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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.

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- Jen

Entries in Sunday Sweets (447)

Sunday
Sep302012

Sunday Sweets Visits India

It's time to get all international up in here! Unless you're in India right now. In that case, it's time to get all national up in here, because today we're checking out Indian-inspired sweets!

 Let's start with a little trivia: 

Can you name India's national bird?  I'll give you a hint:

By Heather Barranco

 The peacock! Correct! And isn't this one beautiful? This baker really nailed the iridescent colors of the feathers.


 Next question:

What's India's national flower?

By Elizabeth's Cake Emporium (see another closeup here)

 No, it's not the peacock, although I can see why you'd be distracted by all that fabulous frothy peacock plumage cascading down this cake. The answer is "the lotus flower."

By Rosebud Cakes

 That's more like it.

 

Do you know the national animal of India?

Submitted by Allison S. and made by BaylaBoo Cake Boutique. Photo by Nick Caito of CTNow.

 That was a trick question; the answer is "tiger."   

 However, this cake should be the official cake of Things That Defy Physics.  I'm holding my breath just looking at it.

 Bonus question: what's America's national animal?  I didn't even know we had one, but guess what, we do! It's the buffalo.

And I'm not bluffin' about how awesome these next sweets are!

  (Worst. Segue. Ever. Allow me to apologize: I'm sari.)
(Worst. Pun. Ever. I'll stop now.) 

 

Submitted by Sabrina; baker unknown.

 I looove the intense colors of these henna-inspired cookies. Wowza. 

 

 And also loving the more traditional henna colors of this trio:

Submitted by Lucy S. and made by Aurora and Misty Rowan

I bet henna artists are great cake decorators, not only because of their mad skillz, but because they've already come to grips with the fact that their art is temporary. If there aren't already a bunch of henna-tattoo-parlour-slash-bakeries in business, there should be.

 

And speaking of saris, (we kinda were... a minute ago... oh, just go with it), this cake was inspired by the intricate embroidery on a sari:

By Icing Dreams

Yup, I'd wear that. That flower is rocking my socks off, too. Is it real? Is it fondant? I can't even tell anymore! (Ok, Jen tells me it's gumpaste. Now I'm extra impressed.)

 

I've seen so many sweets that would be impossible to ever cut or eat, but this one, if you'll excuse the cliché, really takes the cake:

By Creme Delicious

 There is no possible way I could eat a thing of such beauty. If I went to the party where this was served, I would steal it, cryogenically freeze it, consider cutting it in half and hollowing it out to use as a jewelry box, change my mind when I realize I own no jewelry that deserves such a box, and then preserve it in an oxygen-free glass chamber instead. And charge people to look at it.

 

 Sweet heavenly goodness, this one, too!

By CakeWorks, pic by Photobolic

 It's like a very tidy waterfall.

Of AWESOME.

 

 I don't think Mardi Gras is a big thing in India, but don't tell that to this cake.

Submitted by Jessica A-L and made by Rosebud Cakes

 Don't you think it's Mardi Gras-y? And do you also think that that's an abstract peacock on the top, or a set of initials? We are divided at my house.

 

But no one can be divided on the issue of pink, orange, and electric blue looking amazing together.

By Henna Lounge

 Or if you were, (I was) you aren't now. (I'm not!)

 Oh, and remember how I said there should be Henna tattoo-parlors-slash-bakeries? Well, Henna Lounge IS one. It's like they read my mind. And have a time machine.

 

 And finally, what could possibly top this amazing elephant cake?  

Submitted by Jill L.and made by Heather Barranco

I mean, besides the adorable little groom perched on ridiculously fabulous luggage, authentic right down to his juttis? (I googled that).

 Nothing, that's what!

I hope you have a wonderful Sunday, everyone! Namaste!

 

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

Sunday
Sep232012

Sunday Sweets: Swing Cakes

In case any of you have been blissfully unaware 'til now, there's an election coming up here in the U.S.

As someone "lucky" enough to live in a "swing" state, I'm afraid to turn on the TV or answer the phone anymore, what with all the mud-slinging, name-calling, and incessant demands on my attention. Plus sometimes a campaign volunteer calls. [shudder]

So today let's make our own fun.  Let's forget about Red States and Blue States for a few minutes, and instead look at some of the prettiest red and blue cakes I could find.

Since we're talking about elections, let's start with...

By Sedona Sweet Arts

 ...stars

 

 

...and stripes!

 

 Whether you live in the city...

By Whipped Bakeshop

 

 Or down by the sea...

By Laurie Clarke Cakes

 ...the important thing to remember is that we all like cake.

 

I'm told the women's vote is especially sought after this year.

 I vote for this:

By The Cake Zone

 Can you wear fondant?  Just asking.

 

I know there are some big choices in this election, but try not to get ruffled.

By EB Cakes

 

 ...or all topsy-turvy:

By The Makery Cake Company

 

...or too tents:

By More Cake Please

 

After all, the important thing is that you vote.  You can even mail in some ballots!

By Cakebee

 I'm using owl post this year.

 

 And remember, if you're using a paper ballot, fill in those circles completely.

By Wedding Cakes by Dawna

We don't want to leave Chad -- or anyone else -- hanging.

 (Or is it still too soon for hanging chad jokes?)

 

Once the election is over, maybe we can stop talking about red OR blue, and remember how well these colors can work together.

By Creations by Laura

 

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