Tag: Cake

5 Surreal Cookbooks for Mesmerizingly Realistic Cakes

So, that cake meme. It’s utterly mesmerizing and mind-boggling at the same time. It’s also inspiring, apparently, as it has spawned both many jokes and many cakes. So, for those of you who want to get in on the action, here are some cake cookbooks for you to test out. And if your baking skills are a little subpar, at least compared to your meme skills, you can just look at the pretty pictures if you want. No one’s judging.


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1. How to Cake It: A Cakebook by Yolanda Gampp

If you want your cake recipes to come with mesmerizing videos, which—let’s be honest—you probably do, How to Cake It is for you! Yolanda Gampp is the cake artist of How to Cake It, a YouTube channel and business. You can find everything from videos of a piece of steak, which is actually cake, to a giant banana, which is also actually cake. Or what about a checkers board made of cake, which you can really play on? Or maybe you’re actually more of a cookie person. You should check out this massive pile of cookies—oh wait, it’s actually cake.

How to Cake It: A Cakebook includes recipes and tips for how to make eighteen crazy cakes, so you can make your own realistic cakes. This book has got easier recipes, with no carving and simple fondant decorations, as well as more difficult ones for the advanced cake decorators. And for the truly aspirational cake artists, How to Cake It has recipes for realistic cakes with carving, painting, and gum paste work. So if you want to learn to make a Candy Apple cake, a Party Hat cake, a Rainbow Grilled Cheese cake, a Toy Bulldozer cake, or even a Golden Pyramid cake with a secret treasure chamber, go check out How to Cake It!


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2. Twisted Cakes: Deliciously Evil Cakes for Every Occasion by Debbie Goard

Okay, this one is for people who love scary movies, Halloween, and/or creepy crawlies. Debbie Goard is an award-winning cake artist, and the owner of Debbie Does Cakes. You only have to click on that link to see some of the amazing work she’s done with cake. While that might look like a car, or mac and cheese, it’s actually cake. Just imagine—you open up your door, and at your feet is an Amazon package. Excited, you lean down to grab it, thinking it’s the electric mixer you just ordered. But you pick it up, and it’s cake.

And in Twisted Cakes, she explores the darker side of this beloved dessert. These showstopping designs and recipes will help you make whatever deliciously evil cake you desire. And this cake cookbook will appeal to both the novice and expert cake decorator, with a variety of recipes of differing levels of difficulty. You can make the Day of the Dead Sugar Skull cake, the Creepy Clown cake, the Venus Fly Trap cake, the Can of Worms cake, and so much more. And, if you’re a visual learner or even just in it for the pics, these cakes are accompanied by full-color photos. So take a look at Twisted Cakes!


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3. Deceptive Desserts: A Lady’s Guide to Baking Bad! by Christine McConnell

Prepare to be deceived, because this book is out to confuse and confound you. Christine McConnell is a stylist, photographer, artist, baker, cake artist, and overall super creative person. In this book, she “transforms the ordinary into the extroardinary.” Her recipes are inspired by Tim Burton, Wes Craven, Alfred Hitchcock, and Vincent Price, but with her own twist that really shakes it up—these are desserts, not movies.

Deceptive Desserts is a cookbook that’ll teach you how to make a full classic dinner made solely out of dessert—doughnuts that look like chicken drumsticks, green beans made of candy, and mashed potatoes that are actually ice cream. So if you want to creative with all kinds of desserts and/or figure out how to play the ultimate prank on your friends or family, this book is for you!


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4. Cake My Day!: Easy, Eye-Popping Designs for Stunning, Fanciful, and Funny Cakes by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson

Imagine this: you go to a fancy dinner party, and the hosts have set out a platter of cheese for guests to snack on before the meal. Being a big fan of Swiss cheese and rather partial to Brie, you reach out to cut into the cheese for a slice. But then—cake. Embarrassed, you head to the door and stick your foot into your sneakers. But then your foot is covered in cake, because the sneaker was also cake.

Whether it’s cheese, sneakers, a guitar, or a vacuum cleaner, it’s definitely cake. Cake My Day! includes the recipes for making these realistic cakes and more. For example, do you like to start off your day with a nice toasted bagel? Well, with this amazing and creative book, you can make a cake toaster, complete with donuts for the bagels. And what else would you expect, from the “cake whisperer” herself, Karen Tack?

So, if you want to make some seriously confusing cakes, go check out Cake My Day! for so many illusion cake recipes that you’ll actually start questioning what’s real and what’s cake.


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5. Sensational Sculpted Cakes by Rose Macefield

A Shih Tzu show dog. A rocker’s electric guitar. A teenage girl’s fashion sneakers and makeup clutter. A fishing rod and basket. A tennis racket and ball. What do all of these seemingly random things have in common? Well, they’re all cake, of course. Or at least they can be, with the recipes and instructions from Sensational Sculpted Cakes. Rose Macefield is an award-winning cake artist with no limits to her imagination when it comes to cake.

In fact, even though it seems nigh impossible, we’re about to get even more meta. Do you want to use your electric mixer to create an electric mixer cake? And then use your electric mixer cake to create another electric mixer cake? And then, exhausted, you reach for one of the cookies you’d been saving all week but then they’re also cake. Seriously, go take a look at Sensational Sculpted Cakes if you want the world—and the cake—to get super surreal.

