From the enchanted world of Harry Potter to Truvy Jones’ wacky southern salon, cake has made an appearance in some of Hollywood’s most iconic scenes. Though it may not always look tasty, it’s always memorable. Here’s our list of the most unforgettable cake movie moments.
Matilda (1996): Bruce Bogtrotter’s chocolate cake
In this scene from Roald Dahl’s classic tale of childhood triumph, the evil Miss Trunchbull forces big Brucie to scarf down an inhuman amount of his “favorite” chocolate cake. Certainly gives the term “cruel and unusual punishment” a whole new meaning.
Sleeping Beauty (1959): Fairy godmothers’ no-magic birthday cake
Flora, Fauna and Merryweather are less than successful at their attempt to bake Princess Aurora a birthday cake from scratch. Luckily, a little magic is all they need to get the job done right. Man, wouldn’t that be nice?
Singin’ in the Rain (1952): Cake reveal
Though it’s brief, Kathy Selden’s (Debbie Reynolds) showgirl debut out the top of a giant cake will go down in history as a classic cake moment in film.
Bridesmaids (2011): Cupcake for one
Cooking for one is no fun, and baking for one seems even more lonely— especially for former bakery owner Annie Walker (Kristen Wiig), who bakes and decorates one precious, lonely cupcake and devours it alone at her kitchen counter.
Sixteen Candles (1984): Candlelight finale
Samantha Baker’s (Molly Ringwald) sweet sixteenth birthday is rescued from total disaster in this unforgettable final scene in which the dreamy Jake Ryan (Michael Schoeffling) whisks her away in his red Porsche and seals the perfect evening with a kiss. This unforgettable scene has made teenage girls swoon for decades.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001): Hagrid’s birthday cake
We can’t decide which would be better— finding out you are a wizard, or receiving a homemade birthday cake from Rubeus Hagrid. Either way, Harry Potter’s got it made on his eleventh birthday.
Steel Magnolias (1989): Red velvet armadillo cake
Perhaps the most iconic example of unappetizing animal cakes is served up by Ouiser Boudreaux (Shirley MacLaine) at the backyard wedding of Shelby Eatenton Latcherie (Julia Roberts). Just be thankful you weren’t offered a slice of the tail.