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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
Nov142010

Sunday Sweets: Classic Beauties

Today, we're taking a look at some beautiful cakes with a vintage charm.

Starting with a little old-fashioned design:

 

Submitted by Gen W., made by Lori of Elegant Cake Creations

 

The detail here is stunning. Look at the intricate piping on that lace! It looks like delicate tablecloths on each tier. (And those colors are magnificent!)


I am in love with the "rusted" look of this cake:

 

 

By Nancy's Cakes

 

It's flawless! Is it metal? Is it wood? NO! It's CAKE! Awesome.

 

Let's step into what I like to (affectionately) call, "Grandma era" cakes:

 

 

Sub'd by Sara B., made by Catherine Joann Cakes

 

I'm pretty sure my G-ma still has Tupperware exactly like this on top of her fridge. I love it.

And this cake looks a lot like some yarn-art she had hanging on her wall when I was a kid. (Which might actually still be there.)

 

Sub'd by Tisha M., made by Sugar

 

My G-ma Ruth was so ahead of her time.

 

 

 

How could you ever cut into this?
Helloooooooo, gorgeous. Cripes, the bead-like piping is flawless! And I don't always love pink, but I love this.


This one is immaculate:

 

 

Let's take a closer look at some of that detail:

 

 


Have I said "flawless" yet? Because I'll say it again: FLAWLESS. Wouldn't you think this was the most fragile of porcelain? And look at the gently embossed vines by the flowers. I can't even draw a straight line. Unbelievable.

 

Next let's visit some art deco divas.

 

I want this as a dress:

 

By Lori Hutchinson, aka The Caketress

 

Tres magnifique!

And this one, too:

 

Sub'd by Libby G., made by Rhianydd Easton

 

Those feathers are actually edible wafer paper!

Can someone give me another word for "breathtakingly gorgeously beautiful... seriously, this is flawless"? (For some reason this reminds me of Miss Piggy's dream sequence in The Great Muppet Caper.)


This architectural look is amazing.

 

 

Sub'd by Vanessa M., made by Ron Ben-Israel Cakes

 

 

Stunning.

 

 

Jen and I debated whether this cake features an egg or a pine cone:*

 

Made by Rylan T. of Art and Appetite

 

Either way, it's GORGEOUS. It's just magical... perhaps literally. Look closely at the bottom tier: Is it levitating? (Must be the enchanted pine cone.)


And this might be my favorite cake of the whole post:

 

 

By Lulu Cake Boutique

 

And maybe my most favorite cake ever. I can't get over that fabulous mint green! I want this as a dress, a cake, and a wallpaper. And a hat. Simply... flawless.

 

Have a Sweet to suggest? Then e-mail it to Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com.

 

*Note from john: Apparently, you guys are convinced it's a pineapple. Or an artichoke. I happen to think it's a daisy but what do I know?

 

Friday
Nov122010

Sweet Dreams

As someone who's battled insomnia for most of my adult life, I know just how valuable a soothing bedtime story can be. So, my fellow sleepless-in-wherevers, this one's for you.

[hem ahem hem]

*whispering*

Once upon a time...

there was a baby who was very sleepy.


The baby's undead friends, however, kept asking:

Yes, throughout the long nights, the baby's best buds howled and screamed and demanded that he stay awake, and play!

One day the baby thought, Maybe if I disguise myself as a ladybug and hide in the forest, my friends won't be able to find me to ask me to play!

And so, chopping off his own arms and legs, he did.


But, alas! His buggy disguise soon attracted a sticky swarm of monster ladybugs.

They crawled in his hair and tickled his ears and the baby forgot about sleep for another night.


Maybe, the baby thought next, if I cover myself with a big blanket, I won't hear my friends calling me!

And so, plugging his little ears, he did.


But, alas! His friend Mr. Bubbles had a very loud and squeaky nose:

Plus, Mr. Bubbles' chainsaws were terribly noisy.

I know! The baby thought at last. I'll hide in this cake! Then I can nap as long as I want.

And so, burrowing into the soft spongy layers, he did.

But, alas! The cake was Mr. Monkey's birthday cake.

***The End***

Now, who wants seconds?

Amanda K., Alice N., Mary, Katherine L., Amanda H., Sydney F., Sarah V., & Eden C., sleep tight.