TechCrunch: Google AI concocts ‘breakie’ and ‘cakie’ hybrid baked goods

TechCrunch: Google AI concocts ‘breakie’ and ‘cakie’ hybrid baked goods. “If, as I suspect many of you have, you have worked your way through baking every type of cookie, bread and cake under the sun over the last year, Google has a surprise for you: a pair of AI-generated hybrid treats, the ‘breakie’ and the ‘cakie.’ The origin of these new items seems to have been in a demonstration of the company’s AutoML Tables tool, a codeless model generation system that’s more spreadsheet automation than what you’d really call ‘artificial intelligence.’ But let’s not split hairs, or else we’ll never get to the recipe.”

Food Business News: Duncan Hines debuts baking kits inspired by social media

Food Business News: Duncan Hines debuts baking kits inspired by social media. “Conagra Brands, Inc. is introducing Duncan Hines Epic Baking Kits, a collection of colorful, over-the-top cake, brownie and cookie kits. The kits come in five varieties: Fruity Pebbles Cake Kit, Salted Caramel Brownie Kit, S’mores Brownie Kit, Cookies & Cream Cookie Kit and Cookie Dough Cookie Kit.”

New York Times: Pandemic Baking Just Got Weirder

New York Times: Pandemic Baking Just Got Weirder. “Back in March, when isolation and homebound boredom were novelties, many Americans fashioned themselves into folksy sourdough bakers. Come June, making bread loaves, cookies and cakes took on new urgency, as professionals banded together to raise funds for organizations that support and defend Black lives. All the while, many artists and amateur bakers had been creating confections at home, not out of practicality or as part of a campaign, but for art’s sake. Their cakes, which draw on the absurdist Jell-O mold tradition of 1950s homemakers and revel in gross-out palettes, reflect ideas about gender, power and respectability.”

British Baker: Ashers Bakery launches Covid-19 Scottish face mask biscuits

British Baker: Ashers Bakery launches Covid-19 Scottish face mask biscuits. “Nairn-based Ashers Bakery has rolled out masked shortbread biscuits that highlight life during the coronavirus pandemic. The Law Abiding Scots biscuits are shortbread people with pink and blue sugar paste masks and kilts. Available at an rsp of £1.29 from Ashers stores and retailers including Scotmid and Spar, they are a ‘coronavirus twist’ on Ashers’ MacGinger biscuits, with gingerbread people wearing kilts.”

Huffington Post: The Secret Struggles Behind Instagram’s Most Beautiful Pies

Huffington Post: The Secret Struggles Behind Instagram’s Most Beautiful Pies. “Social media has given us a bottomless thirst for symmetry, beauty and unattainable perfection, and one medium in particular speaks to that desire. It comes in the form of something one might call Instagram ‘pie porn.’ It’s the art of taking beautiful photos of perfectly made pies, which admittedly sounds delightfully easy. But calling it easy would be doing its creators an injustice. While bakers may be kind souls by nature, bakers who bake for Instagram are also forced to battle some truly weird demons of both science and social media varieties.”

Bloomberg: Bakers Are Cashing In on Instagram’s Cake Obsession

Bloomberg: Bakers Are Cashing In on Instagram’s Cake Obsession. “In a cramped Manhattan apartment kitchen, Chelsey White painstakingly bakes, assembles, frosts and decorates an elaborate mermaid-themed cake. The entire four-hour process is videotaped, then edited down to a few brisk minutes and shared on social media. Its purpose served, the three-tiered, picture-perfect cake is chopped up and jammed into a Tupperware container. White brings all her leftovers to the office. She hates wasting cake.”