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Did German Baker Make Syringe-Shaped Cakes to Celebrate COVID Vaccines?

The Berlin-based bakery at first worried the cakes would be "too macabre."

Published Jan 11, 2021

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A German bakery is making cakes in the shape of syringes in honor of COVID-19 vaccines.

A bakery in Germany went viral in early January 2021 for making unique cakes — cakes shaped and decorated like syringes in honor of newly approved COVID-19 vaccines.

The owner of the Berlin-based bakery, Schuerner’s Baking Paradise, at first worried the cakes would be "too macabre." But he changed his mind.

"First we were a bit skeptical whether it would be a bit too macabre,” Tim Kortuem told Reuters. "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."

In December 2020, a German pilot created a digital image via a flight tracker by flying in a syringe pattern.

The first COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer gained emergency approval for use in the U.S. and Europe in December 2020, and began rolling out for use. A vaccine developed by Moderna has since been approved, while vaccines developed by other pharmaceutical companies are in the pipeline.

COVID-19, which was initially detected in Wuhan, China, in the winter of 2019, has since killed 2 million people worldwide, including more than 375,000 Americans.

Bethania Palma is a journalist from the Los Angeles area who started her career as a daily newspaper reporter and has covered everything from crime to government to national politics. She has written for ... read more