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Here are 6 sculpted masterpieces that show just how far a cake can go
You won't believe some of these cakes are real.
You haven’t seen a cake until you’ve seen one as a set of Converse shoes. Or… well, you get the point.
Pastry artists such as Duff Goldman and Buddy Valastro (featured in this gallery), to name two, have really upped the dessert ante over the last five years, cooking up dream cakes to great fanfare, serious recognition, and inspired imitation.
Thanks to reality shows such as Ace of Cakes, TLC's Cake Boss, and many other cooking competitions on TV, the custom cake revolution is in full effect. And both high-end bakeries and your regular mom-and-pop shops are complying with the trend, answering the public’s demand for greatness.
But no matter how much fondant you can muster up, or how much frosting you can mix together, few cakes can top these top sculpted masterpieces from across the U.S. (and even Canada). These six show just how far a cake can go.
For tips on how to cook your very own masterpiece, check out the YP interview with the "Cake Boss" himself, Buddy Valastro.
— Gregg Rosenzweig, Senior Editor at YP
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A Pastry Chef’s Best Tips for Making a Perfect Sheet Cake
A sheet cake is an absolute party staple, but one that can be a breeze to make. Here are 6 tips from a professional pastry chef on how to bake the perfect sheet cake with ease.
We all know sheet cakes are the move for birthdays and all manner of other celebrations, but they are also just as ideal for casually snacking on at home. The design is simple — usually one layer of fluffy cake topped with sweet buttercream frosting, and any garnishes or embellishments the baker desires. With endless flavor possibilities such as vanilla, chocolate, lemon, red velvet and many more, these cakes are fun to make, decorate, and (obviously) eat. Throughout culinary school and my time working pastry in restaurant kitchens, I&aposve found sheet cakes to be one of the most versatile and essential archetypes in the world of cake. And with these tips in mind, you can approach baking your next sheet cake with the confidence of a pro.
20 Most Ridiculous College Courses You Won't Believe Are Real
If you ever wanted a B.A. in Yeti Hunting, now's your chance.
Approximately 20.4 million students headed off to college campuses in the United States last year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. And of those 20.4 million, it's a good bet that, come course selection morning, about 20.3 million weighed just how fun a class in calculus or Renaissance poetry would actually be. Yes, it's no secret that some college courses can be rote and—dare we say—total snoozers. But the flip side is also true!
Digging through the curriculum guides of American universities will reveal a treasure trove of fun, exciting, downright ridiculous-sounding courses. In other words: If you've ever wanted to pick up a degree in Yeti Hunting, or Tree Climbing, or Lady Gaga (we're serious), or Zeitgeist Science Fiction Television Series (Westworld and Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans, take note), now's your chance. Schools around the country—from Cornell to Emerson to the University of South Carolina—offer up these crazy curriculum. Seriously: each and every one of these actually exists. Don't believe us? Read on, and see for yourself. And for more insight on what really goes on behind the scenes at your alma mater, discover these 20 Secrets Your College Professor Won't Tell You.
Your favorite pastime as a child can now earn you college credit—and at an Ivy League school, no less. At Cornell University, students can take a one-credit class in Tree Climbing which will "teach you how to get up into the canopy of any tree, to move around, even to climb from one tree to another without touching the ground." And for more fun ways to get in your daily burn, learn the 30 Ways to Get Six-Pack Abs.
At yet another Ivy League school, students can explore the art of getting ready in the morning, courtesy of a course called "Getting Dressed." This freshman seminar at Princeton University, taught by scholar and author Jenna Weissman Joselit, examines how what we wear—and why we wear it—shapes who we are, and vice versa. And when you want to streamline your own wardrobe, learn the 40 Best Tips For Dressing Well In Your 40s.
Little Monsters will fall hard for the University of South Carolina's strange ode to Mother Monster herself, a course dubbed "Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame." After becoming enthralled with the singer and artist after seeing her on television, sociology professor Mathieu Deflem devised the course, explaining to The New York Times, "The central objective is to unravel some of the sociologically relevant dimensions of the fame of Lady Gaga." And for more surprising info on your favorite stars, check out these 50 Crazy Celebrity Facts You Won't Believe Are True.
While you may think of South Park as little more than a humorous, albeit vulgar, distraction from your day-to-day life, some scholars see it differently. According to two professors at McDaniel College in Maryland, the show is worth some serious study. "Often controversial itself, South Park uses humor to explore issues such as immigration, gay marriage, terrorism, and hundreds more," according to professors Dr. Josh Baron and Dr. Sara Raley, who co-teach the course.
You probably think you know how to watch TV pretty well by this point: put on comfy pants, plant yourself on the couch, and zone out. However, undergrads at Montclair State University can fine-tune this art with the school's How to Watch Television class, the aim of which is "for students to critically evaluate the role of television in their lives as well as in the life of the culture." And when it comes time to plop on the couch for hours, you could do worse than powering through the 30 Funniest Sitcoms of All Time.
Can't get enough of HBO's science fiction hit Westworld? You're in good company. At Bennington College in Vermont, you can take a deep dive into the show with professor J. Vanessa Lyon, PhD. In the course, students explore everything from cyborgs to TV westerns, earning two credits along the way. And to boost your own sci-fi knowledge, bone up on the 20 Long-Predicted Technologies That Are Never Going to Happen.
Want some incentive to get moving? Sign up for The Art of Walking at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. While the course touches on the work of everyone from Heidegger to Kant, it's also, more specifically, just a really long walk, with participants walking up to 25 miles at a stretch.
Game of Thrones is more than just a great show: studying it is also a way to earn college credit at the University of Virginia. Fortunately, Game of Thrones purists will also get to explore the George R. R. Martin books on which the series is based, comparing and contrasting the worlds created in print and on screen. And for more on Westeros, take a peek Inside the World's First Game of Thrones-Themed Hotel.
Do you believe the truth is out there? Are you certain you spotted a Bigfoot print? If that sounds like you, you might just love the Cryptozoology class at Oberlin Experimental College in Ohio. This one-credit class, devoted to the study of cryptids, from the chupacabra to the Loch Ness Monster, is undeniably weird, but sounds a whole lot more fun than your average college seminar. And for more information on other species, discover these 40 Amazing Animal Facts.
If you're ever wondered whether or not the USS Enterprise would have actually been capable of flight, Santa Clara University might be the school for you. At this California university, students can study the physics that might enable their favorite intergalactic ships to fly. And to discover what sci-fi predictions you can expect to come true, This Is What Life Could Look Like 100 Years From Now.
While it's since been taken out of the course catalog, students at the University of Wisconsin—Madison once had the great privilege of taking a course in Elvish, the fictional language spoken by elves in J. R. R. Tolkien's seminal Lord of the Rings series.
Whether you're a fan of Ghost or just can't get enough of Sister Act, professor Charles I. Nero's "Makin' Whoopi: Goldberg's Canon" class at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, has got you covered.
Surfing is: a great workout, a cool skill to show off to your friends, and, if you're a student at the University of California—Santa Barbara, an academic subject worthy of study. In addition to teaching the history of the medium, students in this course will also learn about the issues facing coastal communities, and how surfing has influenced cultures around the world.
If you are so good at vacationing you could practically go pro, the University of Iowa's course on the subject might just be for you. While most of us think of vacations as a way to have fun with friends are family, the course description cautions, "Vacations are more serious events than you might think."
Combines a little glycerin, some air, and a plastic wand, and what do you get? A class at Caltech, apparently. Exploring bubbles in their many forms, from those that pose danger to engines to those that aid in medical procedures, this course is nothing short of an ebulliophobic's nightmare.
