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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
Jan152012

Sunday Sweets: Put A Bird On It

Whether you're a fan of Portlandia or not, I think we can all agree that when it comes to cake, sometimes you just need to put a bird on it.

Maybe a proud bird:

By Cut the Cake

(If I could pipe like that, I'd be proud, too.)

 

Or a magical bird:

Submitted by Louisa B. and made by Eline at DreamCakeFactory; more pics here.

Hedwig loves you THIS MUCH.

 

Or some pretty jailbreak birds:

By The Icing on the Cake

With apologies to Maya Angelou: I know why the un-caged bird tastes so good.

(They're flying. They're free!)

 

How about some modern birds?

Submitted by Emma F. and made by Josef's Vienna Bakery & Cafe

"Spruce it up. Make it pretty!"

 

Or a really little Big Bird?

By Cakes By Joanna

DO WANT GIMMIE.

No?

How 'bout just the three figures, then? Please?

 

Of course, there's always an angry bird:

By SweetBeas

(With guest stars from the movie Rio)

I'm trying to imagine what three-year-old Noah could have possibly done to deserve a cake this awesome. Did it involve potty-training? 'Cuz I've got that DOWN, SweetBeas. Just sayin'.

 

And now even more angry birds because seriously-how-cute-is-this:

By Juicy Desserts

By the by, last month Angry Birds had a holiday level titled Wreck the Halls, and this month they have a birthday level full of cakes to smash. COINCIDENCE?

Ok, yeah, probably. But I choose to believe we have CW fans over there. So THERE.

 

Now a cutey-patooty bird:

Submitted by Kelly K. and made by Just Call me Martha

I'm picturing frills and satin pillows and floofy princess skirts. [dreamy sigh]

 

Followed by...a Hunger Games bird?

Submitted by Affifa R. and made by deathbycupcake (And you can buy just the toppers at the link! Sweet!)

Aww yeeeah. Technically it's a mockingjay - and if you've read the books, you know how awesome these are. The odds are definitely in DeathByCupcake's favor.

 

Let's wrap things up with some rainbow birds:

Submitted by Sarah C. and made by Nevie-Pie Cakes

I usually don't know who the bakers are when I choose each week's Sweets, so you might be wondering just how many times I can feature Nevie-Pie Cakes in one year. Ha! Seriously, though, Natasha has enough talent to fuel a dozen bakers. Love her style.

 

And finally, another pair of sweet tweeters:

Submitted by Becca S. and made by Scrummy Mummy's Cakes

...on a giant cupcake!

I love the rose swirls and the woodgrained basket base. And I know you could technically call this a cupcake cake, but we won't be doing that - WILL WE? [meaningful glare] Nope. Let's not sully this beautiful creation with the dreaded CCC [ptooie!] label.

 

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

Friday
Jan132012

You Say Tomato, I Say Turnip

Hey, everybody! Do you know what time it is?!

That's right, it's "You write the &%#* post, john!!" time!

So, uh, yeah.

Let's see... I need something really easy to write so I can go back to playing my video game. (Those aliens aren't gonna kill themselves!)

Right, how about some wedding missed marks? Or as I like to call them, "Let's have an Epcot in the comments about getting what you paid for!"

Weee.

BEGIN!

Ooh, pretty. Of course, this cake was on MarthaStewart.com so it was probably made with platinum shavings and unicorn tears.

Now let's see what Patty I. ended up with.

Bummer.

(On a side note, all I can hear as I write this is the MarioKart music as Jen vanquishes her little cartoon foes. That and the occasional, "In YOUR FACE, Donkey Kong!!")

 

Next cake:

No lie, this is one of my favorite cakes in our library. And please note that it's made with fondant.

Or as Buddy would call it, Fahn Dahn.

Now, people often complain that Missed Marks always have a fondant inspiration cake with an all-buttercream wreck, which is why they're so horrifically bad. So for a better comparison, here's Tina M's resulting cake which was made with fondant:

It's like apples and pigeons.

(I'm now laughing maniacally at my own joke. I think I'm tired.)

 

I can't think of anything funny to say about this next cake. So instead, I'll just sing a song that's currently stuck in my head.

"You're BEAUtiful! You're BEAUtiful! You're BEAUtiful - it's true!"

"La, la, la, something WHAT to do."

Aaand, that's all I know.

Also, I'd like to apologize to Michael and Stephanie for taking 4 years to post your cake. I overslept.

 

This next inspiration cake is awesome:

Huh. Maybe this one is my favorite. Maybe I just like blue. I'm so confused.

Never mind. So let's analyze the incredible complexity and skill required to make the gorgeous design above:

Step 1. Make a three-tiered round cake.

Step 2. Stick blue circles on it.

Aaand let's see how Serena P.'s bakers did!

Perfect!

Well, that's all the time I have, since I'm pretty sure I just heard a Wii remote hit the wall. And that's never good. ("Oh no, Luigi lose! MAMA!")

So, until next time, be thankful that Jen writes this blog.