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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 (481)

Sunday
Aug042013

Sunday Sweets Is Coming Up Roses

Sometimes with Sweets I get so caught up with arranging fun themes that I neglect to show off more traditional stuff - cakes that are "just" gorgeous, if you will. So today I have a relatively boring theme: roses - but I promise there's nothing boring about these beauties:

By It's All About The Cake

Looking at this, you can almost feel the crisp Autumn air, am I right? (Or is that just wishful thinking from a currently roasting Florida resident?) It's perfect for a casual outdoor wedding - and can you believe those wood barrels and stapled straps are all edible?

 

Or, for a more traditional design:

By Mark Joseph Cakes

 

While the rich purple roses are the show-stopper here, if you look closely you'll see that "ribbon" is actually all hand-piped. Wowza.

 

You're going to think I mixed up my roses with my daisies again on this next one, but look closer:

By Robineau Patisserie

 Chocolate roses! YES. And the daisies give it the perfect pinky pop of color.

(I'd also like to point out that "pinky pop" is super fun to say. Pinky pop. Pinky pop. Pinky pop!!)

(Ahem.)

 

Sometimes all your cake needs is a single perfect rose:

By Flickr user Meggs

 

But others you might want it to have nothing BUT roses:

By Sweet Bites Cakes

It's like a rose tower topiary!
(Also, I give up: how do you cut this? And more importantly: how could you?)

 

Think roses are too old-fashioned? Then how about a more stylized approach?

By The People's Cake

 Modern, elegant, and yet still still funky cool. I like it.

 

Here's another modern style that's a bit more casual, and more importantly, actually doable by some of us non-pro mere mortals:

By Cakes By Kim

The ombre colors really set off the rosy swirls perfectly, don't you think?

 

Of course, you can also do fun things with traditional roses, like arrange them into Hidden Mickeys on the side of your wedding cake:

By Richmond Cakes

The Dizgeek in me wants to go back in time and do this for my wedding. So fun!

 

And for you icing purists: yes, it IS possible to make stunning roses with buttercream:

By Arti Cakes

I think this is my new all-time favorite fondant-free cake. LOVE.

 

When it comes to realism, though, you just can't beat gumpaste roses. In fact, in all my 5+ years of looking at pretty cakes, these are the first roses to fool me:

By Tonya of Madhouse Bakes

Let's take a closer look at this rosy ruffly goodness, shall we?

That's gumpaste, you guys. For realz. And the rose pattern is hand-painted.

What's even more astounding is that this cake was Tonya's first time hand-painting roses, and her first time making gumpaste roses. HER FIRST TIME, you guys. Excuse me while I scoop my jaw off the floor.

 

Say, I just realized we haven't seen any rosebuds yet. FIXED:

By Deborah Hwang Cakes

D'awww. It's like a delicate embroidered baby's blanket made all 3D and delicious and stuff! (Really, bakers, you should hire me to write your menu descriptions.)

 

And finally, I'm going to end with a rainbow swag of roses and soft watercolor tiers, because looking at this cake makes me ridiculously stinking happy:

By Deliciously Decadent Cakes

RIDICULOUS HAPPINESS. 'Nuff said.

 

Have a Sweet to nominate? Then send it Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com! Also, be sure to check our Sunday Sweets Directory for a listing of all the bakers in your area that we've featured here on Sweets!

Sunday
Jul282013

Sunday Sweets: Wonderland Treats

Ever wish that real life wasn't so ... real-lifey?  

Me, too.  

So let's take a little break from boring ol' reality today with an imaginary vacation down the rabbit hole, to a magical place called ... 

(By Vsem Tort)

... Wonderland!

 

A place full of tea parties and roses and magic mushrooms:

Why, it sounds like a party already!

And this cake is a party for my eyeballs; check out those edible ink illustrations pulled straight from the book! Fantastic.

 

But Lewis Carroll's classic, Alice's Adventures In Wonderland has inspired all kinds of wonderlands, should you feel suddenly inspired to create your own wonder-cake. There's also Tim Burton's interpretation:

(By Fatma Ozmen Metinel)

Tweedledee and Tweedledum! (Way way waaaaay cuter here in fondant - sorry, Tim.) And could that Queen of Hearts BE any more Helena Bonham Carter? So much detail. I love that the platter goes along with the theme, too; kinda would have ruined the effect to plunk this masterpiece down on a Chinet.

 

Then, of course, there's the 1951 Disney version:

(Submitted by Melissa G. and made by Jacques Fine European Pastries)

How dead-on is the door knob?! (And is it weird that he was always my favorite character?)

 

But no one ever said you can't mix them all up; it is Wonderland after all. Here are Tim Burton's Alice and Queen of Hearts sharing space with the Disney cast of characters: 

(By Cake Studio Roma)

Sheer madness!  But the best cakes usually are.

 

Oh me, oh my, are we done already?

(By Cakes by Shelli)

 No, don't worry your little pink nose, we still have much more muchness to see. 

  Like this classic take on The White Rabbit:

(Submitted by Lauren B. and made by Nevie-Pie Cakes)

 ... looking dapper in his party finery on this hand-painted cookie, which sounds exactly like something you'd eat at a Wonderland tea party.

 But be careful. Wonderland can also be a dangerous place ...

(By Ron-Ben Israel Cakes)

 You just might lose your head.

Or get in big trouble for painting the roses red ...

 

Still, it's a beautiful effect on a cake!  Amiright, or amiright, Your Majesty?

(By Sweet Ruby Cakes)

Ooookay. Nevermind. Love the dress, by the way! That collar is killer.

 

Well, the clock's a-ticking; it's almost time to go ...

(By Tiffany's Baking Co.; pic courtesy of Torrence Photography)

... but not without taking a minute to give a hand to this baker and his/her subtly stunning cake. Teacups and mushrooms and pocket watches, oh my! Just wonder-full!

 

And speaking of, I don't think you could stuff any more wonder into this last cake; it's chock full of wonderment, right down to the props on the table:

(Submitted by Sierra & made by Karen Portaleo of The Highland Bakery)

 

I love the bottom layer, with the Mad Hatter peeking out from under his hat, as if to say one last goodbye. [sniffle]

 Aww, I'm not ready to leave!

Do you think we can go to to Neverland next?

 

[Note from Jen: Heck yeah! It's going on the list!]

 

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