Is it the cold brew coursing through their veins, the circulation-stifling effects of a pair of skinny jeans, or just an overinflated sense of self-worth that makes your average hipster tick? At Tufts Experimental College, students can take a deep dive into the mind of these modern-day bohemians by signing up for the aptly-titled "Demystifying the Hipster" course.
While many of us were obsessed with Mischa Barton's beachy waves and the relationship drama between Summer and Seth, The O.C. hardly seemed worthy of academic study—until Duke University made the case otherwise, that is. For a period of time, the prestigious school allowed students to study the culture surrounding the hit show and the "California exceptionalism" it exemplified.
If you've ever wanted to know if you would make it out alive in a zombie apocalypse, Michigan State University has the one course that can give you a definitive answer. Better yet, since the class is offered entirely online, you can study in the privacy of your own room, even further reducing your chances of becoming an undead being's next meal.
For those who are still binge-watching Buffy in their free time, Boston's Emerson College has just the course for you. "Deconstructing TV's Buffy," a four-credit seminar, takes a deep dive into this supernatural Joss Whedon hit, allowing students to explore everything form the show's mythology to the countless ways the show's characters have been adapted into everything from comics to fan fiction.
Have you been suffering the indignity of being offered fake maple syrup tine and time again? Well, no longer, thanks to this unique course offered at Alfred University. While students do get to tap maple trees in the class, the course also explores everything from local maple sugaring operations to environmental science along the way. And for more sweet foodie fun, discover The 50 Best Foods for Your Brain.
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6 Images of Abandoned Weaponry You Won't Believe Are Real
Rare, expensive materials, cutting-edge designs and top-secret prototypes are all hallmarks of the military industrial complex. It's how they produce all their beautiful toys: the stealth fighters, nuclear submarines and flying fortresses that are the cornerstone of our childhood fantasies and Michael Bay movies. But what happens when you get bored of your new toys? Why, you just toss them out into the middle of a field somewhere. Sure, they are worth a billion dollars and took dozens of years of intricate design and revision, but have you ever built a garage? That shit is hard.
Pack up your towel, your shaky folding chairs, your ineffective cooler and those hilarious shorts that make it look like you're naked from the waist down, because you, sir or madam, are going to tear it up at the beach. Just as soon as you find a nice, secluded one that won't be too crowded, of course. When you get there, you turn to survey the vast beauty of nature (read: ogle some half-clad asses), but instead spy only an endless armada of motley battleships in various states of disrepair. You were looking for the nude beach, but you've accidentally wandered into the post-apocalyptic section.
Via Themaritimeblog.com Half of us just got tetanus simply from looking at that.
There are thousands of government-owned ships sitting at anchor all around the United States right now. They're part of the National Defense Reserve Fleet (NDRF), a collection of mothballed ships ostensibly for use in national emergencies or other times of crisis. But as the decades roll by, wars and disasters come and go, and still the ships just sit. Some are dismantled some are abandoned until they rust and sink. And these fleets aren't hidden away in remote, top-secret locations, either: One of the biggest collections is the NDRF Ghost Fleet at Suisun Bay, California, only 30 miles northeast of San Francisco. Among that fleet is the battleship Iowa, which played a large part in several of America's wars, including WWII and Korea. In short, what used to be this:
Yes, that's duct tape covering the barrels. Clearly, this ship no longer presents any danger to society, should some unscrupulous individual seek to steal it and show his ex-wife's handsome new playboy boyfriend what he thinks of his precious yacht. Oh, but that would never happen, because even if you get past the duct tape (psh, good luck!), there must be tons of security, right? Not so much. In May 2011, Scott Haefner -- less of an "international superthief" and more of a "casual boat fan" -- managed to break through fleet security and spend an entire weekend photographing the remaining fleet. He and a friend boarded the ships and hopped from vessel to vessel for 48 hours, using only an inflatable raft and a few other supplies you could buy from any camping supply store. One of the greatest surprises Scott stumbled upon while out dicking around on the ghost armada was the Sea Shadow (IX-529).
Via Scotthaefner.com We're pretty sure one of the shitty Brosnan Bond villains owned one of these.
That's a stealth ship that the military spent $195 million and over 10 years building and testing before unceremoniously dumping it where it now sits . inside a larger mothballed multi-million-dollar ship, the Hughes Mining Barge. This is the same barge that helped raise the Soviet submarine K-129 from the Pacific Ocean floor in the summer of 1974, so it's not like these ships were unusable or defective in any way. They were simply forgotten.
Although to be fair, the Navy didn't necessarily want to mothball the Sea Shadow that was a last resort. They initially tried to give it away for free. But since any takers would also have to take the Hughes Barge, no one took them up on the offer.
Via Angelfire.com Apparently, no G.I. Joe fans or scrap-metal-needing meth-heads were around when they asked.
Today, the USS Iowa would cost $1.5 billion to build, which, combined with the Sea Shadow's $200 million, means there's at least $1.7 billion just floating out there in the bay, waiting for bored bloggers to raft out and walk around on top of it.
Despite what one would reasonably assume, this isn't just a side effect of the arrogant and wasteful nature of Western capitalist pig-dogs: When the Soviet Union collapsed, it could no longer fully fund its navy and so was also forced to abandon its ships to the elements. Now they sit in ports like Murmansk, rotting, rusting and practically begging for a Scooby-Doo episode to fire up inside of them.
Via Artificialowl.net Man, the running-through-doors montage would be epic.
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50 Chocolate Cake Recipes that are Simply Amazing
Baking blogs, cookbooks, and social media abound with chocolate cake recipes, drawing us in with their photographs and videos of astounding cakes so beautiful we want to eat them right up. Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, baby shower, or retirement, chocolate cake is the dessert we crave for our celebrations. But we also love chocolate cake any time, just because we are in the mood for something satisfying and sweet. So to save you time, we found the most absolutely amazing recipes that will satisfy your lust for chocolate.
50 Cake Recipes for Serious Chocolate Lovers
From traditional favorites to newfangled creations, from classics to cakes with a twist, there is something for everyone. Even those with food allergies or the health-conscious will find great tasting recipes here. Countless variations, innovations, and important tips for baking top-notch chocolate cakes are at your fingertips. From secret ingredients to key techniques, these recipes will fill you with inspiration and allow you to get busy with what you love best–baking delicious chocolate cakes.
1) Nanny’s Chocolate Fudge Cake
This chocolate recipe is big on rich, fudgy flavor, but short on prep time, making the perfect combination for those who want their chocolate cake cravings satisfied in a hurry. A chocolate cake mix and a fudge brownie mix partner up to give it depth of flavor, and they whisk together quickly with just a few other simple ingredients. This recipe calls for canned frosting, making the final assembly a breeze. A great party cake, it can be frozen for later, if you can keep yourself from gobbling it down warm from the oven!
2) Moist Chocolate Cake
This versatile cocoa-based recipe will fill your kitchen with the smell of homemade, chocolatey goodness that will make your mouth water. Simple to make, it contains straightforward ingredients that are combined quickly in one bowl. A cup of hot coffee enhances the chocolate flavor and creates a smooth batter that bakes evenly into a moist, delicious cake. The batter can be used to make a layer cake as directed by the recipe, or it can be used to make a sheet cake or even cupcakes. Both vanilla and chocolate frosting recipes are included, so choose a combination that works well for you.
