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Did you survive Giraffe Watch this month? You know, that thing where the entire internet held its collective breath waiting for April the giraffe to have her baby?

(Spoiler Alert: April had the baby... in April. She's meta like that.)

If so, then LOOKIE:

(By Little Apple Cakes)

How perfect is this?!

In fact, I decided that April Showers was just the theme we needed this week.

Although these won't all have giraffes. Sorry.

 

I think you'll forgive me once you see this, though:

(By Cup N' Cake)

Because squeeee!

 

A moment of appreciation, please, for the parents who threw a ninja-themed baby shower:

(By BCakeNY)

You long-time readers might recall John and painted a ninja-themed nursery once, so this sings the song of my geeky lil' heart.

 

As a life-long lover of puns, I also dig the more literal interpretations of a "shower" cake:

(By Always With Cake!)

Plus how great are those colors?

 

Or if you're having twins, how about this Sweet take on "two peas in a pod"?

(By McGreevey Cakes)

So cute!

 

Of course, the classics never go out of style:

(By Little Hunnys Cakery)

And sometimes a cute little stork with pastel bunting is just what the doctor ordered.

 

Or duckies!

(By The Cake Cuppery)

 

Or a baby vampire in a gothic spiked buggy!

(By Black Cherry Cake Company)

Wait. OK, maybe that's not exactly traditional... but I still love it.

 

Will I ever get tired of sleepy woodland creatures on cakes?

(By Cottontail Cake Studio)

No, no I will not. ::grabby hands::

(That fox! Ah! And the flower swag is perfection.)

 

And finally, I'll end with the one I fell in love with for its unusual, stunning design:

(By Silvia Mancini)

YES PLEASE.

See, THIS is the way to do a belly cake! A gorgeous blend of 2D painting with 3D sculpting, and the flower is just the right crowning touch. Pun intended. Love it.

Happy Sunday, everyone! Hope it's extra Sweet!

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Friday Favs 4/21/17

Apr. 21st, 2017 01:00 pm
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PARENTAL NOTE: Best keep the little ones away today. I think this is mostly safe for work, though. Mostly. [evil grin]

 

Some of my favorite new submissions this week:

I'm sensing there's a story here:

Just me?

 

And I kinda love how this bakery advertises that they're 50 years old - so mature! so established! - RIGHT NEXT to their poop cakes:

Anyone else immediately "go" to this?

We all are, Danny. WE ALL ARE.

(Also, can we talk about how intentional poop cakes don't look NEARLY as sh*tty as the unintentional ones? No? Allllllrighty then.)

 

Bakers, minions, makers and binions - we've been through this. Right? I mean, I thought I was *very* clear last time. Apparently this needs repeating, though, so here goes.

Ahem hem hem.

UNICORNS DON'T HAVE DONGS ON THEIR HEADS.

Buck up, it's gonna be a bum-py ride.

I'm starting to think you guys are missing the point on purpose, just so I'll write more of my awesome "horny" puns. And they are awesome. But still. Cut it out.

 

And speaking of things that are happy to see you, here's the one kind of troll you WANT on the internet:

(Tutorial here)

 

...aaaand here's how a baker trolls a Troll cake:

Oh.

 

Oh dear.

 

Thanks to Laura H., Susan O., Anony M., & Anony T. for the most excellent wreckporting.

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In case you missed it, Jen and John just built something insane, which they ROCKED at Star Wars Celebration last weekend.

I feel like a Star Wars theme is appropriate.

 

Quick, Luke, use the 4rth!

(It was then Obi Wan realized getting braces was a bad idea.)

 

"It's as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced."

"...with cookies."

(Granted, there are worse ways to be silenced.)

 

If Han and Leia were really into puns:

 

"I nose."

 

"Luke, *I* am your Farther."

"It's kind of a long-distance thing? Like, did you get my postcards?"

 

"Do. Or do not. There is no try."

"...."

"Did not, oh no you did. DID NOT."

 

"They see me rollin'...

"THEY BB-HATIN'."

 

OK, Vader, big finale time! Show us those pearly whites!

Theeeere it is.

 

Thanks Rachel V., Kimberly, Cassondra R., Evelyn D., Amy E., Emily M., Heidi L., and Micaline P., you were our only hope.

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The Basket Case

Apr. 19th, 2017 01:00 pm
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Ahh, those pesky unsold Easter cakes. I feel your pain, bakers. Or rather, I *see* it:

And that IS quite the pickle.

