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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.

...eww

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.

Comments

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 ... 

Not really a prize...

Comment by Chris D. (not verified) Thu, 02/26/2009 - 16:54

More of a double whammy.

Choking hazard + monetary fine for "winning"

Ah King Cake...the very first iteration of "Press Your Luck"

no whammies, no whammies, no whammies

Stop!

Yeah. We're not very smart

Comment by Sam Hindman (not verified) Fri, 02/27/2009 - 01:58

Yeah. We're not very smart in the winner-having-to-pay aspect. I stopped eating King Cake a few years ago. The cake itself tastes like a bad cinnamon bun with unbearably sweet icing. To each his own.

That shit

Comment by JSRadio (not verified) Fri, 02/27/2009 - 01:54

So about that Uselessbot shirt. You can buy it, right? I'm too lazy to make an account on that site right now.

Oh God...

Comment by JSRadio (not verified) Fri, 02/27/2009 - 01:56

I just noticed my typo D:

You can buy it if Threadless

Comment by Ananth Fri, 02/27/2009 - 11:01

You can buy it if Threadless decides they want to print it ... otherwise, sadly, it will probably disappear forever. 6 colors is too expensive for us to print on our own. That's why the votes help. ;)

I'm so bummed out, I can't

Comment by Astrid (not verified) Fri, 02/27/2009 - 15:34

I'm so bummed out, I can't order Threadless shirts cuz I'm not from the US...and i'm a little weery about those sites who order for you with your creditcardnumbers.... :(

You can't? awww... Then how

Comment by Naktarr (not verified) Sun, 03/01/2009 - 06:02

You can't?
awww...
Then how on earth did I end up with one when I'm all the way away in Australia?!

So you're a very lucky

Comment by Astrid (not verified) Sun, 03/01/2009 - 13:01

So you're a very lucky person! It's true though, the site doesn't accept any of the creditcards i've tried......and that were allot cuz I REALLY WANTED THAT SHIRT!!!!!!

Hm

Comment by JSRadio (not verified) Fri, 02/27/2009 - 18:36

What about something like Zazzle? The shirts are a pretty good quality.

Oooh how random

Comment by Naktarr (not verified) Sun, 03/01/2009 - 06:00

The design is great, the site made me do a double take, I had never been there before, but the logo was oddly familiar...

So I went for a rummage in my T shirt drawer/basket, unearthed the tshirt my sister had given to me, and voila - Threadless!

^^ thanks for accidentally showing me where it's from - I have a thing about knowing where my tshirt designs are from.
I wish I could even buy your design, but I have no money :<

magical

Comment by ritsuka (not verified) Fri, 02/27/2009 - 03:08

Yuko, your drawing of this cake is freaking magical.

I'm with you guys and just now learned of this phenomenon. You saw this in a store in Michigan? I've never seen such a thing, even during Mardi Gras time here (although it is WV, well and SF sometimes). Interesting to say the least!

I'm from the Midwest

Comment by McClaud (not verified) Fri, 02/27/2009 - 05:17

And my school tried this tradition for two years as well.

What everyone has said about it is pretty much right. It goes along with Three Kings Day and the proceding festival on Fat Tuesday.

Fun fact about Nebraska -

One year, there was this story about a school that tried to make a King Cake without really paying attention to the directions for the Louisiana refugees that were living here from Hurricane Katrina.

Well, everything went well until they cut the cake and every kid in the class not only found a baby in their slice, but two or three as well.

Seems that they just poured an entire box of plastic babies into the cake batter. It was terrifying to the kids (who knew the tradition) and parents as well.

My friends and I still joke about it. Every year we wonder if someone else will mistakenly make a "Shotgun Baby King Cake." Only in the Midwest, I tell you, will you find a group of people who can utterly mess up a famous holiday tradition (I have a really bad Day of the Dead story to tell you if you want to hear it sometime ...)

 Hahaha, that's a great

Comment by Ananth Fri, 02/27/2009 - 11:02

 Hahaha, that's a great story. 

