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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 (503)

Sunday
Dec222013

Sunday Sweets: Your Holiday Happy Place

By now many of you are no doubt in that stress-filled haze of pre-Christmas panic - the one that results from too much shopping and too little eggnog. (Because, seriously, EGGNOG FIXES EVERYTHING.)

So listen, I want you to just sit back, relax, and let allll that holiday stress go. Because this, my friends, is your happy place.

See? LOOK HOW HAPPY:

(By Karla's Little Bakery)

Is this not the sweetest, artsiest bit of edible quilling you've ever seen? So perfect! Now I want to try quilling again just to make this pattern into next year's Christmas cards.

 

And speaking of cards, doesn't this remind you of all those vintage-styled pretties - the ones on thick cream paper with embossed lettering?

(By Alliance Bakery)

I think it's all the handpainting; it's just SO perfect it looks printed.

 

And now, ruffly goodness:

(By Inspired by Michelle Cake Designs)

See that pattern on the white? I love that pattern. I want it covered in crystals and made into wrapping paper - which I will then hoard, Smaug-style, along with thousands of rolls of sparkly Christmas ribbon, because I seriously can't stop buying that stuff.

Ahem.

 

You may have heard that the Three Wise Men brought the baby Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, but did you know they also brought something a little more festive?

(By Yuma Couture Cakes)

Because it's not a birthday party 'til there are balloons, dangit.
(That silhouette is too, too cool.)

 

This one makes me hum "Walking in a Winter Wonderland" - and with the right words, even!

(By Chanata sweets 'n Decoration)

That pop of lime green in the middle with the teal is just about the cheeriest thing ever, and I love the dusting of powered sugar snow on the chocolate pinecones. And did you notice this is an anniversary cake? SO SWEET.

 

This next one is as cozy as your favorite Christmas sweater:

(Photography by Simone van Den Berg, cake by Evelien Keijer)

It's also baffling the heck out of me, since I have no idea how the baker did it. She couldn't have individually piped every single "stitch," right? Right?? Please, someone tell me; I may lose sleep over this.

 

Another handpainted beauty with a vintage vibe:

(Found here, anyone know the baker?)

I'm digging the "snow" dripping off those berries and branches.

 

And this one manages to be modern and classic at the same time:

(Artwork by Illustree and cake by Three Little Blackbirds Cakes)

Black, white, and sparkly red glitter will never go out of style, people. NEVER.

 

And don't underestimate the power of a little red accent on a soft gray palette, either:

(By Of Cakes and Cupcake (and Apollo too))

Airbrushing done right makes me all happy inside.

 

You know, I've seen a lot of cakes, and I generally pride myself on being able to spot what's edible and what's not. This next one, though? Completely fooled me:

(By Gateaux Inc.)

I thought those were stacked hat boxes, but nope; it's cake, and everything on it is edible. The bells, the silky gold robe, and of course the sheet music sides. Plus the solid side has this gorgeous shimmer you can really only see up close:

Wowza.

 

And if you thought that was stunning, then hold on to your giant pearly antlers:

(By Cake Heart)

 

[gasp]

OooooOOOOoooooh.
And just like that, blue is my new favorite color.

 

Well, I hope you enjoyed, my friends, because your happy place is now closing. So get on out there, and go drink some eggnog. [lifting cup] Cheers!

 

Curious which bakers in your area have been featured here on Sweets? Then check out our Sunday Sweet Directory!

Sunday
Dec152013

Sunday Sweets: Christmas Cheer!

It's 10 days 'til Christmas, my friends. DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR 'D'AWW'S ARE?

(By i pasticcidi molly)

D'awww.
(There's one!)

 

Or perhaps a ring of cross-eyed reindeer will tickle your fancy:

(By Pia Marianne)

I love this design so, so much. I want it on a scarf, a pillow, AND a coffee mug, stat.

 

But when it comes to giggle-inducing reindeer mugs, I think THIS is the clear winner:

(By Enticing Cakes Inc. Designed by Kaysie Lackey)

LOOKIT DAT FACE.

And when you're done, check out his legs! As in, only one leg is touching the cake board. It's a Christmas miracle - of cakey engineering!

 

So hey, you just saw a reindeer defy gravity. What are you going to do now?

You're going to Disney World!!

(By Antonella Di Maria)

Ok, maybe only in a purely virtual sense, but still. How sweet is Minnie up there? And look at those teensy candy canes on the tree, and the so-perfect-you'd-swear-it's-fabric bow! Makes me want to run off to the Magic Kingdom right now. (Have you seen the castle lights? Have you??)

 

Next stop: I Can Bearly Stand It Station.

(By Bubolinkata)

You can't handle the cute.

 

Followed by the world's coolest ice skating lesson:

(By McGreevy Cakes)

The icy pom-poms, the polka-dot bows, the birthday balloon... !! This makes me wish I had a winter birthday.

 

And now, the world's most adorable re-enactment of Atreyu riding Falcor the luck dragon:

(By Little Cherry Cake Company)

(Right? Right??)

 

Which reminds me: are you watching all your favorite Christmas movies this month? Like The Muppet Christmas Carol?

(By Maria Antoinetta Bice Amatiello)

 

And A Charlie Brown Christmas?

(By Nerdache Cakes)

(I want Snoopy's tree lights.)

 

I hear there's a new movie out that will get you in an appropriately icy-yet-festive spirit, too:

(By Sweet as Sugar Cakes)

Frozen! I've heard so many good things, can't wait to check it out. Of course, Olaf and Sven here look like they stepped right off the screen; so hard to believe they're cake!

 

Here's hoping these cakes filled you with cheer, my friends. Now, back to your regularly scheduled holiday bustle. Chop chop!

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Curious which bakers in your area have been featured here on Sweets? Then check out our Sunday Sweets Directory!