But never fear.

I AM HERE TO HELP.

Listen, like everything in life, this problem can be easily solved by a little thing called re-branding.

So.

What do you see here? An evil lamb cake?

Or is it an evil CLOWN cake? Hmmm?

Right? That's an instant tie-in to Stephen King's IT!

 

And now you can stop trying to convince your customers this is a bunny:

And instead start insisting it's Hello Kitty!

 

A tisket, a tasket, *I* see a UFO blowing a gasket:

 

And speaking of the truth being "out there," clearly your fruit department is ready to fill a much-needed gap in the horror sub-genre of grocery shopping:

Goodbye "spring chicks," hellooooo alien chest-bursters!

 

And speaking of bursting [HEYOOO], how are your bachelorette designs coming?

Because I'd say you've definitely got a handle on 'em now.

 

Thanks to Brittanie H., Angi O., Rebecca B., Shirley W., Julieanne B., & Adrienne G. for helping us come to grips with a whole new kind of Easter egg. o.0

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A sort of topic-specific collection of links from about the last year, broadly talking about inclusion in communities, online and off, especially in geek(y) spaces.

What kind of discourses and conversations do we want to encourage and have?

  • Nalo Hopkinson’s WisCon 2016 Guest of Honor speech: “There are many people who do good in this field, who perform small and large actions of kindness and welcome every day. I’d like to encourage more of that.” In this speech Hopkinson announced the Lemonade Award.
  • “Looking back on a decade in online fandom social justice: unexpurgated version”, by sqbr: “And just because I’m avoiding someone socially doesn’t mean I should ignore what they have to say, and won’t end up facing complex ethical choices involving them. My approach right now is to discuss it with people I trust. Figuring out who those people are, and learning to make myself vulnerable in front of them, has been part of the journey.”
  • “On conversations”, by Katherine Daniels: “I would love for these people who have had so many opportunities already given to them to think about what they are taking away from our collective conversations by continuing to dominate them, and to maybe take a step back and suggest someone else for that opportunity to speak instead.”
  • “Towards a More Welcoming War” by Mary Anne Mohanraj (originally published in WisCon Chronicles 9: Intersections and Alliances, Aqueduct Press, 2015): “This is where I start thinking about what makes an effective community intervention. This is where I wish I knew some people well enough to pick up a phone.”
  • “The chemistry of discourse”, by Abi Sutherland: “What we really need for free speech is a varied ecosystem of different moderators, different regimes, different conversations. How do those spaces relate to one another when Twitter, Reddit, and the chans flatten the subcultural walls between them?”
  • “Hot Allostatic Load”, by porpentine, in The New Inquiry: “This is about disposability from a trans feminine perspective, through the lens of an artistic career. It’s about being human trash….Call-out Culture as Ritual Disposability”
  • “The Ethics of Mob Justice”, by Sady Doyle, in In These Times: “But, again, there’s no eliminating the existence of Internet shaming, even if you wanted to—and if you did, you’d eliminate a lot of healthy dialogue and teachable moments right along with it. At best, progressive people who recognize the necessity of some healthy shame can only alter the forms shaming takes.”

How do we reduce online harassment?

  • “Paths: a YA comic about online harassment”, by Mikki Kendall: “‘It’s not that big of a deal. She’ll get over it.’ ‘Even if she does, that doesn’t make this okay. What’s wrong with you?'”
  • “On a technicality”, by Eevee: “There’s a human tendency to measure peace as though it were the inverse of volume: the louder people get, the less peaceful it is. We then try to optimize for the least arguing.”
  • “Moderating Harassment in Twitter with Blockbots”, by ethnographer R. Stuart Geiger, on the Berkeley Institute for Data Science site: “In the paper, I analyze blockbot projects as counterpublics…I found a substantial amount of collective sensemaking in these groups, which can be seen in the intense debates that sometimes take place over defining standards of blockworthyness…..I also think it is important distinguish between the right to speak and the right to be heard, particularly in privately owned social networking sites.”
  • “The Real Name Fallacy”, by J. Nathan Matias, on The Coral Project site: “People often say that online behavior would improve if every comment system forced people to use their real names….Yet the balance of experimental evidence over the past thirty years suggests that this is not the case. Not only would removing anonymity fail to consistently improve online community behavior – forcing real names in online communities could also increase discrimination and worsen harassment….designers need to commit to testing the outcomes of efforts at preventing and responding to social problems.”

