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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
Aug222010

Sunday Sweets: Threadcakes!

As you may recall, Threadless.com hosts an annual contest called Threadcakes where bakers replicate one of Threadless' shirt designs in cake form. Threadless shirts are super fun, and the participating decorators are always amazingly creative. The contest just wrapped this week, and since Jen is one of the judges again this year, I thought I'd share some of *my* favorite submissions.

(I'll post a photo of the shirt design first, followed by the cake entry.)

I'm in love with this design titled "Alice's Sewing Basket:"

And here's Melissa's phenomenal matching cake:

 

I want this as a statue on my desk for all of eternity.


Here's one called "Firelight Cottage."
And Jennifer's cake:

 

 

Look at all that detail! I would never want to cut into that robot. EVER!


This shirt is too cool: "Doc Franklin's Miracle Tonic"

 


But Neli's cake is even better:

 

 By Neli Josefsen
You can see closer detail shots at the link. So cool.

 

 

This design is called "Long Journey." I love the swirly blues and greens!



Vina did an awesome job of bringing the design to life:

 

 

Gorgeous!

 

"Strange Birds" is one of my favourite designs on Threadless. Look at these colours!

Cora's cake based on the design is just as fun.:

 

I love the white chocolate pretzel barrier!

 

 

"Diver No 12" is such a neat design on its own...

 

 

But Jamie's take on it is so... very... awesome.

By Jamie Hoffman
And the rainbow pools are chocolate ganache mud cakes? Yeah. I'm so there.

 

 

This shirt called "Extraordinary Observer" is really cool:



But Georgia's cake really blew me away:

 

 

By Georgia Suter
The base is made from cake, and the detail above is all pastillage and gum paste. Very impressive!!

 

I'll wrap up with a few favorites from the 2D category.

 

This sweet design is called "A Vehicle Built for Dreams." It reminds me of books I read as a kid:

Sarah's cake is so beautifully painted...

 

 

By Sarah Woodward
...and she's only 17! Wow!

 

"Sugar Land" is the perfect design to turn into a cake:

 

And Kim really brought those evil cavity causers to life:

By Kim Rountree

 

 

"Birdsong" is a very intricate design:

And Megan didn't miss a beat when she turned it into a cake:

 

 

By Megan Matsumoto
It took her a whole week to make! Well worth it, Megan.

 

 

There are HUNDREDS of entries on the Threadcakes site, so be sure to check out the gallery for more! This year's winners haven't been announced yet, but we'll let you know when they are.

 

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.