 Maryland rather than

Comment by Ananth Fri, 02/27/2009 - 11:03

 Maryland rather than Michigan! But the same principle applies. ;)

Beads = Mardi Gras I swear

Comment by Naktarr (not verified) Fri, 02/27/2009 - 06:51

Its those glittery plastic beads, it just screams dancing in a street parade!
The cake, well maybe you wear it hung around your neck like a life preserver?
I've never attended our Mardi Gras because when I wanted to, I was too young, and now I can, I'm stuck with conservativish/overly straight friends - our Mardi Gras celebrate our homosexual community, which I think makes our versions of those cakes Queen Cakes, and King for the ladies out there - not that I've ever seen them as big as your edible life preserver!

lol i just realized how appropriate my name is...

Comment by doomcake. (not verified) Fri, 02/27/2009 - 20:59

Being from a family of (slightly vindictive) Catholics, I can also confirm that this is a King Cake. I grew up with these things, and in much the same way that my grandfather always seems to get a random bone in his fish filet (long story), I *ALWAYS* get the baby in the king cake. However, in our family, whoever gets the doll has to wash ALL of the dishes. It only takes about 2 hours and having to refill the sink when you're halfway through because the water is too cold...(we have no dishwasher)

I must add: this is by far the ugliest king cake I have ever seen. Seriously, to the company that made this, YOU PHAIL. XDD

I saw one of those weird

Comment by GabbyWavesHi (not verified) Sun, 03/01/2009 - 21:59

I saw one of those weird cakes the other day at my local supermarket!
I know that the baby symbolizes something, but I don't remember what that was.

Nice ass.

Comment by Charlie (not verified) Mon, 03/02/2009 - 18:50

It appears that you found the same cake that my friend's mother bought. I found the God Baby, as we called it. And we discovered that it had a remarkably...ah, well formed rear end.

Quite creepy. In the end, however, I did not keep it. Instead I stuck it into the giant cardboard Everest that we were building for a project.

I do not know if this means I need to bring the next cake or not, considering that the baby is now at the top of the world's tallest mountain.

The babies must represent

Comment by MX (not verified) Thu, 03/05/2009 - 02:23

The babies must represent lost innocence.

ROFLMAO

Comment by Christine (not verified) Wed, 03/25/2009 - 23:12

Chewy takes the cake. Wait..

Yeah, it's a mass produced

Comment by TK (not verified) Wed, 07/22/2009 - 11:52

Yeah, it's a mass produced king cake. They don't put the baby inside, so you can put it inside before hand if there are any small mouths to feed, or if you just want to plant who has the burden of the next party. Scarily enough, down here for about an hour driving distance or so outside of NOLA (New Orleans, Louisiana for you yankees), they sell the darned things year round. Even the Baskin Robbins make an ice cream version of them with different flavors of ice cream.

Mass produced cake.

Comment by TK (not verified) Wed, 07/22/2009 - 11:55

Yeah, it's a mass produced king cake. They don't put the baby inside, so you can put it inside before hand if there are any small mouths to feed, or if you just want to plant who has the burden of the next party. Scarily enough, down here for about an hour driving distance or so outside of NOLA (New Orleans, Louisiana for you yankees), they sell the darned things year round. Even the Baskin Robbins make an ice cream version of them with different flavors of ice cream. Also, it should be more elongated and oval, rather than round, And it's supposed to be twisted, not just puffed up straight like a baguette without the air slits. Sorry, I'll quit the pastry chef rant now.

king cake too late

Comment by Emma (not verified) Wed, 08/26/2009 - 21:34

HEY YOU TOTALLY MENTIONED KING CAKES. I live in New Orleans, so the comic gets a BILLION points for drawing the food that we all eat. Its real good. The deal is when a group of people eat a king cake, who ever gets the baby buys the new cake. YAY NEW ORLEANS, YAY JOHNNY WANDERER Y'ALL ARE THE BEST.

Late comment, I know, but I

Comment by Natalie (not verified) Fri, 08/28/2009 - 01:27

Late comment, I know, but I was just reading through...

