New Camera!

By | Thursday July 19th, 2012

Hello gamecake-lovers! I have some great news, my aunt gave me a pretty new camera (a shiny Nikon D40) ^^ So from now on, my gamecakes pictures will hopefully look a whole lot better!

As a first test, I took some new pictures of the Day of the Tentacle marzipan Purple Tentacle. Go see for yourself!

Initial new camera results

One of the new camera results ^^

I’ll start baking again soon as well. A certain cute little penguin has inspired me :)

Feature: Diablo 3 Cakes

By | Sunday July 8th, 2012

I just realized I haven’t baked a good gamecake in ages. Further contemplation revealed that there are two reasons for this:

  • I was working on a conference deadline
  • Diablo 3

I wasn’t too excited about it before it came out, but after playing the beta… Wow! So my next thought was: perhaps there should be a Diablo 3 cake! And guess what, there already is! Several of them actually. So my conclusion for now is that thanks to the wonderful people that baked these, I won’t bake today, but get to play more Diablo 3 instead!

Here’s a brief overview of some of the Diablo 3 delights that have been baked so far:

First up, this cute little Diablo 3 number by Viki from Sweden:

Next we have this red velvet tastiness by snoozypanda. Check out the horns on that one:

And a traditional hungarian dobosh cake by seven (there’s a recipe as well!):

Last but certainly not least, this tasty looking cake by Alisa:

Hope you enjoyed looking at these as much as I did and please let me know if you find more in the comments!

Feature: Game Cupcakes

By | Saturday June 9th, 2012

The cupcake-lovers over at ‘Cupcakes Take The Cake’ have just posted a Cupcake Appreciation Post celebrating Video Games. I particularly like the sparkly Mario star ones by Catherine ^^.

Mario Star Cupcakes
Sparkly Mario Star Cupcakes

Planescape: Torment | Rune of Torment cake

By | Saturday May 5th, 2012

Of all the games I’ve played, the most well-written one (800.000 words anyone?) has got to be Planescape: Torment. Released in 1999, this RPG used the Infinity engine (of Baldur’s Gate fame) and takes place in the Planescape (AD&D) setting. I love everything about it really, it’s hard to describe just how awesome this game is if you haven’t played it, so I’m not even going to try :) Eurogamer recently had a nice retrospective on it though. This website has a lot of cool goodies for the fans :)

The Nameless One, the main character that has his mortality stripped away from him, bears the mark of torment. The Rune of Torment is described by Eric Campanella:

The bladed shape that appears on tattoos, the Axe of Torment, the Weapon of Torment, and is part of the ultimate Symbol of Torment, is actually two perfectly matching shapes flipped and combined. One of them is meant to be pure steel, the other rusted metal. These represent the Nameless One and the Transcendent One and their very unique relationship. You can see this symbol close up if you go to the bestiary section of the journal and make sure you have no portraits selected.

Inspired by the Rune of Torment symbol, I’ve baked a mocha cake topped with a marzipan torment symbol and cocoa powder:

Fell: It is *torment.* It is that which draws all tormented souls to you. Fell nods at your left arm, at your shoulder. The flesh knows it suffers even when the mind has forgotten. And so you wear the rune always.

Planescape: Torment

Pain, Agony, Suffering, Torment. When the Rune is invoked, even the earth shall resonate its anguish. Torment of the mind. Torment of the body. Torment of the soul. All will be made clear when the Circle is drawn.

What can change the nature of a cake?

The Witcher Medallion Cupcake

By | Sunday April 1st, 2012

One of my favorite gaming series in recent RPG history is The Witcher. The dark atmosphere, morally gray area decisions with indirect consequences, steamy sex scenes, these games have it all! They also features the sexiest male video-game character I have ever seen ^^. I would love to have his babies, were it not for the Trial of the Grasses leaving poor Geralt of Rivia sterile ;) After surviving this trial, all witchers receive this beautiful medallion shaped like a wolf’s head.

It was exactly this medallion that inspired me to bake a The Witcher cupcake. The cupcake is cappuccino-flavored, which is a reference to Geralt’s glorious long white hair. It is topped with blood-red marzipan and a 3D wolf’s head that I modeled out of black marzipan by hand.

The Witcher Medallion cappuccino cupcake

The Witcher Medallion cappuccino cupcake

If you haven’t played it yet, I can really recommend the entire series. Start with The Witcher on PC and follow it up with the sequal, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings – Enhanced Edition, coming to a PC and even Xbox 360 near you soon!

Day of the Tentacle Cupcakes

By | Sunday February 5th, 2012

One of my favorite games when I was growing up has got to be Day of the Tentacle, that was developed and published by LucasArts. This amazing point-and-click adventure was released in 1993 and had a dream dev team with legends such as Tim Schafer and Ron Gilbert of Monkey Island fame. 10-year-old-girl-me was totally in love with the Day of the Tentacle visual style, gameplay, voice acting, humor and overall awesomeness.