What does it take to make your community more inclusive?

  • “Want more inclusivity at your conference? Add childcare.” by Mel Chua and then “Beyond ‘Childcare Available’: 4 Tips for Making Events Parent-Friendly”, by Camille Acey: “I’ve pulled together a few ideas to help move ‘Childcare Available’ from just a word on a page to an actual living breathing service that empowers people with children to learn/grow alongside their peers, engage in projects they care about, and frankly just have a little break from the rigors of childcare.”
  • Project Hearing: “Project Hearing is a website that consolidates information about technology tools, websites, and applications that deaf and hard of hearing people can use to move around in the hearing world.”
  • “Conference access, and related topics”, by Emily Short: “This is an area where different forms of accessibility are often going at right angles.”
  • “SciPy 2016 Retrospective”, by Camille Scott: “SciPy, by my account, is a curious microcosm of the academic open source community as a whole.”
  • “Notes from Abstractions”, by Coral Sheldon-Hess: “Pittsburgh’s Code & Supply just held a huge (1500 people) conference over the last three days, and of course I’d signed up to attend months ago, because 1) local 2) affordable 3) tech conference 4) with a code of conduct they seemed serious about. Plus, “Abstractions” is a really cool name for a tech conference.”
  • “The letter I just sent to Odyssey Con”, by Sigrid Ellis: “None of us can know the future, of course. And I always hope for the best, from everyone. But I would hate for Odyssey Con to find itself in the midst of another controversy with these men at the center.” (This is Ellis’s post from April 7, 2016, a year before all three of Odyssey Con’s Guests of Honor chose not to attend Odyssey Con because of the very issue Ellis discussed.)
  • “The realities of organizing a community tech conference: an ill-advised rant”, by Rebecca Miller-Webster: “…there’s a lot of unpaid labor that happens at conferences, especially community conferences, that no one seems to talk about. The unpaid labor of conference organizers. Not only do people not talk about it, but in the narrative around conferences as work, these participants are almost always the bad guys.”
  • “Emotional Labor and Diversity in Community Management”, by Jeremy Preacher, originally a speech in the Community Management Summit at Game Developers Conference 2016: “The thing with emotional labor is that it’s generally invisible — both to the people benefiting from the work, and to the people doing it. People who are good at it tend to do it unconsciously — it’s one of the things we’re talking about when we say a community manager has ‘good instincts’.”….What all of these strategies do, what thinking about the emotional labor cost of participation adds up to, is make space for your lurkers to join in.”
  • “White Corporate Feminism”, by Sarah Sharp: “Even though Grace Hopper was hosted in Atlanta that year, a city that is 56% African American, there weren’t that many women of color attending.”
  • “You say hello”, by wundergeek on “Go Make Me a Sandwich (how not to sell games to women)”: “Of course, this is made harder by the fact that I hate losing. And there will be people who will celebrate, people who call this a victory, which only intensifies my feelings of defeat. My feelings of weakness. I feel like I’m giving up, and it kills me because I’m competitive! I’m contrary! Telling me not to do a thing is enough to make me want to do the thing. I don’t give up on things and I hate losing. But in this situation, I have to accept that there is no winning play. No win condition. I’m one person at war with an entire culture, and there just aren’t enough people who give a damn, and I’m not willing to continue sacrificing my health and well-being on the altar of moral obligation. If this fight is so important, then let someone else fight it for a while.”
  • “No One Should Feel Alone”, by Natalie Luhrs: “In addition to listening and believing–which is 101 level work, honestly–there are other things we can do: we can hold space for people to speak their truth and we can hold everyone to account, regardless of their social or professional position in our community. We can look out for newcomers–writers and fans alike–and make them welcome and follow through on our promise that we will have their backs. We can try to help people form connections with each other, so they are not isolated and alone.”
  • “Equality Credentials”, by Sara Ahmed: “Feminist work in addressing institutional failure can be used as evidence of institutional success. The very labour of feminist critique can end up supporting what is being critiqued. The tools you introduce to address a problem can be used as indicators that a problem has been addressed.”
  • “Shock and Care: an essay about art, politics and responsibility”, by Harry Giles (Content note: includes discussion of sex, violence and self-injury in an artistic context): “So, in a political situation in which care is both exceptionally necessary and exceptionally underprovided, acts of care begin to look politically radical. To care is to act against the grain of social and economic orthodoxy: to advocate care is, in the present moment, to advocate a kind of political rupture. But by its nature, care must be a rupture which involves taking account of, centring, and, most importantly, taking responsibility for those for whom you are caring. Is providing care thus a valuable avenue of artistic exploration? Is the art of care a form of radical political art? Is care, in a society which devalues care, itself shocking?”

