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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
Mar202011

Sunday Sweets to Put a Spring in Your Step

Today is the first day of Spring! Time to celebrate all the verdant vivaciousness of the season with a charming cornucopia of fabulous flowers!

Meaning lots of daisies.

Submitted by Katrina S. and made by Too Nice to Slice

Haha! Those really *are* daisies. Gotcha.

And here's a sweet spring shower of miniature daisies:


Yellow and white are so cheerful and springy together, don't you think?

For this next one you might wonder why I'm showing you a shelf full of potted flowers...


...but believe it or not, those pots are cake, and the flowers are handmade from sugarpaste.


Of course, real flowers can be equally Sweet. Here's one of my favorites:

Baker unknown - anyone recognize it?

I love the colors! And that harlequin pattern is one of the smoothest I've ever seen.

And here's one of the best support columns I've ever seen:

Submitted by Promise W.; made by Sugarland

Gorgeous! I would guess it's made from gumpaste, so you could display it as a memento afterward. I love pieces like that; as a baker, it makes you feel your work isn't completely temporary.

[Update: Eagle-eyed reader Jim A. just pointed out the column is actually this resin cake stand. Now I feel silly. It's still a gorgeous cake, though!]

This one reminds me of ivory cameos:


The soft colors are dreeeamy.

This one, too, if you have topsy-turvy dreams:

Sub'd by Vanessa M., made by Ron Ben-Israel (?)

Or, if you're feeling a little blue:


Sub'd by Lauren S., made by Continental Pastries

Imagine the time it took to make each of those little flowers! And I love the textured icing here; sometimes the smoothness of fondant is just a little too modern.

And finally, let's go out with a bang.

Meaning more daisies.


WANT.

I mean, I know this was for a pair of one-year-olds, but a thirty-something can have one, too, right?

Right?

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

Friday
Mar182011

Fill Me Up, Buttercup.

The great thing about cake is you can make it look like anything. Dead rat? No problem! Broken toe? Gimmie an hour! Dong cake? You want that in chocolate, red velvet, or Funfetti?

The only problem is that many decorators just don't have the "skillz" necessary to pull off a really good dong cake. [smirk] So instead, they make their cakes look like popcorn.

(For what it's worth, that segue made more sense in my head.)

Now, bakers, the first thing to do when making a popcorn cake - and this is very important - is to try to make a cake that looks like popcorn.


Or maybe just label it "popcorn."

As useful as labeling can be, though, there are still times when you want your popcorn cake to kind of look a little bit like actual popcorn:

So I guess this is not one of those times.

Really, though, I think you can do a little better than that. Go on! Give it a try.

Um. Well, I've never seen beige popcorn before...

Maybe you could try for a more "buttery yellow?"


Too much! TOO MUCH!

Those appear to be Bugles.

Cheetos. Definitely Cheetos.

And that's the back of this guy's head:


Ok, obviously this isn't working. Tell you what, bakers: why don't we try something a little more... drastic?

A-ha! Success!

So the moral is: when you can't figure out how to make something in icing, just put the real thing on there instead!

Although I wouldn't suggest it with the Dong cake.

The health inspectors might complain.

Thanks to John B., Mia & Trinh, Melissa S., Dolly N., Chelsea E., Miles J., Amy S., & John M., who think all popcorn should come with a side of icing. Yeah. Just imagine all that soggy, salty, greasy goodness! Mmmmmmmhurk.