While some parents prefer to preserve an element of surprise upon delivery of their baby, most choose to learn the sex from their doctor as soon as they can. More recently, some are even opting for a more "festive" route: announcement in the form of a "gender party", where the boy-or-girl status is revealed in cake form for the first time—not only to the guests, but also to the parents.
It's early afternoon, Valentine's Day, which means today's the day to show a little loving. So, if you've got someone special and you're fresh out of ideas, not to worry, there's still time.
Somehow delicious desserts in gnarly packaging always warrant a head turn. It's a delightful anomaly: apply extreme culinary mastery to create something that tastes great, but looks like a heap of horror. As we're approaching Valentine's day, here's another example of stomach-churning dessert to share with your sweetie (if your sweetie is the Zombie loving type). Expertly crafted by Helga Petrau-Heinzel, a collection of hyperrealistic human entrails made with marzipan (ew. ew. ew.):
Yep, that's Michael J. Fox himself (aka Marty McFly) inspecting an 8-foot-long Delorean cake, complete with flaming tire tracks. The facsimile was artfully crafted by cake decorating masters Ace of Cakes for the 25th anniversary of Back To The Future and the Blu-ray releases.
It's what every baker needs. If only this were a cake decorating appliance for sale at Williams-Sonoma, instead of a one of a kind art machine showcased at this year's Vienna Design Week, created by mischer'traxler.
Instructables user tchitwood's realistic Yoda head cake may leave the most devoted (yet hungry) Star Wars fans feeling slightly guilty. tchitwood says "everyone said it was sad to cut into him, but we went to the dark side that night. :)".
The Gowanus Studio Space Jell-O Mold Competition winners are in, and this year is every bit as impressive as last year. The grand prize goes to Shelly Sable for her piece: "Aspic Ascension-- Tastes Like Heaven".
Via WonderHowTo World, CAKES! CAKES! CAKES!: Martha Stewart Living Radio recently held a cupcake contest, and unfortunately the winner was NOT these Alexander McQueen cupcakes, by Julia Cunningham, DJ on SiriusXM U.
Remember the bile-rising barf cakes previously showcased? If you missed it, be sure to check 'em out. They are ... well, not exactly appetizing.
Remember Michelle Wibowo, the amazing cake decorator behind the obsessively realistic baby cake? Well, she's back with a video demonstration of her amazing Super Mario Brothers cake. Check out the sugar art master's process below. Previously, Who's Behind This Obsessively Realistic Baby Cake?
HOLLLLLYWOOOD! When I get a Louis V cake for my birthday, I'll know I've made it. Truly, truly awesome cakes by Highland Bakery of Atlanta, Georgia. (Oh Lord, the Hollywood Sign cake kinda leaves me breathless).
Via CAKES! CAKES CAKES!: In the seaside town of Brighton, England, lives a tiny little chocolate shop called Choccywoccydoodah.
Via CAKES! CAKES! CAKES!, Wowsa, Happy Birthday Biz!
Here's somethin' too-good-for-words, via CAKES! CAKES! CAKES!, my WonderHowTo World (P.S. you can start your own world or join others - learn more here).
With the recent release of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, it's time to celebrate - in the form of cake, of course! Bakelab offers a series of Alice inspired sweets. Buy them online, OR if you're in the L.A. area, stop by ROYAL/T in Culver City.
Another Oscar winner featured today, but in the form of a masterfully sculpted cake. Avatar cleaned up with three Oscars, to Hurt Locker's six.
WonderHowTo has seen it's fair share of strange cakes. Semi-gruesome cakes (brains), downright stomach churning cakes (cigarettes and meat), and playfully disgusting cakes (Star Wars spilled guts).
Debbie’s cake creations display an amazing level of artistry. However, they don't look too appetizing. In fact, they're pretty stomach churning.
The 2010 Oscars are coming around the corner, and for those who throw an annual Oscar bash, now's the time to plan the menu. Cakespy posts a HowTo for the "Avatart", the perfect Avatar-viewing snack.
Sweet little bug cakes by Japan's Komatsuya Honten bakery make an interesting belated Valentine's Day treat. Interesting tidbit of Valentine's Day trivia: in Japan, women give chocolate to men for Valentine's Day, not the other way around.
Internet culture loves many things, but there are two web crazes in particular that always grab my attention: the notoriously addictive facebook game, Farmville, and the insane art of cake decorating.
More goodies from Not So Humble Pie, the bakers that brought us Candied Bacon Cake and Science Cookies. These artfully crafted sushi cupcakes demonstrate real cake decorating mastery. Click through for more info on how they were made.
Not So Humble Pie, creator of yummy cookie lab rats, chocolate atoms and gingerbread scientists (to name a few), brings us a delectable contribution to the world of cake decorating: the candied bacon cake. This cake looks like bacon, and actually tastes a little bit like bacon, too.
Science geeks behold, the perfect dessert. The cupcake Periodic Table. Pretty simple to do-it-yourself. Start with basic cupcakes in a square mold and decorate!
Grossly-yummy DIY cheeseburger cupcakes by KateDW: "My boyfriend surprised me on my birthdaywith these amazing little cupcakes. They were a huge hit so we decided to make a how-to page for everyone that always asks about them. "
Exquisitely detailed Star Wars wedding cake! Amazing sugar art representation of Luke Skywalker lying in dead tauntaun innards, made for Star Wars artist Chris Trevas and his wife Julie.
What would drive Michelle Wibowo to create such a hyper realistic baby cake? An outsider to the cake decorating world might consider the subject matter a bit odd. However, elaborate baby shower cakes are a popular fad, and Michelle's award winning baby cake is the creme of the crop.