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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 Sweets: Watercolor Cakes

Apparently watercolors date back as far as the cave paintings of Paleolithic Europe. (Thanks Wikipedia!) It was done on things like stone, leather, papyrus, and now ...

(By AK Cake Design)

You guessed it! Cake!


Heck, maybe it was always done on cake, but everyone ate the evidence back in those days.

(By Nevie-Pie Cakes)

I mean, given the choice between a slice of beautifully watercolored cake such as this one, or a hunk of buffalo carcass, I'd go for the cake.

I probably wouldn't have survived very long back then.


But enough talk of carcasses. (Carcassi?) Back to the pretty cakes!

(By Hey There, Cupcake!Photography by Siegel Thurston Photography)

And this pretty cake is particularly stunning. Look at all those bright beautiful colors!


I love the transparency here, almost like the cake was wrapped in tissue paper:

(By A's Exquisite Cakes & Chocolates; Photo by Jessica Schmitt Photography)

(Dear wreckorators: PLEASE do not go and actually wrap a cake in tissue paper. Please. No, really. Put. The paper. DOWN.)


Did your art teacher in school ever show you that trick of sprinkling salt over your watercolors? It gives it this super-nifty texture, kind of like... this!

(By neli)

It's like an ocean wave of the night sky, with pretty flowers for stars. Love it.


Of course, my watercolors all tended to be a drippy mess - but thanks to this next one, I know drips can be deeeeeLIGHTful:

(By The Art of Cake; Photo by Erik Hornung Photography)

Like rain down a window, or tears down a cheek, or something equally poetical and artsy.


Or how about a modern Jackson Pollack approach, with random splatters and splashes?

(By I Dream of Cake)



Edible paints are sweet, of course, but good ol' buttercream can also give you that soft watercolory look:

(By Miso Bakes)

It's like springtime on a plate! I love those dreamy pastel roses.


And how's this for a painting come to life?

(By CakeCentral member Panel7124)

Once again I'm not sure I could bear to let anyone actually CUT this cake. I just want to put it on a shelf and stare at it forever and always.


And finally, check out this frothy, watercolory wonderfulness:

(By Lucia Simeone Cake Design)

I dub thee... rhapsody in blue!


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Sunday Sweets: Dia de los Muertos

You may think Halloween marked the end of all the fun, but not if you celebrate Dia de los Muertos!

(By Ashlee Trotter)

Yep, Day of the Dead actually spans three days, which just wrapped yesterday - but we're extending it through today, so you still get to feast your eyes on all this Sweetness.


Probably best known for its colorful sugar skulls, Day of the Dead is a celebration of loved ones who have passed on:

(By Vale Cooking and Fun)

Traditions vary around the world, but this is very much a time of joyful remembrance, full of color, laughter, and good food.


Of course, all those bright colors and gorgeous designs make Day of the Dead a popular theme for more than just Dia de los Muertos:

(By Fabricake)


In fact, Day of the Dead wedding cakes are really popular:

Found here, and created by Choccywoccydoodah


Here the traditional skull-and-crossbones gets a colorful makeover:

(By Bobbette and Belle)


While this sugar skull gets a sweet mosaic treatment:

(By Cookie Cornucopia)


As a Mexican holiday, it makes sense to honor Frida Kahlo with this stunning La Calavera Catrina (or, "dapper skeleton"):

(By Highland Bakery)


I especially love all the rich colorful flowers and delicate lace patterns:

(By The Royal Bakery)

And that little candle! Ack! So cute.


Sugar Skull face paint is also popular - so how appropriate that this next beauty is actually handpainted:

(By Three Little Black Birds)


I had to look at an extreme closeup to believe that wasn't a printed image. Talk about amazing detail!


And even the most adamant skull-a-phobe will admit these sugar cookies are simply irresistible:

(By Ooh La La Baking Co.)

Dibs on the top left one. And the third one over. And the bottom left. And the... oh, are we moving on? Ok.


Remember how I said Day of the Dead is a popular wedding theme? Well, check out this gorgeous example:

(By Cakes By Bert)

The hand painted panels, the "tiled" swirly bit, the sculpted toppers!!


And finally, I'll leave you with one of the most beautiful digital shorts I've ever seen, which is perfect for today's theme:

"Dia de los Muertos" by Ashley Graham, Kate Reynolds, Lindsey St. Pierre.


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