So without further ado, I present you, Purple Tentacle, made entirely out of marzipan. He’s planning to dominate the world from the comfort of a lemon-flavored toxic sludge iced cupcake:

Purple Tentacle - Day of the Tentacle

It makes me feel great! Smarter! More aggressive! I feel like I could… like I could… like I could… TAKE ON THE WORLD!!!

Purple Tentacle - Day of the Tentacle

Yes, thank you, naive human! Now I can finish taking over the world! Ha ha ha!

But wait, there’s more! As a special bonus treat, my dear boyfriend also tried his hand at molding some marzipan into Purple Tentacle’s friendly brother: Green Tentacle. He is cowering in fear after hearing about the evil plans of his brother:

Green Tentacle - Day of the Tentacle

Uh… I will try to talk him out of it.

update: after The Man himself, Tim Schafer, had tweeted about these cupcakes, I couldn’t bring myself to eat the marzipan figurines. So I kept them displayed in our living room. I recently got a new camera from my aunt and took some better pictures! No longer edible, but no less evil!

Purple Tentacle - Day of the Tentacle

Purple Tentacle strikes again!

Purple Tentacle - Day of the Tentacle

Purple Tentacle looks even more evil now that he’s no longer edible.

Purple Tentacle - Day of the Tentacle

Purple Tentacle. Last one, I promise!

Still Alive

By | Wednesday January 25th, 2012

Hi there GameCake-aficionados!

Just wanted to give you an update on why I haven’t updated (lol, there’s a joke in there somewhere, but coming up with this joke is left as an exercise to the reader!) this site since forever. I’ve been extremely busy working on my MSc graduation project and studying for my final exam (Random Signal Processing 2: Stochastic Processes). Usually in weekends, when given the choice between gaming and baking gamecakes, gaming wins, because it’s easier and less time consuming. Well, that’s what I keep telling myself anyway ^^. So I recently finished my second playthrough of The Witcher 2 (the Roche path this time) and Gothic. Last weekend I started playing Gothic II.

But enough about that, onwards to the interesting topic of GameCakes! Two recent events really inspired me. The first is that my Angry Birds Marzipan Tutorial is being repinned like crazy over at Pinterest (a really cool visual online pinboard where people share and organize things they love). The second event is getting a truly amazing e-mail from a fan who really appreciates the work I have done for this website and is just as excited about GameCakes as I am ^^. So, awesome sender of e-mails, if you’re reading this,  thanks a lot! Mails like this are really inspiring me to keep baking and updating the site :)

And now for the Future Work section (getting all scientific here)… I have several projects planned and here’s the scoop on some of them:

  • The Witcher wolf pendant
  • Some character from The Binding of Isaac
  • Some more Final Fantasy cupcakes (like the Cactuar Cupcake, but Tonberry?)

Portal: Aperture Science Donut

By | Sunday September 11th, 2011

Baking my own donuts from scratch has been a dream of mine for quite some time. But I thought it would be very time consuming, so I never really got around to it. As it turns out, I was right :D I started baking around 8 pm, and was done 4 hours later ^^ I used this recipe and added chocolate to the glaze. Needs moar chocolate!

Of course, I can’t just go around and post delicious chocolate glazed plain donuts here, where’s the game theme in that? So I added some marzipan, and suddenly: Portal: Aperture Science donut!

Portal Aperture Science Donut

Aperture Donuts: we taste what we must, because we can!

I’m eating donuts and I’m still alive!

Feature: Tiago’s Android birthday cake

By | Sunday September 4th, 2011

Tiago, of Tiago’s Tech Blog fame, commented on my marzipandroid post with his extremely awesome birthday cake:

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Don’t they look smart? Thanks for sharing, Tiago! So if you’re wondering what those letters and numbers mean, it’s his age in hexadecimal (I’ll leave the math to convert this to the decimal system as an exercise to the reader ;) )

I would love to feature more cakes on this blog, so let me know in the comments section if you baked something game-related that you would like me to feature.

Pacman Lemon Bars

By | Sunday August 28th, 2011

So I got these measuring spoons in the mail this week: cup, tbsp, tsp, stuff like that. This means I can finally try baking some American recipes! Try? Yes, try! Apparently, it is not a really good idea to bake lemon bars (recipe here) in a leaky pan over an oven grid…. I was very surprised to see that at the end of this hot sticky messy adventure, I was left with some extremely tasty Pacman Lemon Bars:

Pacman Lemon Bars

Wagga wagga wagga

And this in my oven:

Messy oven is messy