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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

Well, I'm Stumped

There is a tradition of making wedding cakes that look like tree stumps. Why? Beats me. And since many of them have little shotgun shells decoratively sprinkled around the edges, I'll let one of you ask.

Here's an example of a stump wedding cake, and also what bride Zsofia asked her baker to make for her wedding:

As you can see, it is remarkably stumpy. Now, again, you may be questioning the reasoning behind celebrating a new life of love together with a murdered tree. To this I say: It's not like it's a real tree, so let it go already. Besides, that's not the point.

So what IS the point?

The point, my dear Wreckies, is that Zsofia got THIS for her wedding cake:

See? Betcha don't give a poo-streaked muck pile why people order stump cakes now. Now you just want a better view of this poo-streaked muck pile.

Happy to oblige, my friends, happy to oblige:

This is a wedding cake, people. A wedding cake. For somebody's wedding. Which people were expected to eat. With their mouths.

Now don't get me wrong: the green shredded coconut adds a festive touch to those 15 cent cardboard rounds, and the fake bird is totally workin' it. Still, the bride suspects (and from this photo, I think with good reason) that the cake may have fallen over a few times en route, since in addition to looking - well, like this - it was an hour late to the reception.

Happily, though, Zsofia reports that by the time the cake arrived most of the guests were too drunk to care what the cake looked like, anyway.

[sniffle] Aw, I just love happy endings, don't you?

- Related Wreckage: Inspiration vs Perspiration


Sunday Sweets: Transformers

I suppose I should have featured these last weekend to coincide with the movie release, huh? Well, better late than never...

Josh G. sent in this sweet Bumblebee that his girlfriend Lindsay sculpted. Check it out:

And here he is in car form by Cake It Or Leave It:

This amazing Optimus Prime cake is completely fondant free, and yet look at all the detail:

Words fail me - this is too awesome. It was made by artist Dan Zuber.

Here's a neat composition: the cake was for the groom's birthday, in addition to being his groom's cake:

Made by Cakerific.

Not every Sweet has to be a sculpted cake, either. This sheet cake by Carmen-Rose is beautifully done:

Maybe I should start featuring more 2D cakes, to show that it's more about the talent of the decorator than a 3D vs 2D issue. What do you guys think?

And finally, I'm loving the graphic simplicity of this birthday cake by Cakes by Francesca:

I love the dramatic colors, and she executed the slanted tiers just perfectly. It takes a lot of skill to get a cake that glass-smooth, too, and the corners that sharp. Kudos, Francesca!

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