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no we did not buy one

no we did not buy one

Thu, 02/26/2009 - 03:17 by Aido in response to cake wreck

Before I make an utter ass of myself, is this a thing?  Like, a Mardi Gras thing?  Making yellow and purple doughnut cakes filled with strings of beads and plastic babies?  I do not know much about mardi gras, so maybe I am ill informed.  It is also possible that the grocery store was given an order for a dozen cakes for mardi gras-themed baby showers.  Or baby shower-themed mardi gras parties?  I don't pretend to know about these things.

I find it to be a personal failing on my part that I drew this cake look kind of appetizing.  Here, here is one of the things.


If you happen to like hilariously bad professionally made cakes, take a gander at Cake Wrecks.  The first time I visited the site I laughed until I cried.

About a week ago, Ananth urged me to turn a drawing of mine into a tee design.  So it's up at Threadless now.  If you happen to have a Threadless account and you happen to like the design, feel free to vote on it.

[edit] Okay so the comic is not showing up, but the thumbnail is in the archive.  This is odd.  We're working on it.



Comment by Ananth Thu, 02/26/2009 - 10:52

OHHHHHHHHHHH. Our Yankee asses had no idea ... 

Does it defeat the purpose of the cake that the baby resides outside of it?

I think that's so the server

Comment by Briget (not verified) Thu, 02/26/2009 - 11:20

I think that's so the server can hide the baby in a random slice, as to avoid choking. At least since it's a bakery making it instead of from scratch. I once made one for my French class out of those Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls. XD

It was fairly tasty.

cheap cialis

Comment by cheap cialis (not verified) Sat, 05/16/2009 - 12:21

Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.


Comment by polyacetals (not verified) Sun, 05/17/2009 - 01:29

The summer night is like a perfection of thought.

Yeah I was going to say

Comment by Michael M. (not verified) Thu, 02/26/2009 - 12:32

Yeah I was going to say that's a King cake too.


Where I'm from, they person

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Wed, 08/24/2011 - 17:29

Where I'm from, they person who gets the baby has to buy the next cake.

Not as nice as being "King". xD

Along with the traditional

Comment by Talendel (not verified) Thu, 02/26/2009 - 04:36

Along with the traditional 'Crowning of the King', there is also the fact that the 'King Cake' is a sort of Russian Roulette' of pastries. See, the beads are just decoration; a consolation prize, if you will. The plastic baby, however, is the truly devious part of the whole works; meant to be hidden away in the bottom of the cake, after it has been cooked, but before the cake is sliced and served. Whoever happens to have the baby embedded in their slice of cake is not only crowned 'King', but is also, by proxy, immediately elected as host to the next Mardi Gras party, replete with beads, cake, and the whole works. Truly, this is a dangerous(and terribly delicious) confection, but well worth the risk!

 Thanks for the

Comment by Ananth Thu, 02/26/2009 - 14:26

 Thanks for the explanation! It's good to know. :D I'll have to try it one day.

reminds me of Hogfather. =D

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 03/03/2009 - 00:56

reminds me of Hogfather. =D

The comic is displaying properly

Comment by JB (not verified) Thu, 02/26/2009 - 06:52

The comic is displaying properly, so long as it is supposed to be displaying some kind of hideous naked baby cake.

Ugh, that reminds me of Gaiman's short story about making babies into cakes. Thanks, Mardi Gras, for being horrible.

On the plus side, that new T-shirt is great! It is not like boxbot, who nobody likes. (hat tip Tom Siddell)

 Hahahaha, hideous naked

Comment by Ananth Thu, 02/26/2009 - 10:53

 Hahahaha, hideous naked baby cake. Depending on what website you post that phrase on, you can go to jail, I'm sure. 


Comment by Wrex (not verified) Thu, 02/26/2009 - 15:43


Underage cake!


Comment by Solennel (not verified) Tue, 03/03/2009 - 00:51

Yeah! Tom Sidell!

It's a king cake....