3) Old-Fashioned Chocolate Buttermilk Cake
This old-fashioned chocolate buttermilk cake will take you back to a simpler time. Creamy squares of unsweetened chocolate, soft cake flour, and rich buttermilk add to the homemade appeal of this old-fashioned chocolate cake, making it one of the best cake recipes you will find. Created with premium ingredients, gorgeous ribbons of lush chocolate frosting adorn this moist, dreamy cake. For even more appeal, chocolate sprinkles can be dropped on top. When it comes to deep chocolate flavor and smooth, moist texture, this cake has it all.
4) Intense Chocolate Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting
Adapted from a recipe on the back of the Hershey’s cocoa box, this easy and reliable cake recipe will become one of your favorites. The intense chocolate flavor comes from the addition of hot coffee to the batter which helps completely incorporate the ingredients and deepens the chocolate taste. Simple, inexpensive ingredients make this chocolate cake recipe easy to whip up on the spur of the moment. Sweet cream cheese frosting oozing between four layers of chocolatey goodness make this a memorable dessert you will come back to again and again.
5) Chocolate Oreo Cake
Who doesn’t love the chocolatey crunch of Oreo cookies with their sweet, creamy filling? This cake idea is an Oreo lover’s dream, with an entire package of cookies in the frosting. With three layers, this cake has room for plenty of Oreo goodness in every bite! The cake recipe uses simple ingredients that you are likely to have on hand, and is mixed in one bowl, making it no fuss. It comes out moist and delicious every time, and the Oreo flavor in every bite is sure to please. This gorgeous cake is great for your next celebration or for anytime you are in the mood for an incredible-tasting chocolate cake.
6) Famous Brick Street Chocolate Cake
Dripping with luscious chocolate ganache, this rich, moist cake gets its name from the Brick Street Cafe in Greenville, South Carolina. Baked in a tube pan, it is serious chocolate! Not only is there amazing, warm chocolate ganache cascading down the sides and puddling around the edge of the cake, but the cake is made with chocolate pudding, chocolate chips, and cocoa. How’s that for appeasing your chocolate cravings? And don’t forget the buttermilk and vanilla extract. This is one of the finest chocolate cake recipes you will come across, so be sure and give it a try. And stop in and say hi if you’re ever in Greenville.
7) Chocolate Turtle Poke Cake
Ooey, gooey goodness makes this chocolate cake a winner. Effortless to prepare, it begins with a chocolate boxed cake mix. Poking holes in the cooled cake, and filling them with caramel-flavored sweetened condensed milk, not only give this cake its name, but also add moist delicious flavor as the liquidy goodness seeps deep into the cake. Sweet chocolate frosting is slathered on top and then sprinkled with crunchy pecans and mini chocolate chips to remind you of the taste of turtle candy. Super sweet, and dripping with caramel flavor, poke cake made from this chocolate cake recipe is a nice treat for the holidays, but no matter when you bake it, you’ll be glad you did.
8) Homemade Chocolate Cake
When it comes to chocolate cakes, you can’t beat the quality you get by creating one from scratch. Made with creamy butter, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract, this cake has a wonderful texture and rich chocolate flavor. The cake is only lightly sweetened, but the homemade frosting is delectably sweet, making a combination that’s just right. Light and airy on the inside, and creamy and smooth on the outside, each bite will delight your senses. And the nicest part is knowing that this satisfying cake was made by you right in your own kitchen. It will quickly become a family favorite.
9) Samoa Bundt Cake
Remember Samoa Girl Scout cookies? This innovative cake idea comes from that beloved cookie. The coconut, caramel, and chocolate combination found in this chocolate recipe make it unique and tasty. Sour cream and chocolate chips give the cake a moist and tender texture. The frosting contains a dab of caramel sauce along with butter, heavy cream, and powdered sugar for rich, homemade flavor. Topped with toasted coconut and drizzled with caramel and hot fudge sauce, this bundt cake will remind you of samoa cookies. The unbelievable part is it tastes even better after being refrigerated a few days. Tasting is believing!
10) The Best Chocolate Cake Recipe Ever
Though it couldn’t be easier to make, this cake is a crowd-pleaser that will have your guests requesting the recipe. Based on the Old-Fashioned Hershey’s recipe, it is moist, delicious, and bursting with chocolate sweetness. The secret ingredient is espresso powder in both the cake and the buttercream frosting which takes the chocolate flavor to a whole new level. Fresh ingredients include cocoa powder and vanilla extract. Whether you make it as a layer cake, sheet cake, or cupcakes, the deep chocolate flavor comes through and doesn’t disappoint.
11) Chocolate Layer Cake with Cream Cheese Filling and Chocolate Buttercream
Have you ever been obsessed with a cake? Adapted from Hershey’s, this beautiful chocolate cake is piled high with buttercream frosting and has three scrumptious layers for holding the ultimate amount of sweet and fluffy cream cheese filling. Simple ingredients such as butter, cocoa powder, and cream cheese as well as a little time are all that are required to prepare this chocolate recipe. The homemade goodness makes it an outstanding choice for celebrations or whenever you have a compulsion for a really good chocolate cake.
12) Heavenly Chocolate Cake
Appearing in 1927, this recipe from Good Housekeeping magazine is close to 90 years old. Made countless times by bakers who love their chocolate cakes, this one is timeless. Made with good, old-fashioned ingredients such as buttermilk, brown sugar, and cocoa powder, this cake is moist and delicious. The frosting contains 12 ounces of melted semi-sweet chocolate along with cocoa powder, for additional creamy chocolate flavor. Made-from-scratch goodness will fill your kitchen as you create the best chocolate cake you’ll ever have. Try it and see if you don’t agree.
13) Unforgettable Chocolate Cake
If you’re looking for something special, this pretty little cake is it! Made from scratch, it bakes quickly to fill your kitchen with the sweet, warm aroma of chocolate. The combination of cocoa powder and black coffee creates a rich chocolate flavor that you will want to taste again and again. Whipping cream and chocolate chips combine to form a decadent, creamy filling and frosting that’s hard to resist. Topped off with a layer of melted chocolate chips, this cake can be decorated with your favorite candies or sprinkles to suit your fancy. Not only will it taste scrumptious, but it will add beauty to your table.
14) One Bowl Chocolate Cake
This from-scratch chocolate cake is super moist, delicate, and delicious. It is consistently good, and your kitchen is kept clean with the use of only one bowl. The versatility of this recipe shines as you use it for a layer cake, sheet cake, or cupcakes, and the recipe can easily be doubled. Based on the Hershey’s “Perfectly Chocolate” chocolate cake recipe, it can be made fancy with Brownie Batter Frosting, ganache, brownie cubes, and whipped cream. Get ready, because this recipe will make you want to bake!
15) Whipped Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
Although this recipe is for frosting, there is a link provided to the recipe for the beautiful Rose Cake that is pictured. This rich, chocolate buttercream frosting is perfect for piping, making it easy to create breathtaking cakes, and you can watch a video of a cake being piped in the gorgeous rosette style. The frosting gets its fluffiness from whipping cream and butter and its delicious chocolate flavor from cocoa powder. Smooth and creamy, it tastes wonderful and makes every cake a work of art.
16) Best Nutella Cheesecake
Creamy cheesecake filled with the chocolatey goodness of Nutella and baked in a graham cracker crust is a combination dreams are made of! Bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate provides the amount of sweetness you prefer. Sour cream, heavy cream, and an ample amount of Nutella along with cream cheese combine to form a smooth, creamy texture. Topped with toasted hazelnuts for added flavor and a little crunch, this cheesecake is truly unique. Step-by-step directions are clear and easy to follow, making this homemade confection an encore presentation in your kitchen, as guests will request it again and again.
