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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
Feb132011

Sunday Sweets: Heart Attack!

Do you love...love? Can you make that little growly noise in the back of your throat? Do you often talk like Antonio Banderas while wearing silk fencing pants? (More importantly, do they even make silk fencing pants?)

If so, then this post is for you.

But everyone else will probably like it, too.


Aww.
And that's really saying something, guys.

By Little Bird Bakery

Finally, chocolate icing done right! Don't the swirls look like little bird nests?

With Valentine's Day being a more intimate holiday [rawr], we see lots of sweet mini-cakes for the occasion:

By CakeMyDay

Love the simplicity of those stripes.


By Rouvelee's Creations

This technique of overlapping the edge with a heart border is genius. GENIUS, I say.


Ack! So cute!

Here's a beautifully made version of Bakerella's box of chocolates cake:


By Ban Bakes - In Paris

And your Fondant-Free Sweet of the Week:


I'm told this is Francois the Skunk, but by any name, he's stinkin' adorable.
(See what I did there?)

Also adorable: Bubba's bubbly bumblebees:


Hey, they got it right!


The cake to mend broken hearts?


Or at least put a few stitches in them, anyway.

Every now and then I still have to explain to people that I don't hate cupcakes; I hate cupcake cakes. [ptooie!] However, this created a whole new misunderstanding when they started making those giant cupcake-shaped pans. Granted, most of the cupcake-shaped cakes I've seen are also pretty wrecky, but the form itself isn't the problem.

After all, there are still gems like this:


By gabby cupcakes

Seriously, check out the texture on the icing "icing." (Heh.) It looks like a gigantic spatula smoothed it on: just perfect!

And now some regular size cupcakes:

Also by gabby cupcakes

I'll take the owl and the center double heart, please.


Louise over at Cake Journal has long been one of my favorite bakers:


Everything she makes is sweet, simple, and absolutely flawless.
And I am so jealous.

And finally, a Sweet that reminds me of a cheery, old-fashioned carnival:



In a really good way, of course.

Now, who's ready [eyebrow waggle]...for love?

Or maybe a slice of cake?

Yep, right there with you. Pass the milk, please. ;)

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

Saturday
Feb122011

Your Turn!

I've been letting your fan-made wreck-creations build up again in the inbox, guys, so let's get right to some of my favorite submissions from the past month or two:

First, the world-famous Carrot Jockeys continue in their quest for world domination:

From Katie B.

From Janet C.

From Teri B.

And here Julie K. commissioned the prettiest jockey cake EVER from High Tea Bakery:

A more adorable vegetable rodeo has never been had.

(Psst. Guys. You're going backwards.)

Steven B.'s special order made me laugh:


As did Cat T.'s bee-YOO-tiful 3D Fireman of "Good Luck in China" fame:


This next one is left over from the holidays, but I had to show you Aimee M.'s great Sandra Lee Kwanzaa cake experiment:

She made it, appropriately enough, as the Feat of Strength for her Festivus celebration. I think two people had to keep eating it until one gagged. Or something. Heh.

On a happier - if still visually disturbing - note:

This, my friends, is a fan-made wreck-creation of one of my all time favorite engagement wrecks. It's also how Jen L.'s boyfriend proposed to her. All together now: Awwwww!

But wait - what's this? My wrecky senses are tingling... I feel like someone else is using the severed hand cake to propose. Who is it? WHO?

(Made by Cakes by Karen)

Mark H., you sly dog, you. Who could say no to a carrot jockey cupid?

Hopefully not you, Wendy Lu.


{UPDATE: Yes, she said yes!}

[sniff] My little wreckies are all growing up and getting married and stuff! [wiping tear] I'm just so...so proud. Love, sprinkles, and "congralatulatons" to you all. And be sure to send pics of the wedding cakes. [evil grin]

So, punk, you think your tribute Wreck is good enough? Huh? Then send it in, and let me be the judge of that.