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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

Entries in Sunday Sweets (328)

Sunday
Dec142014

Sunday Sweets: Gorgeous Gingerbread

Time for my annual roundup of gingerbread house Sweets!

So while you're cursing that pre-made store kit this season - you know, the one with the gumdrop border? - just think: this is a gingerbread house:

(By Mike's Amazing Cakes)

It's not even fair, I know. Although using trail mix for the stone work? Genius.

 

Here's another cool idea: the roof panels are laced together with ribbon!

(By Anna and Maria Correct Gingerbread)

And that delicate piping looks like fine embroidery work. SO PRETTY.

 

For you architecture buffs, check out this Frank Lloyd Wright design:

(By Garden Melodies)

 

And this perfect New York Brownstone:

(By Kitchen Table Scraps)

It even has wee snow-covered trash cans!

 

But I'm always a sucker for classic Victorian styles:

(Baker unknown. Anyone recognize it?)

Are those pumpkin seed shingles? Niiice.

 

But maybe you're tired of houses. Maybe you're more in the mood for... a gingerbread typewriter?

(By Baked Ideas)

Can you imagine setting all those cookie keys?

 

Or for those of you dreaming of a white Hoth-mas:

(By Catalano Restaurant)

Gingerbread AT-AT!

 

This gingerbread advent calendar is a fun idea: you get to eat one piece per day!

(By Himes-Mezes Kucko)

And the tealights make it a beautiful centerpiece!

 

A bird house is still a house, right?

(By Haute Sweets)

At first I thought it was covered in fabric. Then I realized that's all piping! WOW.

 

And finally, for something completely different, here's what happens when a custom toy designer tries his hand at gingerbread houses:

(By Paul Kaiju, featured here. Even creepier designs at the link!)

It's a Monster Gingerbread House! Ha!

 

Welp, happy house building, everyone. Remember to go easy on those gumdrops.

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Sunday
Dec072014

The Cold Never Bothered Sunday Sweets, Anyway

According to the news, many of you are experiencing somewhat cooler temperatures these days. One could almost say it's a bit nippy out there. You know, sweater weather.

Or you might be buried in 10 feet of snow.

Either way, I say we celebrate the cold with some gorgeous cakes!

(By Fernanda Abarca)

What better way to start than with Jack Frost holding a cupcake? "Icing" has never been so aptly named.

 

Or how about some Frosty frosting?

(By Sweet Disposition Cakes)

Btw, if you're having a hard time remembering these are actually cake, you're not alone.

 

Maybe if we tried some more traditional, tiered designs...

(By Milla Schmalz)

Nope. Still can't believe it's cake. Look how the lower bird is slightly 3D! And that hand-painting! Amazing.

 

This one looks like a perfectly painted stack of hat boxes:

(By Cake Central member Talmas)

Can't get over the texture on the hat and mittens; reminds me of a soft nubby sweater I used to own.

 

As fantastic as those are, though, you must admit that no one builds snowmen quite like Calvin & Hobbes:

(By My Cake Corner)

The perfect cake for slightly twisted families, like mine. :D

Hee!

 

Or if you prefer your winter characters with a little less, um, dismemberment:

(By Cake Hatteras)

Bumble the abominable snow monster! Aww.

 

And these cute little penguins are ready to par-TAY:

(By The Violet Cake Shop)

 

Or, for a more modern take:

(By Sugarplum Cake Shop)

Love the clean lines and shapes, and those vintage woodcut illustrations are deliciously retro-chic.
(Plus there's a bear in a row boat. C'mon. WHIMSY.)

 

This one would make a great Christmas card:

(By Jeanne Winslow Cake Design)

Hang on, I just noticed one bird is wearing a veil and the other has a twee little bow-tie! D'aww, it's a wedding cake! LOVE.

 

Most wintry cakes are all silvers, whites, and blues, so I'm loving this decadent bronze number:

(By Artisan Cakes by Julie)

Stunning. Just... stunning.

 

And finally, since most of us still aren't ready to "let it go," how about the most amazing Frozen castle cake EVER?

(By Celebrate With Cake)

WOW.

Elsa's ice castle there is a whopping 27 inches tall, lit with 2 dozen LEDs, and fed over 150 people! I'm most impressed by the airbrushing and all those delicate tower spires; it looks like a movie-maker's model. SO COOL.(Pun intended.)

 

Well, hope you guys enjoyed this week's Sweets! Happy Sunday, and stay warm out there!

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