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17 Amazingly Geeky Wedding Cakes

We’ve covered all sorts of geeky wedding topics, and cakes celebrating all kinds of occasions (including divorce). Now, it's time to take on geeky wedding cakes.

1. Castle on a Cake

Lord of the Rings has some truly epic romances, but arguably the most epic is Arwen and Aragorn’s love, which culminates in a wedding in Minas Tirith. For those who feel they have overcome similar obstacles in their relationship, this cake by The Cake Geek is a fitting and absolutely gorgeous way to celebrate your love and mutual geekdom.

2. The One Cake

If you think the Minas Tirith cake is just too pretty, well, perhaps you’d prefer a Gollum cake, like this one created by Crazy Cakes. You might even say it’s “precious.”

3. Runaway Snitch

Of course, a wedding cake doesn't need to be over the top to reflect your geek interests. This golden snitch cake, by Sweet Talk Cakes, is a perfect balance between a traditional white wedding cake and a dedicated Harry Potter tribute.

4. The Doctor's In

Similarly, this Doctor Who cake, by The Butter End Cakery, looks like an ordinary white, floral wedding cake just happened to have a TARDIS land on top of it right as a few dinosaurs began to attack—which seems incredibly fitting for the series.

5. Alien Invasion

Of course, if there’s any Doctor Who icon more famous than the TARDIS, it would certainly be the Daleks, and these adorable matching bride and groom Dalek wedding cakes, from Reddit user eclaire4186, might be the most awesomely geeky Doctor Who cakes ever made.

6. Who Ya Gonna Call?

Perhaps one of the most iconic scenes in film history is the one where the Ghostbusters fight the Stay Puft marshmallow man and never before has that scene been recreated so perfectly than in this wedding cake, created by the legendary team at Charm City Cakes.

7. Captain's Log

If you prefer your iconic wedding cakes to be a little creepy, then you’ll certainly love this wedding cake used at the wedding of Zeph and Sara LaFassett. (They kept his head in the freezer to eat the following year.)

8. Keep on Trekkin'

Klingons might not be known for being romantic, but there’s no denying the love in this picture or how amazing this Borg wedding cake by Restoration Cake is.

9. An Alien Affair

On a similar note, Alien Vs. Predator might just be the least romantic movie in all of history, but Little Cherry Cake Company begs to differ, showing that really the movie just showed to unlikely lovers searching for common ground. In a way, it makes sense—after all, the end of the movie showed what their love child looked like.

10. Use the Force

If you really want to go all out on a sci-fi wedding cake though, there’s no greater touch than adding working lighting. Just look at how amazing this Millennium Falcon Star Wars cake by The Butter End Cakery (the same baker who made the TARDIS/dinos cake) looks with those glowing lights in the front.

11. Star Crossed

Similarly, this Star Craft cake, created for Reddit user Jenners and her Diamond League husband, was made to light up in multiple places, thanks to the technical skills of baker Chelley Sherman.

12. Just Peachy

When it comes to video games, no characters have been used on more wedding cakes than Mario and Princess Peach. And with so many shared titles between them, it’s no wonder. Just look at all the characters and game areas referenced in this great cake by The Hazelnut Bakery.

13. The Princess and The Plumber

Here’s another great Mario-themed wedding cake, this time by Love Candy Cakes created for Jane & Neil’s geektastic wedding. Again, just look at all the game titles squeezed into one cake.

14. Missing Link

Zelda is another perfect game for a wedding cake because the stories always revolve around Link and his beloved Princess Zelda. Here’s a gorgeous Wind Waker cake by Little Cherry Cake Company (the same one that brought us the AVP cake above).

15. Fit for a Princess

For those girls who have always dreamed of living like a princess on their wedding day though, no character is more appropriate than Cinderella. This topsy turvey pumpkin carriage cake by Give Me Some Sugar would certainly make any lady feel like a true princess.

16. Muppets on Cake

While few girls really want to feel like Miss Piggy, geeks tend to be bigger fans of the Muppets than of Disney’s classic princess movies, which is why this epic Muppets wedding cake by Love At First Bite is just so perfect.

17. Stitch-y

This Stitch and Angel cake by Nerdache Cakes is perfect for couples who are slight monsters together, but in the cutest and most loving way possible.

Given the comments we’ve had on previous wedding articles, I know plenty of our readers have had geeky weddings of their own—did any of you have cakes like these at your weddings? If so, tell us about it and feel free to post some pictures or links to pictures in the comments!

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A Cool History of Cookie Puss
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When Greek immigrant Thomas Carvel started the Carvel College of Ice Cream Knowledge in the late 1940s, his intention was to educate his ice cream shop franchisees in the proper handling and distribution of the soft serve cones he had invented back in 1934. Famously strict about his scooping protocol, Carvel would grow upset if he discovered a store owner dished out only three ounces of vanilla to save money, not his required 3.5 ounces. Customers—especially kids—could tell the difference.

"Once a kid realizes he isn't getting his full cone, you've lost a customer," Carvel told The New York Times in 1985. "And that's the way you lose an entire chain."

