Thursday, March 19, 2009

They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha Haa!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Ho ho, heehee, haha, they're coming to take me away!!!

I'm not sure what these things are supposed to be, but they've been popping up at bakeries all across the U.S. lately. Could the carrot jockeys have some competition on their hands?

"Soon, your race of sugar-craving giant sloths shall be OURS. Thaaat's right, we're cute, aren't we? You want to take us hooome, and show us all your financial staaaatements."

These guys are going less for "cute" and more for "mortal terror":

"The claaaaaw! The claw will choose who will go, who will stay, and who will have his or her face rearranged."


Look, they even have a naval division:

"We're Popped-Eyes, the sailor blobs,
We're Popped-Eyes, the sailor blobs,
You won't want to finish,
'Cuz we taste like spinach,
We're Popped-Eyes the sailor blobs!"


Nancy H., Bridget D., Siiri L. & Heather K., I'll be happy to see those nice young men in their clean white coats. Really.

(Now we get to find out which of you were around in the 60s. Let the age-determining comments begin!)

UPDATE: The general consensus seems to be these are "frog cakes". More info here.

UPDATE UPDATE: No, they're not supposed to be Bob from Monsters vs Aliens. What, you think I would miss a kids' movie tie-in? Give me a little credit, eh?
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Anonymous said...

I think thay are to represent the aliens from the new "Monsters and Aliens" movie.

Jen said...

@sending the clowns - so many of these comments have cracked me up, but yours especially. You come back now, y'hear?

sharkiepatronus said...

I wasn't around in the sixties either but I love that song...

Where life is beautiful all the time...

Fleetingeyes said...

MEEP!

Pirka said...

I think they're adorable! I wish they had their demented cuteness grace my local baker's!

Jo-Anne said...

They look so forlorn gazing up into the sky in their great numbers, while firmly wedged in their cupcake papers, whatever they are. "Eat us, eat us", they cry. "Are we not cakes?"

Allylicious said...

Definately a failed attempt at Frog Cakes. They are somewhat iconic over in S. Aus....

Althought I don't understand why anyone would make them look like that! No one ever stuffs them up here, they can't be that hard.

Anonymous said...

they are from that animated monster movie

Leanne said...

Whatever they are, they're not actually that Bob character everyone else is mentioning, unless they're wrecky-Bobs... Bob has one eye. And no sailor hat that I know of, lol...

WV: depil... When are the men in white coats going to give me depil?

Erin said...

FROGS are not pink, blue, red, or purple. and last I checked, they had LEGS. I agree with Jen. these are just blobs coming to take us away or force us to eat spinach ;-)

Anonymous said...

Well, I wasn't around in the 60's, but there is a relatively recent cover of the song, done by a band called Neuroticfish. Guess I must be the only EBM kid here, lol. Here's a link to listen to it (complete with video clips from Silence of The Lambs). Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiaP3Nsu_q8

Shan31772 said...

The second pic look like those creatures on a box of Nerds candy! I love your blog-it rocks!

tresjolie9 said...

Okay, child of the 80s, had a few 60s/late 50s classics passed onto me, but I still am not sure of the "song" everyone is talking about.

Is the Purple People Eater one?

Dlinthe said...

*laughs* I grew up on that song! My dad had the 45, and I remember flipping it over just to listen to the funky backward version!

My brother, former sister-in-law, and myself did it at karaoke a year and a half ago. Heh!

psychobabble said...

The ones in the second one are a little known KGB torture technique. I want to stand in front of them and yell "STOP I will tell you want you want to hear just stop staring at my forehead!!!" and then I want to punish them for making me feel like I need to pluck my eyebrows by eating their googly eyes off their freaking faces while yelling "Now What are you staring at BIAYCH!!!! My forehead is of a normal proportion with the rest of my head!!!!"

Whew! Damn KGB. I have already said too much.

BTW. I love that song, I am an early 80's child, but my mom played that song and I used to think it was talking about my crazy family and I also wanted to grow up to be one of the basketweavers that sit and smile.

Valerie said...

I guess these are a kind of cakey Rohrshach test: I thought the first batch looked like the aftermath of that safe-sex demo that is a new requirement in wreckerator school: "carefully slide the condom over the..." Yikes!

The Accidental Parisian said...

This is the funniest thing I have ever seen.

Question is, where do I buy a blob-shaped mold to make one?

Anonymous said...

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3382/3217129343_b450e19725.jpg

Maybe they are B.O.B's from the upcoming "Monsters Vs Aliens" movie?

Keely said...

those are indeed frog cakes and they are synonomous with adelaide. people prefer the concept of frog cakes to the taste. traditionally, they're a big blob of fondant on a cupcake covered in green fondant and they suck
keely

Rebekah said...

RMRR said, "Yiiiiip yipyipyipyipyipyip Uhhhh-hon Uhhh-hon.

That is all."


I loved those guys! I'd laugh hysterically whenever they hid behind their chins. :oD

wv: imersh
Every morning, I imersh myself in wrecky goodness.

