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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press; English Language edition (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762441062
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762441068
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 6.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #407,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Detroit’s Metro Times
"For those expecting imminent doom… recipes for delectable cakes to ease the transition to the netherworld. Why depart on an empty stomach? Even our death rows offer a last supper to criminals about to meet their maker. The photos and the stories that come with each recipe may be the best part."

The Arlington Advocate
“…a light-hearted delicious approach to Armageddon.”

 

About the Author

Shannon O'Malley is an award-winning advertising copywriter. She has written campaigns for companies such as Anheuser-Busch and Comcast. She lives in San Francisco, CA.

More About the Author

Shannon O'Malley is an advertising writer and urchin arts enthusiast in San Francisco. She created the first version of Apocalypse Cakes in 2008 as a birthday gift for her girlfriend. The original 'zine included 8 photoshopped pages printed at a Kinko's and stapled at Shannon's ad agency. With urging from friends, she continued the project as a blog which gained notice after she posted recipes for Global Jihad Date Cake and Seismic Haitian Mud Cake. She has no previous baking experience. Follow her at www.shannonomalley.com and on Twitter @apocalypsecakes.

Apocalypse Cakes photographer Keith Wilson is a filmmaker and visual artist based in San Francisco. He holds an MFA in film production from the University of Texas at Austin where he is an instructor in the Department of Radio-TV-Film. He lives in San Francisco, California. See more of Keith's work at www.wall-eye.com and read his important twits @keithtwitted.

Customer Reviews

I think I did not do enough research when it came to this book.
Kristin Sperling
It seemed like a good choice because it had delicious recipes and easy to understand directions along with a sense of humor.
katie
I wish they didn't even waste the poor tree that this was printed on.
Monster21

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kristin Sperling on January 8, 2013
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I think I did not do enough research when it came to this book. Sure it was full of quips, funny stories, my kind of sarcasm, and creativeness but this was not the recipe book I had in mind at all. I'd rather use this as a... really I have no use for this book. I'm not one to get rid of books at all so I've kept it because you really don't know when you might need it. It's not exactly a coffee table book, not something to put on display in a kitchen, not a go-to, or even something you'd read more than once. I was pretty disappointed. I mean, seriously, if I'm looking for a cake book I expect them to all be edible! One cake was literally made from mud (the Haiti earthquake if I remember correctly). That's where they lost me. But like I said this may just be due to my not doing hours of research before buying the book. Silly me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By frenchbeatnickfish on July 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The perfect cookbook and coffee table book to meet all of your apocalyptic baking needs. Such a clever concept and one that makes a great gag gift. Buy today and get to baking!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Ross on June 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Every recipe has its own great apocalypse story, with stunning art direction while being very well written. My favorite definitely has to be the Sodom and Gomorrah Fruit Cake.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By lp on June 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
i was so excited to put good use to all of those headless barbies i had lying around from a postmodern feminist art project i co-produced. i made the cake, following the recipe to the letter...unfortunately, the "indiscretion represented tactlessly" i chose involved some used dental dams and a bottle of absinthe. having faith that the author had spent a lot of time in the test kitchen, i trusted that things would turn out differently.

luckily, i have a thing for firewomen, and, as such, ended up with my own angel. thanks, ms. o'malley, for destroying everything i own but bringing me true love.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ann on August 21, 2012
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I saw this book in a store and was intrigued with the clever idea. I didn't have a chance to look at it very thoroughly but thought it would make a great gift for a friend. I ordered it on my phone after I left. I wish I would have read the preview first because in spite of the funny, clever idea, there are just too many f-words for me. Amazon gave me a refund, which I appreciated.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DeAnna Knippling on June 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Disclosure: I begged a review copy...

The world is ending soon, and there's no way to stop it. We could sit on the hill and play violins while we watch Rome burn...or we could eat cake!

Apocalypse Cakes is a beautiful-looking book, with gorgeous food-porn images of perverse (and perverted) cakes, like "Immigration Mayhem Mexican Chocolate Cake," "2012 Mayan Chocolate Cupcakes," "Gay Wedding Cake" (stolen from a straight person's wedding, with leather queens on top), "Black Deforestation Cake," "Pharma Nation Nut Cake," and more.

Filled from top to bottom with snark, this is a thoroughly, merrily, grandly, and pointedly offensive book, and I highly recommend it. Two pony nukes up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Awesome on July 5, 2012
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This is a book like no other: one part cookbook, one part dark comedy with perverse cake photographs mixed in. Ms. O'Malley's level of creativity is impressive, as are her cakes! Now I'm cracking up and hungry for some Gay Wedding Cake and Swarms of Locusts Grasshopper Pie. Get this book for your own collection or for someone who needs more humor in their life. I really liked it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Monster21 on October 7, 2013
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I thought this book would appeal to my sense of humor, being a little twisted.

However, the book it's completely useless, and not entertaining at all.

I wish they didn't even waste the poor tree that this was printed on.
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