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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
Monday
Nov162009

Foiled Foliage

"Hello, Miss? I wish to make a complaint about this cake I purchased not half an hour ago from this very bakery."

[looking cake over] "Oh, yes, that's our Norwegian Leaves design. What's wrong with it?"

"I'll tell you what's wrong with it: these are real leaves, that's what's wrong with it."


"No, of course not! Those are just icing. Look!" [shuffling leaves]

"Look, Miss, I know real dead leaves when I see them, and I'm looking at some right now."

"No, they're icing. Remarkable leaves, the Norwegian ones, aren't they? Beautiful foliage."

"The foliage don't enter into it! You put real leaves on my cake!"

"No, they're not real, they're just shining in accords."

"Shining in accords? What does that even mean?"

"I dunno; I'm just trying to stick to this Monty Python sketch as closely as possible."

Emily E., it's like a pun. Or a, what you call it, palindrome. Yeah.

NOTE: Yes, folks, they really are real leaves. Kinda gives a new meaning to "all natural ingredients," doesn't it?

- Related Wreckage: The Word "Holy" DID Come to Mind...


Sunday
Nov152009

Sunday Sweets: Tour De Force, Pt 3

You've already seen all the fun "Wrecks" our volunteer bakers provided for the tour this past week. Well today, I thought it'd be nice to feature more of their NON-wrecky work. So if you live in one of these cities, now you'll know at least one baker who will "get it" if you order a Cake Wreck. ;)

In New York City, we had two great bakeries. First up, Perfect Endings Bakery:

Take note, all: this is the only acceptable form of a "cupcake cake."
Plus, don't you love cakes that look readily edible? (Say that 5 times fast.)

Most of their work seems to be fondant-free, too; a good thing for you buttercream purists.

Our second baker in New York was Jacy Cakes, who provided a gluten-free cake so delicious you'd never know it was gluten-free. Here are a few more examples of what they can do:


I love this modern design - so cool.

Our next stop was Bethesda, MD, where we had Fancy Cakes by Leslie provide the goodies. Leslie's site is overflowing with classic, elegant cakes, but she also knows how to bring the fun:

Cute!

I'm still a sucker for pink and orange. Love it.

Next up was Boston/Framingham, where we again had two bakers. You may remember Cakes by Erin as the ones who made the Fenway Park cake. Well, here are a few more of their goodies:

Those are some mad figure modeling skills. Sweet.

And oh-so-pretty!

Birchgrove Baking, our second Boston bakery, drove all the way from Vermont to deliver the Cake Rex to the show. Check out some of their other work:

I love the colors and design on this modern wedding cake.

And here's one to make you go "awww":


Last but not least, we have Feast Catering from Atlanta. Lisa took on the responsibility of feeding over 400 people all by herself, by the way, and she did it all with a big smile on her face. In fact, all of our bakers were like that: so happy to be there, you'd think they were getting paid. (Which, just to be clear, they were NOT. Heheh.)

Anyway, you saw Lisa's quirky side with her cakes yesterday, so here are some of her more elegant designs:



Thanks again to all of the bakers who gave their time and effort during our tour! I'm sure I speak for the thousands of people who got sugar buzzes thanks to your efforts when I say, Your the 'Best!'