17) Slutty Brownie Cake
Calling all chocolate lovers! If you have a difficult time deciding which chocolate dessert is your favorite, then this is the cake for you. Each luscious layer is a different flavor. There’s chocolate chip cookie, Oreo cookie, and brownie. Swiss buttercream frosting sits sweetly in between. To add to the decadence, cookies and brownies sit atop a smooth ganache that drips generously over the whole thing. Cake flour, molasses, buttermilk, and Dutch processed cocoa powder are just some of the fine ingredients used in this cake. Your guests’ eyes will pop when you present them with this showstopper. You only live once, right?
18) Simply Perfect Chocolate Cake
This classic chocolate layer cake truly is simply perfect. The thick, mousse-like batter only dirties up one bowl and contains Greek yogurt or sour cream for ultimate richness. The deep chocolate flavor comes from cocoa powder, and the fluffy sweetness of chocolate Swiss buttercream pressed between moist layers of tender cake will take your breath away. The secret to the moistness of this cake is a simple cocoa syrup that is brushed onto the cake and allowed to soak in before the cake is frosted. Classy, elegant, and oh, so chocolatey, this impressive cake is perfection on a plate.
19) Irish Chocolate Cake With Bailey’s Buttercream Frosting
Lots of real Irish butter and a few tablespoons of Bailey’s Irish Cream make this cake special. Melted chocolate in the batter along with a topping of shaved dark chocolate give this cake the gift of deep chocolate flavor. Clear and simple directions and a video are included for making the chocolate shavings. With only 20 minutes of prep time, this professional-looking cake can be made with a minimum of time and fuss. Don’t wait until St. Patrick’s Day to serve this delicious confection.
20) Ding Dong Cake
Ding Dong Cake is a rich devil’s food cake with vanilla cream filling, smothered in chocolate ganache. You may remember the snack cake version from your childhood, but this version is all grown up. This easy, two-layer cake is made with simple ingredients. It is a “sloppy,” finger-licking good kind of cake with moist, rich flavor and a filling that is a cross between buttercream and whipped cream sealed with an amazing chocolate ganache. Brewed coffee is added to the batter for generous chocolate flavor. It can be made into cupcakes and tastes better chilled if you can wait that long!
21) Chocolate Cake With Cherries and Chocolate Cream
This festive chocolate cake is given a gourmet touch with a filling made from chocolate, cherry jam, and Kirsch, a cherry-flavored brandy. Three freshly-baked layers of moist cake made with melted chocolate and buttermilk, are pricked to allow cherry juice and Kirsch to soak in. Once it is cooled, the cake is assembled with chocolate cherry filling spooned between each luscious layer. Chocolate filling without the cherries is placed on top. Finally, cherries, chopped white chocolate, and chocolate curls are piled onto the chocolate filling for an elegant presentation. This is one of the most unique and best cake recipes you will find. Impress your guests for the holidays or any time.
22) Gluten-Free Flourless Chocolate Cake
This gluten-free cake is perfect for those who can’t have wheat or don’t want it, but who still have a craving for a delicious chocolate dessert. This dense, unfrosted cake delivers ample, dark chocolate flavor and is surprisingly quick and easy to make. The lack of flour increases the intensity of the chocolate flavor found in the cocoa powder and dark chocolate, and gives it a satisfying richness. Caster sugar, a superfine sugar, incorporates into the batter quickly and adds volume. This is an innovative chocolate recipe for those with allergies, the health-conscious, or those who simply like to try something new.
23) Chocolate Cake With Raspberry Buttercream
This cake is so pretty and pink, you might resist cutting into it! Perfect for a party or special occasion, such as Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day, it has the pleasing combination of raspberries and chocolate. Cocoa powder and Greek yogurt create moist, chocolate flavor in the cake. A delicate raspberry Swiss meringue buttercream, made with four simple ingredients, is spread between and piped on top of this triple-layer chocolate beauty. A sprinkling of white nonpareils adds dazzle to this pretty cake. So whether it’s a special occasion or “just because,” this cake will delight your senses.
24) The Best Doctored Up Cake Mix Cake
With this recipe, simplicity is the name of the game. Tasty ingredients are added to a devil’s food cake mix for a quick and easy chocolate cake that’s fudgy and moist. Adding sour cream, pudding mix, and optional mini semi-sweet chocolate chips will make your guests think you baked it from scratch. Finish it off with Chocolate or Vanilla Bean Buttercream Frosting. It’s pure indulgence as creamy homemade frosting and tender cake melts in your mouth.
25) Chocolate Mudslide Cake
This mudslide cake has a hint of Kahlua inside, and the chocolate flavor is intensified by the use of Hershey’s Special Dark sweetened cocoa powder. A fluffy, whipped chocolate frosting compliments the dense cake and includes a trace of coffee and a drop of Bailey’s Irish Cream. Whipped to just the right consistency, this frosting goes a long way. The cake is topped off with delicious Bailey’s chocolate ganache. The key to the appearance of this beautiful dark chocolate ganache is making it thin enough to drip easily down the sides of the cake before it sets up. Frosting piped around the top edges of the cake on the firmed ganache adds an extra special touch. This chocolate recipe brings innovation to an old favorite.
26) Big Chocolate Cake
This chocolate cake recipe produces a big, fat, delicious chocolate cake. The secret to making this cake big is using a smaller 8-inch pan with high sides, forcing the cake to rise up tall and beautiful. Dutch processed cocoa powder, unsalted butter, and whole milk give this cake moist, made-from-scratch appeal. Dark Chocolate Mascarpone Frosting adapted from Martha Stewart, contains a pound of semi-sweet chocolate and a cup of mascarpone cheese for a wallop of creamy chocolate taste. Simple and delicious, this chocolate recipe could be addicting!
27) Naked Chocolate Cake
With the clever use of some more healthy ingredients, you can bake a chocolate cake that will suit lots of eating styles–gluten-free, dairy-free, chocolate lover, or all of the above. Coconut flour, olive oil, honey, and good quality unsweetened dark cocoa powder make this cake a more wholesome choice when you are in the mood for something chocolate. Cocoa is high in antioxidants, and coconut flour is healthier than refined white flour. Coconut milk keeps this cake dairy-free. A recipe for Healthy Chocolate Mousse is linked if you want to frost your cake, but then it wouldn’t be naked, would it?
28) Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake is made with two layers of flavorful chocolate fudge cake, and two layers of edible cookie dough. Then it’s topped with chocolate ganache, creamy, chocolate frosting, and mini chocolate chip cookies. This over-the-top cake idea comes together in no time. The cake uses a box mix with the addition of sour cream, chocolate fudge pudding, and chocolate chips for a moist texture. The cookie dough layer is made from scratch and then molded using a cake pan for a professional look. Finally the ganache and frosting come from a store-bought tub for a super easy finish. Just arrange mini chocolate chip cookies on top, and you will have a dazzling dessert.
29) Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake
Three decadent layers of chocolate cake with sweet caramel sauce in between covered in buttery chocolate frosting, this is one of those chocolate cakes you won’t soon forget. Sour cream in the batter creates a soft, tender texture and two cups of butter make the frosting fluffy and easy to spread. Use caramel sauce from a jar or there is a link to a recipe for Six-Minute Salted Caramel Sauce that sounds heavenly. A few drizzles of caramel sauce on top and a little flaked sea salt hint at the delectable chocolatey goodness inside.