Anonymous said...

These are very much like the (apparently very unfamous) 'frog cakes' that a bakery in South Australia makes. Everyone here in Australia would know that. Frogcakes.

Anonymous said...

They're supposed to be one of the characters from the new Monsters vs. Aliens movie- that big monster who is a blue blob!

Anonymous said...

I grew up in South Australia and indeed ate many a frog cake. They were incredibly solid and sugary. And very consistent in appearance... unlike the wreck blobs in this post.

Anonymous said...

Loved the "claw" reference. Hilarious!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm guessing that they are related to the "Aliens vs Monsters" Movie coming out soon. The blue ones look like a creature named Bob.
--cpeter133

Anonymous said...

theyre frog cakes!!! people have wedding cakes made from them in Adelaide, Australia - my mum always wanted 1 of her girls to have them as a wedding cake!!! (people do it)
they have the fake cream stuff in them too

Rachel said...

They could be from the Monster Vs. Alien movie that's comin out next week! Hard to tell though.

Anonymous said...

The creatures in the bottom picture are characters from Webkinz, an online game for kids. I think they're called Zackys or Zingos or something...I've got no clue what in the world the top ones are...?

m.e. said...

A bakery near me used to make cone-shaped "goblins" that my mom would get us every year for Halloween when I was little. They were very tasty, but upon reflection, seemed like cupcakes with TONS of icing.

twinklescrapbooks said...

Sadly I would still eat them. :)LOL
tina

Lisa said...

Nope, not frogs, Monsters vs Aliens cakes.

chelsea said...

I used to work in the bakery of a local supermarket chain, and we would make these froggie cupcakes every year for Easter (Don't ask my why Easter). We used blue and brown M&M's for eyes.
Once we messed one up really bad, so we gave it red eyes and rolled it a joint. His name was Doobie Frog and he lived in my freezer for three years.

Anonymous said...

Jen,

I'm pretty sure the one with the sailor hat is supposed to be "Quack" from "Peep and the big wide world" a cartoon on TLC.

Or it could be a science experiment gone horribly horribly wrong.

~ Sarah

apparentlyjessy said...

Looks like someone has already mentioned this, but I just wanted to agree, these have got to have been inspired by our South Australian frog cakes! I love them, so sickly sweet and full of thick cream! You have to check out the wiki page about them, you will see what we mean!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frog_cake

Teresa said...

I immediately thought of Larry the Cucumber from VeggieTales. There is one song that they sing, called "The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything". VeggieTales is cute, these are not. Yikes!

Becca said...

I think those are the blob guy, Bob, from the new "Monsters vs Aliens" movie. Seriously--look...

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3382/3217129343_b450e19725.jpg

Loth said...

Dr. Demento. That's all I have to say. :)

cygirlkat said...

I remember being creeped out by that song too. And does anyone else remember that the flip side (OK, how many of you are old enough to *remember* records and flip sides....) was backwards?

My first thought on seeing the cupcake blobs was "Wow, it's
Schlock!" Which, considering how often his appearance is compared to poo, is not a good thing....

mog78 said...

When I was a kid I always got a frog cake after visiting the dentist. The real (Australian) ones are made with a sort-of hard sponge, artificial cream, and a sweeter-than-usual fondant. I sometimes see them here in Gelson's bakeries.

Hyena Overlord said...

has to post cuz wv is liper...a viper that has lost it's teeth

still wants cake. saw nic ccc today...cc around the edge, centre was flat with three disney princesses...was cute..but I was enamoured with cheesecake so I didn't take a pic. Besides, was a ccc.

Sara said...

I was just gonna say, as soon as I saw those, I knew they were Frog Cakes. I lived in Adelaide, South Australia for the last year, and I'd never seen them anywhere else. I tried one, they're not too bad, but the cake is a bit too dry for my taste. I was disappointed that it wasn't icing inside, just cream. :( But yeah, how cool to see that just after getting back to Canada! :)

Karen Sugarpants said...

omg my dad used to play that song in the car when i was a kid. "i'm in love with a little red tricycle..."

for the record, i was born in 74!

KritterBugg said...

Those green ones sure could be put to work in a Mucinex-D commercial...

DK

Anonymous said...

Okay, the second photo of multi-colored blobs are clearly Boobahs, as seen on PBS in the past. They come in 5 colors: blue, pink, purple, yellow and orange. (Yes I have too much time on my hands, I work for PBS)

Eric said...

The red, blue and purple ones look like the little guys from Nerds candy. If that's what they are supposed to be, then I like them...if not, definitely wrecktastic.

AC said...

I've seen these things for year. I live in NYC and there is an Italian bakery nearby and I remember walking by growing up wondering what the frig those are. I believe they are marzipan, in NYC at least.

Anonymous said...

what are the green things supposed to be?The Society to Save Endangered Species was formed by Fred Smilek and two of his colleagues; Charlie Mack & Jonathan Korny. Fred Smilek stays active in raising awareness for this cause. [www.fredjsmilek.com]

Joy said...

