsonian also announced that Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald has been chosen by former first lady Michelle Obama to paint her portrait for the gallery. Like Wiley, Sherald uses her work to challenge stereotypes of African-Americans in art.

“The Portrait Gallery is absolutely delighted that Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald have agreed to create the official portraits of our former president and first lady,” Kim Sajet, director of the National Portrait Gallery, said in a press release. “Both have achieved enormous success as artists, but even more, they make art that reflects the power and potential of portraiture in the 21st century.”

The tradition of the president and first lady posing for portraits for the National Portrait Gallery dates back to George H.W. Bush. Both Wiley’s and Sherald’s pieces will be revealed in early 2018 as permanent additions to the gallery in Washington, D.C.

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What the Homes of the Future Will Look Like, According to Kids
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Ask a futurist what the house of tomorrow will feature and she might mention automatic appliances and robot assistants. Ask a kid the same question and you’ll get answers that are slightly more creative, but not altogether impractical. That’s what Made.com discovered when they launched Homes of the Future, a project that had kids draw illustrations of futuristic homes that served as the basis for professional 3D renderings.

According to Co.Design, the UK-based furniture retailer recruited children ages 4 to 12 to submit their architectural ideas. The doodles, sketched in pen, marker, and colored pencil, showcase the grade-schoolers' imaginations. Paired with each picture is concept art made with a 3D illustrator that shows what the homes might look like in the real world.

The designs range from colorful and whimsical to coldly realistic. In one blueprint, drawn by Ameen, age 10, a neighborhood of rainbow buildings and flowers float among the clouds. Another sketch by Ellis, age 7, shows a “home built to last” with titanium, bricks, a steel roof, and bulletproof windows. Some kids seemed less concerned with durability than they were with the tastiness of the infrastructure. Cherry-flavored bricks, candy windows, and a giant jelly slide were just some of the features built into the future homes. Sustainability was also a major theme, with solar panels appearing on two of the houses.

Check out the original artwork and the 3D versions of their ideas below.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

[h/t Co.Design]

All images courtesy of Made.com.

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