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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

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Sunday
Nov042012

Sunday Sweets Visits Japan

[Note: Before you get confused, today's post is by Sharyn. You can always see who wrote what at the end of each post.]

 

In my junior year of college I went to school in Osaka, Japan to learn the language. Recently, while giving my hubby a crash course in useful Japanese, I started to feel nostalgic. So today's Sweets are a little cake walk down memory lane:

Here are a few cakes that give a snapshot of what I saw every day.

 

Hello Kitty was everywhere.

By Manjares

Since my host family had a black cat named Mimi, of course I had to start with Chococat. At first I was horrible with chopsticks, so Mimiko always sat under my chair and pigged out.

 

My host mother taught me a lot, including some simple origami.

By Cakewalk Custom Cakes  Photographed by Leap Photography

Once you get the knack of it, paper origami cranes are pretty easy. I have a feeling gumpaste ones are a lot harder.

 

There was a big bamboo patch on the way to school.

By abbietabbie

This bamboo is hand-rolled fondant, slotted together and hand-painted, while the curly bamboo is gumpaste. She got the squiggly parts just right.

 

The food in Japan was fantastic. Most restaurants had perfect, plastic replicas of their food on display, so they didn't need menus.

By Whipped Bakeshop

I think they should have made them out of cake, though.

 

The very first souvenir I bought was a wooden puzzle box for my Dad, and it had this iconic print on it:

By Alix's Cakes

It's called "The Great Wave Off Kanagawa" by Hokusai. Now I really want to nibble on that box...

 

Since I lived midway between Osaka and Kyoto, I spent a lot of time in Kyoto. It was spectacular, especially during cherry blossom season.

By Pink Cake Box

There were days when it just rained pink flowers.

Did you know it's impossible to maintain a bad mood when it's raining pink flowers? Seriously. Try it sometime.

 

Kyoto had a zillion gorgeous temples.

By Gateaux Inc.

I never saw one that was all white, although there was one covered in gold -- and no, they don't make that one in cake. (Really, I looked!) This reminds me of rice paper screen doors.

 

Most temples had gorgeous gardens, lots of water, and little footbridges.

By Cake Central Member semalo63

Of all the cakes I looked at, this one evoked the strongest memories.
(Ah yes, I remember that Thursday well...)
Oh, and I think this is royal icing...
(Note from Jen: Yep. Although the top collar is done with a run-in technique, which starts out liquid & then hardens to that perfectly smooth surface.)

 

Of course, every garden had a Koi pond:

By Elizabeth Hodes Custom Cakes and Sugar Art

These guys look better behaved than your average koi, who could get downright obnoxious if they thought you had a handful of koi chow. And I often did.
("Heeeere, fishy, fishy...")

 

Temples were a favorite place for weddings, and the wedding kimonos were stunning. This cake was inspired by a champagne silk kimono:

By Something Sweet by Michelle

Wedding kimonos can cost thousands of dollars. If the kimono that inspired this was even half as gorgeous as the cake, then I'd say it was worth the money.

 

It was always the most fun when you'd see a happy girl out in a fabulous kimono, enjoying the perfectly-kept grounds.

By Christopher Garren's

Not one of them ever offered me cake, though.
Probably because it was (almost) too beautiful to cut.
(Look, if there's a cake, I will cut it.)

Of course, I can't show you everything I saw in Japan with a few cake pictures -- and who really wants to see "creepy subway guy" in cake, anyway? -- but I hope this helped give you all a Sweet little taste. さよăȘら (Sayonara.)

 

Do you have a Sweet to nominate? Then send it to us at Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com!

Sunday
Oct282012

Sunday Sweets: Halloween Treats

Sooo, what are you going to be for Halloween this year?
What's that you say?
You don't KNOW!?

Well, let's fix that problem right now.

How about a ghost?

Submitted by Patti and made by Cakes by Erin

WooooOOOOO!
Spooky and easy! A ghost costume, that is. This cake looks anything but easy with all the tiny spiders and snakes and spooks popping out all over the place.

 

Or, if scary isn't your thing, you could be an adorable little kitty cat, like this:

Submitted by Carrie C. and made by Wendy's Taarten

Everything about this scene is SO cute. Even the headstones look cheerful. RIP, okie dokie!?

 

Or, a vintage kitty cat! It's the same thing, only with a trendier name!

Made by amateur baker Lisa N.

This artwork really takes me back. To where, I'm not sure. I can't remember if this was a picture book or a cartoon, but it is SO familiar. Anyone?

 

Anyway, is your issue that you just can't make up your mind? Witch, pumpkin, skeleton ... what to choose, what to choose...

Submitted by Sarah M. and made by Megan Babuska of Classic Cakes

Hey, why not be all three? A skele-jack-o-witch! A witchin-jack-o-ton! A jack-o-witchy-skels! I don't know. Just be generous with the glitter and you really can't go wrong. (I LOVE the hat, it's like The Sorting Hat goes to a formal occasion).

 

Dracula is always a classic crowd-pleaser:

Submitted by Tammy S. and made by Jen Gray of Over the Top Cakes

And vampires are like, so hip right now. At least the broody teenage variety. (And, hey, you can be generous with the sparkly glitter on those, too!)

 

Speaking of broody, have you considered being Frankenstein? (I know, I know, don't tell me. Frankenstein was actually the name of the doctor who created the monster. I know. Ninety-nine percent of planet Earth still calls him Frankenstein anyway.)

By Almost Anything Cakes

'Course, the only thing I'm calling is the cops, because there's a monster decapitator in the area! Seriously, this things looks so real, I half expect it to start talking to me. Creee to the pee.

 

Still undecided? Well, it's not Halloween yet. You've still got time to go over-the-top with your costume. How about an alien Cthulhu!

By Artisan Cakes by e.t.

(Be kind to me; I have no idea what this thing is. After many fruitless attempts to spell it, I finally had to Google "tentacle beard." It is awesome nonetheless. As is any cake with nipples).

 

And now, a few helpful Halloween tips from me to you:

Don't forget to wear reflective clothing. Don't go out alone. Look both ways. Carry a flashlight.

By Salt City Bakery

And don't let anyone jack your candy.

 

Also, only trick-or-treat at homes you are familiar with. This one looks ok:

By Janell's Cakes

 

This one, I'd probably avoid:

By Creations by Skip

At all costs.

 

And please, if you must drink,

Made by Tracy G.

...drink responsibly.

 

And most of all...

By Truly Custom Cakery

Have a Very Happy Halloween!

 

Have a Sweet to nominate?  Send it to sundaysweets(at)cakewrecks.com