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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 (320)

Sunday
Jun132010

Sunday Sweets: Inspiration

As much as I love themed and sculpted cakes, I'm still a huge fan of the "just plain gorgeous" style. Perfect colors, flawless design, bows so clever you'd swear they're made of ribbon - they get me every time.

You know, like this:

(I believe this is by Slice of Cake, but the site doesn't seem to exist anymore.
Let me know if you have a url for them!)

I literally "ooooh"ed at this cake. Heh. It's the perfect "something blue" for a wedding, don't you think?

I'm in love with this modern tropical design, and not just because it's in my favorite color:

(Submitted by Nikki N, made by Cake Lava)

It's like a ceramic art piece - the sheen is perfect.

Another great design from Rick & Sasha of Cake Lava:

Love the hibiscus pattern! (Someday I want to try a custom stencil pattern; it's hard to believe anyone can get edges that crisp!) Also, how perfect is that fade from red to orange?


Some of you may remember this next one: it was in the background of Ryan I.'s Mario groom's cake that we featured a while back:

By Terri Grow of Sweet Nothings

Darling dots and daisies! Such a fun color combo, too.



This Eiffel tower is made of sugar, believe it or not:

By Wrecks reader Leah K., who - get this, guys - is NOT a professional. (!!)
[Update: see more of Leah's cakes on Cake Central here.]

Also, look at the roses, the stripes, the diamonds - even the varying sizes of the ball borders. See how perfect they all are? That's talent. I can't tell you how many otherwise great cakes I've seen spoiled by wonky harlequin patterns or uneven, crumbly-edged stripes.

Or how about something Mondrian-inspired?

Sub'd by Seanna L., made by Cakes to Remember

Tidbit for the day: Piet Mondrian was a Dutch painter who developed an art form called "Neo-Plasticism," which consisted of a white background, black grid work, and the three primary colors. (Thank you, Wikipedia.)

And if you want to go the extra mile, you could even have a Mondrian homage *inside* the cake:

Sub'd by Isara, made by Caitlin Williams for the SF MoMA's coffee bar

Wow. Seriously. How cool is that?



Confession: I will never get tired of Topsy-Turvy cakes, so long as they look this sweet:

By CC member Eneq

Ah...perfection. It's like the Cat in the Hat's baby shower cake!
(Take a close look at those bows, too - I seriously need Eneq to give me lessons on bow-making.)



And as always, I saved my favorite for last:


If I had to do it all over again, this would be a top contender for my dream wedding cake. I think it's the flowers. And the pattern. And the round/square tier combination. But really, does love need a reason? ;)


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

Oh, and speaking of things I love: one of my favorite charities, Give Kids the World, is participating in the Pepsi Refresh Challenge right now. If they get enough votes, they'll be given $250,000 to renovate the villas in the GKTW Village. (Woohoo!) GKTW is an amazing organization that provides children with life-threatening illnesses the vacation of a lifetime right here in Orlando. (Check out some of the photos on their site; this place is awesome.) They host, feed, and entertain an average of 7,000 families a year - all at no cost to the families.

For a whole week, these boys and girls can be pirates, princesses - or just plain kids! - while enjoying the GKTW village and local theme parks like Disney and Universal.

The Challenge ends June 3oth, and you can vote every day. GKTW is currently in 11th place. Ahead of them are things like weight rooms and a horror film festival. So please - please - vote.
Set a reminder, like I am, and vote every day! If you already have a Facebook account, it's a simple click: ten seconds, tops. (If not, some sign-up info is required.)

You guys know I don't do this very often; it's just that important to me and John. So thanks for reading this, and thanks in advance for voting - 'cuz I know you are just awesome enough to help GKTW win this thing. :)

Sunday
Jun062010

Sunday Sweets: Gamer Goodness

As you Epbot readers know, I've been playing Ghostbusters and generally geeking/freaking out (once again) about all things Ghostbusters-related this week. Which is why when I saw this first cake I knew today's post would have to be game-themed, just so I'd have an excuse to post it.

The genius! The detail! The ghost-bustin' geekiness!

Made by Lyndsay Shrubb of Ontario

Everything you see here is edible except for the tubing and wand handle. Lyndsay made the wires and ribbon from fruit-by-the-foot and licorice.

Granted, this is one cake where you'd have to be sure to peel the fondant off before eating it (hello, stained teeth!), but that's a small price to pay for such sheer unbridled awesomeness.

Don't worry; I have more goodies, too.

Here's a cute Companion Cube from Portal:

Submitted by Undulattice, made by All About The Cake

Last month I downloaded the free version they made available for the Mac, but I haven't played it yet. Tell me, gamers, is it better on the PS3? Seems like it'd have to be, but I'd love your opinion if you've played it.

Some day I also really want to try Scribblenauts - and not just because this cake is so stinkin' adorable:

Sub'd by Alexandria DB, but I don't have the baker. Anyone know?

Although I admit the cake is helping. ;)

How about a little BioShock?

Ah, Bioshock, home of the oh-so-evil doorways...

This cake is especially inspirational because it's only the 4th fondant cake the baker ever attempted! Yep, futurestar101 is not a pro at all, but look at the amount of detail she achieved in the vending machine. Just amazing.

Here's one for you WOWers:

Sub'd by Natalie and made by nweppler

One of the best World of Warcraft cakes I've seen. I love the 3D lettering.


And finally, something from one of John's favorite games, Halo:

By Mike's Amazing Cakes

It takes a master chef to make a master chief! ;)

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