Stunning Jack Kirby Cake

Jack Kirby Cake
Jack Kirby Cake

This mindboggling Jack Kirby Cake was made by Jean Schapowal from Cakes with Character. Believe it or not, this is the second Jack Kirby Cake that Jean has made. Here is my article about her first cake which focused on Jack Kirby’s futuristic take on football.

Before becoming a professional baker, Jean was a freelance artist who worked in comics. I interviewed Jean last year.In her wonderful interview, Jean talks about everything from having Will Eisner as a teacher to the time she talked to Harrison Ford on the phone.

All of the characters featured on the cake were created or co-created by Jack Kirby. If you don’t jack about Jack Kirby, I once wrote a detailed article about Jack Kirby and why he is considered the king of comics.

While Marvel Comics had been around for years, the shared universe that we all know and love began with the publication of Fantastic Four #1.

 

Fantastic Four #1
The Cover of Fantastic Four #1

The cover of that issue was drawn by Jack Kirby. It features a giant green monster bursting up from underneath a street. He has one hand raised higher than the other. That hand is holding Sue Storm, the Invisible Girl. 

This cake is a tribute to that cover. The Thing, who first appeared in Fantastic Four #1, is bursting from underground and holding Jack Kirby. This is actually the second time Jean has done a cake based on this iconic cover. The 1st time was a Simpson Cake featuring Comic Book Guy.

 

Thing Cake

Here is Jean’s description of her cake:

Such an honor to be the finalist representing the USA for the Crazy Cakes category in the Cake Star International Cake Competition!! Thank you to the judges and to ByBora Sugarpaste! For those who know me know my love of comic books and I wanted to do a cake celebrating the king of comic books, Jack Kirby! This cake contains so much of his heavy style of art work, from the bold colors to the heavy thick lines and shadowing! I used Edible art pens to sketch out some iconic imagery and then handpainted with Edible art paints in those bold colors! His mastery of perspective and that in your face stance I tried to show as well! And also featuring the tools of his craft like the quill pen and ink and those sound effect word balloons! And can’t forget Jack himself who was sculpted from Chocopan modeling chocolate! I had so much fun creating this cake and I hope I did him justice! At the time I didn’t understand his work but as I got older I know the comic book industry wouldn’t be where it is today without Jack Kirby’s influence!

 

Close-up of Thing Cake
The ever-lovin’ blue-eyed Thing

Here is a close-up of the Thing. The Thing is the perfect character for this cake because his personality is partly based Jack. Ben Grimm, the man who becomes the Thing, is Jewish, was born and raised in New York City, was a World War II veteran and likes a good cigar. All of these were also true of Jack Kirby.

 

Close-up of Jack Kirby Cake
Jack Kirby’s Ink & Brush

Jack’s brush and ink are on the cake board, while his pencil is on top of the cake.

 

Close-up of Thing Cake

 

Close-up of Jack Kirby Cake Topper
Jack Kirby Cake Topper

Jean’s cake topper is adorable. Jack is animated as if he is excited about whatever story he is telling, he has a pencil in one hand and he is smoking a cigar.

 

Jack Kirby Cake Topper

If you look behind Jack, you’ll see part of the cover to Fantastic Four #1 with the Human Torch flying towards the giant green monster.

 

Close-up of Jack Kirby Cake Topper

The partial figure beside Jack is Armin Zola. DC Comics had hired Jack Kirby to design a bunch of the characters in the classic Super Powers action figure line. When Jack created Armin Zola, I think he had an action figure in mind. Armin Zola is this creature with two arms, two legs, a chest and a camera where his head should be. Where his chest is there is a large screen that projects Armin Zola’s face on it. Unfortunately, Armin Zola was not part of Marvel’s classic Secret Wars action figures line, but there have been multiple figures of him over the years.

The figure bellow Jack is Galactus. Galactus is a massive being who devours whole planets to sate his hunger.

 

Captain America Cake
Captain America

Jack Kirby and Joe Simon co-created Captain America in 1941.

 

Thena Cake
Thena from the Eternals

Angelina Jolie will portray Thena in the upcoming Eternals movie.

 

Triton Cake
Triton from the Inhumans

Triton is the aquatic member of the Inhumans.

 

 

Quasimodo Cake
Quasimodo

Quasimodo is a sentient computer created by the Mad Thinker. He is best known for appearing in the very first solo Silver Surfer story.

I have featured so many cakes and cookies of Jack Kirby creations over the years. Here are three of my favorites:

Don’t Blink Or You’ll Miss This Fantastic Flash Cake!

Flash Cake

This terrific Flash Cake was made by Teté Cakes Design.  I love how it looks like the Flash is racing past buildings with a lightning bolt above him.  This cake radiates speed!

This gorgeous cake was made for Comicake 2015, a collaboration of bakers from Spain, Mexico and Argentina.  These bakers got together to do something that they love. In addition to reading comics, now they can eat them too!

 

Flash Cake

Here is a close-up of the Flash.

 

Flash #1

This cake is based on the cover of 2010’s Flash #1.

 

Flash Cake

The Flash was made from gumpaste and fondant.

 

Flash Cake

The visuals on this cake are so eye popping because the Flash is actually in front of the two buildings.  The Flash and the two buildings are connected to a chocolate cake.  The cake and cake board are white, so they are barely noticeable.  Unless you look closely, all you see is the Flash racing past two buildings.  Because of this innovative design, the visuals of this cake are stunning!

This Wonder Woman Cake Is Practically Perfect In Every Way

Wonder Woman Cake

This Fabulous Wonder Woman Cake was made by Cakeldy.  This fortieth Superhero birthday cake is composed of two square cakes that are paneled with edible printer pictures on the front sides of each square to create a great portrait of Wonder Woman. This is a very creative way to give the illusion of three dimensions to a two dimensional image.

The two square cakes are covered in yellow fondant. The smaller cake layer is positioned so that it is even with the left side of the bottom cake and offset with the front and right side of the bottom layer.  This arrangement makes an ideal platform to give a three dimensional effect to the two dimensional picture of Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman’s picture was printed using an edible printer. The printed sheet was cut into two squares. The head and neck of Wonder Woman, her right shoulder, and her left hand were cut out as a separate square and placed on the smaller top cube. A square with her body including the rest of her right arm was placed on the larger panel.  

As a nice finishing touch, Wonder Woman’s golden crown is on top of the smaller cake. 

The cake board is color coordinated to match Wonder Woman’s costume. It is blue with white stars on top and the sides of the cake board are red. 

Stunning Storm Cake

Storm Cake

Carla Puig made this amazing Storm Cake for Cake Con International.  Cake Con international is a collaboration featuring amazing worldwide artists who have created cakes and sugar art inspired by TV series, comics & video game characters.

This is Carla’s 3rd X-Men themed cake for CCI.  In previous years she has made stunning cakes featuring Mystique and Magneto.

Here are Carla’s comments on her sensational cake:

This piece is inspirited by Storm from X-men. She is a member of a subspecies of humanity known as mutants, who are born with superhuman abilities. Storm is able to control the weather and atmosphere and is considered to be one of the most powerful mutants on the planet. The skin is made with modeling chocolate and the hair and clothes are made with fondant. The total height is 45cm, I hope you like it! Products used Saracino modeling chocolate & Cerart tools.

 

Storm Cake

Storm Cake

Storm Cake