Baby Shower Cakes Baked With Love... and a Doll Head
Don't forget the chocolate sprinkles! Cakes depicting baby births are the new "it" dessert at baby showers.
It started out as a pretty typical cake—two round layers, one stacked on top of the other. But then Brittany De Los Santos turned it into a real labor of love.
She “baked a small rectangle and cut them to shape the lips and frosted the heck ou(t) of it once it was cooled,” the California mom explained on Pinterest. Then she added chocolate sprinkles, strawberry slices and, last but not least, a baby doll head.
The result? A cake that resembles the birth of a baby—a vaginal birth, to be exact.
De Los Santos is one a growing number of women bringing what have become known as “Vagina Cakes” to baby showers.
Her cake was one of ten featured in the now viral blog post, “10 Vagina Cakes For Baby Showers That Are Disturbing And Awesome” on the site Mommyish.com.
Maria Guido, of the blog Guerilla Mom, compiled the collection for Mommyish.
“I saw one of these images on Pinterest. I have a sick sense of humor, so naturally I knew I had to put a compilation together,” Guido told BabyZone. “I found it hilarious and disturbing all at the same time.”
In her post, she confessed she didn’t quite get the phenomenon: “I just don’t understand the trend of reminding a hugely pregnant woman that she’s about to have a baby tear through her lady parts. That’s not nice.”
But Guido doesn’t claim credit for discovering the trend, noting that “the hashtag #vaginacake actually exists.”
Guido says many of the cakes appear to be homemade, but professional bakers are creating labor-themed masterpieces, too—even across the pond. Jen Yates, the founder of the blog Cake Wrecks and the author of “Cake Wrecks: When Professional Cakes Go Hilariously Wrong,” said one of the most graphic vagina cakes she’s seen was from a British baker.
Yates said she believes vagina cakes have always been around—she saw vagina cupcakes several years ago—but the practice of topping them with baby doll heads, like De Los Santos did, is relatively new.
“I think the past few years have become a kind of contest between bakers to out-gross each other with baby shower cakes, and these past few months especially vagina cakes have become hugely popular—at least going by all the different ones people keep sending in,” Yates told BabyZone.
Yates said she’s (ahem) torn on how she feels about vagina cakes for baby showers.
“On the one hand, it’s shocking and crude and might make your mother-in-law faint,” she said. “On the other hand, it’s funny and might make your mother-in-law faint.”
Yates likes to think that her website has something to do with inspiring the trend—in 2008, she posted a picture of a “Push” cake depicting a naked woman giving birth. After that, numerous “copycats” started to surface, she said.
But she added that social media is the likely culprit behind the recent vagina cake bonanza.
“People see them on Facebook or Twitter… laugh, and then think how hilarious it would be for their friend’s baby shower,” she said. “Next thing you know… mothers-in-law are dropping like flies.”
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