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.

Scary Plastic Clown Heads

When I was a kid, Wilton sold terrifying clown head picks. You’d see them jammed in huge globs of frosting on cupcakes and cakes in almost every grocery store.

Remember these?

Vintage Wilton Clown Head
( Wanna know where I got this one from? Keep reading.)

For some reason I had assumed that they were eventually replaced with a more kid-friendly version of the clown. But by the time I started working for a bakery, I found a stash of these little plastic heads in a drawer in the back of the store.  A full drawer.  As in never used.

Boooo.... I'm still scary!

These were smaller and shiny–I just didn’t notice the difference at first since I had nothing to compare them to other than my own imperfect memory. I grabbed one to take home with vague ideas of terrorizing a friend with it for her birthday.

So, how are they generally used?

Heh.

Heh heh heh. They’re very popular now… at the Cake Wrecks website.

Jen at cakewrecks.blogspot.com has an odd fascination for plastic clown heads, so I’ll let her explain here.

And here, although this post may not be quite safe for kids.

And to answer a question before you ask it–No.  We never used those clown heads at my bakery.  In fact, I think someone eventually threw them all away.

A few years later, I left the grocery store bakery to go back to the tech industry. There, one of my coworkers stopped me and asked if I was interested in a box of cake decorating supplies that his Mom left when she died. Decorations are expensive, and I still do stuff on the side, so I said yes.

What I didn’t think to ask is how long ago she had died.

The decorations were from the mid-70’s (I found an invoice with a date).  They were hideously out of date, the glue on most of the plastic had changed color (who uses that much plastic anymore?), and at the bottom of the box there was a bag of the old Wilton clown heads.

And they were uglier than I remembered.  I pulled one out to go with my other plastic clown head and threw the box in the garage with the rest of the stuff I didn’t feel like dealing with.

This past Monday, I decided that after almost 10 years, my garage should finally be able to hold my car. In the process of clearing out all of our crap, I rediscovered this stupid box.  And out of the entire box, the only two items I saved were an unused Holly Hobby cake pan and the bag of clown heads.

I’m keeping the Holly Hobby pan for now, but the vintage plastic clown heads are currently on their way to a new home.  A home where they will be “appreciated”.

Sampson with a Clown Head

Bwah hah hah ha ha!