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Here’s Proof That Latinos Don’t Do Anything Basic, Especially Not Quinceañera Cakes

The most important part of any quince is the cake. Sure, the dancing and the outfits are all very important but what is a birthday party without a cake? A dance. That’s what it is. We all know that quinces are always a tad over the top because we just don’t do major life achievements in a basic way. Some are as tall as skyscrapers and some have moving parts and flashing lights. These are 25 of the most over-the-top quince cakes that you wish you had at all of your birthday parties.

1. Beauty and the Beast themes are never too dull.

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There are so many ways to do this theme. A yellow cake with rose petals is perfect because you immediately know what is going on here. The lit up rose in the glass case is the cherry on top of an amazing executed theme.

2. A gradual ombre is never a wrong move.

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This is likely to be the tamest cake you will ever see at a quince, yet it is so dynamic. Just look at all of the texture and color changing that happens on this cake.

3. It is always a plus if a quinceañera matches her cake.

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It seems pretty common sense but you’d be surprised how many people don’t understand the importance of matching. We’re not saying that it should match in the sense of it being the same color, but you have to nail the style and feeling of the dress. It really elevates the party.

4. Did we mention that people are obsessed with Beauty and the Beast?

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See. This proves that you can take the same theme and give it a different look to make it unique. This one focused on the characters and focal points of the movie. Notice the rose lit up on top and the teapot and cups on the bottom.

5. A monochromatic cake can always be inspired.

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You might just think that this is a white cake, however it is embellished with all kinds of bling and crystals. The flowers on top give it the quince touch because everything in a quince needs extra embellishments to make them really stand out.

6. Out of this world designs have graced many quince cake tables.

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Those galaxy cakes that are recently going viral are cute and all but we have already been doing those for quinces. They don’t have the same glossy and shiny coating, but the color scheme and the imagination have been in full force for many quinces past.

7. The quinceañera isn’t the only one to ear jewelry.

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Nothing says “Made it” like having some jewelry on the cake. The night is meant to celebrate a young woman becoming a woman but we all know that this is also a chance to brag about where the family is in life. You always have to make everyone think that the family is doing really well.

8. Extra cake for everyone is something that many should consider.

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Nothing says decadence like extra cake for everyone to really get their fill. After all, your tío and abuelo love to eat and they usually spend their time sitting at the table at parties enjoying all the food available.

9. Silk and luscious pillows make for great cake aesthetic.

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That top layer of the cake will remind you of that silk pillow that was in your abuela’s living room. No matter how may times you tried to sleep on it, it was just never comfortable. But it does look really nice so making it a cake layer is super fancy.

10. Barbie in a fancy dress as a topping.

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Now, this is fancy. Who wouldn’t stop, stare, admire, and take photos of this impressive and massive cake topper. Bonus points if the honoree and the doll have the same hair style.

11. Take those baby photos and use them for a good cause.

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Sometimes regular cakes are just too simple and boring. This family knew that they had to make the most out of the special day. What better way to celebrate a special birthday than with using childhood photos to tell their story.

12. Real plants make for great embellishments.

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Flowers and leaves are just a couple of things you can use to make the best of a cake. Make sure you let the guests know not to eat them because you don’t want sick people ruining the party. If these cakes aren’t enough for you, check out these outrageous quince centerpieces.

13. Make the cake everything you want with a special cultural touch.

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This Mexicana definitely made the most of her special quince cake using Día de los Muertos as the theme. The sugar skull on top is the perfect tie in for the beautiful flowers and colorful designs.

14. Some people don’t care about using someone else’s brand on their cake.

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Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hello Kitty, you name it. Some of these quinceañeras have no issue taking their cake and using someone else’s brand to make it seem fancy. We all know a person who will do this.

15. This really is a quince tradition of the ages.

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Crazy cakes for quinces is not something that just happened. These cakes are just part of what it means to throw a good quince. The more memorable the cake, the better.

16. The taller and more intricate the cake, the better.

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Do you see the dolls on the cake? That’s right. Why only have one cake topper when you can just recreate the entire quince party on the top? This is a spectacular use of a quince cake, tbh.