Comment by Chris D. (not verified) Thu, 02/26/2009 - 06:54

I have no idea how one migrated as far as you, but they're actually a big part of the time between All King's Day and Mardi Gras. I was told they were once basically unrisen bread-like cakes that people ate. Once people got tired of how bland they were, cinnamon and sugar was added to the middle and icing added to the top.

Eventually, green, yellow, and purple were adopted as the colors of Mardi Gras. They get rather ubiquitous around here this time of year. The baby is supposed to symoblize the baby Christ, and the beads you're supposed to ride in a float and get people to flash you before you throw them something (the first is a matter of faith, the second is the matter of Girls Gone Wild).

Originally, the baby was baked into the cake, but being a massive choking hazard for adults...they stopped that practice. Now you're supposed to put it into the cake yourself. That way, there's no liability on the company who baked the cake. The person who finds the baby in their slice of cake is supposed to buy the next king cake. I dreaded getting the baby as a child because I couldn't afford a king cake.

My parents may have just been having fun with me then. :-)

Ohhhh, that's why the baby

Comment by Ananth Thu, 02/26/2009 - 10:55

Ohhhh, that's why the baby was on the outside. 

It's an interesting tradition! I wish the baby part didn't strike me as so creepy, but I suppose it's because I didn't grow up with it. 

3 Kings' Day

Comment by Rizzy (not verified) Thu, 02/26/2009 - 16:19

I think it's on January eleventh or something like that..
At least it is in Switzerland, where I was born. Instead of having a cake, the Swiss will bake bread. You make a ring out of a bunch of equally-sized rolls, and then put crystallised sugar on top--yumm. One of them will have a little crown or some small object in it, and whoever finds it gets to the "king" for the day. No chores! >:D

I think the original idea was that the three kings(wise men, sages, whatever) didn't get to Jesus on the day he was born because they had to travel from very far away. So they actually didn't arrive until he was five years old or so. At least, that's what I've heard. It makes sense, no?
Not that it matters. I've been "king" for three years in a row. My move to college means I pass the scepter to someone else this time...too bad.

Choking Hazard

Comment by Nanashi (not verified) Thu, 02/26/2009 - 18:40

Having worked at a bakery I can confirm a choking hazard as one of the reasons that the baby is left on the outside of the cake. While it is not *quite* small enough for a baby/toddler to choke on, an adult could possibly choke on one. So companies put it on the outside to avoid liability, like McD's putting "Caution: Contents might be HOT" on coffee cups.

Although considering the eating habits of a majority of girls I have seen, I imagine it is mostly guys that would choke on them. (girls generally pick their food apart anyway, guys just bite down)

Other reasons would be that plastic melts in ovens and some people don't want to do the tradition with the baby.

It doesn't look unappetizing

Comment by Chris D. (not verified) Thu, 02/26/2009 - 06:57

It does look like an attempt at setting in Type 2 Diabetes, though. :)

My cholesterol went up just

Comment by Ananth Thu, 02/26/2009 - 14:27

My cholesterol went up just looking at it ... 

Oh man, I learned even more!

Comment by Ananth Thu, 02/26/2009 - 10:55

Oh man, I learned even more! Thank you!

This is the version I have

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 02/26/2009 - 12:15

This is the version I have always known. My family celebrates it pretty much every year. Although our cake always looks better than the one in the Wikipedia article.

Regarding the Comic's Visibility

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 02/26/2009 - 07:49

The comic is displaying properly for me. Just thought that I'd let you know.

 Huh! How curious. Thanks

Comment by Ananth Thu, 02/26/2009 - 10:56

 Huh! How curious. Thanks for the heads up!

King Cake

Comment by Flagstone (not verified) Thu, 02/26/2009 - 08:46

I grew up in Louisiana. That's a king cake. It's tradition to eat one on Mardi Gras. I have never seen one with beads. Everyone that I have had has the baby hidden inside and whoever gets a slice of cake with a baby in it is supposed to have good luck. I always wondered if it was their good luck keeping them from choking to death on the baby.

 I suppose the beads are

Comment by Ananth Thu, 02/26/2009 - 10:57

 I suppose the beads are some northerner's idea. It is good to know those aren't a part of the cake!

