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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)


Helped myself to a gander! That's some fun stuff you're cooking up over there, I must say.
Yum ME. Love the Java Cats coffee bean cats (for the "coffee enthusiast".
(I got your *enthusiast* right here; I'll take that and raise you one addict!)
Bacon candles? Bring it!
And seriously--"PMS in a Jar"???
Coffee candles in glass mugs...I can smell them from here.
I think I'm in love...

April 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersendingtheclowns

Wow makes me wish I could do needlepoint or make a quilt. These are too beautiful to even take a knife too.. unlike some of the evil wrecks we had this week one of which ( the evil possessed doll) is giving me the shivers just thinking about lol.

April 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

The icing crotchet is breathtaking, quilling is now my favorite, the fabric wedding cake rules the northern hemisphere of cake-dom and I just drank a 64 ounce jug of water so forgive my typos, but Im in a hurry.
THank you for your blog you guys. It seriously just brightens my day......egads Ive just soiled.....

April 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGeneBrinson

@Serns- I totally know what you are talking about! I ate one! They are really really salty and then my mom freaked out and called poison control...But that would totally make a great cake!

April 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGene Brinson

Sunday is my favorite day on this site.....LOVE the beautiful cakes. I think I like the one with quilling the best. BEAUTIFUL....makes me want to learn how to do it!

April 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBecca

This makes me want to try quilling! I'm just like you when it comes to crafting, always excited to try something new, and equally thrilled to chuck out unfinished crafting projects ^^

April 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdainty-empress

I don't know what to do without a new post in the morning before I go to work. I hope everything is okay.

April 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Boob Nazi

I have to say, creating a replica of a beautiful christening gown on the cake is MUCH preferred to those creepy baby dolls you featured recently!

April 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNectarine

All I can say is WOW! That is some major talent.

April 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

The artistry on these cakes just leaves me in awe. Thanks, Jen & cohorts!

April 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterflying gargoyle

That first one is the most beautiful cake I have ever seen.

April 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCasey

I'm a crocheter, and I'm blown away by the christening gown cake. Wow! If that's the CAKE then the real thing must be amazing!

The quilling cake is also stellar. How did they get the fondant to stand on end like that? Wow.

April 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterladyrazorsharp

Jen, you made me laugh out loud with your first sentence. Thank you, I love starting my morning with cake wrecks!

April 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

As a stitcher, wanna be quilter, and all-around crafts lover, these are just beautiful!! Absolutely incredible. I can't pick a favorite; they're all wonderful!

April 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlisadh

What lovely lace...oh, hand cramp, hand cramp!

April 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterevalyn

Wowio! I'm a rather prolific crocheter (if I do say so myself), and I am so impressed with that christening gown cake! The piping on that is amazing; it's clear enough that I could hazard a guess at what the pattern is--looks like some double-layered double-crochet fans with single-crochet edgings. Very lovely!

April 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRachael Williams

Wow, these are awesome! I totally want to try that quilt design, and the dress was INCREDIBLE! Some day, many years in the future when I am much, much better at piping, I'm going to try something like that!

April 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather Justesen

hey guys, I think that crochet cake might be made with a product called sugerveil. it's pretty cool, you can mix it up like putty then put it into a mold and it sets up, but doesn't get hard so you can peel it out of the mold and make it look cloth-like. I would be surprised if it was actually all piped out by hand. ICES had a neat thing on the product a couple of issues ago when they made a grooms cake with an ascot on it.

April 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjennifer

As a quilter I have to say, the stitches on the quilt cake look like someone stitched a Frankenstein monster! That quilter needs some practice.

April 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterI Love Baby Quilts!

oh my GOD, that christening dress is FANTASTIC!

April 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbarbie2be

OMG - Love them! And I am lovin' the little bunny on the quilt cake. Just sayin'.

September 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Love all the cakes, but especially the quilling one, I guess becoz I do quilling. For all those who just discovered it, I would advise you to run, don't walk, run to the craft store. You will be amazed at how cheap it is to purchase the required paper and tool. The rest is imagination (or perhaps a beginner book too). That's why I first began to quill. I was pregnant, confined to bedrest and desperately needed something to keep busy with, but I was also broke! A craft lady at the store gave me a quick (20 second) demo and I was hooked, especially when I saw that the tool (slotted end) and a package of paper was less than $3. Yep! Hooked. It's a quick craft too, and easy to learn. Everyone I know who does it was self-taught......that easy!
I also do crochet and was incredibly impressed with that christening gown. I know the work involved in making that cake - both becoz I also crochet and do cakes. The woman who created that was very patient and meticulous in her details. She should be very proud of her work! It had to have taken hours!
Thanks so much for sharing these gorgeous cakes with us. Gives me a smile that lasts all week!

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDianne

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