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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
Aug242014

Sunday Sweets: Dragon Con Treats

Next weekend John and I will be among Our People at the annual nerd mecca: Dragon Con in Atlanta. That's right, geeks, WE'RE COMIN' HOME!

Naturally, I feel we should celebrate the best way I know how: with amazing cakes themed to some of the various tracks at Dragon Con. (If you've never been, DC separates its panels into 37 different "fan tracks." It's like a geeky buffet of all-you-can-attend goodness.)

You might even be surprised by the variety. For example, there's a Young Adult Literature track:

(By Sweet Blossom Cakes)

... along with a Writer's track, Fantasy Literature, & Tolkien's Middle Earth.

 

Alt History is where my fellow steampunks hang out:

(By Swank Cake Design)

And if you keep your eyes peeled on Saturday night, you MIGHT even see Lady Vadore stalking the halls. ;)

 

My friend Stephen is heading up the Science track this year, so trust me, you're gonna love it.

(By Gimme Some Sugar)

Er, but it's not THAT kind of science, kids.

(Best use of rock candy ever, or what?)

 

There are also tracks on Podcasting:

(By That Cake Girl)

Any Welcome To The Night Vale listeners out there?

 

And Puppetry:

(By Peace of Cake)

Swedish Chef will always be my flurby durby caken-schmöösher favorite. ALWAYS.
(Love how the base looks like an upside-down stew pot. So clever!)

Last year at DC some of the real, honest-to-goodness Fraggles came to visit, along with their original performers. For reals, you guys. NOSTALGIA HIGH-FIVE.

 

Of course there are always the big sci-fi classics, too, like Trek Track:

(By Sugar Plum Cake Shoppe)

Resistance to this stellar cake is futile.

 

And everything Star Wars:

(By Fancy Cakes By Lauren)

"Judge me by my flavor, do you?
Because delicious, I am."

 

There are even tracks for Paranormal interests, Zombies, and Horror:

(By Gayle's Bakery)

Admit it: best. horror cake. EVER.

 

For those of you who like to tinker, there's a Robotics and Makers' track:

(By CW reader Jane M.)

 

And for those who love cartoons (GUILTY!), another for Animation:

(By Sweet Disposition Cakes)

Adventure Time!

 

And finally, if you're wondering where all the Whovians go, that's over on Brit Track - but careful!

(By Katawampous)

Blink and you'll miss it.

 

Sorry I couldn't cover all 37 tracks here, but I think you guys get the idea. If you'll be at Dragon Con next weekend, too, keep an eye out for me and John - I'll have pins! - and feel free to tweet at me to arrange a meetup, since we don't tend to stay in one place for very long. You can also watch my other blog, Epbot, for more DC details and tons of coverage after the fact.

Happy Sunday, everyone! 

Be sure to check out our Sunday Sweets Directory if you want to see which bakers in your area have been featured here on Sweets!

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Friday
Aug222014

Friday Favs 8/22/14

Anyone remember the CW classic, "It a Gril"?

(Ahh, good times.)

'Cuz now we have version 2.0!

Like most upgrade's, it fi'xed one prob'lem while creati'ng a whole n'ew one.

 

Two things on this next one:

1) Apparently there's a "Hawaiian Shirt Day"
2) I've never been so disappointed to see someone spell "shirt" right

(Right? RIGHT???)

 

Of course we've established - many, MANY times - that bakers can't seem to stop making chocolate icing look like poop.

However, I found the one exception!

It's when you ask a baker to actually TRY to make icing look like poop:

Like an ice cream swirl on a balloon string.

The mind, it boggles.

 

When this mom requested a Minnie Mouse cake for her daughter's birthday, I *think* the baker tried for a simple 3-circle Mickey logo, like this:

But instead, it came out like this:

In the baker's defense, if you squint a little this actually looks a LOT...

...like a consternated Kermit-the-Frog.

So, you know, SO CLOSE.

(Seriously, once you see it... it's all you see.)

 

So which is worse, guys: that bakers are already making globby Thanksgiving turkeys in August...

Or that there are only TWO CUPCAKES under that giblet-blasting load of icing?

(It doesn't have to make sense, ok? "Giblet-blasting" just sounds cool.)

Or, Bonus Option C: that enough people are buying these things to keep bakers making them. C'mon, people: TOUGH LOVE. Quit enabling the wreckerators!

 

And finally, to end on a high-pitched screaming note:

Let's hope the previous 49 Raymonds weren't so... [deep breaths, Jen, DEEP BREATHS] ...um, shiny?
[hurk!]

 

Thanks to Jamie C., Stacy F., Alyssa N., Anony M., Briana O., and Linda L. for forcing me to realize how eerily similar the globby turkey and shiny man chest are. WHERE'S THE "UNSEE" BUTTON ON THIS THING?

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