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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 Sweets: Gettin' Crafty

I looove crafts. I'll try just about any of them at least once before getting frustrated and giving it up. Open-minded but impatient: that's me!

Well, today's Sweets all have elements that look like needlework, or knitting, or papercraft, etc - but they're all completely edible. Very cool. Promise.

Here we go!

I've done cross stitch since I was 12, but the few times I tried actual needlework/embroidery it turned out...well...let's just say not nearly as pretty as this:

(Submitted by Libby G. & made by Dragonsanddoffodils)

So now I know: Next time, try it with icing.

Oh, and speaking of cross stitch, check THIS out:

(Submitted by Jen. Baker unknown)

I was just reading a tutorial on this in a recent issue of ICES. There are molds for the cross stitch cloth, and then you pipe the tiny stitches using royal icing. Even this close, it looks just like the real thing! Plus, you can use any cross stitch pattern. Very cool.

I'm not sure which craft this next one would be, exactly, but I love how it looks like a heavy fabric wrapped loosely around the cake:

(Sub'd by Jennie S. & made by The Cakemaker)

That's actually rolled white chocolate. Great use of texture.

For you quilters out there:

(Sub'd by Bernise C., made by Heather C. & her friend Carol)

Patchwork quilting, that is. It looks so soft, like the whole cake is really a huggable plush!

How about some crochet?

Pretty, right? Ah, but wait until you see a close up of that christening gown:

(Made Cake Central member sweetpea8)

That is ALL ICING, y'all. Hand-piped to mimic the crocheting of the real christening gown. For realz. Wowza.

Ever try quilling? I did (once), and the results can be so pretty; delicate and intricate. You basically takes tiny strips of paper and wind and twist them into shapes. One of the best quilling artists I've ever seen is Yulia Brodskaya - just look how gorgeous:

So now that you know what it is, can you spot the quilling on this cake?

(Sub'd by Heidi M. & made by the Vanilla Pastry Studio)

Even some of the flowers look like curled paper - and the others are like ribbon and fabric. So, so pretty.

Sweet Assignment: Next week I'll be featuring Fashion Sweets: gorgeous dresses, fabrics, accessories, or anything couture-inspired. Have one to nominate? Then send it to me at Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com!

- Similar Sweets: That Takes the Cake, Pt 1

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Reader Comments (72)

Those are gorgeous! Thanks for all the cakes, Jen!

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Wow. I love that cake with the "fabric" draped over it. WOW

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

My Mom was a cake decorater and I remember some of the really neat ones she made - especially the standing rib roast for a butcher. I was kind of young then and now wish I had photos of them. For a while there she was making lots of "boob" cakes for bachelor parties. She was had a catering business and made wedding dolls out of the lunch meat and cheese. Even after she retired several other businesses hired her to make these. Her pototo salad always had a shape too. Your cakes are just gorgeous.

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDottie Paullin Kornafel

I crochet prayer shawls - very simple patterns. I can't imagine doing a dress - much less the time it would take to do that in ICING! I'm in awe!

I hadn't heard of quilling before but now I'm in love with it!

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

The cross stitch one is so funny!!!!

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHope Chella

I love this`s incredible.:)

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterimpotenta

Love Grandma's cross stitch cake! Did you know that the little hexagon-shaped design on the lower right of the cake is a quilt pattern called Grandmother's Flower Garden?

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdawn

The quilting cake about made me keel over. SO CUTE! I love being reminded of how simple squares can be gorgeous on a quilt...and a cake.

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

I love Sunday Sweets! I love admiring the talent.

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLarisa

As much as I enjoy the wreckitude in the course of the week, I really look forward to the Sunday batch. These are lovely. Especially:

-the perfect grandma cake! I'll bet she loved it.

-the christening gown...just wow.

-the baby shower cake that miraculously managed to completely convey "we are celebrating the impending birth of a child" *without* putting any part of said child on the cake, depicting the pregnant mother, or, of course, having the word "Push" on it anywhere. Who knew it could be done? Bravo!


April 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Oh..oh...OH!!! That lace christening gown is just exquisite!!! [I almost can't wait to see Gabrielle Marie's first birthday cake!]
The "fabric-wrapped" cake makes me think that the creator could do an awesome chef's hat cake--the top layer almost looks like one already! Very cool.
I don't really care for the "heavy" look of the quilt cake, but the darling little bear, baby, and bunny are super-sweet touches.
I'm looking forward to next week's fashion show! Such a fun idea!!
Maybe someone has tried a fondant LEATHER. Why not? It could look gorgeous and the medium would lend itself so well (though pretty UN-PC) to a jacket, or belt, or shoes, etc.
I have to go find something sweet now; these things really set off my craving alarm!

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

I love the paper wrapped cake... sounds yummy with the white chocolate, too! I think the most amazing, though, is the crocheted dress! That must have taken HOURS!

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCasey

I think this is one of my favorite Sunday Sweets EVER. That crochet dress. I am BLOWN away! Phenomenal!

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRobyn Fish

All the Sunday Sweets were great (aren't they always?) but the last two really blew me away. Crocheted icing? *sigh* I can't even handle the regular kind!

And I LOVED the quilling. My grandmother used to have some hanging in her room when I was little, and now I wish I knew what happened to it.

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow-- crochet icing. How many months did that cake take to decorate?

Sorry, but the baby doll on the baby-block cake makes it a wreck. Cannibalism just isn't cool.

