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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
Monday
Oct172011

At Least It Wasn't A Flash Drive

I don't know about you guys, but when I get something unexpected in the mail, I can't WAIT to open it.

Well, unless it's a bill. Or junk mail. Or suspiciously soggy*.

Anyway, the point is, I think it's basic human nature to want to know what's inside a mystery container. To explore! To learn! To find potential new sources of money/fame/candy! C'mon, it's the basic premise of birthday parties, Christmas, and that whole Pandora-and-her-box thing.

Case in point: if someone handed you a large padded envelope and asked you to "please put this on my cake," and you were, you know, someone who makes cakes, would you...

A) Open the envelope to see what your customer wants printed on the cake

OR

B) Scan the OUTSIDE of the envelope and print that on the cake?

 

Survey says...

The answer is "Crystal Image Big Prints" clear!

 

Many thanks to Monica S., who reports she got this gem of a response when she complained:

"You never told me to look in the envelope."

 

Anyone else suspect this baker gets a lot of wrapping paper for Christmas?

 

*"Suspiciously Soggy" should totally be a band name. Make this happen, people.


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Quick Reminder: Hey, Atlanta! Tomorrow night! Our very first "Winter Underlined" Show! Be there!

Sunday
Oct162011

Sunday Sweets: Tim Burton Tribute!

We all have a favorite Tim Burton movie, be it Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride, Beetlejuice, or Alice in Wonderland. (No one's favorite is Planet of the Apes. FACT.) So to gear up for Halloween, let's check out some ghoulishly gorgeous Burton-inspired Sweets.

How about we start with a little visit to Halloweentown?

Made by Making That Cake

 

The Nightmare Before Christmas characters were originally made from clay, so they're the perfect candidates for fondant!

Made by Celebra

Check out the hand-painted border on the bottom - so cute!

 

I love this giant Jack Skellington:

Submitted by Eri R., made by Bluebird Cakes

That's some talented sculpting!

 

I really like the abstract character designs on these more traditional cake tiers:

By Cake Central member tinazzzvikings74

What? No Zero?

 

These pretty packages are topped with some of the most realistic "fabric" bows I've ever seen:

Made by Chocmocakes

Ready to go under a Christmas Town tree!

 

What's this? What's this? There's cuteness in the air!

By Bella Cupcakes

Uh oh... now I've got THIS stuck in my head.

 

Look! Lock, Shock, and Barrel!

Submitted by Liz and made by chocmocakes

This cake looks way too amazing to be edible. It's like a prop from the movie!

 

Moving from one claymation masterpiece to another, let's check out some cakes inspired by The Corpse Bride.

This boned beauty is a replica of the wedding cake in the film:

Photo by BrixtonCat, baker not listed. Anyone know?

The topper is different from the one in the movie, but this one makes me swoooon!

 

This baker gets bonus points for making two cakes: one for Victor and Emily, the Corpse Bride, and one for Victor and Victoria:

Made by All About Cake

I love those very Burton-esque details, and the fondant toppers are adorable! I'll take them all, please.

 

I squealed like a little girl when I saw this gorgeous Edward Scissorhands cake:

Made by Christopher Garren's

Every aspect of this cake represents the magic of the film: the ice sculpture, animal topiaries, brightly-colored houses, the hill to Edward's house, and of course... Edward's house!

Absolutely delightful.

 

Now, for the ghost with the most, for some laughter from the hereafter, for the slave to the grave... Get ready, because IT'S SHOWTIME!

Introducing Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, BEETLEJU....

Maybe I shouldn't.

By Giggy's Cakes and Sweets

This goofy ghoul is the spitting image of Beetlejuice's cartoon alter-ego.

 

And this is from one of my favorite scenes from the movie:

Made by Pixie Dust Cakes

I never would have believe the Beej could look that cute. And check out the busted seams on the couch, and that linoleum "floor"! To die for.

 

As a life-long Tim Burton fan, I'd be over the moon with any of today's cakes, but this final Burton-inspired beauty is my absolute fav:

Made by LaCaketiere

It's both creepy and whimsical. Creemsical!

Plus, those dingy details really make it look like stone; hard to believe there's soft cake under there!

Take a look at the back:

It only has eyes for you. [smirk]

You can see more detail shots here.

Oh, and in all the research I did for this post, I found NO cakes for Frankenweenie or Mars Attacks! I do believe I've just given you your next mission, bakers. Hop to.

 

Have a sweet to nominate? Then send it to sundaysweets [at] cakewrecks [dot] com.