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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
Sep112011

Sunday Sweets: To Be Of Good Cheer

"Be of good cheer. Do not think of today's failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost."

— Helen Keller

By Bespoke Cakes

We will never forget the events of ten years ago, but we will carry on, and we will carry our hope, and our courage, and our good cheer with us.

I wanted to feature cakes honoring our police, fire, and medical services today, but since we did that not too long ago I don't have enough material for it. So instead, after much deliberation, I've decided to just feature Sweets that will make you happy. Not because we don't honor our heroes, or mourn their loss, but because joy and beauty are their own tribute - and today, I think we can all use a smile.

 

So, why don't we start by cheering Up?

Cake by Kakes by Katie, photo by Wendy Updegraff

There's something about bunches of colorful balloons that make me think of my childhood and theme parks, popcorn and parades, and warm sunny days. The fact that this was such a sweet movie doesn't hurt, either.

 

Crisp white tiers with bright zingy colors = instant cheer:

Submitted by Rachel D., made by Hana of A Piece of Cake

I love the lacy swirls and little bows.

 

Here's one that will *really* take you back to your childhood:

Taken at the Orlando ICES convention, baker unknown

So adorable, it's hard to believe any of it's edible!

 

Of course, you don't always need flowers and cute characters to perk up your day:

Sub'd by Rob G., made by Kakes NYC

Mmmm. That's the stuff.

 

This next one is pure, goofy fun:

Sub'd by Geri S., made by Cake Central member irena11

You might recognize the art; it's been all over the 'net and it's from an artist named bri-chan.

Anyway, the best part is that's not edible paper! The baker used a frozen buttercream transfer, a painstaking and time-consuming technique that requires hand-piping every line and every color. Amazing.

 

These colors always make me smile:

Sub'd by Rachel G., spotted here, but the baker isn't listed.

I can never get enough orange and teal - never. And those patterns on the cake and board! Gorgeous!

 

It's amazing how many cakes I find that I want in plush. Here's one more to add to my list:

Made by Casa De Cupcake

Just look at that paisley pattern on the owl - and the little edible ribbons and buttons!

 

If somehow you haven't melted from the cuteness yet, this one will definitely do you in:

Sub'd by Paula D., made by The Bunny Baker

I'm melting. Melting, I say!

 

Here, this should pull us back together:

Admit it: you laughed.

 

This is one of my favorite Sweets of all time:

By Wicked Goodies

Those graduated colors are hand-piped icing, which means the baker had to mix up each color individually. And the flowers! Ack! Doesn't it remind you of Mexican embroidery or folk art? Just beautiful.

 

Ok, just a little more cute:

Sub'd by Jannie P., from this Dutch cupcake contest, baker unknown

Now I'm going to be singing "Honey Bee" all day.

 

And finally, the Sweet that made me smile the most and the longest:

Sub'd by Amanda K., made by Bubolinkata

Is that not the most gorgeous thing you've seen today? Look at those little strawberries, and each perfect petal! It's like life and love and cheer, all embodied in one cake (and cupcakes). I love it.

I hope you enjoyed today's Sweets, and that they made you smile. Now, go hug someone you love. Then go hug someone you don't even like*. Because we have to start somewhere, and I think today's just the day to do it.

*Maybe check for pepper spray first.

Saturday
Sep102011

Ode to Carrot Jockey

Ode to Carrot Jockey

by Loyal Minion Sharyn

 

Carrot Jockey, is your taxonomic nomenclature

A plastic unclothed biped, on buttercream by nature?

No hair about your eyes to cloud your keen visual senses

Contributes to your skill in finding wrecky cake offenses.

I find myself intrigued by your frosted ambulations,

A singular development of fondant machinations

That illustrates your need to ride on sugary confections

While pointing out a bakery's abuse of its directions.


No clothing is essential for your wreck reporting talents,

A hat, a vest or even pants might throw you off your balance.

And carrots are a necessary part of locomotion

Although for geeky panelists they can cause a commotion.

Carrot Jockey, the wondrous cakey carnage you display

Makes people snort their coffee, and brightens up their day.

A naked bit of plastic I can from a chain suspend

 

To me, you'll always be a veggie-riding friend.

 

A huge "Thak You" to Sharyn for writing the world's best comment poem, and also to Theresa B., Jennifer C., Carmel C., Angela M., Julie K., Noelle, Maggie H., Caroline T., Colleen T., & Martha A. for all the Carrot Jockey homages.

Also, if by some crime you're not familiar with the original poem/rap Sharyn's is based on, watch this:

 

And finally, because it's a FAQ: the jockey necklaces are no longer available for sale because they're a right pain to make. However, if you continue to pester us - say, by leaving demanding comments on this post - I might be able to convince John that we should make one big final batch before the holidays. Maybe. If you beg. And I'm not talking just a few extra exclamation marks here; I'm talking complete loss of dignity, people. Dance! Dance for our amusement! BWAHAHAHAHA!!!

Or just ask nicely. That might work, too.

(Note from john: *sigh* Fine. But let me explain something: it takes HOURS. Rolling each individual carrot, carving each individual leaf, trying to center the baby so that it balances, baking them, clear coating them, gluing the baby down, gluing the post and hanging it on the chain.  And then, THEN!  If it doesn't balance and it hangs funny, we start over because Jen won't let an imperfect one leave the house.  *harumph*  So, we're going to make 3 for each tour stop as prizes and maybe a hundred more.  If anyone needs me for the next few days, I'll just be over here kneading clay...)