"Welcome to the CONJURER'S KITCHEN
where Annabel de Vetten (aka Annabel Lecter) performs her culinary wizardry.
Leaning towards more unusual and creatively decorated cakes, our creations range from artistic to anatomical, and from creepy to occasionally cute. The more unusual the request, the happier we are. Nothing is too weird for the Conjurer's Kitchen! Seriously...."
- lifesized cake of Dexter
to commemorate the show's final season
- Codex Serafinianus cake
- Creepy Cat With Hands cake
- controversial white chocolate baby heads
- "I often get asked what's inside the decorated cakes, what they taste like. So I thought I would create a cake to answer that question."
Rainbow-Cake Recipe Inspires Comment Apocalypse
- sometimes you should
read the comments, because they're an amazing trainwreck.
Iowa State Fair officials have announced 10 new food options
for the 2013 fair, in addition to the eight announced earlier this month. These include maple bacon funnel cake and deep fried prairie oysters, and join old favorites including deep fried butter on a stick
, pork chop on a stick
, and over 60 other foods (on a stick
). [more inside]
The Bon Iver Mashup Album
is now available for download, and it's excellent
. Check out the trailer
for a preview.
Alternate Reality Game puzzle design
- Adam Foster of Valve talks about the design of the Portal 2 ARG, (previously
) and do's and don'ts for future ARGs.
Caitlin Freeman started out as a photographer, but along the way she fell in love with Wayne Thiebaud's work Display Cakes
and it sent her in different direction. [more inside]
So, you own a Penis Cake Pan, but the Bachelorette Party is over
, I'm sure you're thinking, "What am I going to do with this penis pan?" Well, I'll show you! Here at Penis Pans.com, I've put together some examples of other cakes you can make with your penis pan.
What really concerns librarians; what do they discuss
when they self-organise and decide for themselves? After the inaugural UK event
, the second
UK Librarycamp, with around 200 attendees, was recently held; reflections by Frank Norman
, Carolin Schneider  
, Sarah Wolfenden
, Amy Faye Finnegan
, Shambrarian Knights
, Jennifer Yellin
, Jenni Hughes
, Bookshelf Guardian
, Amy Cross-Menzies
and Simon Barron
, and by one of the organisers
. [more inside]
A Guide to Writing Sherlockian-Tea Habits.
In which EnigmaticPenguin (of death) schools fanfiction authors in correct English tea theory and practice. Follow up: Biscuits.
KLF and K-Foundation Bill Drummond has stopped doing interviews and will only now answer 100 questions. Here
are four of them.
Some British bus shelters are, implausibly, powered by the light of the sun
, and some can see what you’re up to & tell you to stop
doing it. Others smell like baked potatoes
, or dispense free pieces of cake
. Others still can get you high
if you set them on fire. More often though, these are dreary, malodorous locales where one is increasingly less
likely to see a bus, let alone three
coming along at once. Photographer Steve Ellaway
on a project
the bus shelters
of South Wales
: an unpromising subject
on the surface
of it, but one
that has yielded surprisingly rich
and varied results
The National Association of Afro-Swedes calls for the resignation of Culture Minister Lena Adelsohn Roth after photos and video surfaced of this "living" cake
, which was part of a celebration of World Art Day. The cake's creator talks
a bit about the cake.
The Swedish Chef (Muppet Wiki)
is the incomprehensible preparer of foodstuffs for The Muppet Show. A rather literal variation of the Live-Hand Muppet concept, the Swedish Chef is a humanoid character, with human hands rather than gloves. An annotated list of every televised appearance of the Swedish Chef is after the fold... Børk! Børk! Børk! [Click here to view the thread translated fully into Mock Swedish] [more inside]
For Super Tuesday, sardonic food writer Michael Procopio presents an excellent Rick-Santorum-themed cake recipe
. [more inside]
He does not cook like you do. But I would like an invitation for dinner: Cajun Stuffed Pork Chops with Bacon [more inside]
The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
was a popular children’s birthday-party venue that was run out of several locations in North Toronto in the 1980's. Whisked away in a hearse, throngs of elementary-school children were led through a "magical underground kingdom" by teenaged attendants, participating in whipped-cream fights and shopping-cart bumpercars, with no parents allowed
. [more inside]
A Coconut Cake From Emily Dickinson: Reclusive Poet, Passionate Baker. [NPR.org]
Poet Emily Dickinson withdrew from society for most of her adult life. And yet, she was known to lower a basket full of cakes from the window of the home she rarely left to crowds of expectant children on the street below. The Poet's House in New York City
put on exhibit an original manuscript of a Dickinson cake recipe that contained coconut. That recipe calls for the following ingredients.