30) Coconut Chocolate Cake With Coffee
This delicate cake is made in a springform pan and gets its scrumptious flavor from the combination of coconut and chocolate. A tasty coffee cream frosting is made by whipping egg whites into melted sugar, which cooks the eggs and makes the frosting light and fluffy. A couple of tablespoons of strong coffee and a little cocoa powder give the frosting rich chocolate flavor. For a sweet and pretty topping, drizzled chocolate and fresh blueberries can be placed on top. The moistness of this cake, along with a terrific blend of flavors, place it in a category of its own.
31) Crazy Italian Chocolate Cake
Believe it or not, this extremely moist and fudgy cake owes its scrumptious flavor and tender texture to gorgeous Italian olive oil and balsamic vinegar. You won’t taste them, but they help make a wonderful egg-free, dairy-free cake that tastes sensational. With a short prep time of only 10 minutes, this cake is one you will rely on when you need a delicious dessert quick. You can simply dust it with powdered sugar for an elegant look, or use the recipe that’s included for a delicious chocolate frosting. This cakes pairs well with ice cream, so find something to celebrate, and enjoy this fudgy dessert.
32) Texas Sheet Cake
This amazing sheet cake made from an old-fashioned recipe promises Texas-sized flavor. Butter, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and buttermilk generate a cake with heaps of gooey, chocolate goodness inside. This cake takes only 20 minutes of baking time, and once it cools, a smooth, warm chocolate frosting loaded with pecans is poured over the whole thing. You can easily adapt this recipe for other size pans, and you can double it if you need to make a lot of cake. They say everything is bigger in Texas, and the big flavor of this dessert proves it.
33) Best Chocolate Cake
This super easy to make cake is filled with intense, dark chocolate flavor that you will find hard to resist. The restaurant-quality flavor comes from Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa Powder used in both the batter and the frosting. This chocolate cake recipe makes three 8-inch layers ready for thick chocolate frosting to be slathered in between for a lofty chocolate beauty that will garner lots of compliments.
34) Best Ever Chocolate Layer Cake
This four-layer chocolate cake is made with cocoa powder, instant espresso coffee powder, and golden caster sugar for intense flavor and a delicate texture. Shiny chocolate icing peeks out from between each layer and is piled high on top for a lavish look. The icing is made with double cream and melted milk chocolate making it silky and delicious. When it comes to chocolate cakes, this one is classic-good!
35) The Silver Palate’s Chocolate Cake
This recipe is adapted from The Silver Palate Cookbook, published in 1982) A decadent chocolate cake, it is simple to make despite its fancy name. The ingredients, including unsweetened chocolate, butter, and sour cream, whip together quickly, and it bakes in a tube pan for under an hour. Pouring boiling water over the unsweetened chocolate squares helps to wake up the taste of the cocoa. Gooey chocolate frosting made with chocolate chips and heavy cream puts this cake in the cream of the crop of chocolate cakes.
36) One Bowl Chocolate Cake
Simple and classic every time, this cake is a breeze to prepare. Whisk together the dry ingredients, stir in the wet ones, and then pour in a cup of very hot water to bring out the taste of the chocolate. After baking and cooling, pile on warm, satiny Easy Chocolate Buttermilk Frosting for a satisfying finish. Your guests will hunger for more, and this will quickly become one of your best cake recipes.
37) Chocolate Chocolate Cake
As the name implies, there is plenty of chocolate in this cake, and you can never have too much chocolate, right? As a matter of fact, there is chocolate cake, chocolate buttercream, chocolate ganache, and chocolate garnish. Sounds about right for those who love their chocolate! Three 6-inch layers create impressive height, especially with the addition of chocolate shards placed vertically on top. This attention-grabbing cake idea will be the hit of your party. Guests won’t soon forget this moist cake wrapped in smooth buttercream and silky ganache.
38) Mississippi Mud Cake
Among the best cake recipes, you can always find Mississippi Mud Cake. A delicious chocolate cake with melted marshmallows and warm chocolate frosting, this dessert is a classic. This version begins with a chocolate cake made from a mix and baked in a 9″ X 13″ pan. Marshmallows are sprinkled on top before it is returned to the oven to melt them into ooey, gooey heaven. Then warm frosting is drizzled on top and allowed to set. It’s mouthwatering, homey goodness you will want to indulge in often!
39) Ridiculous Chocolate Cake
Chocolate pudding mix, sour cream, and a load of chocolate chips give this cake its ridiculously moist texture. This uncomplicated but delicious cake is also ridiculously easy to prepare. This cake is mixed in one bowl, poured into a bundt pan to bake for around an hour, and then frosted with a simple, homemade frosting that contains heavy cream, cocoa powder, and butter. Store it airtight, at room temperature, but don’t be surprised if it doesn’t stay around for long.
40) Very Moist Chocolate Layer Cake
This velvety cake is made with brown sugar and unsweetened chocolate for luxurious chocolate flavor. The icing contains corn syrup and unsweetened chocolate. Cooked until thick and bubbly, it is then beaten to just the right consistency for spreading. Its three beautiful layers create a show-stopping dessert that everyone will love. This cake idea is just right for your next gathering.
41) Sandy’s Chocolate Cake
This velvety, three-layer beauty from Taste of Home won first prize in a cake contest years ago. Choice ingredients such as sour cream, brown sugar, and cocoa powder make it a winner. Chocolate, butter, sour cream, and other luscious ingredients yield the blue-ribbon quality frosting. Especially moist, this cake is worth the time it takes to make it from scratch. Give it a try, and let your family and friends be the judge. You’ll quickly understand why it’s a champion.
42) Rustic Chocolate Cake With Chocolate Ganache
Tall, dark, and handsome is a fitting description for this luscious cake. Semi-sweet chocolate, brewed coffee, and cocoa powder combine for a lovely dessert that is filled with dark chocolate deliciousness. Paired with the chocolate ganache, which is prepared with heavy cream and more semi-sweet chocolate, it has just the right measure of sweetness. To give this cake a rustic look, frost only between its three towering layers and on top. Pile on chocolate shards, and this cake is ready to impress.
43) The Best German Chocolate Cake in All the Land
A rich, brownie-like cake, dripping with gooey, coconut-laden German chocolate frosting, takes this dessert from boring classic to the ultimate in chocolate satisfaction. Brown sugar, coffee, and cocoa powder create intense dark chocolate flavor in the cake. Lightly-toasted coconut and crunchy pecans combine to form the frosting for the top of the cake. Frosting for the sides is made with chocolate chips, cocoa, and lots of creamy butter. The premium ingredients make this one of the most amazing German chocolate cake recipes in all the land.
44) Unbelievable Chocolate Cake
This unbelievably moist chocolate cake has the perfect balance of sweet and rich chocolate flavor. Baked from scratch, it contains choice ingredients such as cocoa powder, creamy buttermilk, and vanilla extract. The luscious chocolate frosting is made by combining and boiling the main ingredients, and once it has cooled, whipping the mixture for five minutes with three sticks of butter and vanilla extract. The result is a light and fluffy frosting that makes this cake unbelievably good. Worth the extra effort, this cake will make any occasion special.
45) Turtle Chocolate Layer Cake
This exceptionally pretty cake boasts layers of dense, dark chocolate, contrasted by fluffy, light caramel-colored frosting piped around the top. Drizzles of caramel sauce, dripping chocolate ganache, and a sprinkling of pecans add to its attractiveness. This super moist cake contains dark chocolate cocoa powder and buttermilk. The caramel frosting and caramel sauce are homemade with salted butter and heavy cream for smooth, buttery flavor. The ganache is made with chocolate chips and whipping cream. Whipped smooth, it is poured over the cake and allowed to drip down the sides. Serve this at your next gathering, and your guests won’t be able to take their eyes off it.
