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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 (338)

Sunday
Nov142010

Sunday Sweets: Classic Beauties

Today, we're taking a look at some beautiful cakes with a vintage charm.

Starting with a little old-fashioned design:

 

Submitted by Gen W., made by Lori of Elegant Cake Creations

 

The detail here is stunning. Look at the intricate piping on that lace! It looks like delicate tablecloths on each tier. (And those colors are magnificent!)


I am in love with the "rusted" look of this cake:

 

 

By Nancy's Cakes

 

It's flawless! Is it metal? Is it wood? NO! It's CAKE! Awesome.

 

Let's step into what I like to (affectionately) call, "Grandma era" cakes:

 

 

Sub'd by Sara B., made by Catherine Joann Cakes

 

I'm pretty sure my G-ma still has Tupperware exactly like this on top of her fridge. I love it.

And this cake looks a lot like some yarn-art she had hanging on her wall when I was a kid. (Which might actually still be there.)

 

Sub'd by Tisha M., made by Sugar

 

My G-ma Ruth was so ahead of her time.

 

 

 

How could you ever cut into this?
Helloooooooo, gorgeous. Cripes, the bead-like piping is flawless! And I don't always love pink, but I love this.


This one is immaculate:

 

 

Let's take a closer look at some of that detail:

 

 


Have I said "flawless" yet? Because I'll say it again: FLAWLESS. Wouldn't you think this was the most fragile of porcelain? And look at the gently embossed vines by the flowers. I can't even draw a straight line. Unbelievable.

 

Next let's visit some art deco divas.

 

I want this as a dress:

 

By Lori Hutchinson, aka The Caketress

 

Tres magnifique!

And this one, too:

 

Sub'd by Libby G., made by Rhianydd Easton

 

Those feathers are actually edible wafer paper!

Can someone give me another word for "breathtakingly gorgeously beautiful... seriously, this is flawless"? (For some reason this reminds me of Miss Piggy's dream sequence in The Great Muppet Caper.)


This architectural look is amazing.

 

 

Sub'd by Vanessa M., made by Ron Ben-Israel Cakes

 

 

Stunning.

 

 

Jen and I debated whether this cake features an egg or a pine cone:*

 

Made by Rylan T. of Art and Appetite

 

Either way, it's GORGEOUS. It's just magical... perhaps literally. Look closely at the bottom tier: Is it levitating? (Must be the enchanted pine cone.)


And this might be my favorite cake of the whole post:

 

 

By Lulu Cake Boutique

 

And maybe my most favorite cake ever. I can't get over that fabulous mint green! I want this as a dress, a cake, and a wallpaper. And a hat. Simply... flawless.

 

Have a Sweet to suggest? Then e-mail it to Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com.

 

*Note from john: Apparently, you guys are convinced it's a pineapple. Or an artichoke. I happen to think it's a daisy but what do I know?

 

Sunday
Nov072010

Sunday Sweets Steams It Up

If you read my other blog, Epbot, then you know I have this eensy teensy tiny obsession with steampunk. This past week I featured some the most amazing steampunk weddings I could find, which of course set me off hunting the most amazing steampunk wedding cakes I could find.

You know, like this:

Submitted by Ellie G. & made by Christopher Garren's Let Them Eat Cake

You'd have to stare at this cake for a looong time to notice all of the details, but don't miss the goggles, keyboard, tiny top hat, and gramophone. Wow.

(Oh, and this was featured on WE tv's Amazing Wedding Cakes a while back, so if you want to see more, check out their season 3 premier.)

Steampunk style often involves dirigibles and hot air balloons (which I love), so this next design gave me a big geeky grin:

Made by Crystal of Candied Apple Pastry Company

There's even a dapper little robot couple in the balloon's basket:


Cute! And I like the bright teal paired with all the brass and gold; so bright and cheerful.

Of course, you don't have to go overboard with detail: a few well-placed gears and a quirky robot topper can bring steampunk style beautifully:

Submitted by Miri R., made by New Renaissance Cakes.
So pretty!

The topper is by Builder's Studio, which seems to be THE source for steampunk robot wedding toppers; three of today's Sweets have them.

How about some cupcakes?


Goggles and pocket watches and gears, oh my!

Here's one of my all-time favorite architectural designs:

Made by Spense

This support structure is genius: it looks more like a miniature vignette than a cake. Also, check out the piping (as in copper piping, I mean. Heh.) on the dome, and the tiny rivets in the portholes around the base. Such great detail!

And really, when it comes down to it, steampunk is all about the details. It's about looking closer, and really appreciating handcrafted artistry.

Like this:


Made by the Artisan Cake Company

And this:

Submitted by Danica K. and made by Wild Cakes


And this:
Sub'd by Chelsea K. & made by The KupKake Tree

Here's a funky industrial design:

Submitted by Samantha J. and made by Sucré

And a fun top hat:

Sub'd by Ingred C. & made by Molly H.

Try as I might, I can't quite make out what the top is supposed to say. Can any of you?

[Update: It apparently says 'Oscar.' Or possibly 'Epcot.' Thanks, guys!]

And finally, another wedding cake made for TV:


By Amanda of Venus Cakes

Is your jaw on the floor? Yeah. Mine, too.

This was featured on The Great Cake Bake by Wedding TV earlier this year. Once again, I'm awe-struck by all these details:

A corset-inspired back:


And gorgeous gears, flowers, and gems galore!

Oh, and tassels. C'mon, just look at all that! Amazing!

(More detail shots on Amanda's blog here.)

So, did I miss one? Or do you have another Sweets genre or cake that I simply *must* feature? Then e-mail it to me at Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com!