I am from Louisiana as well

Comment by 2456 (not verified) Fri, 02/27/2009 - 03:29

I am from Louisiana as well and have never seen them come with beads, I do remember always getting ones with the baby inside, rarely had one we had to place. The rule I grew up with is that you had to buy the next cake, none of this treat you like a king as some have said. Disappointingly the last one we had didn't have a baby inside nor one to put inside, so no one has bought another one.

Au Contraire

Comment by James the Madgod (not verified) Wed, 07/22/2009 - 17:27

They don't have beads IN them, but they DO have beads WITH them.
Fun Fact: If you're a tourist in New Orleans, you will always leave with at least one pair of beads regardless of what time of year it is.
Fun Fact #2: Contrary to popular belief, there IS more to New Orleans than JUST the French Quarter, and there IS more to the French Quarter than JUST Bourbon Street.
I would know, I live there.

I grew up in New Orleans

Comment by James the Madgod (not verified) Wed, 07/22/2009 - 17:33

They come with the baby OUTSIDE now and you're supposed to hide it of your own prerogative in the cake. Elsewise, you wouldn't know it was there and choke to death on it. Finding it, in my experience, has always meant bad luck as I'd have to buy the next cake for the next party, as per the tradition. I'm notoriously cheap.
They come with icing, cream cheese frosting, and various fruit fillings. The baby can be all sorts of colors, and allegedly represents Baby Jesus.
Maybe I should stop biting the heads off, yeah?

Step 1: Facepalm Step 2:

Comment by Mr. C (not verified) Thu, 02/26/2009 - 09:00

Step 1: Facepalm
Step 2: Hysterical laughter
Step 3: Breath
Step 4: Eat cake

Repeat steps 2,3, and 4. It is imperative that you abide by Step 3 and 4.

Aside from all the king cake explanations

Comment by Nora (not verified) Thu, 02/26/2009 - 09:10

I had no idea what this tradition was, either, when I saw a King cake at the grocery store with some friends last year. The best part was the giant label on the front, "WARNING: INEDIBLE BABY INSIDE THIS CAKE." I laughed for a good five minutes - the picture of it is still in my phone somewhere.

 Hahahaha fantastic

Comment by Ananth Thu, 02/26/2009 - 14:28

 Hahahaha fantastic

. . .ack!

Comment by Will Nobilis (not verified) Thu, 12/03/2009 - 18:01

No making me laugh like this at work. They are already wary of my IT ninja skills and abilities.

Kings Cake

Comment by Kai (not verified) Thu, 02/26/2009 - 09:47

How do you not know what a kings cake is? They sell them in Jersey too, around mardi gras.

I've loved them since i was 8 & 9 and got the baby two years in a row - making me "princess" of the party. There's just one baby, by the way. And i think the beads are just in there for effect.

I wish it wasn't so

Comment by Moe (not verified) Thu, 02/26/2009 - 11:08

I wish it wasn't so expensive to send ya'll a King Cake up north because judging by that picture, that's a pretty busted looking King Cake. I remember when I got here...seeing one for the first time, I was amazed by the colors. There are places here in Louisiana that are uber famous for their KC's. They usually have some beads in the center along with the baby. Their is the regular kind of King Cake but so far I've tasted one that had strawberry paste in it, german chocolate and also one that had cream cheese in it. I know, gross. But oh so damn good.

Silly Cajuns.


I would have been horribly

Comment by Ashiru (not verified) Thu, 02/26/2009 - 12:36

I would have been horribly confused too. I guess those kind of traditions don't make up here in Michigan. In fact, I don't think we really make a big deal of Mardi Gras as at all. O__O (My friends and I would have bought it though, just for laughs. But maybe not, it IS kind of creepy looking....) =/

... that sounds AMAZING. In

Comment by Zaphy (not verified) Thu, 02/26/2009 - 17:05

... that sounds AMAZING. In a GOOD WAY.

Hey Shannon! :DDamn, you got

Comment by Ananth Fri, 02/27/2009 - 10:58

Hey Shannon! :D

Damn, you got my attention with the famous cakes. If you ever have an opportunity to photograph one of them niceass cakes, maybe you could send it my way! I don't want to think of the monstrosity Yuko posted every time I think of a King Cake ... we were all sitting and staring at the cake and lamenting at what a waste of cake it was. 


