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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 (308)

Sunday
Jan172010

Sunday Sweets: Baby Showers

Over the past few weeks we've seen plenty of ways to do it wrong, so here are some sweet ways to do a shower cake right.


(As always, if you recognize a cake that's not credited please let me know.)

(By Cake Lady Cakes)

Hey, we haven't had one of these in while - so how about a mostly fondant-free Sweet?

(By Cake Central member dinkadoo)

Basket weave is a tricky technique, so to see this much of it (and done that consistently!) is super impressive. I also love the flowers, and the fact that the baker didn't feel the need to put a creepy baby doll in or on it. Heh. (Yep, that's a little foreshadowing for my next shower post.)

Here's another mostly fondant-free beauty:

(Made by Megan Blackburn. See more of her stuff here)

Proof that you really can get buttercream that smooth! Oh, and those pink ruffles are fantastic. (Hey bakers, which tip do you use for those? Just a simple flat one?)

I pretty much love everything there is to love about this next one:

(Baker Unknown)
And this one:

(By JaneBK)

This could very well be the most gravity-defying shower cake you'll ever see:


That's an engineering feat right there - and so many great details!

Which isn't to say that simple can't be gorgeous, of course:

(By Latrells25)


And lastly, I thought this was a clever way to hide columns, in addition to being adorable:

(By Patisserie Ganache)

Ah, you just can't go wrong with buttons and bows. :)

Have a Sweet to nominate? E-mail it to me at Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com!

Sunday
Jan102010

Sunday Sweets: When Gamers Marry

After seeing today's Sweets, I think you'll join with me in saying: Play on, Playahs - play on.


First, a cupcake mosaic (yes mosaic) that gives new meaning to the term "Link Love":

(Submitted by Sarah, but darned if I can't find her e-mail to source it. A little help?)

If you like this, be sure to check out the "classy" Zelda wedding video here; it features a similar Link cupcake mosaic. (And yes, "classy" IS in quotes.)

Here's one for you Wind Waker fans:

(Submitted by Amy & featured on Kotaku. Baker unknown.)

Moving beyond the land of Zelda, how about a Disney/old school SNES/Mii mashup?

(Submitted by Julie, made by Jen's Cakes, & topper by Paul Pape Designs)

All together now: Awwww. Love how the bride and groom displayed their Disney name tags, too.

And finally, we have to end with some serious Mario love:


This astoundingly detailed bit of Awesome was made by cake hobbyist Frances Clayton. (That's right, guys, she does this for a hobby, not a living.)

And when I say "astoundingly detailed," I mean astoundingly detailed. Check it out:


From a distance I thought all these tiny bits were printed on edible paper, but if you look closely you can see that they're all either molded fondant or piped icing or both. Yowza!

And it gets even awesomer.

Next, we take the amazing Mario wedding cake and surround it with amazing side cakes!


Mario Town*!

Frances' daughter Mariel sent in the first photo to brag on her mom, and then Frances herself sent in the second pic. Thanks, ladies!

*Yes, that IS a lame Taco Town reference. Sorry.

Oh! Wait! One more thing, while we're talking gamer sweets: if you're one of the few people on the planet who haven't seen these yet:


...then you need to check out the 100 Games Cupcake Game. It's 100 cupcakes, representing 100 games. If you can guess them all, then you get the geeky gamer gold star. (In a purely virtual, metaphorical sense, of course.)

- Similar Sweets: Super Mario Wedding Cake