46) The Best Chocolate Cake
Fresh brewed coffee brings out the chocolate flavor in this delectable cake. Thick, fluffy, chocolate buttercream frosting adds just the right amount of sweetness. Ringed with chocolate chips around the top, and sprinkled with chocolate shavings, this lovely cake will stand out on the dessert table. Both the cake and frosting are made from scratch but total prep and baking time is under an hour. This is one of the best cake recipes you will find for a quick yet scrumptious dessert.
47) London Fog Cake
This elegant cake comes from the cookbook Layered: Baking, Building, and Styling Spectacular Cakes by Tessa Huff. Its unique name is derived from a vanilla-sweetened Earl Grey tea latte called London Fog that inspired the buttercream frosting on this cake. It is slathered on fudgy chocolate cake and drizzled with salted caramel sauce for a combination you won’t soon forget. Made from scratch with premium ingredients, this exclusive cake stands above the rest.
48) Strawberry Chocolate Cake
If you like chocolate-covered strawberries, you will be obsessed with this cake. There’s plenty of chocolate to go around in this moist chocolate dessert with its decadent chocolate mousse, smooth chocolate ganache, and pretty chocolate curls on top. A thin layer of mousse is spread on top of the baked chocolate cake, and fresh, ripe strawberries are placed vertically, standing up in it. Then more mousse is piped over the strawberries to cover them completely. Chocolate ganache is poured over all, and the chocolate curls and more ripe strawberries decorate the top. When this cake is sliced the beauty of the red strawberries inside catches the eye, making this a show-off cake.
49) Rich Chocolate Cake
This dense single-layer chocolate cake has some surprising ingredients including ground almonds, lemon juice, melted apricot jam, and marzipan. Baked in a springform pan, the batter forms a delightful crust as it bakes. A layer of marzipan is placed on top of the baked cake and slathered with jam. Then warm frosting made with chocolate, butter, and cream is poured on top and allowed to set. This simple, elegant cake will be difficult to resist, and may become one of your new favorite chocolate recipes.
50) Nutella Stuffed Chocolate Hazelnut Dream Cake
If you have a celebration coming up, this cake will be the star of the table. Made with homemade Nutella, it boasts tall layers of Nutella-filled moist chocolate cake decorated with chocolate Italian meringue buttercream. This cake will literally melt in your mouth. Drizzled with chocolate ganache, and topped with crisp chocolate hazelnut truffles (think Ferrero Rocher,) this cake is both stunning and decadent. This dessert may take a little more time than most to prepare, so plan ahead. It will be worth it, and you don’t have to wait for a celebration.
50 Chocolate Cake Recipes You’ll Love
Well, there you have it 50 amazing cake recipes that all have one thing in common–delicious chocolate flavor. Whether you need a quick, easy recipe that uses a box mix and canned frosting or a recipe for some serious, from-scratch baking, we found them all. Who knew that coffee brings out the deep, rich flavor in chocolate without leaving any coffee flavor behind? Several of these recipes use that technique. And all those fluffy, buttercream frosting recipes! So many to try!
Adjusting pan sizes to create height, and making your own chocolate shards or shavings are just two of the numerous tips mentioned for varying the look of your cakes. Gluten-free, egg-free, or dairy-free recipes produce cakes just as lovely as those made in more traditional ways. It’s all about the right combination of wholesome ingredients. There is something for everyone here. Whether you’re a professional baker, a beginner, or someone in between, there is always something new to learn. These recipes and ideas will challenge and inspire you, and ultimately make you a better baker.
You Won’t Believe these crazy flavors of hamantaschen are real!
Nothing wrong with strawberry, chocolate, and poppyseed. Even pizza and sushi hamantaschen are so last year. But we’re just saying, there’s always room for more hamantaschen innovation. These hamantaschen on Kosher.com are crazy creative! Here’s just a sampling.
- Dror Elimelech. Blue Rock Hamantaschen. Yes, these are inspired by Breaking Bad. How cool do they look? Get the recipe.
2. Du nkaroos by Dini Klein. Talk about 90’s nostalgia! How fun is this for anyone that grew up in the 90’s! Get the recipe.
3. Another trend we love, drink inspired flavors- Perfect for Purim! Moscow Mule. Get the recipe.
4. Bloody Mary by Alison Gutwaks. To continue the drinks theme, we liked this one too!
Get the recipe.
5. Lu xury breakfast: Esther Mendelevich
This one is pretty cool. Hash brown and sautéed onion crust filled with a runny egg yolk, crispy facon and topped with truffle pate. Get the recipe.
6. Green Tea Hamantaschen, Paula Shoyer, This one is a little on the subtle side flavor-wise but pretty creative nonetheless. Get the recipe.
50 Totally Crazy Statistics You Won't Believe Are Real
Unless you're a math whiz, looking at numbers tends to be confusing—or downright boring. But sometimes, they can surprise you. For instance, do you know how many 2-liter bottles the average person could fill with the amount of saliva they produce in a month? (Spoiler alert: a lot.) Or can you guess how many Americans can confidently reel off the five freedoms protected by the First Amendment? (Hint: not very many.)
We've combed through studies, reports, and tons of data to find some astonishing, 100 percent real statistics that'll renew your interest in numbers. So read on for some fascinating facts and figures that are guaranteed to make your head spin!
It seems not enough people have gotten the message that cars and alcohol should never be mixed. On average, people will drive drunk more than 80 times before their first arrest. That's according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), which cited arrest data from the FBI and incidence data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
We all recognize that it takes a superior amount of talent, determination, and sometimes sheer luck to make it into the pantheon of professional athletics. But the NCAA revealed just how stiff the competition is: Fewer than 2 percent of NCAA collegiate athletes go pro. The NCAA also estimates that the likelihood of even progressing from high school sports to the NCAA level is about 6 percent. In other words, the chances of the average American tee-baller climbing up the ranks to the MLB are very, very slim.
No need to stuff that teddy bear from your infant years in your closet the next time you have an adult sleepover—the odds are good that he or she has a comfort object, too. A study conducted by Sleepopolis and OnePoll reported that 34 percent of adults still sleep with a stuffed animal, blanket, or other sentimental object, according to a survey of 2,000 adults.
It's usually a pretty mindless task to take out the trash—but maybe we should start thinking about it a little bit more. According to stats from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in 2015 (the last year with data available), each American generates about 4.48 pounds of trash every single day, totaling 1,642.5 pounds per year.
The Social Security Administration reports the top baby names by state, year, and decade. And if you have your heart set on giving your son a unique moniker, you should probably avoid "Michael," the top male baby name 44 times in the last 100 years. The same goes for the name "Mary," which has been the most popular female name 37 times over the last century.
The CDC reports that around the globe, only 19 percent of people wash their hands after using the toilet. Also consider that the CDC reports that an estimated 2.5 billion people (roughly 35 percent of the entire world's population) do not have access to "improved sanitation," or a means of properly safeguarding people from contact with their excretions.
The most recent American Time Use Survey, conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, found that many Americans barely read anything they don't absolutely have to. On a whole, individuals ages 15 to 54 read for 10 minutes or less per day. People ages 20 to 34 had the lowest rates, averaging only 0.11 hours (or about 7 minutes) of leisurely reading per day. On the opposite end of the spectrum, people ages 75 and over turned pages for an average of 51 minutes per day. And speaking of reading…
According to ProLiteracy, an organization that publishes Adult Literacy Education: The International Journal of Literacy, Language, and Numeracy in conjunction with Rutgers University, more than 36 million American adults cannot read, write, or do basic math above a third-grade level.
