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12 Cakes That Look Like Fast Food Specialties

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These cakes look they should be served out of a drive-through window.

1 & 2. McDonald's

McDonald's is the largest fast food chain in the world, so it shouldn’t be surprising that there are more McDonald’s cakes out there than any other fast food company. The impressive Home Town Cake version of a Big Mac and fries above was made for a McDonald’s grand opening, but there are lots of homemade creations, too.

Take, for example, this sweet treat, which was created by Cake Central user amberhoney for her 8-year-old nephew’s birthday. The French fry box and cup are both real McDonald’s props, but the fries are made from marzipan and the soda cup is actually filled with cola-flavored Jell-O. The burger is made from chocolate fudge.

While this McDonald’s meal might not look quite as realistic as the other two above, it does have the unique distinction of containing a drinkable soda. While Cake Central user Corikiky didn’t say any specifics about the cake, it appears to be for a crew meeting, which means that McDonald’s location really wanted to get the team inspired.

3. Fatburger

Fatburger might not be as popular as McDonald’s, but if this cake—created by Colette’s Cakes—is any indication, the company certainly has its legions of fans.

4. Whataburger

This impressively realistic-looking Whataburger cake by Cake Central user sherylshirley is made of a snickerdoodle cake for buns, a brownie for a meat patty and is served with pound cake fries. The whole thing has me ready to exclaim “Whatacake!”

5 & 6. Subway

Most people know that any amazing looking cake is made using fondant, but if you’re wondering how someone goes about getting such perfect coloration on a Subway sandwich cake, the secret is an airbrush. And this cake proves that Danielle Irby is a true master when it comes to airbrushing confections into a work of art (or a sandwich, as the situation may require).

This three-foot long cake was made by Cake Central user milmil95 for a Subway franchise owner’s birthday. It looked so real that the birthday boy was actually bummed out to see his friends just got him a sub sandwich for his birthday and he didn’t believe it was a cake until someone cut it.

7 & 8. KFC

A lot of the KFC cakes out there either incorporate actual buckets from the chain or at least the logo printed out on edible paper. So Laura Loukaides’ cake shows an amazing amount of skill and ingenuity: She actually painted and cut the design into fondant as she created her own bucket. And the chicken looks pretty real too—though not as extra crispy as many KFC fans like it.

Admittedly, the chicken and fries inside these KFC boxes aren’t quite as realistic looking as the one above, but the corn and beans look pretty spot on and the presentation—using a number of KFC boxes—makes this sweet assortment a pretty delightful tribute to the chicken restaurant. Cake Central user kerplunksky made these goodie boxes for a friend to give to her husband on Valentine’s Day. The fries, corn kernels and  chicken bones are made with fondant. The popcorn chicken is just rice krispie treats. The beans are Jelly Bellies covered in a gel glaze, and the chicken is butter cream frosting dipped in cookie crumbs.

9 & 10. Pizza Hut

While there are a lot of pizza cakes out there, one of the hardest parts is getting to make it look realistic—especially with all those nice colors the cheese gets as it bakes. This pizza by Cake Central user Barbend gets around that problem by looking like a pizza that is just about ready to be popped into the oven. It’s a fun way to celebrate a Pizza Hut employee's birthday.

Sure, kids love pizza—but they really, really love cake. So just imagine the pleasant surprise on the face of the little girls who got to eat this great cake from Julia of Cake You Up. Julia actually cooked the cake in a pizza pan and then served it in a Pizza Hut box. The pepperoni is candy melts.

11. Taco Bell

This might just be the most realistic taco cake ever made. What’s even more fantastic is that it comes with a Big Bell Meal Box and salsa—both of which are totally edible. This impressive combo meal of cake was created by Jenni Blackburn of Crème de la Crème Cakery.

12. Chipotle

Those who prefer Chipotle over Taco Bell in the burrito wars will almost certainly prefer this 3D cake version of a Chipotle burrito. As if showing the layers of beans, lettuce, and rice wasn’t enough, Elaine of Enticing Cake Boutique even perched the whole thing on a pile of fondant tortilla chips.

Of course, the true measure of any cake is how it tastes, so the real question here is: do any of these actually taste like the fast food concoctions they are aspiring to look like? Let’s hope the answer is no.

