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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
Dec112011

Sunday Sweets: Gingerbread Goodies!

If ever a baked good was meant to be played with, it has to be gingerbread.

So, since it's that time of year again, let's take a look at some gorgeous gingerbread creations to get us all inspired and googly-eyed and stuff.

 

Of course, we HAVE to start with traditional gingerbread men, right?

Er, wrong.

By Sweet Pudgy Panda

Hee! Love it.

 

Ok, we WILL start with a traditional gingerbread house, though:

By Sweetopia

Is that porch light a jelly bean? GENIUS.

 

Hey, ever see a birthday gingerbread house?

By Graella

You have now! (And now I want one. So. Cute.)

 

We just saw some of Nevie Pie's fabulous painted cakes last week, but she also does fanTAStic painted gingerbread houses:

By Nevie-Pie Cakes

Do you see the tiny little mushrooms on the center roof? Do you?

And did you squeal like a little girl over those teensy painted blue flowers? Did you?

Ok, good. Just checking.

 

I'm pretty sure this is my all-time favorite traditional gingerbread house:

By sassybeautimus

Check out the oh-so-intricate piping under the windows! And the cookie assortment on the roof! (I want to grab off the mini chocolate bundt cake. Mmm.) Oooh, and the ice cream cone fence! It's just all so, so good.

 

Less traditional, but how can you not love all these pretty swirls?

Baker unknown.

Yay, whimsy! And the snow drift by the door is so clever.

 

Ah, but perhaps you're like me, and not really wild for the taste of gingerbread. (Just me?) In that case, how about this so-cute-you-will-melt-into-a-small-puddle sugar cookie house:

Also by sassybeautimus

Between the pastel rainbow roof trim, the pink woodgrain door, and that sparkly sugar roof I am now a limbless heap of cooing girliness. DO WANT MUCHLY.

 

Seriously, I'm not sure I could possibly be more excited about anything in today's....hang on.

What's this?

Submitted by Margaret B.; made by Ann Zeleny

[gasp] 

It's a companion cube made of gingerbread! AAIEEE!!

Ahem.

Sorry - I promise that won't happen again.

Well, unless someone made something like the Burrow from Harry Potter out of gingerbread - but really, what are the odds of THAT ever...hang on.

By mezcraft; found via craftster.

Oh. My. Potter.

How is that thing even standing? What architectural genius is this?

Hit the links above for more detail shots; Michelle even made Molly Weasley's famous homemade sweaters to hang on a clothes line!

 

And now, more cute:

By the decorated cookie

As a button, you might say.

 

I have no idea how, but this next one even lights up:

By Somethin' Sweet

I want to ask where the wires are, but I feel like it might spoil the magic if I knew.

 

If there are little gingerbread houses in heaven, then I'm pretty sure they look like this:

By De Koekenbakkers

Am I right? It's just...heavenly.

 

Ooh, and here's the cherry on top:

 Also by De Koekenbakkers

Literally!

Btw, I never knew how much I wanted a lollipop tree until just now.

 

Ah, and speaking of trees...

By Gigi M.

Gives a whole new twist to "peppermint bark," doesn't it? :D

Now, I *think* these trees are made from stacked cookies, but feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, Gigi.

 

And finally, let's go out with a jaw-dropping gingerbread house bang:

Submitted by Lisa M. Spotted at Circlefest at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens; baker unknown.

BANG.


Hope you enjoyed today's Sweets, guys! And remember, if you have a Sweet to nominate, just send it to Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com.

P.S. Have you checked out my new book Wreck the Halls yet? It's less than $10 over on Amazon, and makes a perfect stocking stuffer/hostess gift/generic present for that person you have to buy for but don't really know all that well or don't want to spend much money on.

Wait. I mean for that person you love dearly and would spare no expense on. Uh, yeah. [winkwinksecretfistbump]

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Reader Comments (66)

WOW - WOW - WOW and more WOW

December 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

if anyone wants to try making similar gingerbread men there are ABC (already been chewed) cookie cutters @ http://www.worldwidefred.com/abc.htm. they are too fun--although mine didn't look NEARLY that cool

December 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteraunti j

STUN-ning!!

December 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlisadh524

See http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2011/12/executive-pastry-chef-bill-yosses-on.html for the most fabulous gingerbread house of all - the White House.

December 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEsty

I am constantly in awe at how fantastic these cakes are made!!! I especially appreciate the Harry Potter-like cake. I can not imagine how they get items to stay where they need to be.
I am also in awe at the stupidity on some of the cakes, if I worked at a grocery store bakery, I
would certainly make sure it was done right. Pictures of some of your cakes should be sent to every
bakery supervisor for all chains of grocery stores!!!!

Keep up the good work, all of you artists out there...

December 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMickey

I <B>hate</B> Gingerbread too, yuck! But these are gorgeous! I'll take the sugarcookie house to go!
MERRY CHRISTMAS!

December 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersarah_fbi

Just to make them even more amazing, the trees by Gigi actually look as if they've been piped using a piping bag with the end snipped on either side to create a V.

December 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCaed

So I tried the sugar cookie house link and it took me to a facebook page for someone that was asking another baker if they could make that house for them.

The real baker is here.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/57223777@N00/

December 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterC EWalt

So my parents and I were looking for a book at Chapters(not yours) when as I walked by the shelf it caught my eye and I grabbed it. The guy who was helping us was wondering what the book even was. 15 minutes later, he was standing there laughing not only at the book but telling his own Cake Wrecks stories. He had never heard of the website or book before. My dad and I converted him :D

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen

I don't like gingerbread either. That sugar cookie house is about the best thing ever!

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCakie

Mezcraft, the creator of that extraordinary Weasley burrow, has posted all the details of how she made it over at <A HREF="http://www.instructables.com/id/Harry-Potter-The-Weasleys-Burrow-Gingerbread-Ho/">Instructables.com</A>. In case anyone is crazy bold enough to try to reproduce it :-)

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterM. Kelsey

Those trees are made with royal icing. The branches are done with a Wilton leaf tip, probably over sugar cones, or styrofoam. Great idea though! And I've never seen gingerbread houses like these!!

December 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTammy

Last week my brother wandered through my room with his iPad in hand muttering "Instructables is amazing, they even have a Burrows gingerbread house.". Yep, they sure do. Instructions on how to make that amazing Burrows house including ingredients. The ingredient amounts are insane.

January 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBooann

Actually, I know the gentleman who put together that enormous final gingerbread creation at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens. It was made by Dr. John Learner, a dentist whose hobby is- yes- creating gingerbread houses (heh heh, oh the irony). Many of his creations are models of existing homes. He has been commissioned to do a scale model of Stan Hywet Hall's manor house (in Akron, Ohio). When completed, it will be seven feet (yes, feet) long.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/drlearnerdentistry/page5/ - here is a link to his flickr account; this page is the beginning of his pics of gingerbread creations. The photos aren't well organized but fun to look through.

Here is the story I wrote on him, if you want more background: http://www.fallsnewspress.com/news/article/5125689

July 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterakathleen

As a Harry Potter freak, I wouls sooooooooo want the Sesame house. I would never, ever, ever eat it. I would save it forever.

December 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLuciusgl

Did you notice? The last one sticks out more with each floor, in an amazing, balanced, heavy-looking way.
THESE ARE ALL SO HEAVENLY AND BEAUTIFUL AND I WANT TO LOVE THEM.

December 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commenter-Unknown-

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