San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick's tattoos have left a sour taste with some of his critics.
But they've become sweeter than ever for lucky customers of the Village Baking Company and Cafe of Modesto, Calif.
Decorator Bob Miller recently crafted a carb-laden, replica cake version of Kaepernick’s throwing arm, compete with tattoos. The store placed an image of the cake on its Facebook page and a customer also snapped another image of the cake in the bakery's display case and posted it on Twitter.
@darrenrovell Colin Kaepernick cake from a bakery in CA twitter.com/tannerscholtes…
— Tanner Scholtes (@tannerscholtes) January 24, 2013
Now that image has gone viral and owner Joanne Ramos literally can't make the cakes fast enough.
The baked version of Kaepernick's right arm cost $170. The art work on each individual cake takes roughly three hours to complete and is done by hand. "It starts as a half-sheet cake then it's carved. It can be white, chocolate or marble cake, then it's covered in butter cream. We then roll the fondant on top of it and Bob does the art work, all of the hand painting and airbrushing," Ramos said. "Each one is individually made and we're already reached our maximum number of orders that we can fill between now and the weekend."
The tattoos visible on the cake including the word “FAITH” and a version of Psalm 18:39 which reads: "You armed me with strength for battle. You humble my adversaries before me." The version of Psalm 18:39 actually tattooed on Kaepernick’s arm ends with: “you made my adversaries bow at my feet. “ “That was an oversight,” Ramos said. “We want it to be accurate. I’ll make sure the ones we have going forward have the correct verse.”
Ramos said the bakery has made an edible image of the cake, which is crafted on sugar paper and placed on top of another cake. She said the bakery is donating all the profits from the cake sales (10 percent of the proceeds) and raffling off one cake to benefit the local Salvation Army. She has donated another cake to a charity benefiting schools in Kaepernick’s hometown of Turlock, Calif.
Ramos has no doubt about which team will win Sunday. "49ers for sure," she said.
• Social media was prevalent during Super Bowl media day Tuesday. The Baltimore Ravens got their 1.34 million Facebook fans into the action by soliciting questions for their players to answer. Among the 20 or so questions posed to the players from fans: "Who was the first person you called to say 'You are going to the Super Bowl'?"; "Do you have any pregame rituals?"; "Did you picture yourself in the Super Bowl as a child?" and "How will you stop Colin Kaepernick and the pistol offense?"
The answer to that last question from cornerback Jimmy Smith: "Hit him in the mouth on every play."
• Hulu will be putting all the Super Bowl XLVII commercials in one place. Viewers can check out the Hulu AdZone to see the TV ads of Super Bowl XLVII face off in real time on Sunday. Fans will be able to vote via Facebook to for their favorite ad overall and in a number of categories, including best celebrity cameo, cutest critters and best soundtrack. Fans can visit the site anytime to see teasers and ads posted before kickoff.