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10 Surprising Facts About Mr. Mom
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John Hughes penned the script for 1983's Mr. Mom, a comedy about a family man named Jack Butler (Micheal Keaton) who loses his job. To ensure their three kids are taken care of, his wife, Caroline (Teri Garr), goes back to work—leaving Jack to fight off a vacuum cleaner and learn why it's never a good idea to feed chili to a baby.

In 1982, Keaton turned in a star-making role in Ron Howard’s Night Shift, but Mr. Mom marked the first time he headlined a movie, and it launched his career. Hughes had written National Lampoon's Vacation, which—oddly enough—was released in theaters the weekend after Mr. Mom. But Hughes himself was still a relative unknown, as it would be another year before he entered the teen flick phase of his career, which would make him iconic.

In the meantime, Mr. Mom hit home for a lot of viewers, as the economy was on the downturn and more and more women were entering (or reentering) the workforce. But some people think that the movie's ending—which sees the couple revert to traditional gender roles—sidelined the movie's message. Still, on the 35th anniversary of its release, Mr. Mom remains an ahead-of-its-time comedy classic.

1. IT'S BASED ON A TRUE STORY.

Mr. Mom producer Lauren Shuler Donner came across a funny article John Hughes had written for National Lampoon. Based on that, she contacted him and the two became friends. “One day, he was telling me that his wife had gone down to Arizona and he was in charge of the two boys and he didn’t know what he was doing,” Donner told IGN. “It was hilarious! I was on the floor laughing. He said, ‘Do you think this would make a good movie?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, this is really funny.’ So he said, ‘Well, I have about 80 pages in a drawer. Would you look at it?’ So I looked at it and I said, ‘This is great! Let’s do it!’ We kind of developed it ourselves.” In the book Movie Moguls Speak, Donner mentioned how Hughes “had never been to a grocery store, he had never operated a vacuum cleaner. John was so ignorant, that in his ignorance, he was hilarious.”

The players involved with the movie told Donner and Hughes they thought it should be a TV movie. Hughes had a TV deal with Aaron Spelling, who came aboard to executive produce. “Then the players involved were upset because John was writing out of Chicago instead of L.A.,” Donner said in Movie Moguls Speak. “They fired John and brought in a group of TV writers. In the end, John and I were muscled out. It was a good movie, but if you ever read John’s original script for Mr. Mom, it’s far better.”

2. JOHN HUGHES REJECTED THE IDEA OF DIRECTING MR. MOM.

Stan Dragoti ended up directing the film, but only after Hughes turned it down, because he preferred to make his movies in Chicago, not Hollywood. “I don’t like being around the people in the movie business,” Hughes told Roger Ebert. “In Hollywood, you spend all of your time having lunch and making deals. Everybody is trying to shoot you down. I like to get my actors out here where we can make our movies in privacy.” Hughes remained in Chicago and filmed his directorial debut, Sixteen Candles, there.

3. MICHAEL KEATON GOT THE ROLE BECAUSE OF NIGHT SHIFT.

In 1982’s Night Shift, Keaton’s character works at a morgue and starts a prostitution ring with co-worker Henry Winkler. Donner had an agent friend, Laurie Perlman, who represented the not-yet-famous actor. She contacted Donner and pitched Keaton to her. “’Look, I represent this guy who is really funny. Would you meet with him?’" Donner recalled of the conversation. "So I met with him. Usually I don’t like to do this unless we’re casting, but I met with him because she was my friend. And then she said, ‘You have to see this movie Night Shift that he’s in.’ So I went to see Night Shift, and midway through I couldn’t wait to get out of that theater to give Mr. Mom to Michael Keaton. Fortunately, he liked it."

Keaton told Grantland that he turned down one of the main roles in Splash to play Jack Butler. “I just remember at the time thinking I wanted to get away from what I’d just done on Night Shift,” he said. “I thought if I do it again, I might get myself stuck. So then Mr. Mom came along. So I said no [to Splash] so I could set up this framework right away where I could do different things.”

4. THE FILM BROKE NEW GROUND.

Teri Garr, Michael Keaton, Taliesin Jaffe, Frederick Koehler, and Martin Mull in Mr. Mom (1983)
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In 1983, more women stayed at home than worked, so it was a novelty for a man to be a stay-at-home dad. Today, an estimated 1.4 million men are stay-at-home dads, and 7 million men are their children's primary caregiver. “Mr. Mom became part of the vernacular,” Donner told Newsweek. “Mr. Mom represented a segment of men who were at home dealing with the kids who, up until then, really hadn’t been heard from. That’s what really told me about the power of film, because it spoke for a lot of men. It also helped women, because I think that women sometimes, if you’re a housewife, you’re not really appreciated for what you do. This sort of made women feel better about what they did because they knew that men were understanding it.”