Comment by Wrex (not verified) Thu, 02/26/2009 - 15:47

I think I gained weight just by looking at that site.


Comment by Astrid (not verified) Fri, 02/27/2009 - 15:31

Ohmygods, are some of those things for one person only?? Some portions look like they have to be eaten by 10 people, but I think they're for one......ah well, the name of the site says it all i guess....

*gets a little sick-ish*

no that doesn't say

Comment by JB (not verified) Fri, 02/27/2009 - 20:47

Pork brains?


Comment by Hallard (not verified) Wed, 06/10/2009 - 20:04

My chest hurts just LOOKING at those...THINGS. Are they really food?

On Cakes and Kings

Comment by Kerokapala (not verified) Thu, 02/26/2009 - 12:39

Traditionally, the beads are not included, since we come home with a ton of beads after any parade. These are how I got paid for the past two months. These terrible little pastries. (I used to work in a Bakery.) As several people have said, the baby used to be hidden inside the cake by the baker, but apparently people have this reflex where they immediately swallow when they detect a hard, plastic, spread-eagle baby in their mouth, so we had to stop (and label the cakes as a choking hazard on the box.) Fun fact no.2: People do not like black babies in their king cakes. We tried this for a week, and ALL OF THE CAKES GOT RETURNED. Nothing wrong with the cake, people just didn't want a black baby cake. Ah, New Orleans. What a ridiculous city. Mardi Gras just ended on the 24th, so things are winding down here.

Hahaha, fact 2 has me in

Comment by Ananth Thu, 02/26/2009 - 14:32

Hahaha, fact 2 has me in stitches. That's awful ... it reminds me of an episode of This American Life where this woman worked at an upscale baby doll store; when the white babies ran out, no one would buy the black babies. Sheesh. 

I grew up with Rosca de

Comment by Neesee (not verified) Thu, 02/26/2009 - 12:51

I grew up with Rosca de Reyes so two days ago on Mardi Gras, I was confused as to what this King Cake stuff had to do with anything. A friend filled me in and it was just weird to me. The cake was delicious and cinnamon-y. I love the color too!

The naked baby in the box kinda weirds me out.

People probably already

Comment by Aiya (not verified) Thu, 02/26/2009 - 13:02

People probably already mentioned this, but it's "King Cake." And yeah, I had about twenty of cakes exactly the same as that one at my local grocery store. I had never seen King Cake before although I had heard about it.

Yeah its a King Cake

Comment by Aria (not verified) Thu, 02/26/2009 - 13:27

Though when we get them the baby is usually inside, and its been our family's tradition that whoever found the baby had to buy the cake the next year.

Ever cut the cake and start

Comment by Chris D. (not verified) Thu, 02/26/2009 - 16:55

Ever cut the cake and start cutting into the baby? That slice inevitably gets eaten last. :)

I was told by someone who's

Comment by Elizabeth B (not verified) Thu, 02/26/2009 - 14:19

I was told by someone who's celebrated Mardi Gras that they used to bake a bean into the cake, but people would swallow the bean so as not to have to host the next year's party. Someone came up with the little plastic baby instead.

Coming from someone born and

Comment by Sam Hindman (not verified) Thu, 02/26/2009 - 14:26

Coming from someone born and raised in New Orleans, I'm actually shocked at all of this traditional backing to King Cakes. There is never a "crowning" when you get the baby. On the contrary, for us finding Jesus (in delicious plastic form) is bad. King cakes in school were an every Friday treat from the second week of January to the friday before Mardi Gras, and whoever got the baby in their slice had to bring the next cake.

I personally have swallowed many babies. It hurts. Don't try it.

Huh, really! I'll take the

Comment by Ananth Thu, 02/26/2009 - 14:35

Huh, really! I'll take the native New Orleans person's word for it ... I was trying to figure out why the winner had to bring the cake the next time. That doesn't seem like much of a prize ...