German Baker Introduces Syringe Cake to Celebrate COVID-19 Vaccine

A bakery in the western German town of Dortmund is celebrating the end of 2020 syringe-shaped cakes in honor of the coronavirus vaccine.

Schuerner's Baking Paradise has offered COVID-19-themed baked goods before—last year, when household essentials were scarce as consumers took to the stores in hordes, they created cakes shaped like rolls of toilet paper. However, owner Tim Kortuem worried that a syringe-shaped cake would be taking things a tad too far.

"First we were a bit skeptical whether it would be a bit too macabre," he said. "But then we did it after all. Because even for anti-vaxxers it's funny. It is a vaccine without any side effects. And you can come back and get another one because it is so yummy."

The cake, flavored with marzipan, will likely not protect patrons of the shop from the coronavirus, especially due to the direct correlation between obesity and elevated symptoms. Still, the tasty treat might provide some welcome distraction from the devastating illness, which has claimed about 2 million lives and upended the global economy.

Perhaps it will help the medicine go down.

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