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Sunday Sweets Special Feature: The "Mirror Cakes" of Olga Noskova

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The shiny "mirror cakes" of Olga Noskova have been going viral the past few weeks, and today I am jumping on that shiny, shiny bandwagon, you guys, because LOOKIE:

When I first saw this cake my jaw literally dropped. And that's coming from someone's whose JOB is to look at the world's most beautiful cakes.

 

I thought I'd seen it all.

I WAS WRONG.

 

Check out this marbling:

 

And this funky-cool fluting:

 

Incredibly, Noskova's cakes even look as beautiful inside as they do out:

 

So how does she do it?

Here's a short video from Noskova's brand new Youtube channel to illustrate:

The "mirror glaze" is a poured on gelatin mixture, and is apparently an old French technique that just isn't used very often. (Although I bet it's about to get a LOT more popular. Ha!)

 

And while everyone is focusing on that incredible shine, it turns out Nokova has perfected another incredible cake texture:

 

A velvety matte speckle, which she achieves with a powered sprayer.

 

Both of her signature textures together:

 

This is cake art in every sense of the word, but as John pointed out to me, it's cake art that you still want to eat. Somehow Noskova has managed to make her cakes look as delicious as they are beautiful - and we all know that's no small task in the modern cake world.

Head over to Olga's Instagram for sooo much more (it wasn't easy to narrow down my favs!), and then watch her new Youtube channel for hopefully more instructional vids to come.

 

Happy Sunday, everyone!

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3 out of 4 of these guys play sportsball. 1 plays Zelda.pic.twitter.com/Dihkehwd3i

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3 out of 4 of these guys play sportsball. 1 plays Zelda.

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Senate Passes Resolution Demanding Equal Pay For Women’s Soccer, Still Won’t Pass Equal Pay Bills

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"Despite the international success of the members, [they] are consistently paid less than similarly situated members of the United States Men's National Team for doing the same job, regardless of the performance of the teams."

The post Senate Passes Resolution Demanding Equal Pay For Women’s Soccer, Still Won’t Pass Equal Pay Bills appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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FDA: ‘Evaporated Cane Juice’ Is Just Sugar, Deal With It

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What’s “evaporated cane juice”? It’s a sweetener produced from the liquid that comes out of sugar cane when you cut or shred it. However, the Food and Drug Administration notes that it’s also a term that food producers use in ingredients list to avoid using the word “sugar.” The FDA has had enough of this, and issued guidance telling food marketers that they need to just call ECJ what it is: sugar.

The product sold as “evaporated cane juice” is something that you can find on the shelf alongside regular white sugar crystals. To make the product, manufacturers take the liquid derived from sugar cane, filter and clarify it, centrifuge off the molasses, and crystallize the remaining fluid. The sugar that comes in your average 5-pound (or 4-pound) bag or packet is melted and re-crystallized multiple times.

Sweeteners of all kinds will be harder to hide when new nutrition labels that spell out added sugar in a product hit store shelves, but the core questions in the evaporated cane juice is this: is calling the sweetener “evaporated cane juice” deliberately misleading? Is there an actual difference between evaporated cane juice and standard sugar, or does the name simply describe a process for making sugar?

The FDA’s guidance is now out, and it says that food companies should just call the stuff sugar.

“FDA’s view is that such sweeteners should not be declared on food labels as ‘evaporated cane juice’ because that term does not accurately describe the basic nature of the food and its characterizing properties,” the agency explained in its guidance.

While evaporated cane juice might be a slightly different color and texture from standard refined sugar, when tested, it’s still 98-99% sugar. It is okay, the FDA says, to describe the ingredient with a word that doesn’t try to hide the product’s nature. “Cane sugar” is one that they suggest.

‘Evaporated cane juice’ should be declared as ‘sugar,’ says FDA; get ready for the lawsuits, say attorneys [Food Navigator]
Guidance for Industry: Ingredients Declared as Evaporated Cane Juice [FDA]

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On Steve Rogers #1, Antisemitism, and Publicity Stunts

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So let me be very clear: I don’t care if this gets undone next year, next month, next week. I know it’s clickbait disguised as storytelling. I am not angry because omg how dare you ruin Steve Rogers forever.

I am angry because how dare you use eleven million deaths as clickbait.

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"So let me be very clear: I don’t care if this gets undone next year, next month, next week. I know it’s clickbait disguised as storytelling. I am not angry because omg how dare you ruin Steve Rogers forever.

I am angry because how dare you use eleven million deaths as clickbait."
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