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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
Dec142008

Sunday Sweets Assignment

Ok, Wreckporters, your mission (should you decide to accept it) IS:

Seek out and report beautiful NON-Wrecks in the theme of Winter Wonderland. Send your nominations to Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com.

The theme is open to interpretation; it can be snowmen, ice castles, bare trees, etc. Search your favorite bakery's website, photo hosting sites like Flickr, or even submit your own cakes: the "professional-only" rule doesn't apply for Sunday Sweets. (Be sure to include the web link where you found the cake, so I can give props where they're due.)

I promise we'll have more interesting and/or unique themes later: for now, I figured a season-appropriate one would be a fun way to start off. Leave your suggestions for future themes in the comments!

Sunday
Dec142008

Sunday Sweets: Cake Nouveau

I love seeing online bakery galleries with consistently gorgeous, creative, and impeccably detailed cakes. Too often I'll find a great cake, only to visit the original site and discover it's the one stand-out in a gallery of otherwise lackluster specimens.

That said, I was thrilled when a reader tipped me off to Courtney Clark's work over at Cake Nouveau; every entry is so amazing, I couldn't pick just one favorite! So here are six samples, but I highly recommend you visit her site to see the rest of her work: it is well worth your time.

That scroll work is perfection, and I love the tiny roses peeking out.

As a self-proclaimed Disney Geek, I'm loving Courtney's interpretation of Snow White here. (There's also a Toy Story version on her site.)

Doing what I do, I've seen a lot of amazing purse cakes. I mean, a LOT. But this has got to be my all-time favorite:

Gorgeous.

I'm not really sure why this is called "rattlesnake", but for you non-bakers out there: look at the way the sides of this cake are shaped. See those cartoony curves? And how the bows look like actual fabric? That, my friends, is called talent. Sweet, sugar-coated talent.

Now, I know this next one is fairly simple, but I had to include it - I just HAD to:
It's orange and pink and perfect all over. Jen likes.

And lastly, an Alice in Wonderland theme:
That teapot is awesome. And a very merry un-birthday to you all!