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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 (484)

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!]

 

Have you made a cake you think we should feature on Sunday Sweets? Then please, send it to Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com. And as always, be sure to watch for our daily updates on Facebook!

Sunday
Jul212013

Sunday Sweets: Foodie Treats

Today we're celebrating one of my all-time favorite things: FOOD. Well, and some drinks. Made of cake. Sound good?

So, what'll you have to start? Maybe some coffee?

By CW Reader Kim H.

We serve it up proper here, with extra whip cream, a dusting of cocoa, and some biscotti for soaking. Would you like one slice, or two?

 

Or maybe hot tea is more your style:

Submitted by Stewart C. and made by TLB Cakes

And here at Sunday Sweets, you get to eat the hand-painted teacups!
(Yep, those are entirely edible!)

 

Of course, it is a bit warm out for hot drinks, so maybe an ice-cold soda would be better:

Submitted by Tina S. and made by The Flour Garden

And by "ice-cold," I mean "surrounded by sugar glass." Because both the bottles and ice are sugar. Which is still pretty cool, right?

 

Or, for the ultimate summer "drink":

By Gateaux Inc.

ICE CREAM SUNDAE. Awww yeeeeah.

And you're probably getting tired of hearing me say this, but that's all edible. Spoon, glass, and all! Plus the ice cream is actually cake, which is really messing with my mind.

 

Now let's talk actual meals: what's your favorite?
Breakfast?

Submitted by Danielle P. and made by Caryn's Cakes

Nothing here is what it seems. Even the waffles are cake. It's like the Matrix of baked goods, which is kind of freaking me out. But in a good way.

 

Or maybe you're more of a lunch fan:

Submitted by Marie-Eve P. and made by Sugarplum Cake Shop

I love - LOVE - cartoony food cakes. Can't get enough of 'em. Just look at those perfect egg slices! And the rolls of sliced ham!

 

We're about to dive back into the Matrix baker for dinner, though, with this ultra-realistic steak and potatoes platter:

Submitted by Jackie P. and made by The White Flower Cake Shoppe

You know how fancy steakhouses are always so dimly lit you can barely see the food on your plate? I want to sneak in one of those and swap out someone's dinner order with this cake version. Srsly, someone get this on a candid camera show, STAT.

 

I'm not much of a steak-and-potatoes gal, though, so my dinners out tend to look more like this:

Submitted by Kimberly C. and made by Dell K. of the Cake Salon

Well, minus the spicy peppers, anyway. I think I'm the only person out there who loves curry and noodles and all the related culinary goodies - but can't tolerate even a teensy tiny bit of heat. I'm a total wimp. I'm pretty sure I could handle THAT pepper, though. :D

 

Oh, but wait: I forgot about elevensies!

By Chad R.

I admit it: when it comes to food - and, ok, also height - I'm totally part Hobbit. I'm also wondering if the PB&J cake sandwiches in there are made with actual peanut butter and jelly, because I bet that would taste pretty awesome.

 

I've got to include a cake for all you health nuts out there, though - even though the concept IS kind of ironic:

By Sweet Ideas - The Cake Shoppe

Eat all my veggies? Noooo problem.

 

Here's a riddle for you: If you made a cake donut out of cake, then is it still a donut? Kind of?

Submitted by Brien F. and made by Deviant Art User ~Kiilani

I only ask because those giant donuts are made of carrot cake.

Ow. My brain.

 

Speaking of which, I guess it's pretty obvious what I've usually got on the brain:

By Avalon Cakes

It's like a self portrait, only more accurate.

 

I'll leave you with my favorite kind of food cake, though: a cartoony cake cake:

By Le Delizie di Amerilde

Doesn't this look like what you'd find in Minnie Mouse's kitchen? Just look at that pouring cream! And the little pink-and-lime scale! And all the puffy little hearts! Ack! ADORBZ OVERLOAD.

So... who's hungry?

 

Have a Sweet to nominate? Then send it to Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com!