They didn't used to come with beads, but they do more and more. In fact, it's been commonplace for a few years now, at least.

I imagine that king cakes are likely to be crappier the further you are from Louisiana. Or if you go someplace like Walmart. And the crappier the king cake, the more likely they are to compensate with beads...as if that makes it better somehow. I figure they think people will like having "genuine mardi gras beads" or something.

If you have a good bakery though...mm, nothing beats it. I know a Cajun family that makes their own from scratch...and oh my GOD is it fabulous.

I used to collect those little babies. I had knack of finding them first throughout my early childhood. I just loved how you drew it, though, all bent over in that way they tend to fall. It brought back memories.

i am pretty sure you eat the

Comment by deraekan (not verified) Sun, 01/31/2010 - 23:03

i am pretty sure you eat the baby in the cake ._.

Rosca de Reyes on Mexico

Comment by FrustratedWriter (not verified) Fri, 07/16/2010 - 15:52

This is called "Rosca de Reyes" King's donut cake. At least, on mexico represent this. The 3 kings that came from orient to give baby jesus presents. This is celebrated every Jan 6. On my county, it has crystallized fruit and dehydrate fruit that tastes delicious. the bread is mixed with orange and has a fluffy consistency. Is filled with small plastic-made children figure that represents Jesus. Those who in it's slice have a small figure (called here "Monito" Lit. figure) it's going to make Tamales (delicious by the way, made with maize flour and filled with meat, cooked by vapor) on Feb 2, the "Dia de la candelaria" (Candelary day) in which the people retrieves the born of jesus scenario (the one made with figures, usually not so big in each catholic home and some churches). So, to celebrate that, people gathers and eat tamales, provided by those who draw the "Monito" on Jan 6.

Hope this is useful! BTW...Regards from Mexico!

Wow, I can't believe I've

Comment by Maiu (not verified) Wed, 01/12/2011 - 22:34

Wow, I can't believe I've been following you guys for over 2 years, but I had to go through the archives to find this page....Because I randomly remembered it and laughed my ass off for like 3 straight minutes.

great work ...keep it up.

Comment by brazilian jiu jitsu gear (not verified) Tue, 03/29/2011 - 03:38

great work ...keep it up.

nice

Comment by best coffee maker (not verified) Wed, 04/20/2011 - 20:08

That looks great and very yummy good job

Recycling is extremely

Comment by Baler (not verified) Wed, 04/27/2011 - 14:50

Recycling is extremely important to save money, as well as the planet. A cardboard baler is a great way to do this.

i know what they are called D:

Comment by Robbeh (not verified) Mon, 10/03/2011 - 18:42

I have eaten one for those they are called "rosca de reyes" its for a mexican holiday in february of i recall they are sooo gooood some parts have butter covered in sugar D: hi fat content ftw!!

Actually, it's more for El

Comment by Searis (not verified) Mon, 01/09/2012 - 00:12

Actually, it's more for El Dia De Los Reis, but close enough. considering the date, i wouldn't get one. :p

King Cake!

Comment by Dora (not verified) Thu, 02/09/2012 - 00:58

Heck yes it's a thing! I know this comment is a few years late but WOOT I LOVE ME SOME KING CAKE! I grew up in southern LA. One of my favorite times of the year was Mardi Gras. Our cafiteria at school would serve king cake for dessert everyday for like two weeks before! If you got the baby, you got an extra piece :) That was awesome for an elementary student!

Also bead dogs are another

Comment by Dora (not verified) Thu, 02/09/2012 - 01:04

Also bead dogs are another awesome Mardi Gras tradition. Though not official :)

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King Cake

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 07/04/2013 - 19:28

yes it's a thing. The cake with the baby is based of a religious thing "the terrible face of god" thing made me giggle cuz the baby is supposed to be a solid gold baby Jesus (baby butt) that is baked into the cake. Who ever gets the piece with the gold baby is basically the "winner" and is declared King of the Mardi Gras.