17. When in doubt, just keep adding.

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You know that phrase, less is more? Yeah, that doesn’t exist in Latino households. Rather, we believe that if you are not happy with something, just keep adding to it until it is exactly want you want.

18. Deconstruct the cake to look artistic.

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Layered cakes are cute and everything but they are just too basic and expected. It is better to deconstruct the cake to display it than to stack all the layers and hide the beauty the is the cake.

19. Visions of gold for the win.

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Gold prices might not be as good as they once were but the love of gold is as strong as ever. Here is just one of the times in life when using gold on something makes perfect sense.

20. Floral additions are so enticing.

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Roses are not just for bouquets. Add them up the side of that cake and watch your guests go green with envy. Seriously. Try it and let us know what you think.

21. Or you can use stars.

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Let all those guests know that your future is about to be so bright they are going to need sunglasses. That is just one way to let everyone know how good things have been for you.

22. Put a major monument on it.

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If your quince is just too basic to tolerate, add a major monument on your cake to feel better. In this case, you can see the Eiffel Tower on top of the cake to let everyone know that Paris is on your mind. It doesn’t matter if you have ever been.

23. Masquerade is always a fun theme.

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This is a really easy and beautiful theme. Just a couple roses and a nice mask to make everyone feel like they are in New Orleans or galavanting around France in the 1800s.

24. Again, make those cakes grand.

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You can use staircases to make the cake seems like a multi-leveled vision of deliciousness.

25. Never underestimate the power of a feather.

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The feather can be taller than the cake and it will stick. That is how you make your quince cake really shine.

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From That Picture With George W. Bush To Dakota Johnson’s Memeworthy Confrontation— A Timeline Of Ellen DeGeneres’ Downfall

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From That Picture With George W. Bush To Dakota Johnson’s Memeworthy Confrontation— A Timeline Of Ellen DeGeneres’ Downfall

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Last Thursday, American comedian, television host, and Finding Dory actress Ellen DeGeneres penned a personal memo to the employees of her talk show in an effort to address recent allegations of workplace toxicity.

“My name is on the show and everything we do and I take responsibility for that,” she said while addressing recent complaints about her contributions to a toxic work environment on the show. “Alongside Warner Bros, we immediately began an internal investigation and we are taking steps, together, to correct the issues. As we’ve grown exponentially, I’ve not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I’d want them done. Clearly some didn’t. That will now change and I’m committed to ensuring this does not happen again.”

Writing about what she has learned in recent weeks, DeGeneres vowed to push herself “to learn and grow.”

“We all have to be more mindful about the way our words and actions affect others, and I’m glad the issues at our show were brought to my attention,” she went on to write. “I promise to do my part in continuing to push myself and everyone around me to learn and grow. It’s important to me and to Warner Bros. that everyone who has something to say can speak up and feels safe doing so.”

DeGeneres’s letter comes at a time when serious allegations have been made about her and the executive producers on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Still, while current complaints have gone viral recently, they only seem to be part of an upset over the comedian’s behavior that has been years in the making

Check out the timeline of her downward spiral below:

December 2018 – The New York Times publishes the “Ellen DeGeneres Is Not as Nice as You Think” headline

In a New York Times profile, reporter Jason Zinoman examined the comedian’s happy television host persona against her 2018 Netflix stand-up special, titled “Relatable”. With a headline that read “Ellen DeGeneres Is Not as Nice as You Think,” Zinoman wrote, “In sharp contrast to her public image as everyone’s good friend, happy to listen, she presents herself — with tongue in cheek — as cartoonishly aloof and indifferent, stuck in a privileged bubble, cracking several jokes, for instance, about her fabulous wealth.”

January 2019 – Defense of Kevin Hart and dismissal of his disappointed fans as “haters”

Soon after comedian and actor, Kevin Hart was ousted from his position as an Academy Awards host due to a series of discovered homophobic tweets and jokes he’d made, DeGeneres, invited him to come on her show.

During her interview with him, DeGeneres urged Hart to ignore the backlash he’d received and dismissed his critics as “haters.” Soon after, she appealed to the academy to hire him for the Oscars once again much to her supporters’ chagrin.

