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-- One wild cake: The Griffith Observatory has been memorialized in film, with ‘Rebel Without a Cause.’ Now, it’s memorialized in cake. Pictured is the sugary confection that won TLC’s ‘Ultimate Cake Off’ Monday night. The challenge: Honor the L.A. landmark as it prepares to celebrate its 75th anniversary. That will be done with a May 15 fete where art meets astronomy called ‘Cosmic Conjunction 2010: Diamond Nights * Northern Lights.’ That’s Dr. E.C. Krupp, director of the observatory and a guest judge on the show, with the winning cake, by Colette Peters. Peters is owner of Colette’s Cakes in New York City. Her cake re-creates the Griffith Park experience, including the gravity-challenging drive up and the starry skies.

-- Twip of the day: Follow @foodlibrarian and check out her blog: the Food Librarian. Today, she’s serving up Meyer lemon olive oil cake, courtesy of a Gourmet recipe. Sniff, sniff. R.I.P., Gourmet.


-- Got supermarket coupons? Here’s an adorable way to corral them.

-- We’ll toast to that: Scientists discover an alcohol that fends off hangovers and helps you sober up more quickly.

-- Something’s in the air. 1) A Swedish entrepreneur has developed a single-use toilet that can then be used to fertilize crops. (But the best reason to click is to find out the name of said product.) 2) Some farmers are dragging their heels when it comes to turning dung into gold. And 3) Another entrepreneur closer to home is making a mint off manure tea bags. (Do these three stories belong on a food blog? It’s debatable.)

-- Rene Lynch
On Twitter @renelynch