5. TODAY, “MR. MOM” IS CONSIDERED A PEJORATIVE TERM.

More than 30 years after the film’s release, stay-at-home dads feel the term “Mr. Mom” should die. The National At-Home Dad Network launched a campaign to terminate the phrase and instead have people refer to men as “Dad.” In 2014 Lake Superior State University voted to banish “Mr. Mom” from the lexicon.

“At least, the pop-culture image of the inept dad who wouldn’t know a diaper genie from a garbage disposal has begun to fade,” wrote The Wall Street Journal, after declaring “Mr. Mom is dead.”

6. TERI GARR DIDN’T KNOW IT WAS A MESSAGE MOVIE.

The movie redefined gender roles, but when the producers pitched the premise to Garr, they hid the plot reversal. “They just told me it was about a guy who does the work that a woman does, because it’s so easy,” she told The A.V. Club. “And I went, ‘Oh, yeah. Ha ha.’ It’s so easy. All the women I know who stay home and take care of their kids, they go, ‘Oh yeah, this is easy.’ Hmm.”

7. MARTIN MULL IMPROVISED THE “220, 221” LINE.

The quote everyone remembers from the movie comes from Jack, holding a chainsaw, standing next to Ron Richardson (Martin Mull) and discussing what kind of wiring Jack will use in renovating the house: “220, 221, whatever it takes,” Jack says.

“We’re doing the scene and it was okay,” Keaton told Esquire. “And I remember saying to the prop guy, ‘Go find me a chainsaw.’ When he comes back with it, he says, ‘You wanna wear these?’ And he holds up some goggles. I go, ‘Yeah.’ You know, they make me look crazy. And when Martin shows up, I know I should look under control, I’m not sweating it. I’m a dude. So we’re standing there, Martin pulls me aside and says, ‘You know what you ought to say? When I ask about the wiring, you oughta just deadpan: ‘220, 221.’ I died. It was perfect. I may have added ‘whatever it takes.’ But it was his.”

“That was a little ad-lib that we just threw in, but every carpenter or construction person I’ve ever worked with, they’re always quoting that line from Mr. Mom,” Mull told The A.V. Club.

8. MR. MOM OUTGROSSED HUGHES’S OTHER 1983 SUMMER MOVIE—VACATION.

Mr. Mom only opened on 126 screens on July 22, 1983, but managed to gross $947,197 during its opening weekend. Once the film went wide a month later to 1235 screens, it hit number one at the box office and spent five weeks at the top. By the end of its run, the film had grossed just shy of $65 million, making it the ninth highest-grossing film of 1983 (just between Staying Alive and Risky Business). National Lampoon’s Vacation, Hughes’s other film that summer, came out July 29 and ended its theatrical run with $61,399,552 (at its height, it showed on 1248 screens). Vacation finished the year in 11th place.

9. THE MOVIE LED TO HUGHES BEING CALLED “A PURVEYOR OF HORNY SEX COMEDIES.”

During a 1986 interview with Seventeen magazine, Molly Ringwald asked the writer-director why he never showed teen sex in Sixteen Candles or The Breakfast Club. “In Sixteen Candles, I figured it would only be gratuitous to show Samantha and Jake in anything more than a kiss,” he said. “The kiss is the most beautiful moment. I was really amused when someone once called me a ‘purveyor of horny sex comedies.’ He listed The Breakfast Club and Mr. Mom in parentheses. I thought, ‘What kind of sex?’ Yes, in Mr. Mom there’s a baby in a bathtub and you see its bare butt.”

10. MR. MOM WAS MADE INTO A TV MOVIE AFTER ALL.

In the beginning, producers wanted Mr. Mom to be a TV movie, not a feature film. But a year after the film came out in theaters, ABC produced a TV movie called Mr. Mom, with the same characters and premise. Barry Van Dyke played Jack and Rebecca York played Caroline. A People magazine review of the movie stated: “They and their three kids are immediately likable … But it goes downhill from there as the script lobotomizes all its characters. Here’s a textbook case in how TV takes a cute idea—and a script that does have some good lines—and leeches the wit out of it.”

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