Search

My Other Blog

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
Monday
Sep172012

Teaching Tools

John tells me our readership took a hit this past month, and he couldn't figure out what had changed until someone mentioned everyone's back in school now. A-ha! Of course.

So just to show that Cake Wrecks is nothing if not educational, I've whipped up a handy lesson guide for all you teachers out there. Now you can take the night off and catch up on the wreckage! Then tomorrow just fire up the overhead projector, and allow me to educate our future leaders. (No, no, don't cry; I do this because I care.)

 

 An Educational Overview from Cake Wrecks
aka 
Grammar time! (Can't wreck this! Whoah-OH!)

Students, today we're going to look at how your lessons apply in the real world. Pay attention, because the pop quiz starts...now.

 

It's quite common for people to confuse "you're" and "your." Here's a simple way to remember which is witch:

 

 This is wrong:

...because it raises the question, "Your old WHAT?"

 

This is correct:

Although it should be noted that owning an old Kurt in this day and age will never be "right."

 

Here's another proper usage you high schoolers may find more relevant:

 

 Next, this rhyme can really come in handy for your spelling skills:

 "I before E except after C..."

 

 "but not in the words 'Tigers'...

 

"'their'...

 

 "Or 'anniversary!'"

 

Quotation marks are vital for indicating when you're quoting someone verbatim or just being really, really sarcastic:

*Asterisks often denote footnotes, albeit sometimes invisible ones. Invisible footnotes are the work of the Knights Templar, and should be reported to Dan Brown "immediately."

 

A homonym (n) is each of two different words having the same pronunciation but different meanings, spellings, or both.

For example, "here" is where we are now:

 

 While "hear" is what we do with our ears:

Next time we'll also discuss properly distinguishing your cursive "w"s from your "m"s.

 

Luckily, putting the proper endings on number contractions like first, second and third is as easy as 1th, 2th, 3th!

 

 

 

Well, I'm sure this lesson has been super helpful, students, so for your homework I want you all to show your teacher what you've just learned with an informative drawing. Bonus points if you use sprinkles. Or bring cake to class. Or write a sonnet entitled, "Why Jen from Cake Wrecks Deserves an Honorary PhD and also a Working Proton Pack, If Possible."

Now, chop chop!

Oh, and next week: biology!

 

Thanks to Ruth, Shane S., Gal N., Beth N., Brandi H., Amy S., Carla D., Margaret J., Maria R., Sarah R., Christina M., Nicole S., Michele T., & Jess for believing the children are our future. And for teaching them "well" and letting them lead the weigh.

PS - Believe it or not, I actually DO hear from a lot of teachers who use CW in the classroom. Here's a fun example. Now, don't you have a sonnet to write?

Sunday
Sep162012

Sunday Sweets: Casual Elegance

I kind of love the new vintage-style everything these days. From retro packaging to sweet fifties dresses to this rockin' orange rotary phone, I am eating the nostalgia-laced goodness UP.

It's no surprise that vintage-style wedding cakes are in vogue as well, but I thought it'd be more fun (not to mention colorful) to look at non-wedding vintage Sweets. Like this:

By Nikki at Tikkido

I can't tell you exactly what makes each Sweet "vintage" in my mind, but in this case I think it's that awesome ric-rac trim and soft red and teal color scheme. Can't you just picture it on a soda shop counter? One with sparkly vinyl bar stools and table-top juke boxes?

 

Or how about these hand-painted birds n' berries?

By Nevie-Pie Cakes

This reminds me of some paintings we had in my house when I was growing up. They were all wanna-be Bob Ross types, with lots of trees (happy ones, of course) and misty mountains and stuff. The difference, of course, is that I actually want this cake in my house.

 

What is it about pale pinks and sea foam greens that makes me think of Victorian parlors and delicate china teacups?

By RubyTea Cakes

 No, wait, don't tell me; I don't want to spoil the magic.

(Can you believe those roses are NOT porcelain? So perfect!)

 

Now this one reminds me of the embroidered napkins my grandmother kept for special occasions:

Sub'd by Erika S. By Sweet Treats Cakes and Cupcakes; Photo by Jennifer Sando.

 How appropriate that the technique used to make the flowers is called "brush embroidery!"

 Also, this cake is further evidence that everything gets 67% more awesome when draped with tiny flag bunting. (TINY FLAG BUNTING!!)

 

 Another retro goody making a comeback in craft circles is bakers' twine. They make it now in all different colors, and it's the epitome of eye candy. So how perfect that this baker made an edible version!

Submitted by Stephanie H. and made by Sweetapolita

 I like how the twine is paired with more modern flowers and cake shapes, too - it's a perfect mix of old and new!

 

My first apartment had an avocado-green fridge, and I wondered then (as I still do today) how ANYONE ever thought that was a good color choice. I still consider it an unforgivable insult to home appliances everywhere, but I'll admit this cake is going a long way towards redeeming the color:

By bubolinkata, a Bulgarian hobby baker

  See that bud in the middle? The one that's a bright pop of hot pink? That one's my favorite. It looks so amazing with the green! And while that lace trim is inedible, the bottom tier is completely hand-painted! Incredible!

 

Here are some more hand-painted birds, only this time in a style that reminds me of old Golden Books than Bob Ross:

By Renay Z.

 And how nice of the baker to use my favorite colors, too. :)

 

In fact, here's another beauty demonstrating the superiority of the orange & blue color combination:


By EmmmyLizzzy

Look at that lace and swirl pattern! It's breath-taking! Mom's doilies had NOTHING on this. (Also, my mother still uses doilies, and for no discernible reason. The last time John and I visited, we were plucking them off every horizontal surface in the house. Is there such a thing as a doily intervention? If so, and you know my mom, WE NEED TO TALK.)

 

I love art, and I'm always drawn to the simple, graphic shapes of vintage children's book art. I think that's why I'm digging this cake so much:

Submitted by Tracy J. and made by Blue Cupcake by Julie

 It's like a page from a kids' book, come to life! (And I am seriously loving the way the text is arranged. What a fun way to use standard letter stencils!)

 

 I'm not sure this post has had enough ruffles in it yet. Here, lemme fix that real quick:

By Deborah Hwang Cakes

 I'm in love. With a cake. Throw a few orange flowers on it, Deborah, and I may propose.

 

And finally, the ultimate vintage-styled beauty for Disney lovers and buttercream purists alike:

By Chocmocakes

  It's the Golden Afternoon of Sweets!!

Isn't it nice to be reminded you don't always need gumpaste or fondant to make gorgeous flowers? And lest you think the baker plucked that frame off her wall; she made the frame from gumpaste, and the Alice art is an edible image. LOVE.

 

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