This is a blog
researching the cinematic tradition in which any beautifully decorated cake serves as a harbinger of imminent catastrophe
(often including the destruction of said cake). I also wrote an article about the phenomenon
for Random House's film site, Word & Film
I hope to circle back around and write a bit about each of the video examples, though they stand on their own quite effectively. I'm adding more videos I find them (or as quickly as my Netflix queue will allow). If you know of an example that you think qualifies as a Doom Cake, please let me know and I'll look into it. (Film only, if I open it up to television it will take over my life.)
I also welcome examples in which a cake is NOT destroyed, or does not preside over tragedy, as counterpoint. Individual slices do not count, the cake must be shown whole for greatest effect.
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