Carvel’s rigid standards sometimes stirred up dissent, as in the case of the antitrust lawsuit filed in 1979 by franchisees over his insistence they buy Carvel-supplied napkins and other goods at inflated prices. But it was his ingenuity that led the 865-location Carvel chain to a stunning $300 million in sales by 1985.

That growth was spurred in large part by the company’s distinctive ice cream cakes, including Hug Me the Bear and Fudgie the Whale. But no confection drew as much attention as Cookie Puss, the cone-nosed birthday treat made famous in a series of 1970s commercials, a 1983 Beastie Boys song, and a legendary bit on The Howard Stern Show.

Although stores frequently tweaked the Cookie Puss design, it never strayed far from its original inspiration: the face of Carvel himself.

(L-R): Cookie Puss, Cookie O'Puss, Tom Carvel. Courtesy of Carvel

Carvel’s ice cream empire began with a flat tire. In 1934, he had borrowed $15 from his fiancée, Agnes, to get an ice cream truck on the road in Hartsdale, New York. The truck broke down, but customers didn’t seem to mind the softening ice cream—in fact, they seemed to love it.

Carvel jumped on the opportunity, cobbling a soft-serve machine together in his garage and obtaining a patent for it. When he realized that selling the machines led to frequent user error, he founded the Carvel Corporation in 1947, lining states—and his pockets—with Carvel-branded frozen treat storefronts.

Carvel recognized that it would take more than his name to help distinguish the stores from other ice cream shops. Their ice cream sandwiches were dubbed Flying Saucers in 1951; Carvel invited franchisees to brainstorm other unique product ideas.

In the early 1970s, an attendee at the College of Ice Cream Knowledge presented Carvel with a cake in a vaguely humanoid shape. With a cone to mimic Carvel’s bulbous nose, Carvel was impressed. He also realized anthropomorphized cakes would be a clever way to further the Carvel brand. An entire line—including Fudgie the Whale and Hug Me the Bear—were rolled out, 50-something ounces of frozen cake goodness that shops could decorate for personalized birthday greetings.

To spread the word, Carvel began featuring Cookie Puss in regional television advertisements throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Airing Saturday mornings and late at night, the ads were low-budget—Carvel refused to hire an ad agency—and featured Carvel himself as the narrator, his gravelly voice urging viewers to consider Fudgie for Father’s Day, Cookie Puss for all occasions, Cookie O’Puss for St. Patrick’s Day, Dumpy the Pumpkin for Halloween, and Cookie’s female counterpart, Cupie Puss, for whatever else might require massive sugar consumption.

Carvel even issued stuffed toys of Cookie Puss and Fudgie in 1985, hoping the $5.98 dolls would become Carvel’s version of Ronald McDonald, a food mascot that transcended corporate direction.

Even people who had never tried Cookie Puss were still aware of him thanks to the pervasive ads. The Beastie Boys broke through with "Cooky Puss," their 1983 single that was built around a real prank phone call made by Adam Horovitz to a Carvel store asking to speak to Cookie Puss. (One unconfirmed urban legend says Carvel was so annoyed by the album that he was considering legal action before his nephew, a Beasties fan, talked him down.)

In 1991, The Howard Stern Show dragged Cookie Puss back into the spotlight when Stern spent an inordinate length of time berating staffer Fred Norris for giving his mother a Cookie Puss for Mother’s Day. Using audio effects, Stern raised his pitch to resemble Cookie’s distinctive voice:

Stern: Hey, Fred. How come you didn’t get your mom a Fudgie the Whale? Because Cookie Puss is number one, right? ... I think you really didn’t think about your mother.

Norris: Thank you for judging me, Cookie Puss.

Stern: Tom Carvel was a weird guy. I wish he could have named me Rambo. Rambo the Cake.

Puss’s heyday came to an end in 1993, when Carvel’s new owners (Tom Carvel had sold the business in 1989 to investment bankers for $80 million) hired an actual ad agency to create a polished campaign. Carvel himself died in 1990, and was later the subject of a bizarre claim by his niece that he had been murdered so his aides could lay claim to the Cookie Puss fortune. The allegation was later dropped.

Today Puss, Fudgie, and the others can still be found at the 400-odd Carvel locations; the company’s slightly retroactive history currently claims that Cookie Puss is actually an alien from the Planet Birthday.

But whatever its fictional narrative might be, Cookie Puss still bears a strong resemblance to Tom Carvel. The inspiration for Dumpy the Pumpkin, however, remains unknown.

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10 International Recipes for Traditional Holiday Desserts
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Few traditions are as enduring as holiday foods, especially desserts. Your grandfather’s Bing Crosby Christmas carols might have given way to Mariah Carey, and children today are more likely to be dreaming of new iPhones than sugar plums, but every generation can agree on the importance of a sweet treat after dinner. This holiday season, instead of just sticking to the old favorites, consider adding a new dessert from a different part of the world—who knows? One of these recipes might just become your new favorite tradition.

