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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
Aug162010

Win With Civility

Did you know August is National 'Win with Civility' Month? It's true; the internets told me so.

And since we could all use a reminder from time to time that "polite is always right," I've prepared a few handy tips.

Civility Tip #1 - Always precede a negative comment with a positive one:


Civility Tip #2 - Practice an attitude of gratitude:

And maybe your spelling.

Civility Tip #3 - Instead of rudely pointing out the birthday girl's faults, try focusing on her accomplishments:


Or, if s/he has no accomplishments to speak of, then try complimenting a physical feature.


There! See how easy it is to be polite?

Now, you try!


Ok, well, that's not so much a compliment as it is a reminder of old age - which is never polite. Why not try opening up, instead? You know, tell her how you really feel?

Um.
Ok.
Well, while I applaud your honesty, that's...not very positive.

Ok, new tactic: Is there anything you can congratulate her on? Something worth complimenting?


Ah, much better.

So remember, kids: polite is always right, and successfully kicking narcotics calls for frosted cheesecake.

Don't ask me why; it just does.

Thanks to Wreckporters Whitney M., Birdy, Susan K., Heather R., Andrea F., Gina G., & Janet S., who, for the record, have never had frosted cheesecake.

Sunday
Aug152010

Star Wars Sweets

John and I are having a blast at the Star Wars Celebration here in Orlando this weekend, so I figured I'd keep the theme going with today's Sweets. (Although I'll try to keep the Admiral Ackbar jokes to a minimum.)


Major props to Donna for actually sculpting these LEGO minifigs out of gumpaste, instead of taking the easy route and plopping on some toys. :)

More fantastic figures on this sweet wedding cake:


AWESOME.
Somebody watch the droids, though; I hear R2 is a bit of a lush.

Submitted by Carlie S., made by Sweet Libertine Cakes

You said it, fella.

Some of the sweetest Star Wars cookies you'll ever see:

You might think a light saber cake would be easy to make, but believe me: it's not. That's why I'm so impressed with this fondant-free gem:

Made by crazEbake

I love the shading and all the detail on the handle. Truly excellent.



Hold on to your blasters, old-school icing purists, because I have another completely fondant-free sweet for you:

Sub'd by Angela H., made by Mondelli's Bake Shop

The background is airbrushed, but the ship is all piping. Now that's using the force.

Here's an engineering marvel you won't believe is actually cake:

By Crazy Cake Company

But it is!

See?

How amazing is this?!? Lots more pics and details on Lien's blog here.

This perfect R2* has me seeing red:


Sub'd by Amelie M., made by Mark Joseph Cakes.

Go here for a step-by-step photo guide.
The detail on the legs is especially amazing.


Here's the best possible use for the Wilton bear pan:

Made by artist Antvar's wife.

Ewok cake!!



And finally, we have a new contender for the Coolest Baby Shower Cake Ever:

Sub'd By Abby G., made by Irma Rode

THIS IS DEFINITELY THE DROID I'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR.

C'mon, baby Vader with a pacifier, PLUS a baby R2? This just might be better than our last Vader shower cake. Even if it doesn't make any more sense. Heh.

Oh, and if you like Star Wars, you're going to love my pictures from this weekend over on Epbot. Srsly. Check out the craziness here.

*We think this may actually be R4-P17. We think this because people who seem to know these things told us so. We could be wrong. Who really knows?

PS - Hey, Jane F. in Berkeley: Epi Burf Day!! May your day's forecast include lots of sprinkles.