Is cross-stitching really easier than needlepoint? It looks like almost the same thing to me, except that the stitches are perpendicular in one, and parallel in the other.

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGary

These cakes are breathtaking!

That crocheted dress is unbelievable!

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

As a relatively accomplished crocheter .... WOW to the christening gown cake. I know how long that would take with a hook and thread ... but icing? Incredible.

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPhotoGrace

Wow, I think this is my favorite Sunday Sweets post ever. I knit, crochet and needlepoint (and am now getting into beadwork), and those incredible. The christening gown and the needlepoint roses particularly blew me away. Hard enough to do with actual thread but with ICING? Thanks for sharing these!

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrascalmom

"Thank goodness I'm over the feelings of inadequacy clever and talented people illicit in me due to my failings with all things creative," she said, adding raisin eyeballs to the nutella on her ego waffle.

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSemperVeritas

They're all so beautiful. I wish I could be so creative, but none of my cakes have ever been that amazing. I can surely copy, but the minds that dreamed these up (let alone executed them so amazingly) are simply brilliant!

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMir

WOW! I think I just got some good ideas for decorating my next cake... too bad my next one is for my 15 year old son... you think he'd prefer quilling or cross-stitch (because I am NOT doing that crochet thing - beautiful though it may be!)

I love Sundays!

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterT

Wow, that crocheted icing is incredible.

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIndia Drummond

Oh yummy! lovely!

wish I hadn't looked now, have just started a diet

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

These are so beautiful, I could weep.

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

absolutely gorgeous! and i would prefer to really crochet a dress than make one out of icing!

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChava Malka Cooper

Beautiful!!! And I have never heard of quilling before but I did see it as headers in a recent issue of O magazine and thought it was cool. Now I know what it is! Now I have to google it and figure out how to do it! haha

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHarmony

My mom is a quilter and embroiderer. My aunt does cross-stich. My grandma was into quilling. The other grandma made amazing crochet work. We are all sewers and stitchers to some degree. This was a Sunday Sweets designed for all the wonderful women in my family! Amazing and beautiful. Just like us. :o)

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle D.

you are of my Sunday sweets.I was kind of young then and now wish I had photos of them.

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersilu

As noted above, the cross-stitch cake also includes but quilting. The background is also candle-wicking.

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRobin

My grandmother on my dad's side was an amazing quiller. We still have some quilled paper Christmas ornaments she made--so pretty!

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Wow! Jen, you made my day! Those are all gorgeous! And, like so many others, I'm hungry now. Maybe I'll go back through and look at some wrecks I've missed. Think that will help kill my appetite?

I honestly had a little spasm looking at the quilling cake. It's just too awesome.

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLilly

wow, these are some amazing and creative works of art!

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Lovables

These are so cool - and I've never heard of quilling before, but it looks awesome!


April 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterValerie

I suppose the fabric cake could be considered draping, which is the 'art' of creating a dress without a pattern, just draping the fabric across the model until it forms a dress and sewing/stitching from there. Still, gorgeous!

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Amazing! Absolutely amazing.

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDeb

I think the wedding cake is supposed to look like Aida cloth (cross-stitch fabric). Either way & whatever it is, it's gorgeous!!!
I wish I could decorate, but I can only stitch. These people are so talented!

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterakprincess72

My poor carpal-tunnely hand saw the crochet piping and detached itself, then flew into a dark corner to hide and weep.

I am in awe of that amount of piping.

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Chapman

I can't possibly express how happy I am that you correctly identified that as crochet. All of those cakes are absolutely beautiful.

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersnails

@ SemperVeritas:
Nutella? Well, look at you there, Miss Fancy Pants!

@ Gary:
If you don't want baby on your cake, just scrape it off. They're small.

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Those are some gorgeous cakes! I especially love the christening gown, how long did that take to do I wonder?

Well, since you're talking food that looks like crafty things Ima do a cheap plug and tell you I make candles that look and smell like food:) Take a gander when you have a minute:

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCulinarychiq

Oh my goodness! Such perfection & beauty. Being a cross-stitcher and crafty-kinda-gal (who also loves to "do" quilling) AND an admirer of cake decorating, today's blog entry has my eyes totally satisfied and wanting a cigarette! LOL! These are the best of both my worlds. Thanks for keeping your blog awesome and interesting...even after all your successes! Best Luck on continued success.

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

These are AMAZING!!! I wish I could do that. If I only had some cake....
then I'd get some ingredients and make one like that XD

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMe

You're hilarious everyday, Jenn, but oh, on Sundays. You find such beautiful things. The quilt cake. Absolutely precious.
That crocheted dress. It's just amazing. I loved the white chocolate wedding cake.

All of them--the people who created them are true artists. It would be so hard to cut them. It almost seems wrong. Imagine the work.

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary Connealy

I love the patchwork cake so much I linked to it here

My readers will love it!

Scarlett Burroughsf
Quilting Editor, Craft Gossip

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterScarlett Burroughs

wow.. This is just pure awesomeness..
That christening robe must have taken hours..
Thank you for sharing these :D

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMozz

As a crocheter, I was especially impressed with the "crocheted" dress.

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHope

I know the perfect cake for quilling, do a cake of a broken open "party popper" (the relatively-benign firework with the little rolls of paper inside).

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterserns

So, can we see the results of your single foray into quilling?

April 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfangirlshandbag

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