1. BUCHE DE NOEL (YULE LOG) // FRANCE

France, Belgium, and many other formerly French nations celebrate Christmas with an edible version of one of the season's most enduring icons: the Yule log. As an ancient European tradition, huge Yule logs were burned to celebrate the winter solstice; the practice was later integrated into Christian rituals. You may not have room in your home to burn a full tree trunk, but you can still enjoy this rich chocolate confection which mimics the shape of a log. Feeling particularly ambitious? Check out Bon Appetit’s sleek and striking "birch log" recipe, compete with meringue "mushrooms."

2. FIGGY PUDDING // THE UK

To modern Americans, figgy pudding is probably best known for it’s appearance in the lyrics of "We Wish You A Merry Christmas." The demand for a treat ("We won’t go until we get some!") references the old English tradition of wealthy nobles giving money or food to the common people on Christmas Eve. So what is it? The name is actually an anachronism, as the modern dish is not what we consider pudding, nor does it contain any figs! It's actually a steamed cake made with raisins and brandy, and a rather ambitious culinary undertaking—one chef recommends starting the cake five weeks before Christmas! For a less time-consuming recipe, try this one from Food.com, which you can make in an afternoon.

3. SUFGANIYOT (JELLY DOUGHNUTS) // ISRAEL

Hot, sweet, and crispy, jam-filled doughnuts called sufganiyot are particularly beloved in Israel at Hanukkah gatherings. Like latkes, another Jewish holiday staple, they are deep-fried in oil, a direct connection to the famously long-lasting lamp oil of the Hanukkah story. Try Martha Stewart’s straightforward take on this relatively-modern Israeli favorite.

4. GLOGG (MULLED WINE) // NORWAY

December’s a perfect time for rich cookies and pastries, but don’t forget a festive libation to wash everything down! In Norway, as well as other Scandinavian and Germanic cultures, nothing says "celebration" like a warm cup of glogg, or mulled wine. As with many alcoholic concoctions, there are endless variations to explore, but nearly all recipes include dry red wine, clear spirits, rich spices like cinnamon and cardamom, and sweet dried fruits, like raisins and figs. Try serving Marcus Jernmark’s modern take on the classic, which includes Indonesian peppers for extra spice.

5. STOLLEN (FRUITCAKE) // GERMANY

Fruitcake is a paradox—it’s one of the oldest-known desserts (the ancient Romans had a version with pomegranate) and eaten around the world, yet it carries a much-maligned reputation and often serves as a Christmas punchline. (Johnny Carson famously quipped, "There is only one fruitcake in the world, and people keep sending it to each other.") Perhaps Carson would have changed his mind if he'd tried authentic German stollen, a hearty, doughy cake filled with nuts and raisins and generously dusted with sugar. Supposedly it's meant to look like the infant Jesus, although that effect might require a few extra cups of glogg.

6. BEIGLI (SWEET ROLLS) // HUNGARY

An Eastern European holiday treat, beigli are spiral sweet rolls, featuring a flaky pastry crust filled with a sweet mash of walnuts or poppy seeds. Symbolically, the poppy seeds represented wealth and fertility, while the walnuts served as protection against witchcraft. Due to their unique structure, beigli might present a challenge for the novice baker—take a look at this step-by-step guide if you're feeling adventurous!

7. PAVLOVA // AUSTRALIA

Most winter holiday foods are rich and filling, perfect for cold, dark December nights. But in Australia, Christmas falls at the beginning of summer and calls for something a little more refreshing. Aussies celebrate the season with a slice of Pavlova, a creamy meringue pie with a crispy crust, topped with fresh fruit.The dessert was inspired by Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova’s visit to Australia in the 1920s, and can certainly be enjoyed year-round—but this berry-bedecked wreath makes for an especially cheery interpretation.

8. PICE AR Y MAEN (WELSH CAKES) // WALES

A regional favorite often referenced by poet Dylan Thomas, "Welsh cakes"—pice ar y maen in the native tongue—are a buttery tea-time treat described as "a cross between a pancake and a baking powder biscuit, with a touch of cookie and muffin thrown in for good measure." They’re particularly popular at Christmas as well as on March 1, the traditional feast day of Saint David, patron saint of Wales. The simplicity of the recipe makes Welsh cakes a great opportunity to let children help in the kitchen. Try this extra-festive holiday version, which adds orange zest and currants.

9. SAFFRANSBULLAR (SAFFRON BUNS) // SWEDEN

Sweet yeast buns are eaten year-round in Sweden, but at Christmas they're given an extra "twist." Saffransbullar are richly flavored with saffron and raisins, and frequently twisted into a figure-eight shape known as lussekatter, meaning "Lucia cats." The unusual name refers to the feast day of Saint Lucia—December 13th—as well as the entwined shape, which resembles a sleeping cat curled up into a ball. They’re best enjoyed with pepparkakor, traditional gingersnap cookies cut into the shape of hearts or animals.

10. RISALAMANDE (RICE PUDDING) // DENMARK

A Danish staple dating back to the 1800s, Risalamande (from the French Riz à l'amande, or "rice with almonds") is a Christmas Eve tradition enjoyed throughout much of the Nordic world. This simple-but-scrumptious recipe enlivens a basic rice pudding by adding whipped cream, chopped almonds, and a warm cherry sauce. For extra fun, some families leave a single unchopped almond in the bowl; whoever finds the almond wins a small novelty gift.

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