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It’s National Carrot Cake Day! You’ll Love These Recipes

Sometimes when you’re reading, you need a snack and today is National Carrot Cake Day! Carrots = good eyesight = more reading. I’m taking a brief interlude from just the books to show you five awesome carrot cake recipes that are sure to make all of your mouths water. If you’d like some more recipes, here is a book that lists eight awesome recipes. Keep an eye out for a video of a book reading and book links down below, all in the spirit of Carrot Cake Day!




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1. gimme some oven recipe

This recipe comes from Ali Martin and is fairly easy to make, requiring only eight ingredients to bake the cake and five ingredients for the cream cheese frosting. The good thing about this recipe is that it requires less ingredients to bake, and is pretty straightforward with its steps. Ali also includes tips for baking the cake.



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To get more in the spirit of National Carrot Cake Day, here is a video of Wanda Sykes reading The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake.


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2. muy bueno cookbook recipe

This recipe comes from a Mexican woman, Yvette, whose mother has a slightly different twist to the carrot cake recipe.  What makes this recipe different from the others is that Yvette uses crushed pineapples along with the juice to add sweetness to the cake, and cinnamon and nutmeg to add a nice spice to it.



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3. NY Times cooking recipe

This recipe comes from Dorie Greenspan, and while similar to the first recipe I listed, it includes using walnuts or pecans in the recipe as well as raisins or dried cranberries.  The cream cheese frosting also uses different ingredients like lemon juice or the option of adding shredded coconut (for those coconut lovers!).



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If you’re more interested in reading, check out this book centered around a carrot cake theme!


4. Sally’s baking addiction recipe

What makes this recipe stand out is that it uses brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg, in addition to the carrots.  The ginger and brown sugar for this recipe adds zing and sweetness that separates it from the other recipes on this list.  Like number one on this list, Sally also includes tips for baking this cake.



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If you’re looking for another book to read to your kids, this one has a nice story centered around it.  It even has a recipe of it at the end!


5. once upon a chef recipe

This recipe comes from Jenn Segal, and she says her carrot cake is lighter with a finer texture than other cakes. To get this, she finely chops the carrots in a food processor rather than grating them. Her recipe uses currants and nuts as well. The recipe also has nice pictures as steps for those who are visual learners.



While all the recipes are for carrot cake, they all have their differences which are sure to appeal to all the different bakers out there.  Happy baking!


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Books to Enjoy With Your Favorite Dessert

Desserts and books are arguably two of life’s greatest pleasures. Everybody seems to have a soft spot for desserts to a certain extent, whether you have a big sweet tooth or you’re more of a “special occasion” kind of person – who can resist a little bit of sweet?

To match your favorite dessert, here’s a book that will pair well with it. Enjoy!

Ice cream

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Ice cream is a frozen treat that never gets old. Although we traditionally indulge during the heat of the summer months, it’s really one of those desserts that can be enjoyed at any time during any season. If ice cream is your favorite dessert, grab a pint of your favorite flavor and indulge while reading Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man is perfect for anyone who loves ice cream because just like ice cream, it never gets old. You can read this book over and over and find something new each time you read.

'The Invisible Man'

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Chocolate Lava Cake

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If you’re someone who loves chocolate lava cake, chances are you love a good surprise. The warm, gooey interior of chocolate lava cake offers a complete contrast from its outer crust. Books with twists and turns are exhilarating – they keep the pages turning while keeping you on your toes. Here’s one to enjoy with your chocolate lava cake! Gone for Good by Harlan Coben is perfect for you if you love a book that keeps you guessing. Coben tells this invigorating story with plot twists woven into every chapter and achieves the rare feat of writing a novel which is genuinely unpredictable in every aspect.

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Ah, the traditional Italian dessert. Coffee-dipped and delicious, flavored with cocoa, it’s hard to go wrong with Tiramisu. If you’re in the mood for some Italian, why stop at food? Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman is set in Northern Italy and will give you a beautiful glimpse of the country while crafting a compelling coming-of-age story.

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French macarons

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If your favorite desserts are these delicious, little cookies, you might prefer your sweets in moderation. No need for a gigantic piece of cake or pie – a few of these mini French treats will do! Pair some French macarons with The Stranger by Albert Camus and indulge in a short, magnificent novel by one of the most renowned French writers of all time.

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Top 10 Magical Harry Potter Tweets!

It’s J.K. Rowling’s birthday, and, since she’s THAT author, that means it’s also Harry Potter’s birthday! Not the series, the titular character. Since he’s our chosen one, well, I’m celebrating, you’re celebrating, everyone is celebrating! And some of us have taken a break from binging the Harry Potter movies or speed-reading through the series to Tweet ‘congrats’ to our favorite boy who used to live under the stairs.

So since we’ve looked away from our pages and our screens, let’s stare at the article on this screen and look through the Top Ten Best Harry Potter Tweets.







With those two tweets, I think we can all agree that…







Don’t fret if you didn’t get a letter to Hogwarts, because if you were there, you’d probably have some homework like this…





Not to bring the mood down, but if you want to ride the real-life Hogwarts Express that was used for the movies, then you can ride the West Highland Line. Seriously.

The West Highland Line was used for the movie. If you like it, recommend it to friends or become a member of The Friends of the West Highland Lines, a community group and media organization that seeks to direct funding toward service improvements and making sure the line stays running. If you want more information, check out our article on it here.



Before we get to our final Harry Potter Tweet. Let’s take a moment to remember a star from Die Hard, a star from Prince of Thieves, a star all around, Harry Potter’s own Professor Snape: Alan Rickman.



Do you think we’re going to have something as big as the VR mobile game Wizards Unite? Maybe it’s another Fantastic Beasts movie!




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