As of 2017, the average American will eat an estimated 12.7 pounds of ice cream each year. As excessive as that might sound, the stats are actually down from 10 years prior, when Americans consumed 14.8 pounds of ice cream per person in 2007, according to dairy data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service.Shutterstock
You should never think twice about donating to your local canned food drive, seeing as one in seven Americans (or 46.5 million people) received food from a food bank in 2014. Those numbers include an estimated 12 million children and 7 million seniors, per a report by Feeding America, a nonprofit network of food banks from all around the country.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's most recent Annual Homeless Assessment Report details that an estimated 553,000 people were experiencing homelessness in the United States on a single night in 2018. What's more, about one-third of those people were in unsheltered locations.
You're not the only one fielding what feels like a million calls from random numbers day in and day out. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) estimated that about 60 percent of all the complaints it receives pertain to "unwanted calls." According to the FCC, Americans, in total, receive about 2.4 billion robocalls per month, which the organization attributed to private analyses from 2016.
According to a June 2019 report from the CDC, in 2017, only 24.3 percent of American adults met the Physical Activity Guidelines set by the Department of Health and Human Services. The guidelines stipulate that adults require at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity a week, coupled with at least 2 days of muscle-strengthening activities each week.
Statistics from the American Heart Association report that about 90 percent of cardiac arrests that occur outside of the hospital result in death—and there are more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests every year. On the plus side, nearly 45 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest victims survived when a bystander performed CPR.
Turns out, the art of letter-writing really may soon be dead. As of fiscal year 2017 (the most recent fiscal year with data available), personal correspondence—which the U.S. Postal Service describes as "household to household mail," including personal letters, greeting cards, invitations, and announcements—made up only 0.5 pieces of mail, per household, posted by the USPS every week.
Trying to find a farmer in America might be about as difficult as finding a needle in a haystack. Just under 2 percent of Americans are among the likes of Old Macdonald, according to estimates by the American Farm Bureau Federation.
As of February 2019, the National Council for Behavioral Health estimated that 46.4 percent of adults in the United States will experience a mental illness in their lifetime. Sadly, the organization also estimated that, in the past year, only 41 percent of those actually received some form of professional health care.
Living in the age of LTE, coffee shop Wi-Fi, and seemingly ubiquitous internet access, it's easy to forget that connecting to the internet isn't as effortless for everyone as we might think. According to 2018 data from the Pew Research Center, 58 percent of rural Americans view their access to high-speed internet (or lack thereof) as a problem—albeit a "minor" one. But 24 percent view access to high-speed internet as a "major problem" for their community.
We might be moving closer and closer to arriving at a place where housework is split fairly between women and men—but the latest American Time Use Survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics confirms that we're not there yet. According to their findings, only 19 percent of American men do housework each day on average, compared to 49 percent of American women.
And on the days Americans did perform housework, women spent an average of 2.6 hours on these activities, while men spent 2.1 hours.
According to a 2009 study published in the Journal of Medicine and Life, the normal human's daily production of saliva ranges from 0.5 to 1.5 liters. That works out to your salivary glands producing as much as 46.5 liters of slobber a month!
Since the first Olympic Games in 1896, the U.S. team has brought home the gold exactly 1,131 times, according to tallies on the official Olympic Games site. Team U.S.A. earned the greatest number of gold medals in a single Games on our own home turf, winning a jaw-dropping 83 gold medals at the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles.
Canines are king at Amazon. The company said in a January 2019 blog post that about 500 dogs roam the premises of its North American headquarters on any given day, and about 6,000 dogs in total are registered to come to work with their owners.
If these prime pooches get too burnt out on all their "work," they can prance over to a dog-friendly water fountain or frequent the building's doggie deck, which features a fake fire hydrant.
According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety's American Driving Survey for the years 2014 through 2017, the average American spends 51 minutes behind the wheel every day. All those miles really start to add up, with drivers across the nation coming together to drive 2.6 trillion miles per year.
To be fair, it is usually quite a bit easier to score tickets to a movie than to a Yankees game. Even so, the difference in attendance between the two is pretty staggering. In 2018, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) reported that attendance for cinemas in 2018 totaled 1.3 billion. Attendance at theme parks came out to 421 million, while the total for all major U.S. sports (baseball, basketball, hockey, and football) came out to 131 million.
Millennials should probably consider implementing a spending hiatus on avocado toast and fancy coffees—at least, if the National Institute on Retirement Security has anything to say about it. According to the institute, only 4.8 percent of working millennials (which the researchers defined as people born between 1981 and 1991) are saving "adequately" for retirement. Even more worrisome, 66 percent of working millennials have absolutely zero saved for their retirement.
How much do you remember from your high school civics class? Not much, apparently!
In its 2018 State of the First Amendment survey, the Freedom Forum Institute found that 40 percent of respondents could not recall any of the freedoms protected by the First Amendment. Of all 1,009 adults surveyed, just 3 percent could name four of the five freedoms, and only one person could name all five correctly. (They are: freedom of the press, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and the right to petition the government.)
If you guessed that the United States is the top spender when it comes to shelling out money for its military, you're absolutely correct. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute reported that the United States spent $649 billion on military spending in 2018, with China trailing behind at $250 billion. The other three countries making up a collective 60 percent of global military spending were Saudi Arabia ($67.6 billion), India ($66.5 billion), and France ($63.8 billion).
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According to Nielsen, an estimated 29.2 U.S. million viewers were among the television audience for the royal wedding of Prince Harry of Wales and Meghan Markle. But, taking into account population estimates for May 19, 2018, using the Census Bureau's population clock, that only works out to a little less than 10 percent of the U.S. population at the time.
Still, there were nearly 30 million American viewers who dutifully rubbed the sleep from their eyes to watch the American actress marry her Prince Charming in real-time. (Coverage started at 4:00 a.m. EST.) Aww.
In addition to being Spotify's most-streamed artist for 2015, 2016, and 2018, Drake became the streaming platform's most streamed artist of all time, with 8.2 billion streams in 2018. (Ed Sheeran took the coveted title of most-streamed artist for 2017.)
According to a report in the Washington Post, citing figures from the Hass Avocado Board (that's the type of avocado you're most likely to eat stateside), Americans consumed a jaw-dropping 4.25 billion avocados last year. No wonder no one under the age of 35 can buy a house!
Ever been frustrated when your call unexpectedly fails? Imagine being one of the approximately 14 million rural Americans and 1.2 million Americans living on tribal lands who still lack mobile LTE broadband at the median speed, according to a 2018 report from the FCC. (For the super tech-savvy, the FCC defined the current median mobile wireless speed standard to be 10 Mbps downloads/3 Mbps uploads.)
The Council of the Great City Schools published a report in 2015 revealing that the average high school graduate in an American "big-city public school" will have taken approximately 112 mandatory standardized tests since pre-K—and that doesn't even allot for the number of times a student will take practice tests to gear up for the real deal. All told, the report estimated that standardized testing eats up between 20-25 hours each school year.
You would think that the convenience of being able to order your own personal ride through just a couple taps on an app would cause the rates of traffic safety deaths to plummet. But, according to a 2018 study conducted at the University of Chicago, ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft have actually contributed to an increase in traffic deaths by 2 percent or 3 percent since 2011—totaling about 1,100 deaths a year. The report attributes part of the increase in traffic deaths to the congestion caused by the practice of "deadheading," or ride-share drivers maneuvering through the streets in search of their passengers.
