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What's a Wreck?

A Cake Wreck is any cake that is unintentionally sad, silly, creepy, inappropriate - you name it. A Wreck is not necessarily a poorly-made cake; it's simply one I find funny, for any of a number of reasons. Anyone who has ever smeared frosting on a baked good has made a Wreck at one time or another, so I'm not here to vilify decorators: Cake Wrecks is just about finding the funny in unexpected, sugar-filled places.

Now, don't you have a photo you want to send me? ;)

- Jen
Sunday
Jun282009

Sunday Sweets: Bullseyes

I was trying to figure out what the opposite of "Missed Marks" would be; ergo, "Bullseyes". Yep, today's amazing NON-Wrecks are the cakes that look just like the object they're supposed to.

For example...

Liz had Mike's Amazing Cakes replicate a favorite stuffed frog for her and her guy Nat's joint birthday celebration:


I think the result is pretty adorable, don't you?

Ro Bruhn is an artist who makes colorful (and quite pretty) journals, like this one:


So for her birthday, her family surprised her with a cake version of that same journal:


Honestly, I kept getting the two photos mixed up, the cake is such a close match. Those buttons are fantastic. So are the ribbons. And the cover. Ok, fine, the whole thing's pretty darn cool. Ro says a local company did the cake, but she didn't say which one. So if you're reading this, Ro, let me know who to credit, k? (And thanks to Pauline L. for nominating the cake.)

And lastly, Andrew S. is the creator of the webcomic Elderly Apple, which is named for his character Pliny, the (you guessed it) Elderly Apple. As a fan of Cake Wrecks, he was inspired to order a cake version of Pliny for the site's birthday. This is Pliny:

Not the easiest thing to make a cake from, right? But look what Virginia Bakery came up with:

Isn't he great? Plus, he's our fondant-free sweet of the week. That's right - NO fondant. So in addition to pulling off a sculpted cake from a simple drawing, these bakers also got the icing glass smooth. For us amateur bakers, I think it's both inspiring and somewhat disheartening to know icing can actually look that good.

Have you had something replicated in cake form you'd like to nominate as a Sweet? Then send it to me at Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com.

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Reader Comments (61)

These cakes were great! I love the frog.
And can I say, I cracked up that the apple's name is Pliny--surely named after Pliny the Elder, the early Christian church writer? Can you tell I'm a Biblical studies nerd? (: Brilliant.
Flayelim: what happened to the cake version of Pliny.

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Voth

Um, correction: Pliny the Elder was NOT an early church father, but a Roman philosopher/naturalist. Still a good source for biblical studies but yeah, my bad. Apparently I'm not nerdy enough. (:

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Voth

Waah! The Virginia Bakery! I love that place; never expected to see it up here!
Those are all amazing!

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

You can get your icing smooth like that by melting it and then dipping the cake in it or pouring it over the cake. Admittedly, it's MUCH easier with cupcakes and I've never tried it with a full on cake, but it's worth a shot lol

July 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSara

Awww, my dad used to take us to the Virginia Bakery for "flops" (danishes) on days when we'd play hooky from school. (Let's just say that my parents were divorced and my Dad was heavily trying to show us his good side.) But all the same, the memories are sweet indeed. Thanks :)

July 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersilvergirl

Awww, the froggy is just perfect for my little guy......

July 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFreedomFirst

I grew up on virginia bakery! Like Daisy said we always went there after a visit to the doctor, I guess its a Berkeley tradition. I wonder if I can find a picture of the drawing my sister did and the cake they copied it on to, in icing, back in the early eighties...

July 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterM.J.

i love the apple cake :D

November 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

thaks, these decorators are real artists. Fantastic

December 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermutuelle

you have a good recipe cake on your links

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMutuelle

A little too Soylent Green for my taste

December 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermutuelle

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