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11 Game-Inspired Cakes

We’ve featured cakes based on video games before, but for those who prefer to play their games in the real world against non-virtual friends, here are 11 great tribute desserts.

1. Dungeons & Dragons

Adorned with gold coins and two twenty-sided dice, this dragon would be the perfect complement to any epic D&D session. The gorgeous birthday cake was made by Mike’s Amazing Cakes for Gizmopolis writer DougO’s friend’s 30th birthday.

2. Settlers of Catan

This great Settlers of Catan cake was made by Kalli Cakes for When Geeks Wed readers Carol and Kyle. Not only does the cake look perfect, it even pulls apart in little hexagonal sections just like the real game board.

3. Billiards

This billiards cake by Cake Central user littleshamrock21 is a perfect way to celebrate any pool shark’s birthday.

4. Monopoly

While there are plenty of Monopoly-themed cakes out there, this design by Michelle Cakes is certainly top-tier material. That’s not only because the paint on the box looks so convincing, but also because it comes with so many delightful recreations of the game’s famous accessories, and a few of the couple's personal additions. My only critique? What’s Monopoly without a Scotty dog?

5. Chess

Like Monopoly, there is no short supply of chess cakes. What makes this great creation by Elana’s Cakes and More stand out is the fact that it looks like the board and pieces are made of well-polished marble. I’d be worried it would crack my teeth if I took a bite.

6. Game of Life

The Game of Life is all too fitting for a birthday celebration. Including photos from the person’s life and a few real game pieces on the cake, Johnson’s Custom Cakes made this one a perfect walk down memory lane.

7. Operation

When Anne Heap of Pink Cake Box’s brother graduated from his cardiology fellowship, Anne baked up this delightful take on the classic game of Operation. The best part? Cavity Sam's nose actually lights up – just like in the real game.

8. Scrabble

CakeCentral user ToniRod made this for her mother’s birthday: a fully recreated Scrabble board, including the score pad, a pencil and tile holders and a game in play with a message for the birthday gal.

9. Hungry Hungry Hippos

Here is a great game that most adults have fond memories of.  This cake by Dolce Designs allows you to remember those good times while giving you an all-new fun memory with the game.

10. Candy Land

Back in 2009, Debbie Does Cakes made this great Candy Land creation for HASBRO to help the company celebrate the 60th anniversary of this classic children’s board game.

11. The Variety Pack

This creation by Cake Central user Jewelld Cakes features elements from The Game of Life, Monopoly, Scrabble, Taboo and Twister – now that’s how to celebrate game night in style!

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Food Going Bad? How to Set the Correct Temperature For Your Fridge
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Depending on the size of your household, your grocery bill can sometimes outpace utility costs or other expenses, making it one of the biggest monthly expenditures in your budget. If you've spent that money on organic, fresh produce, watching it go bad faster than it should can be a frustrating experience.

If your lettuce is getting icy or your meat is smelling a little fishy, the problem might be your refrigerator's temperature setting. While many newer fridge models have digital thermometers that make checking for the correct temperature easy—it should be right around 37°F, with your freezer at 0°F—others have a manual dial that offers ambiguous settings numbered from one to five or one to 10.

Fortunately, there's an easy way to make the knob match your ideal climate. Refrigerator thermometers are available at home goods stores or online and provide a digital readout of the refrigerator's interior that's usually accurate within 1°F. Leave the thermometer on the middle shelf to get the correct reading.

Once you have the appliance set, be sure to check it periodically to make sure it's maintaining that temperature. Packing too much food on your shelves, for example, tends to make the interior warmer. If the coils need to be cleaned, it might be retaining more heat. Kept at a steady 37°F, your food should remain fresh, safe, and perfectly cold.

 

[h/t Reader's Digest]

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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, 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 doughnuts 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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