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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
Nov062011

Sunday Sweets: World Traveler

"Come fly with me, let's fly, let's fly away!"

Ladies and gentlemen, prepare for takeoff! We are traveling the world today! Get your map and passport, and make sure all carry-on luggage is stowed in the overhead bins.

Made by Christopher Garrens 

Here we go!

 

Let's begin our journey at the golden pyramids of Egypt, where rulers were forever immortalized in effigies, hieroglyphics, and cake.

Maybe not cake.

Submitted by Chantelle E. and made by Vanilla Bean Cakes

But if they had gleaming golden fondant back then, I bet they would have used that, too.

 

Let's get an eye-ful of the Eiffel, and I'll have a plate-full too!

By For the Love of Cake

If you look out of the right side of your window, you'll see some amazingly intricate frosting fretwork here.

 

Next, we'll jet over to Greece, where our hospitable host awaits us with gifts of fruit and olives and... is that a gyro, too? Oh, why not, you're on vacation!

Submitted by Abbie and made by Tiney's Bakeshop

(Thankfully nothing was lost in translation here, because ordering a "Greece-inspired cake" over the phone could have gone badly in several ways.)

 

Now we're off to Rome!  Haven't you always wanted to see the *Pantheon?  Now's your chance!

Submitted by Amy T-K and made by her friend, amateur baker Judy.

(And yes, congratulations indeed, John, for being the type of guy who warrants such a classy creation, instead of like, a sheet cake topped with beer cans and fake boobs. High five.)

 

Whew! I think we need a cupcake break!

By BunsInTheOven Cupcakery

Awww, cuteness! Look at all the little baby clouds.

 

Onward weary traveler! Next stop: India!
No?
Russia?
No?

Submitted by Jessica D. and made by Iced Gem Cakes

I'm sorry, it looks like my unculturedness is showing. This is actually the Royal Pavilion in the U.K. Stunning job. So much detail here, I'm getting neck cramps just looking at it!

 

Our world journey would not be complete without a visit to the Far East and the prettiest pink pagoda you've ever seen!

By Deborah Hwang Cakes

I love the turquoise and pink with the gold accents! If this doesn't exist in real life, it should.

 

Back to France we go for a tour of the Hotel de Ville, and one beautifully ambitious cake.

Submitted by Mimi and made by Vanille Patisserie

Can you see all the teensy statues and sculptures? I counted at least 20 of them!

 

If it's literary enlightenment you're craving, let's browse the stacks at the Radcliffe Camera, or Rad Cam, as all the cool kids call it, a reading room of the Bodleian Library at Oxford University.

Submitted by Andrew R. and made by The Cake Shop

The balustrades! The pilasters! The pediments! The porticos! Ok, I'm just making stuff up now, but WOW. Palladian architecture AND cake? I dig.

 

And here we are at our final destination: The Sydney Opera House.

Submitted by Peta L. and made by Planet Cake

Sorry if I didn't mention that this is a very high-brow world tour. No stops in Cancun for spring-break style shenanigans on this trip.

This is so well done I actually forgot I was looking at cake! G'job mate!

Ladies and Gentlemen, on behalf of Cake Wrecks Air, thank you for flying with us today, and we look forward to seeing you on board again soon! 

 

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

 

HEY CHICAGO!  We'll see you today at 2pm.  WOOHOO!!!

 

* Here's some clarification on the Pantheon/Parthenon issue:  


Here's a picture of the Parthenon, a temple on the Athenian Acropolis, Greece.   

Now, here's a picture of the Pantheon, a building in Rome, Italy, commissioned as a temple to all the gods of Ancient Rome.   

 

Friday
Nov042011

A Picture is Worth What Now?

I know, I know, sometimes you're in a hurry, and you have to grab just any ol' cake off the shelf for your party.

However.

Why this one?

If you're fishing for a compliment, then that's strike one.

 

And if you bring this home to celebrate your sixth anniversary?

Well, let's just say there are other fish in the sea. Who can spell.

 

Wow, I'm so glad they remembered the glass slipper on Dad's cake!

The pink purse alone was just a little too cliché, you know?

 

It's not always a case of last-minute cake decisions, though; sometimes people choose this stuff intentionally.

And you thought dinosaurs were agnostic.

 

This cake was part of a Breast Cancer Awareness display:

Is that Coraline's creepy button-eyed Other Mother?

We can only hope.

 

Speaking of cakes that will blow your mind, how about a dust mite encouraging you to have healthy digestive regularity?

And darned if I just don't want to disappoint the little fella, too.

 

Thanks to Wreckporters Kati, Theresa G., Mark R., Danielle N., Anony M., & Kaitlin.