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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.

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- Jen



Michael Jackson is DEAD!!!!!

But he still somehow managed to release a new album this month called "Michael." Great. I'm a fully functioning human being that can't even remember to take out the trash, and this guy put out an album after being dead for a year and a half. (Does that make him a "working stiff"? Rim shot.) Anywhoozle, no better time than now to take a look back at some MJ classics.



This wreckorator was a smooth criminal to send this pretty young thing out the door:


Because "Triller" and "birthday night" go together like thumbless hand in glittery glove.

Remember the time...

...that Michael dressed up as Uncle Sam for the Thriller album cover? Neither do I. In fact I think the album originally looked something like this:



Note: I said, "something like this." Sans weird neck growth. On the bright side, they got the hand down the pants right. (Insert "Beat It" reference here.)


Ooooh, MJ cookie cakes. The way you make me feel is just....


...sad. And hungry. Mostly hungry. Kinda sad.

And this black and white cookie looks more like an ad for Soul Glo.



but it's nothing compared to this off the wall version of the King of Pop:


Yes, that's Michael Jackson, Armenian style. And it's bad. It's dangerous. It's dirty Diana.

Becca973, Mischa P., Jennifer D., Kimberly, Lila S., Felicity P., Shannon B., if you want to scream about all the MJ songs, you are not alone. But, I won't stop till I get enough. After all, it's human nature to like the man in the mirror... cause it's thriller... I like the Jackson 5. I'm out.



Sunday Sweets: Hanukkah Blues

Given that Hanukkah is traditionally celebrated with foods fried in oil, it's no wonder that Hanukkah cakes aren't terribly common. However, in honor of the occasion I've hunted down the best I could find, and then threw in some gorgeous wintry wonders, too.

Let's start with one of the best: a gorgeous hand-painted design by Dahlia's Custom Cakes:

WOW. Clean, modern, and vibrant. Love it.

I've given Wilton some good-natured grief before, but I've gotta hand it to them: this Hanukkah kids' cake is adorable!

Full instructions on how to make it yourself on the Wilton site here.

Some beautifully detailed cookies:

Made by Cookie Crumbs

And believe it or not, this menorah is actually made of royal icing:

By Cake Central member bankruptbaker

I know: I can hardly believe it, either! Just amazing.

That's the extent of the Hanukkah-specific Sweets I was able to find, but while searching I also found these fabulous winter-themed treats:

By Melissa of My Cake School

That snowman topper made me squee like a little girl. Or a very big geek. One of the two, anyway.

I am in awe of Dimitrana's skill. Not only are her cakes gorgeous on the outside:

Even the reindeer is handmade!

...her cakes are just as impressive inside:

Those are vertical cake layers, kids. I have no idea how she did it, but she claims instructions are somewhere on her blog. (And while you're there, check out her amazing acorn cookies!)

I'm loving this swirly snowflake topper:

By For The Love of Cake

Such a neat design: you can almost hear the wind whipping through the snow flurries.

And check out the sculpting on this one:

By Cakes By Roselyn

Ah, this restores my faith in the airbrush, right here. Beautiful.

A bit more subtle on the winter theme, but this piping work blows me away:

By Martha Stewart Weddings

If only I had hands that steady. And talent that...uh...talented.

Ok, and just one more from Dimitrana, because I can't help myself:

A cake candle! How cool is that?

And once again, there's a surprise inside: it's a giant jelly roll.

Well, once again, Happy Hanukkah, everyone! (Oh, and if you bakers could see your way to making more Hanukkah cakes, that'd really help me out. Yeeeeah. Thanks.)

Have a Sweet to nominate? Then send it to Sunday Sweet [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com.