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Marzipan Turtles All the Way Down
October 1, 2006 10:50 AM   Subscribe

Discworld cake from cake decorator Jane Fisk. (She does some other neat stuff, too.)
posted by LeeJay (28 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
wow
posted by Vindaloo at 10:57 AM on October 1, 2006


That is seriously incredible. And she writes as if it's nothing at all.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 11:01 AM on October 1, 2006


Mmmmm, yummy!
posted by goo at 11:02 AM on October 1, 2006


It's a shame it's not made from something permanent.
posted by smackfu at 11:16 AM on October 1, 2006


Wow, this is good.

And smackfu, would these be nearly as impressive if they were made out of clay or plastic?
posted by CaptMcalister at 11:35 AM on October 1, 2006


Amazing.
posted by soundofsuburbia at 11:37 AM on October 1, 2006


Haha. Turtles All the Way Down is gonna love that.
posted by dobbs at 11:44 AM on October 1, 2006


I love that she got the crater pocks on the Great A'tuin.
posted by smallerdemon at 12:07 PM on October 1, 2006


I think that may be the first cake I've ever seen that made me laugh out loud with amazement. Seriously. Wow.

I mean, just the elephants.... "the elephants are modelled and added to the turtle's back". Gee, that sounds easy. :)
posted by Malor at 12:11 PM on October 1, 2006


That is just incredible.
posted by Ruki at 12:20 PM on October 1, 2006


It's a shame it's not made from something permanent

The underlying fruitcake, well, that may or may not be permanent. But marzipan and rolled fondant are eternal. Kept dry at room temperature, they can be kept for years and years and years. (My parents have demo cakes that are almost as old as I am.)
posted by whatzit at 12:48 PM on October 1, 2006


very cool.
posted by amberglow at 1:33 PM on October 1, 2006


It's a Discworld wedding cake. 13-year-olds are allowed to get married now?
posted by Soulfather at 2:05 PM on October 1, 2006


ah... I was wondering how long it would take for the first slam.
posted by edgeways at 2:13 PM on October 1, 2006


She seems to specialize in [marzipan] elephants, as they turn up on a couple of her other cakes, too.

This one is kind of astonishing just in its shape.

Great post.
posted by anjamu at 2:14 PM on October 1, 2006


Not to detract from the great artisanship, but why make a cake so beautiful you wouldn't want to eat it? I can see the value in decorative foods and wish I had the talent to do carvings and modelings to make my dishes appeal to the eye as well as the palate, but in the end a cake is made to be eaten, isn't it?

I understand the concept of transient art and the ephemeral nature of every food arrangement but this is taking it to ridiculous, if breathtaking extremes... I literally couldn't eat a slice of that pie, so why make it out of edible material in the first place?
posted by PontifexPrimus at 2:50 PM on October 1, 2006


It's for her daughter's wedding.

That's just sad: on the pivotal day in your adult life, a demonstration of your death-'til-you-part love for your soon-to-be-spouse, you're upstaged by a cake based on a mediocre fantasy book series.
posted by orthogonality at 3:05 PM on October 1, 2006


I wouldn't be able to watch when they cut that cake. Really, really beautiful.
posted by BoringPostcards at 3:14 PM on October 1, 2006


Soulfather : It's a Discworld wedding cake. 13-year-olds are allowed to get married now?

Not sure if I read your comment right Soulfather, but I'm 35 and I still enjoy the Discworld books. In fact, I would suspect that most 13 year-olds might miss some of the more subtle humor in them.

As to the cake, that's pretty astonishing. A truly remarkable effort.
posted by quin at 3:41 PM on October 1, 2006


She is not the first! This cake is amazing, but also look at this one by a different artist, which I first saw a few years ago.
posted by LobsterMitten at 3:44 PM on October 1, 2006


That's awesome.

In other awesome wedding cake news, David Malki !'s cake:


posted by revfitz at 3:49 PM on October 1, 2006 [1 favorite]


it's a piece of cake to bake a pretty cake.
posted by StrasbourgSecaucus at 3:50 PM on October 1, 2006


There's a place in Baltimore called Charm City Cakes. I saw the decorator on Food Network. After seeing the Serenity and Fist of Rock cakes it's all I can do to not go down there and beg to be apprenticed.
posted by schroedinger at 3:54 PM on October 1, 2006


Very cool stuff. And revfitz, if I ever get married I want to have that as my wedding cake.
posted by kosher_jenny at 4:42 PM on October 1, 2006


Ha.
posted by moira at 7:17 PM on October 1, 2006


Awesome!

Now can we please have a Discworld MMORPG?

Please?
posted by notmydesk at 8:28 PM on October 1, 2006


I went to a wedding once where the cake was in the style of the Magic Roundabout. Both bride and groom must have been in the mid thirties.

Oh yeah, and I'm 35 and I like Discworld, so nyah!
posted by salmacis at 12:59 AM on October 2, 2006


orthogonality : That's just sad: on the pivotal day in your adult life, a demonstration of your death-'til-you-part love for your soon-to-be-spouse, you're upstaged by a cake based on a mediocre fantasy book series.

Yeah - what were they thinking? A wedding cake is not a suitable forum for personal expression, it's a vehicle for mindless conformity, lest we offend orthogonality.

I hope they didn't write their own vows, because they might not have stuck to the rules.
posted by kcds at 9:11 AM on October 3, 2006


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