1 cup coconut,
2 cups flour,
1 cup sugar,
1/2 cup butter,
1/2 cup milk,
1/2 teaspoon soda,
1 teaspoon cream of tartar.
Three parts guitar
, one part drums
, one or two parts percussion (to taste), one part trumpet, and a couple dashes of organ
. Add a hearty shake of vibraslap
. Season with half-sung, half-spoken vocals and lyrical wordplay
. And there you have it, Cake
, roughly the same recipe as they've been using for the last 20 years. There is a new solar powered
serving available now
. [more inside]
Less than a year after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the United States detonated the fourth and fifth nuclear weapons
under the name Operation Crossroads
in July 1946. Beyond testing the capabilities of nuclear bombs, the Navy said it wanted the Bikini tests treated like "the story of the year, maybe of the decade, and possibly of a lifetime."
Only two of the three bombs were detonated, and the project was shut down over the next months. To celebrate the efforts of Operation Crossroads, a cake in the shape of a mushroom cloud was featured
at a publicized event on November 5, 1946. In response to this display, Reverend Arthur Powell Davies, the minister of the Unitarian All Souls Church in Washington, D.C., gave a sermon on the "utterly loathsome picture"
and the message it sent to other nations. That sermon set off a flurry of replies and reactions
, that extended around the world, including a connection formed between Reverend Davies' All Souls Unitarian Church and school children in Hiroshima
. [more inside]
After polishing off a piece of this amazing AT-AT wedding cake
, you may need to use a toothpick
is the place to be if you like your cake porn with a beautiful twist of bruised melancholy.
Renound "Histo-Tainer" Charles Phoenix
, who gives slide shows of found 35mm slides, bakes a Cherpumple
. (think turducken, but with cake.)
I like big bundts and I cannot lie!
In honor of November 15th, National Bundt Day
, the Food Librarian
is bringing us 30 days of Bundt cakes. (via
"My name's Duncan. I was just a lonely 13-year-old with a rapid aging disease until I met..." Cakey! The Cake from Outer Space! [ episode 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 ; each episode 4-5 minutes. Borderline NSFW. Must like talking cake. ]
Are you entertaining guests for Easter dinner? Don't forget the dessert. Here are the 50 Best Dessert Recipes
. Chocolate lovers in your family? No problem. The 50 Best Chocolate Desserts
. Maybe you're partial to cake. Okay, Mom's Best Cake Recipes
. Here's to yum.
: Much loved
us mere mortals a valuable lesson about Kwanzaa
via angelfood cake, in her great track record of cultural and religious understanding
. Higher quality vid, w/ads.
"We believe the request ... to inscribe a birthday wish to Adolf Hitler is inappropriate," said Karen Meleta, a ShopRite bakery spokeswoman. Bottom line: Adolf Hitler Campbell, who turns 3 today, is not going to get the cake of his (and my) dreams.
You're planning on baking a cake, but you're bored of your plain old square pan, round pan, or bundt pan? If you live in the US Midwest, it's very possible that your nearby library allows you to check out cake pans
. [more inside]
"When professional cakes go horribly, hilariously wrong." [via
to the Mystery of the Face on the Cake (via BoingBoing
Massachusetts has Boston Creme Pie
. South Dakota has Kuchen
. Oklahoma claims Bizcochito
as it's own. But should Maryland
have an official state dessert? The debate rages on
: Friday Flash Fun
The history of cake
has been long and varied,
and many have interesting histories.
Some are misleadingly named.
However, few have had as mysterious and interesting a history as one of the 20th century's most famous cakes, the Chiffon.
From the always wonderful Rake Magazine.