That new 4K flat-screen might be more dangerous than you think. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that falling TVs cause 11,800 injuries to Americans every year—and those are only the injuries that actually require treatment from an emergency department. In fact, these injuries are so prevalent that the CPSC has an entire section of its website devoted to reports on "tip-overs" of furniture and décor.
A 2019 survey by the Pew Research Center found that 24 percent of American men and 24 percent of American women report using the social media platform infamous for its disappearing photos (and, uh, all the nefariousness that comes with that). What's more, the survey found that 3 percent of adults aged 65 years and older say they have used Snapchat! Frankly, that's pretty impressive.
Companies like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime are making their mark. Global subscriptions to online video services reached an unprecedented height of 613.3 million in 2018, pulling ahead of the number of cable subscriptions (556 million) by a landslide—57 million—according to the 2018 report from the MPAA.
There's some pretty powerful pixie at Disney theme parks, bringing tons of visitors in year after year. According to the Themed Entertainment Association's Global Attractions Attendance Report, the crowds keep flocking in to see the magic for themselves—giving Disney the satisfaction of claiming 55 percent of attendance at the top 20 amusement parks in North America. (Disney has six parks in the top 20: Magic Kingdom, Disneyland, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Disney California Adventure.)
According to Instagram internal data from September 2017, the picture-sharing platform is home to an incredible 500 million+ daily active accounts. Even if those accounts aren't posting on a daily basis, they're definitely scrolling. The platform even estimates that there are more than 1 billion accounts that have some activity every single month.
Business certainly is hopping for the beer industry. The average American (21 years and older, of course) drank an impressive 26.5 gallons' worth of cold ones in 2018, as reported by the National Beer Wholesalers Association.
According to the U.S. Travel Association, travel expenditures in 2018 supported 15.7 million (or one in 10) American jobs. Maybe that will help you keep your temper in check the next time you're in a tizzy over the airport's exorbitant bottled water prices!
With the rising prevalence of dog spas and premium pet chow, it's no secret that Americans firmly believe in pampering our pets. The American Pet Products Association confirmed that the dollar-value of all that tender love and care can really add up, reporting that Americans spent $72.56 billion in 2018 on making sure Fido has everything his heart desires (and medically requires).
Baseball might be "America's pastime," but, according to data from a 2018 Gallup poll, baseball was only 9 percent of Americans' favorite sport to watch. Ultimately, football continued its winning streak (which it has maintained since 1972) as 37 percent of Americans' favorite sport to watch.
Unfortunately, as with all things electronic, it seems that kids are much more likely to hop on the e-cigarette bandwagon than their parents are. The CDC reported that, in 2017, only 2.8 percent of American adults were e-cigarette users, while, in 2018, 20.8 percent of high school students and 4.9 percent of middle school students smoked e-cigarettes.
Even Lady Liberty herself (whose "head thickness from ear to ear" measures exactly 10 feet) might think twice before going up against Poncho Via, a 7-year-old Texas longhorn hailing from a farm in Alabama. The steer has horns that stretch 10 feet and 7.4 inches—making his horn span twice the width of a concert grand piano, according to Guinness World Records.
The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 1.3 billion people in the world have a vision impairment. Maybe this stat actually isn't that surprising, once you start to count up the number of people you know who wear glasses or contacts. It's no wonder that startups like Warby Parker are seeing such wild success!
Americans may work hard, but we believe in playing hard, too—that's evident from the fact that we took 1.8 billion trips for leisure in 2018 alone, according to the U.S. Travel Association. In order to fit the bill of a "leisure trip," the traveler needed to either spend the night away from home (in "paid accommodations") or take a trip at least 50 miles from home.
Data analysis conducted by the American Apparel & Footwear Association found that 97 percent of clothes and 98 percent of shoes sold in the United States are imported, as of 2017.
According to research by the American Apparel & Footwear Association, the average American spends $971.87 on clothes annually. How many weeks of groceries is that for you?
The good news (yes, pun definitely intended) is that the two-and-a-half-minute average stayed roughly consistent from 2016 to 2017, according to data presented by the Pew Research Center. But to put that time frame in perspective, that means Americans are spending just a teensy bit longer on those news websites than the recommended time you're supposed to spend brushing your teeth. Wild!
Now, that doesn't mean a single sting from one of those suckers won't still pack a punch, though. If it's any consolation, the National Safety Council estimates that the likelihood of dying from a sting (one in 63,225) is much lower than the one in seven odds of dying from heart disease and cancer. And for more trivia that will blow your mind, check out these 100 Facts So Crazy You Won't Believe They're Actually True!
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We love photos like this! Easily explained, the men are actually lying down/leaning on the floor. However, these types of images are good fun!
This optical illusion is well and truly hurting our eyes! We wonder what it’s like to be in this area in the flesh. Is it easier to figure out or even more confusing?
We know that love can go to our head and give us ‘inflated’ egos but this seems a little extreme!
Ah, the good old head swap dilemma. With these ones, the more you try to figure them out, the more confused you can end up getting! Just in case you’re stuck here, the man is sitting down and the female is hugging him from behind…
This picture has caused some debate. Some people believe there are two zebras strategically positioned in this photo whilst others believe it is a mirror image of one zebra. However, the latter cannot be true as the patterns on the left and right side of the image are different!
Another optical illusion designed to mess with your head!
We wonder how many shoppers got a fright only to realize their mistake?
Don’t be ashamed if you really struggle to figure this one out. Some people have stared endlessly and still not been able to solve it. But, when the penny drops and you realize, you might feel a bit silly! The man’s shorts are blue and white with a design that makes everything look confusing when it’s actually really simple.
If this place isn’t called Horse Rock, someone really missed an opportunity!
Thanks to the shadow of one of the flags, this lady looks like she’s floating!
A dark, wet patch is all you need to look like you’re levitating!
Here you see am impressive red sand storm creeping along the ocean in Perth, Australia. What a magnificent sight ! We wouldn’t want to be in close range though…
How incredible is this body painting? The lady blends in so seamlessly, you wouldn’t even know she was there if it wasn’t for the image on the right. Some people are just so talented!
The fake handstand trick has not been very well executed here. Good effort, though!
Look at the shadow on the wall!
A violin created entirely from nature. Beautiful!
Did the fact jump out at you straight away or take a while to appear? Some people spot these things instantly whilst others simply see the individual pieces. Whoever created this has an incredible imagination …
You won’t believe that these are real cakes
Let us introduce, Dinara Kasko, previously an architect-designer, but her real passion has always been patisserie. The 27-year-old started by studying to become a pastry chef and then decided to incorporate both her skills into cake decorating.
She began sharing photos of her designs to Instagram a couple of years ago. Today, you can visit her Instagram page and see her many films of the cutting of each cake, the result is very, very satisfying.
Kasko told BuzzFeed News the cakes are created using holds that she 3D prints herself. Her inspiration comes from “modern architecture, art, nature and any objects that surround us.”
Kasko’s cake design has brought her a huge fan base from across the world. Every single one of her Instagram posts has gained many comments expressing their love for these innovative designs and numerous likes too.
Kasko stated that the reaction to her cakes was “a big surprise.” Due to her success on Instagram, she has been sought after by international food magazines and has been featured on many covers.
Kasko plans to continue with her studies, despite the huge amount of attention, but will still be looking for new ways to make beautifully delicious designs!
“I don’t plan to stop doing it,” she says. “There are many interesting things that I would like to try in patisserie.”
Still can’t believe these are real cakes? We love Kasko’s designs visit her Instagram page here to find out more!