Dental Training

Apr. 18th, 2017 01:00 pm
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Hi, I'm here to pick up a cake? It's the "Happy Birthday Brittany" one.

Ah, no, see, that second "Birthday" should be "Brittany."

 

 No no, this has Brittany twice. I need "Happy Birthday" on it.


Ok, now you've just combined them into one word. There should be three.

 

 You don't mind if I bang my head on this counter here, do you?

 

 Look, forget the name. Could you just give me a cake that says "Happy Birthday," with sprinkles on it? Yes? Great. Thanks.

 

[Later]

 

 

Thanks to Anony M., Bethany C., Angela A., Margo R., Brian R., & Kasha D.  for the dental training. (Because it's like pulling teeth? Eh?)

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These Bakers REALLY Hate Drawing

Apr. 17th, 2017 01:00 pm
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Tracee asked her baker to write "Good Luck at Regionals" and then add a volleyball.

Which, technically, is exactly what the baker did:

::facepalm::

(Anyone else wonder what would have happened if they'd had an actual volleyball in the bakery?
Because these are the mental images that bring me joy.)

 

Jordan just wanted the number 100 and a smiley face emoji on her super-simple cake design, but a little something got lost in translation:

:)

 

I like to think this is only because someone didn't know the word "emoji," but let's face it [snerk]:

It wouldn't have helped.

 

And finally, parents, I'm afraid you'll have to be SUPER specific when ordering a Power Rangers cake for your kiddo's birthday:

Unless you want to tell the party it'll morph later, hide it, then run to the bakery for a new one.

 

Thanks to Tracee W., Jordan G., Nicole M., & Jennifer K. for literally being the best wreckporters of all time today.

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Sunday Sweets Hops To It

Apr. 16th, 2017 01:00 pm
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Happy Easter, cake lovers!

Don't worry if you didn't get a basket this year; I've got you covered:

(By The Clever Little Cupcake Company)

With a bonus little lamb! Squee!

 

We've also got a sweet hand-painted bunny:

(By Ludmilla Schmalz)

 

And something for you coloring book fans:

(By The Hobby Baker as part of the Easter Coloring Book Collaboration)

Seriously, how fun is this?!

 

There are so many gorgeous Easter cookies out there that I had to include at least one - and these are the prettiest little things I've seen in ages:

(By Irena "Gingerbread Heart")

That delicate piping! And the cut-outs!

 

Any carrot cake lovers out there?

(By Cake Heart)

I'm digging the texture (how'd they do that?) and the "paper" carrot fans.

 

For those who need a BIGGER basket:

(Baker Unknown. Anyone recognize it?)

Remember to share. (And dibs on the bow!)

 

Did you know an egg is the perfect shape for a dapper bunny?

(By Always With Cake)

Neither did I! But now I want to snuggle him.

 

This little cutie has the sweetest flower arch:

(By Sweet Art Lab)

Love her ears and that bright green grass.

 

And here's a colorful bunny hutch:

(By Inspired By Cake)

Pastel paneling and an eggs-cellent topper; I like the different sizes.

 

And finally, a festive Easter... rooster?

(By Cleopatra Cakes)

Aww yeeeeah. So gorgeous! And he's got an egg (with blue poppies!), so this totally counts.

 

Happy Easter, everyone! I hope your Sunday is extra Sweet!

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Oh, how the Easter tables have turned, sweet cheeks.

That's right, while you bunnies were off terrorizing chicks, someone bigger and badder moved to the top of the bakery chain.

 

So now it's YOUR turn to face eggs-termination.

Not to mention more of my Easter puns.

 

PREPARE...
...for the LAMB-ENTATION.

MWAH-HA-HAA!

 

 

You've heard the expression, "I'll have your guts for garters?"

These sheep will have your mug for a mini dress.

 

And they'll give "carrotbrain" a whole new meaning:

Ouch. Talk about an earful.

 

Don't be fooled by those cutesy bows and flowers:

 

That dude will REARRANGE YOUR FACE.

Ewe better believe it.