October 2019 – DeGeneres takes a photo with George W. Bush

In the fall of 2019, DeGeneres was pictured with former president George W. Bush at a Dallas Cowboys-Green Bay Packers game. The photo sparked backlash and expressions of disappointment online. After all, during his presidency, Bush pushed for bans on same-sex marriage.
DeGeneres belittled negative comments about the photo writing, “People were upset. They thought, ‘Why is a gay Hollywood liberal sitting next to a conservative Republican president?’ “Here’s the thing: I’m friends with George Bush. In fact, I’m friends with a lot of people who don’t share the same beliefs that I have. We’re all different, and I think that we’ve forgotten that that’s okay that we’re all different.”

November 2019 – Dakota Johnson calls DeGeneres out for lying on her own show

Known as the incident that might have first brought down Ellen, Johnson’s 2019 appearance on the comedian’s daytime show undoubtedly opened the floodgates. During an interview with the Fifty Shades Of Grey actress, DeGeneres commented about not being invited to her 30th birthday party asking “How was the party? I wasn’t invited.” Johnson was quick to defend herself in an awkward but honest moment saying “Actually, no, that’s not the truth, Ellen. You were invited.”

Oof.

March 2020 – And of course, that viral Twitter post

Months after Johnson’s appearance, a Twitter thread posted by “Gilmore Guys” podcast co-host Kevin T. Porter went viral after he petitioned for negative stories about DeGeneres’s behavior in “exchange for food bank donations.”

The tweet reeled in over 16K comments and a whole lot of horrifying stories about the actress.

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Queer People Are Shouting Their Gratitude For Naya Rivera’s Trailblazing Character Santana Lopez

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Queer People Are Shouting Their Gratitude For Naya Rivera’s Trailblazing Character Santana Lopez

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There are few queer characters the people can point to in the past as being someone that changed their lives. Santana Lopez, Naya Rivera’s character on “Glee,” is one of them. Even if you’ve never watched “Glee,” Rivera’s character touched you because of how that representation is so important and empowering.

Naya Rivera’s place in LGBTQ+ media representation will be her long-lasting legacy.

Rivera brought us Santana Lopez, a queer Latina navigating the world of high school in a small town. For many, this kind of representation was so rare and often poorly done that Rivera’s command of the role was impactful. You didn’t have to be an avid viewer of the show to understand and appreciate the magnitude of Santana Lopez.

Rivera brought our experience directly to the mainstream and forced our own classmates to think about the way they saw queer people.

Rivera’s ability to capture the awkwardness and terror of being a closeted queer student in high school still resonates. It is a piece of nostalgia that is so deeply ingrained in queer people that it’s hard not to be emotional about Rivera’s sudden and tragic death.

Who can forget the moment Santana used “Landslide” to tell Brittany that she loved her.

The emotion of a love that is not easy to confess and live authentically is real. Ask any queer person you know about coming to terms with her sexuality in high school and you will hear about the fear and excitement. You will hear about the strategic allyships that epitomize the constant battle between being open and staying safe.

Rivera was more than an actress, she was an ally and advocate during her time on “Glee.”

Season 2, when Rivera’s feelings for Brittany (played by Heather Morris) grew, aired from 2010 to 2011. It was a time when marriage equality was not nationwide. Some states still barred same-sex couples from adopting children. Yet, queer high school and college students had a chance to see their experience mirrored because of Rivera’s insistence.

Rivera’s death is a major loss for the queer community that got our strength and courage from her.

Knowing that all of the “Glee” fans were rooting for and falling in love with Santana Lopez gave us a chance to breathe and feel accepted. Adding her Latina heritage was so important. Queer people of color, who have faced increased scrutiny from their own families, had someone representing them completely and sincerely.

Demi Lovato paid tribute by remembering the time she played Santana Lopez’s girlfriend.

The queer Latina love was not lost on fellow queer Latinos. Lovato herself was not out about her sexuality at the time and she admits in her post that Rivera inspired her. Rivera’s efforts to give the character an accurate and respectful storyline will forever be praised and admired as a fully realized manifestation of our experience.

Thank you for being someone we didn’t know we needed, Naya.

Our hearts are broken and our eyes are wet. We send love and hope to your loved ones. Rest in power, mija. We love you and will never forget what you did for our community.

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