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18 Cakes Inspired by Memes

We’ve featured cakes for kids, horror fanatics, film aficionados, geeks and gamers, so here are some cakes for those of you who spend your days on Reddit, The Daily What and BuzzFeed. I bring you -- meme cakes!

Nyan Cat

Nyan Cat might just be the most famous meme of the last year, and given that the cat’s body is made from a Pop Tart anyway, it was just a matter of time before someone baked him into existence. This Nyan Cat cake, uploaded by LittleNinjaKitteh is by far the most famous on the net, and the use of ribbon around the tiers is quite clever.

Still, that previous cake was missing the critical strawberry Pop Tart body, which is why this cake by Laura LaCoste looks so much more accurate to the Nyan’s true form.

Sometimes though, just one internet reference isn’t enough. When that’s the case, perhaps you’ll need to call Day-Zee Cakes and ask them to make you another LulzSec Nyan Cat cake like this one.

Pedobear

This adorably creepy cartoon bear is one of the most popular and longest lasting memes on the net, and the joke is directly related to age, so it’s not surprising that there are plenty of Pedobear cakes out there. (In fact, I had one at my birthday last year.)

Perhaps the most artistic of all the Pedobear cakes out there is this one photographed by Flickr user Allontion, which is also the most inappropriate as it shows the predatory bear with an adorably pig-nosed little girl sitting on his lap under a blanket.

This Pedobear cake featuring a white van with an offering of “free candy” seems like it was pulled straight from a low-budget afterschool special; in fact, that might be where DeviantArt user ViciousVeggie got the idea for her creation.

Of course, you aren’t going to get any love from Pedobear once you grow up, as this cake, given to Reddit user afkilla, reminds us.

Keyboard Cat

Similarly, Keyboard Cat made it so big that he ended up on national TV commercials, and with a kitty this cute, it’s no wonder he’s appeared on so many birthday cakes. The most accurate cake depiction of Keyboard Cat is this 3D cake created by DeviantArt user Celsia.

Personally though, I prefer this Keyboard Cat photographed by Krista Faye and created by her friend Charra that looks so fluffy and adorable.

The Rickroll Cake Is A Lie

Alternatively, this Instructable by Papersatan can show you how to create another double-meme cake featuring the “the cake is a lie” cake from Portal that is actually rickrolled by a Rick Astley cake.

This Cake Isn’t A Lie

Of course, if you want to actually eat the cake lie, then you’d better ask Flickr user Solo to put you in touch with his friend Nicole, who really did manage to bake this Portal cake.

O RLY Owl

You know who was really surprised to see the Portal cake become a reality? The O RLY Owl, so just imagine his surprise when he was turned into a cake by Jon Marion.

Socially Awkward Penguin

Of course, Socially Awkward Penguin was always waiting to become a cake –it just caught him off guard when he then had to remember the right name while singing the birthday song. Hopefully, the creator of the cake, DeviantArt user whisper n the wind, was able to remember the birthday boy’s name –after all, it was made for her boyfriend.

Troll Face

According to this cake’s creator, DeviantArt user antenna girl, it was just chocolate mud cake with a white chocolate ganache. I don’t know about you guys, but I wouldn’t trust a troll cake –I just immediately assume this mud cake was actually made with mud. Even so, at least it looks great.

Pepper Spray Cop

Speaking of trolls, Pepper Spray Cop has a reputation for being kind of a jerk, but really, he just wants to help season your dinner. Oh wait, it’s just a cake that looks like a turkey…oh well, pepper for you! If you know the origin of this great cake, please leave a comment so I can give proper credit.

Ron Swanson

As for savory foods, Ron Swanson may be featured on a cake by Liz Shim of Eat Cake Be Merry, but the Parks and Recreation character is still only interested in bacon and eggs.

Chuck Norris

Of course, if you really want a manly man on your cake, then look no further than this Chuck Norris cake ordered and photographed by Zach Bass. You have to wonder if the knife broke when they tried to cut into Chuck’s likeness.

Rebecca Black

If you prefer your real-people memes to feature teenage girls though, then you might be happier with a Rebecca Black cake like this one, given to Flickr user synthis and featuring the songstress singing a few of the memorable lyrics from her unforgettable hit, Friday.

Hipster Ariel

For those who think Rebecca Black is too mainstream though, Hipster Ariel is here for you, as long as you happen to be where the PBR. Adorably, this cake was made by blogger Emily Beth’s mother. I have a hard enough time trying to explain memes and hipsters to my mom, let alone getting her to make me cakes with them –Emily, you’re a lucky girl.

I know most of you probably haven’t had a meme cake before, but if you have, tell everyone about it in the comments. If not, what meme would you want on your cake? I’d like to see a business cat cake at a company party, but since I work from home, I don’t see that happening any time soon.

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This Snow Sculpture of a Car Was So Convincing Cops Tried to Write It a Ticket
Photo composite, Mental Floss. Car, ticket, Simon Laprise. Background, iStock.
Photo composite, Mental Floss. Car, ticket, Simon Laprise. Background, iStock.

Winter is a frustrating time to be on the road, but one artist in Montreal has found a way to make the best of it. As CBS affiliate WGCL-TV reports, his snow sculpture of a DeLorean DMC-12 was so convincing that even the police were fooled.

Simon Laprise of L.S.D Laprise Simon Designs assembled the prank car using snow outside his home in Montreal. He positioned it so it appeared to be parked along the side of the road, and with the weather Montreal has been having lately, a car buried under snow wasn’t an unusual sight.

A police officer spotted the car and was prepared to write it a ticket before noticing it wasn’t what it seemed. He called in backup to confirm that the car wasn’t a car at all.

Instead of getting mad, the officers shared a good laugh over it. “You made our night hahahahaha :)" they wrote on a fake ticket left on the snow sculpture.

The masterpiece was plowed over the next morning, but you can appreciate Laprise’s handiwork in the photos below.

Snow sculpture.

Snow sculpture of car.

Snow sculpture of car.

Note written in French.

[h/t WGCL-TV]

All images courtesy of Simon Laprise.

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The School Book That Pioneered Funny Cat Pics 100 Years Before Lolcats

If you were learning to read in the early 20th century, you could do a lot worse than practicing on Eulalie Osgood Grover’s 1911 masterpiece of an early reader book, Kittens and Cats; a Book of Tales, which we spotted on the Public Domain Review. Long before lolcats or Instagram-famous felines, Grover’s teaching tool imagined what cats would say if they could talk. And boy, do they have things to say. In one chapter, a cat muses about how hard it is to drink out of china cups. In another, a cat wonders who that cat he saw in the mirror was. The first chapter’s narrator proclaims “I am the Queen of all the Kittens. I am the Queen! the Queen!” (Show me a cat who doesn’t think that.)

The chapters, usually just a page or so long, are all accompanied by photographs of cats and kittens dressed up in silly hats and frilly outfits and labeled with captions related to the story, like “I am taking a bath,” “I am Granny Gray,” and “I am the queen!”

According to the Public Domain Review, the photographs were likely the work of pioneering animal photographer Harry Whittier Frees, who insisted that his carefully posed portraits were the result of human handling, not taxidermy. Given how crisply his early-20th-century camera shutter managed to capture piles of kittens, the claim seems suspicious. But please dwell on how amazing these little stories and portraits are and not the stuffing that might be hiding behind these cute kitties’ glassy eyes. Go ahead and enjoy a few of the most delightful spreads below.

Not sure why every elementary school on earth isn't teaching their students to read with this book.

[h/t Public Domain Review]

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