 

Of course, some of you bunnies could use a little face re-arranging.

I mean, what the heck, Carl?

And what kind of a bunny name is Carl?

 

This isn't to say lamb cakes are evil, of course:

...they're just grumpy.

 

Well, except Vladof.

He's definitely evil.

 

Thanks to Lisa H., Mary B., Shelley R., Debby C., Elizabeth S., Dawn F., Jessica S., Scott G., Sharon L., Julie C., & Suli C., who bet Vladof is one of those shifty smoking lamb cakes. He's got that air of mystery about him.

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These Chicks Are TOAST

Apr. 13th, 2017 01:00 pm
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SHHHHH. Listen.

Do you hear that?

 

The bunnies... are coming.

 

And they've got a name with your bullets on it.

("Isn't that supposed to be the other way arou...?"
"SILENCE!")

 

The bunnies will rip you from your shells!

 

Or smoosh you down INTO them really hard!

Which is super uncomfortable!

 

The bunnies have 'UUUGE pointy teeth.

 

And they stare at you like this when you ask how their day was:

So awkward.

Then they eat your soul.

 

But don't worry; they always go after the hot chicks first.

So what are you, a chicken?

EXCELLENT.

Then you can go first.

 

 

Thanks to Anneke D., Daniel C., Renae S., Ranae W., Emily S., Samantha S., Jessica & David, Caitlin W., Mai A., & Amada W. for that shining example of why you never put cute things in pairs holding hands.

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Not-So-Basic Instructions

Apr. 12th, 2017 01:00 pm
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There's a certain creativity to literal LOLs - a kind of "outside the box" thinking that never fails to impress me. The kind that says, "Oh, you want the words written in purple? THEN THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT I WILL WRITE."

"But not necessarily in that color."

Also, it turns out those are not garbage bags in a windstorm.

 

You might think it would help to spell out the name for a birthday cake, but that's not always the case - as "Alison with one L" discovered:

Wait for it... waaaiit for it...

 

And lest you think it's better to write it down  - and perhaps add a helpful footnote:

 

NOPE.

 

Adding a P.S. is never a good idea, either:

 

The fact is, sometimes wreckerators just have a hard time getting the picture:

Or maybe they just really stink at drawing.

 

Thanks to April B., Alli N., Robin G., Kalisha G., Kelly & Craig, & Carole for helping us all appreciate the finer intricacies of the English language. And also for the snort-giggles.

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So a bakery made an... interesting... choice for their latest online ad.

[head tilt]

Huh.

That's Nic Cage?

Right.

John?

You know what to do.

 

 

 

 

And my personal favorite:

John: "You know Ghost Rider doesn't have his face, right? So this makes no sense?"

Me:

 

Thanks to Barbara B., who bets that cookie was gone in 60 seconds.

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Trace Amounts Of Wreckage

Apr. 10th, 2017 01:00 pm
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Remember those old drawing contests they used to advertise in the backs of magazines? The ones with a picture of a turtle or a pirate you were supposed to copy?

Well, Melissa decided to try that route with her bakery. She gave them this picture of a frog and asked them to copy it:

 

Aaaand...

Ouch.

Don't worry though, bakers; I still see artistic potential here. In fact, if you send me money every month I'll continue critiquing your work FOR FREE. Eh?

 

And if you believe that one, here's another:

Samira ordered this giant cupcake (made of smaller cupcakes and apparently photographed with a potato), and here's the crazy thing: she was told she would actually GET that cake.

Bahahahaha!

I'm sorry. I shouldn't laugh. It's just, I've seen the next picture.

 

Ready?

Sha-POW.

Seriously, minions, don't order cupcake cakes (patooie!) - and never EVER order a cupcake cupcake cake. I think it breaks the space time continuum.

 

And lastly, Kristy gave her bakery this napkin to match for a baby shower cake:

The bakery then did something I've never seen before.

That's right, you guys, this is a first!

The bakery started with an edible image - which looked fine - but then traced over the image with icing, resulting in the kind of nightmare fuel you don't generally see outside of Five Nights At Freddy's:

The longer you look, the scarier it gets.

Plus I like how the baker just stopped about 80% of the way through. Like, "WHELP THAT'S RUINED, guess I'll just leave the palm leaves and border and donkey face off now." o.0

 

Thanks to Melissa G., Sarah H.,& Kristy H. for reminding there is ALWAYS a new way to wreck it. Always.

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