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Friday Follies: Cakes That Make You Laugh (Maybe), and Which Food Best Represents Your State

This entry is part of a series, Follies 2011»

Cheese Cake

Sometimes you see a cake that just makes you laugh out loud. There are some examples on the show Ace of Cakes, for instance. Well, the Food Network, home of all sorts of cooking challenges, has decided to go one step further: A cake-baking challenge where the cooks have to make a towering pile of pastry (three feet tall), and then let the jaded crowd at Comedy Works be the judges.

Frightening, actually. At least the compensation’s good if you win: $10,000. That’s certainly no laughing matter…

In other news, the entertainment site My Food Looks Funny has made a new map of the United States. Each state has a food associated with it. It’s said that these food items best represent that state. Some obvious items, like steak in Texas, hamburgers in Iowa, and chile peppers in New Mexico, are shown. Also King Crab in Alaska, cheese in Wisconsin and pineapple in Hawaii. After that, though, it gets tougher. Like, who should get barbeque? Kansas. Although an argument could be made to switch Kansas and Texas (the food, not the state). Oklahoma got fried okra, even though that stuff’s eaten all over the South.

A few items make so much sense you can only laugh: Rocky Mountain Oysters in Montana; pasties in Michigan; the Denver omelette in (you guessed it) Colorado.

How did Tennessee get stuck with tomatoes? Their representative was asleep or something when the map was being discussed? Utah got green Jell-O, which is somehow appropriate; it’s as formless as Utah’s cuisine. (Can you name anything else from there?) California, the great land of fruits, nuts and flakes, got stuck with, well, fruit: grapes, to be exact. Their neighbors to the north got the nuts. (Agreed.) And what are Benne wafers that South Carolina likes them so much? To make matters much worse, Ohio ran off with chili. (OHIO!!) Poor Arizona got stuck with fried bread. Nobody could find anything edible for West Virginia, so the stuck them poor folks with ramps. (Not inclines, ramps.)

Can somebody please explain what coffee milk is, and why Rhode Island got it?

Enjoy the (Cake Madness) Heat!

Entries in this series:
  1. Friday Follies: Weirdest Snacks, Dumb (and Hungry) Burglars, and Why Google is Like Bananas
  2. Friday Follies: Cakes That Make You Laugh (Maybe), and Which Food Best Represents Your State
  3. Friday Follies: Green Bugs to Replace Red Meat On Your Plate?
  4. Friday Follies: How to Pour a Beer Every Second (Almost)
  5. How Beer Saved the World (and, You Heard It Here First!)
  6. Friday Follies: Become a Professional Beer Expert (And You Thought All You Had to Do Was Drink)
  7. What's for Dinner Gets Automated, In a Weird Sort of Way
  8. Follies Extra: Is That a Chile Pepper On Your Plate, or Are You Just Happy to See Me?
  9. Friday Follies: Oh, You Wanted the Mayo On the Side, Eh?
  10. Friday Follies: Eating Like a Monk During Lent
  11. Friday Follies: O No, You Got a Spork in the Salad Shooter!
  12. Friday Follies: Food Network Now Wants to Play Ball
  13. Friday Follies: Chile Underground Voted Number One Food Blog
  14. Friday Follies: Beer, It's What's for Breakfast
  15. Friday Follies: The End of the World is Nigh, and Bacon is to Blame
  16. Virtual Reality Gives “Cookie Monster” a Whole New Meaning
  17. Friday Follies: Do-It-Yourself Egg Art, and That’s No Yolk
  18. Burger Follies: A Fight Over Killer Burgers, In-N-Out in Texas, and Burger America Goes Second Edition
  19. Friday Follies: Once I Saw These, I Didn’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance…
  20. Friday Follies: Peppers Help Preggers to Pop
  21. Follies: Barbeque That Goes Where You Go, All Day Long
  22. Follies: How to Carry Your Liquor, and Don’t Do’s at the Bar
  23. Going to China for the Aquatics Championships? Don’t Eat the Pork…
  24. Zesty Chili Doesn’t Make Lingerie More Exciting for One Woman
  25. Follies: Edible Clay, Eu de Play-Doh, and a Website You Can’t Live Without
  26. Important News Concerning Two Essential Food Groups: Beer and Hamburgers
  27. Follies Extra: A Multitude of Uses for Beer (Besides Drinking)
  28. Chocolate’s Better’n Carrots, But Is Miracle Whip Really Good for Your Love Life?
  29. Who Says Lutherans Don’t Know How to Party? Watch This…
  30. There’s Something Big Stirring at UMass…
  31. Salsa Proves Too Hot for Owner; He’s Smoked…
  32. Would You Like Some Al Yankovic With That Veal Cordon Bleu? And Other Food-Music News
  33. A Salmagundi of Savory Silliness
  34. Doritos Situation Grave, and (Lust for) Alcohol Makes You Stupid
  35. “A Bear Walked Into a Grocery…” And It’s No Joke…
  36. French Ban Ketchup? This Means War! Again…
  37. Armadillo as Weapon, Bar Fun With Guns, and Another Humongous Burger
  38. Pizza as Vegetable? Okay; Why Not Chocolate, or Cheez Whiz, or Kool Whip, or …
  39. A Meal That Makes You Glad You Have Leftovers From Thanksgiving
  40. Why This May Be the Last Christmas Ever
  41. If You’re Going Out Into the Snow, Take Your Beer Along (Lots of It)
  42. No Eat Strong Pig, Eat Monster Gummy Bear Instead
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