When is a 500lb Darth Vader an amazing thing to see?

When he’s made of cake.

The 500lb cake was presented at the 501st Legion costume convention in Orlando, Florida (I’m assuming this was at the Star Wars Celebration this past weekend). The Daily Mail has the full article, along with quite a few photos of the construction and deconstruction of the cake.

The cake was made possible through a joint donation between Amanda Oakleaf Cakes in Winthrop, Massachusetts and DK Publishing, with Tyler and Amanda Oakleaf, and their bakery team, doing the actual work. The cake took two weeks to build after four months of planning.

The cake was made up of 386 eggs, 2 gallons of milk, 3 and a half cups of vanilla, 32lbs of flour, 46lbs of sugar, 57lbs of butter and 210lbs of home-made marshmallow fondant.

Tyler and Amanda Oakleaf serving up cake for 600 people.

This is the kind of cake construction that I’d love to learn how to do correctly. However, I’ll need to figure out how to keep my smaller sculpture cakes from toppling over before I can get to the point of baking life-sized edible sculptures of people.

Once again, for more photos and details, check out the full article here.

And for some less than stellar Darth Vader cakes, check out the recent Cake Wrecks post, as well as a few from the Great White Snark–here and here.

The Bitter Teeth

I have so many things that I’ve wanted to post over the past year and I was just too worn down from pain to keep up with them all. I’m trying to put some of the more interesting ones together in multiple link dump posts, but this one is just too good to wait while I sort through over a hundred old drafts before posting.

It’s a cake.

Well, of course it’s a cake if it’s showing up here. In fact it’s a cake covered in chocolate. The best part is that it’s the most amazing chocolate coated skull cake that I’ve ever seen.

I know!

I am so insanely jealous of Chloe Bird’s skill. She made this cake as an entry for Threadless’s annual cake competition and she even posted photos of the process on their site. Check it out. NOW!

Showcake Category Winners (places 1st through 5th)

5th Place Showcake

poison ivy

Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy
by Peggy Higgins

4th Place Showcake

Bedtimes Stories

Bedtimes Stories

Bedtimes Stories
by Cynthia Bayne

3rd Place Showcake

Fantastic Four - Meteorite Madness!

Fantastic Four - Meteorite Madness!

Fantastic Four – Meteorite Madness!
by Mariana McEnroe

2nd Place Showcake

Fangirl Wolverine Ultra-Cake

Wolverine close up

Fangirl Wolverine Ultra-Cake
by Kimberly Chapman

And because this is Kimberly we’re talking about, I’m posting photos of all the little fangirl details she included in her showcake:

Wolverine Fangirl Text 1

Wolverine Fangirl Text 2

Wolverine Fangirl Text 3

Wolverine Fangirl Text 4

Wolverine Fangirl Text 5

Woverine side cake 2

Woverine side cake 3

Woverine side cake 4

Wolverine nipples on a cake.

1st Place Showcake

Spawn

Spawn

Spawn
Brian Stevens
If you take a close look at the chain draped around Spawn, it’s all piped royal icing around a thin wire, or something similar. I’m amazed that that level of skill.

Showcake Category Winners (places 6th through 9th)

A Showcake is the centerpiece of a special event. Showcakes are showstoppers that make people wonder if it is really cake and how it was made. You have seen Showcake style works of art created on Food Network Challenges, TLC’s Ultimate Cake Off and Ace of Cakes type shows.

One defining element is that Showcakes have a very specific theme that is carefully incorporated into all aspects of the cake and the cake display.

This year’s entries must include elements pertaining to comic book super heroes and super villains, including those from books, movies and television shows.

Judging for the Showcake entries will be based on a point system. 100 maximum points with points awarded based on the following criteria:

  • Application of the theme (15 pts)
  • Precision of techniques (15 pts)
  • Originality and creativity (15 pts)
  • Appropriate design – size, shape, colors, table decorations, etc. (15 pts)
  • Difficulty of techniques (15 pts)
  • Number of techniques used (15 pts)
  • Overall eye appeal – judge’s discretion (10 pts)

(All of the above was taken from the show rules and regulations.)

9th Place Showcake

Underdog

Underdog is Here!

Underdog
by Veronica Espinosa

8th Place Showcake

Hellboy

Hellboy is looking tired

Hellboy
by Tami Chitwood
(His chest starting splitting on the second day)

7th Place Showcake

Happy Birthday Mista J!

Happy Birthday Mista J!
by Amanda Campbell
(We were stunned that Harley didn’t place higher in the show. But we were reminded that winning is based on points, and not on how cool the cake actually is.)

6th Place Showcake

Superman Saves the Cake

Superman Saves the Cake

Superman Saves the Cake
by Joanne Good
(Is anyone else thinking Pat from SNL?)

I’ll put up the 1st through 5th place winners after I drop my sister off at the airport this afternoon. This wasn’t just a show weekend, it was also a chance to spend time with someone I haven’t seen in a while. I missed you Twinkie!

Capital Confectioners’ 7th Annual That Takes the Cake Show & Competition!

The Capital Confectioners’ 7th Annual Sugar Art Show & Cake Competition will take place on February 26-27, 2011.

Once again showing that Austin is the land of the geek, the show’s theme is “Comic Books: Super Heroes & Super Villains”.

Cake decorators and sugar artists from around the country will be sifting through boxes in their attics to find old comic books for inspiration and then practicing their techniques to make a Showcake entry for this year’s theme. Entries must include elements pertaining to comic book super heroes and super villains, including those from books, movies and television shows. Whether classic or campy, dark or delightful, sugar artists are challenged to pay homage to the graphic novel genre. Classic comic book Batman, Adam West TV Batman and Christian Bale movie Batman; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Superman, Sandman and the Joker – along with other comic book superheroes and super villains from the pages of the comic books, the small screen and the big screen will all be making appearances!

While showcakes are the only entries that are required to follow the theme – you’ll still see a lot of cakes and confections from other categories incorporating that theme as well.

There’s also a tasting competition, which I’ll probably enter this year simply because I have a recent interest in gluten-free items.  The four categories are: Gluten-fee cakes, Vegan cakes, Soda cake (soft drinks), and Cookies or Candies.

You can visit the That Takes the Cake site for more information. I’m hoping that some of the bakers I know will enter this year… hint, hint, hint.