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Heart-Bursting Aliens Show Cake – Geeky Cake of the Week

The classic State Fair is no longer just a confluence of pure-bred cattle, 70-pound mutant tomatoes, and various meats-on-sticks. Nationwide, these fairs have become platforms for serious, competitive pastry artisans (both amateur and professional) to showcase their impressive works.

Behold the first-place winner of the 2006 California Mid-State Fair’s ‘Professional Decorated Cake, Themed Cake’ category.

Wow, eh? The artisan, Dan O’Connor, decorates cakes for his brother John’s bakery, SLO Baked, in San Luis Obispo, CA. According to John:

The frosting was just tubed on, the goo, for lack of better word, was a corn syrup mixture. The red alien on top was an original sculpture that Dan created out of a clay like substance.

You wouldn’t want to cut a slice of this masterpiece. And not just because you don’t take a pastry knife to a Picasso. Since this was a show cake that needed to survive for weeks, Dan used Styrofoam under the frosting in lieu of cake to give it sturdiness and longevity.

Dan’s uncanny artistic skills extend to more conventional cakes, as well. Engaged couples send pictures of themselves to Dan, who sculpts likenesses of the brides and grooms to use as toppers on their wedding cakes.

Good to know who to call when I next feel compelled to put a likeness of myself (in Jedi garb, of course) on a cake. That’ll be soon. Right after I figure out how to draw my likeness with syrup in the cream floating on top of a Starbucks mochaccino.

Thanks to Dan and John for sharing the details, and thanks to Brian for the fantastic photos! (Click on the photos above to see higher-rez versions in Brian’s Flickr photostream.)

If you like the Heart-Bursting Aliens cake, check out the Alien Chest-Burster cake.

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11 comments… add one
  • Nima January 9, 2008, 12:44 am

    Nay, I say! Fake cakes are unconstitutional! Whether they be ass-smashingly awesome or not!

    I used lots of exclamation points so you know I’m right!!!

  • Great White Snark January 9, 2008, 12:49 am

    Nay, sir!!!! I say you are incorrect!!!!!

  • Nima January 9, 2008, 1:06 am


  • nickolai January 9, 2008, 9:18 am

    I’m with Nima on this. This sculpture is teeth-meltingly awesome. But cake it is not.

    What, pray tell, is edible on this? Just the icing?

    Not to take anything away from the creator though.

  • Great White Snark January 9, 2008, 10:48 am

    I see your points, but since it won first prize in a cake competition, it has been judged by qualified authorities as an actual cake.

    (I feel like we’re in a battle in a Pokemon cartoon!!!!!!!!!!)

  • Shithead January 9, 2008, 12:55 pm

    Let me join the fray to say I too do not feel this is a cake. The styrofoam explanation I can deal with, but the clay-like-substance sculpture I cannot. This is not a cake sir. Nay, it is an abomination. It is the Geeky clay-like-substance-sculpture of the Week, which really isn’t as catchy. And I’m still put off that you can’t find me any star wars themed meat products.

  • Great White Snark January 9, 2008, 2:32 pm

    I hereby reclassify it as the Geeky Cake-ish of the Week.

  • Cindi January 9, 2008, 4:28 pm

    Cake or not cake, it’s still disgusting!!!!!! Think of the children!!!!!

  • Nima January 9, 2008, 6:59 pm

    I win!!!!!!!!!!

    I choose you Pikachu!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Great White Snark January 9, 2008, 7:03 pm


  • Nathan D January 10, 2008, 3:24 pm

    I think the real issue is that in a “geek sculpture” contest you might see some very different kinds of things — in a cake contest you gotta have cake, otherwise, what’s the point of making the distinction?

    Oh, and some obligatory !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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