I'm voting that they're a contemporary representation of Flubber.

Lacy said...

I wasn't around in the 60s, I'm a 90s child. But I know the song well =D
They're coming to take me away haha, they're coming to take me away haha, heehee, hoho, to the funny farm, where life is beautiful all the time, and I'll be happy to see those nice young men in their clean white coats and they're coming to take me away hahaa!

KaraDeanne said...

They are most definitely trying to imitate the Spongmonkeys (you know...from the Quiznos commercials a few years ago). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZrks-BPeLQ

Oh...and I didn't know that was really song. I thought it was something my mom made up many years ago...oh my.

Anonymous said...

I think maybe they are meant to look like a screw up that was made on the show Ace of Cakes. The girls on there were making a wedding cake for one of their friends who wanted cupcakes in addition to a cake. When they cooked the cupcakes they ended up coming out lopsided and the same shape as those things. So the girls on the show gave them eyes and called them manatees! It was funny on the show, why anyone would maybe want to recreate them is beyond me. Thats just my stupid idea of what they are! :-)

Isabelle said...

reading over the comments - Emilia said that her daughter thought the ones with the sailor hats were piccolos - and I know exactly what she means.
Piccolo is a character from Dragonball Z... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piccolo_(Dragon_Ball)

Resemblance?
...

I think not...

jessca86 said...

DEFINATELY frog cakes!! yaaay everyones trying to copy little ol' adelaide- South Australia! but ours look um, normal, and yum and less scared!! the poor things!!

http://www.balfours.com.au/html/frog_cake.html

check em out and maybe teach some of those bakers how to do it properly!

Nuttall Family said...

A friend just tuned me into this site today, and I gotta admit, I'm loving it! I finally had to comment, as I know that song quite well (and was singing as I read it), and I'm barely a child of the 70's! lol Many of these cakes make the ones I have made look like masterpieces (aside from the Sunday editions, of course!) Thanks for the smiles, laughs, and occasional cringes :)

Cait said...

Jen- I realize that this is a very delayed comment, but they look a little like the Danish Kaj kager (Kaj cakes.) They are usually chocolate cupcakes with a strawberry cream icing, topped with a green marcipan layer and eyes. The first link is to some "nice" kajkager and the second is to Danmarks Radio's Kaj of Kaj and Andrea. :) Cait

http://www.udeoghjemme.dk/~/media/websites/udeoghjemme.dk/Website/artikler13%2025/Uh21kaj_artikel.ashx

http://www.akkc.dk/media/Kaj_og_Andrea_2007_200.jpg

Anonymous said...

That song's awesome ((i'm 18, seriously))

Anyway, awesome blog. I can't stop laughing!

Anonymous said...

i think this is someones attempt to make South Australias famous(in Asutralia) Frog cakes u can only buy them in south australia and they are made by balfours, some freaks even get hundreds of them as wedding cakes, they usually come in green pink and brown, but for weddings they make them in white

Keren said...

Ah yes ... as with most South Australians I was like What the heck are you talking about? It's a Frog Cake ... anyone can see that ... :P

Anonymous said...

Those green blobs I think are knock offs of the South Australian icon (I'm not kidding, I'm a South Aussie) The Frog Cake that can be found in Balfours Bakeries especially in Adelaide (yes they are a retro throwback). I'm sure a picture can be found somewhere on the web.

angel_Jean said...

Oddly, rip-offs of frog cakes have been sold in bakeries in Sydney for years, so I never even knew they were South Australian. Glad to see they have made it to the States, albeit sadly deformed!

Comparing the rip-offs of my childhood to the official version (which can be seen at http://www.balfours.com.au/img/green-frog-cake.jpg), the ones I've bought have been less cake and more just fondant-covered cream in a cupcake wrapper. And no, nobody should eat that much fondant or buttercream icing in one sitting, but the ones I've sampled use pink sugar cream (which you can see through the cut-open mouth), and are so sickly sweet I doubt anyone should eat a whole one either!

And oh, I finally get the 'wv' or word verification bit ... you have to go to the 'post a comment' section to get it.

Anonymous said...

Those are some very scary cakes... mutant frog/worm/alien things maybe?
I'm a 90s kid and I know that song! (Found it on youtube). It's one of my faves :D

The Crafting Pot said...

I can tell you exactly what #1 is. It is the individual containers that give it away. In the book "Hello Cupcake" there is a recipe/directions for alien cupcakes. Not my blog, but here is the exact pic of what it should look like...

http://images.quickblogcast.com/5/2/4/9/0/117208-109425/aliens.jpg?a=40

Cupcakes Lady said...

I think they are frogs?! xx

Kiva said...

Is it just me or do the first ones look like the cartoon wonka nerds from the commercial ads?

eileen marie said...

I was born in the '70s, but that was my brother's FAVORITE song (born in '67)!! We played the 45 on our HiFi!

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