Chefs pose in Doha, Qatar, on Dec.16, after entering the Guinness Book of World Records for making the largest cake in the world, which is made in the shape of Qatar. The event was organized to mark Qatar winning the hosting rights to soccer's 2022 World Cup. The cake is 24 feet by 12 feet and took 25 cooks 1,176 hours to make. Osama Faisal/AP
People admire a replica of Mumbai's Taj Mahal Palace Hotel made from five tons of sugar during the annual cake show in Bangalore, India, on Dec. 16.
From (l.), Christina, Christopher, and Patrick Schwarzenegger, cake boss Buddy Valastro, and Maria Shriver pose with the 'Taste of California' cake during Day 1 of Maria Shriver's 2010 Women's Conference in Long Beach, Calif., on Oct. 25. Krista Kennell/Sipa Press/Newscom
Andy Clement, tissue business director for Kimberly-Clark Professional, commemorates the 25th birthday of jumbo roll toilet paper by slicing a cake shaped like rolls of toilet paper at ISSA/Interclean trade show in Orlando, Fla., on Nov. 10. Bob Goldberg/Feature Photo Service for Kimberly-Clark Professional/Newscom
Olivier, Sebastien, and Vincent, cooks and bakers from Nivelles, beat the record of the biggest Christmas buche-de-Noel at the Christmas market of Nivelles, France, on Dec. 13. Newscom
People stand in line to get their share of a large moon cake in Chifeng, north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, on Sept. 21. Li Fu/Newscom
Former President Bill Clinton greets Kosovo Albanians as he stands in front of giant cake made for him during his visit to Pristina, Serbia, in 2009. Kosovo Albanians admire Clinton because of his role in the controversial 1999 NATO bombings of Yugoslavia. Armend Nimani/AFP/Newscom
Chefs cut a 31-foot-long and 18-foot-wide water chestnut cake into small cubes for visitors during the opening ceremony of a tourism food festival held in Nanning, capital of southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, on Oct. 17. Lu Anbo/Xinhua/Newscom
Michael J. Fox looks at the 'Ace of Cakes' DeLorean creation at the Back to the Future 25th Anniversary Trilogy Blu-ray/DVD reunion and launch party in New York City on Oct. 25. Diane Bondareff/AP Images for Universal Studios Home Entertainment
A man pulls a giant birthday cake celebrating the 180th anniversary of Covent Garden in London, England, on June 18. Qi Jia/Newscom
People wait for pieces of an enormous cake, which is 24 feet long and 9 feet wide, in Beijing, China, on Dec. 19. JHSB/ChinaFotoPress/Newscom
A man looks at a giant cake by French architect Jean Bocabeille and chef Gilles Stassart, 'La tour sans faim' (Tower without hunger), set up at the Cite de l'Architecture museum in Paris on July 1 in an attempt to build the world's tallest cake. The work, made with almonds and sponge cake, but not edible, is 24 feet high. Boris Horvat/Topshots/AFP Photo/Newscom
Kim Jong-un's powerful uncle was accused of plotting a coup before he was put to death, raising the possibility of a further purge deep into the ranks of the military and the party.
Donald Kirk, Correspondent /
December 13, 2013
The execution of the man once perceived as the most influential figure in North Korea portends what analysts see as a growing purge of critics of the shaky rule of Kim Jong-un in a time of extreme uncertainty about the future of his regime.