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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
Nov152009

Sunday Sweets: Tour De Force, Pt 3

You've already seen all the fun "Wrecks" our volunteer bakers provided for the tour this past week. Well today, I thought it'd be nice to feature more of their NON-wrecky work. So if you live in one of these cities, now you'll know at least one baker who will "get it" if you order a Cake Wreck. ;)

In New York City, we had two great bakeries. First up, Perfect Endings Bakery:

Take note, all: this is the only acceptable form of a "cupcake cake."
Plus, don't you love cakes that look readily edible? (Say that 5 times fast.)

Most of their work seems to be fondant-free, too; a good thing for you buttercream purists.

Our second baker in New York was Jacy Cakes, who provided a gluten-free cake so delicious you'd never know it was gluten-free. Here are a few more examples of what they can do:


I love this modern design - so cool.

Our next stop was Bethesda, MD, where we had Fancy Cakes by Leslie provide the goodies. Leslie's site is overflowing with classic, elegant cakes, but she also knows how to bring the fun:

Cute!

I'm still a sucker for pink and orange. Love it.

Next up was Boston/Framingham, where we again had two bakers. You may remember Cakes by Erin as the ones who made the Fenway Park cake. Well, here are a few more of their goodies:

Those are some mad figure modeling skills. Sweet.

And oh-so-pretty!

Birchgrove Baking, our second Boston bakery, drove all the way from Vermont to deliver the Cake Rex to the show. Check out some of their other work:

I love the colors and design on this modern wedding cake.

And here's one to make you go "awww":


Last but not least, we have Feast Catering from Atlanta. Lisa took on the responsibility of feeding over 400 people all by herself, by the way, and she did it all with a big smile on her face. In fact, all of our bakers were like that: so happy to be there, you'd think they were getting paid. (Which, just to be clear, they were NOT. Heheh.)

Anyway, you saw Lisa's quirky side with her cakes yesterday, so here are some of her more elegant designs:



Thanks again to all of the bakers who gave their time and effort during our tour! I'm sure I speak for the thousands of people who got sugar buzzes thanks to your efforts when I say, Your the 'Best!'

Saturday
Nov142009

Southern Comfort [Atlanta Pics]

We have come to the very last stop on our Cake Wrecks "World" Tour, dear Wreckies. Now I know, I know; you're going to miss seeing your fellow Wrecktators' Wreckplicas, and the wreckalicious Wrecks our local Wreckerators prepared in each city, but what can I say? (Something starting with "wreck," perhaps?)

Well, without further ado, here are the treats the folks in Atlanta got to partake of earlier this week:

This gravity-defying bit of prettiness was provided by Lisa of Feast Catering. Lisa actually first contacted me waaay back before the first half of the tour, begging us to come to Atlanta so she could provide the cake. How's that for dedication?

In fact, Lisa made TWO cakes. The pretty one, and the...well, let's call it the "fun" one:

[snicker] Isn't it fabulous? The mixing bowl was a strawberry cake so delicious that even I couldn't snag a piece (but I got to hear about it from everyone who did). Heh.

This one was appropriately Wrecked. ;) I especially love the little piping bag.

Our standing-room-only crowd of Wrecktators:

By the way, I don't think I've mentioned this before, but you guys should know that we broke signing-attendance records left and right on this tour. And for those stores that had seen larger events, the employees almost always assured us they'd never hosted one that was this much fun. You guys made that happen, so thank you!

Ok, back to the photos. Here are our three Wreckplica contest "winners":

From the left, that's Amanda, Daniel, and "girl who has to e-mail me her name because I can't read it on the plate." (I'm guessing her parents were hippies.)

UPDATE: Elizabeth has e-mailed to tell me her name is...Elizabeth. (The suspense was killing you there, wasn't it?)

Here's a close-up of their entries:

The crowd agreed that Daniels' Coiled Crap Hound was the way to "go."

Elizabeth also provided a better photo of her Sandra Lee Kwanzaa cake. Thanks, Elizabeth!

And a few more favorites:




As usual, you can see the rest of the fabulous entries in the CW Facebook album here.

And that's it for the tour wrap-up entries! Stay tuned for tomorrow's Sweets edition, where you'll see more gorgeous creations from our participating bakers. Thanks again, everyone!