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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.

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- Jen

Entries in Sunday Sweets (476)

Sunday
Mar102013

Sunday Sweets: The Wizards of Ahhhh

The other day I was browsing through my Kindle, trying to decide which of my treasures to read next, when I realized just how many wizards -- and witches -- were lurking in there. I figured it might be fun to celebrate wizards made of cake, their worlds, and the Cake Wizards who make them so magically.

Back when I was growing up, we had The Wizard of Oz,

By Mike's Amazing Cakes

and he really was wonderful.

I have to show your the other side, too, because...

Well... because, because, because, because, because.
(Because of the wonderful things it does.)


Nowadays, it seems like wizards are everywhere.

There are young ones...

By French Kiss

Did you notice the "throne" is made of books? I guess that means we can have our cake and read it, too.

 

...and the quintessential older wizards with long white hair and flowing robes.

Submitted by Evie W., made by abbietabbie and inspired by Enchanted Cakes for Children by Debbie Brown.

I desperately want to tickle that mouse's tummy.

 

Of course, we can't talk about wizards without talking about Harry Potter.

Submitted by Emily S., made by Sogni di Zucchero

Swish and flick...

 

He and his friends brought us along to a magical world of quidditch and castles and streets that ran diagon-ally.

Made by Heather M.

Don't you love the cobblestones on the cake stand and the Gryffindor scarf edging?

While I was relieved that "All was well" when the books ended, I always wanted just a little bit more information. Did you know J.K. Rowling gave an interview that fleshed out the characters' lives after the final book in more detail?
(OK, finish Sweets, then grab a piece of cake and read this.)

 

Still, lest we give Harry too much attention, you shall not pass without admiring this wonderful cake with Gandalf the Grey (and Saruman -- two wizards for the price of one!)

By Blossoms and Buttercream

It's fantastic, by Gollum!
(Really. See, he's back there on the right!)

 

I couldn't pass up this cake from when Gandalf came back as Gandalf the White.

By Amanda Oakleaf Cakes

Wow, he's even more protective of his books than I am! I've got to get a sword...

 

Of course, not all wizards are good guys -- or guys -- at all. Remember The White Witch, Jadis, from the Chronicles of Narnia?

By Claudia Estela Rosales -- do you have a website we can drool over? Please let us know.

That witch seriously needed a good talking-to and a cup of hot chocolate to sweeten her up -- although in her case, it might take a couple of gallons...

 

And then there are the witches from Oz.

By Christoper Garrens

Although Elphaba wasn't really bad, just misunderstood.
(Doesn't her arm get tired?
Maybe we should give her another drink of green elixir.)

 

I'm so glad Oz is still going strong, even though it has gotten decidedly more...

By Charm City Cakes

...well, you know.

Have you seen it yet? The story! The singing! The gorgeous steampunkiness (yes, it's a word, trust me) of the sets and the costumes!
(Swoon.)

 

There are even wizards who aren't people at all.

By Sabrina Santucci

Sometimes they're mice wearing hats.

If this ever appeared in my kitchen, it would be a really tough choice between having it mop the floor and eating it for breakfast.
(Y'know, the floor looks pretty good right now... Where's the milk?)

 

It takes a real Cake Wizard to make wizard cakes this magical. Whether they use wands or fondant tools, I'm glad they're willing to share that magic with us.

 

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

Sunday
Mar032013

Sunday Sweets: A Dr. Seuss Celebration!

Yesterday was Dr. Seuss' birthday, which is the PERFECT excuse to round up more of my favorite Seussian Sweets! (WOOT!)

Most Seuss cakes tend to feature a certain cat in a certain hat, but after The Lorax hit theaters we got to see some fun new designs:

By Gabrielle of GoBoulay cakes

 

And check out the perfect Truffula Tree cupcakes Grabrielle made to go with it!

Look at the perfect twisty trunk! And that icing texture for the tree top? Brilliant.

 

And this Lorax is begging to come live with me, I just know it:

Sub'd by  Noemi R., made by Inticing Creations

Cute story: Noemi and her friends first brought out a decoy wreck to prank the birthday girl. Ha! So, Amy ended up with a wreck AND a Sweet? Dude, that's MY kind of prank!

 

It's not often that I praise the use of an airbrush on cake, you guys, so brace yourselves:

By Cut the Cake

Now THAT is some awesome airbrushing. There, I said it. It didn't even hurt! (Much.) And I love how the parents' names are listed as the authors! (Did I mention this is a baby shower cake? No? Oops. Um...This is a baby shower cake.)

 

What's that? You want a jaw-dropping mini diorama of perfectly iced cookies to go with that cake?

Well, gee, you don't ask for much, do you? [<--SARCASM]

Luckily I happen to have a little something here that fits the bill:

By Jen Whitlock of Posh Pastries


My jaw, it has dropped. The balloons! The elephant! The marshmallow packing peanuts!! What a clever twist on the cookie bouquet!

Well, I think it's high time for a certain cat's hat to make an appearance:

By Custom Cake Designs

I just noticed the cupcake is balancing on the fish's tail! Ha! Love it.

And now, two of everyone's favorite Things:

Wow, these guys break EVERYTHING - including the laws of gravity. [bah-dum-CHA!]

Let's take a closer look:

D'awwww, so sweet! And I'll never get tired of that Seussian line shading, like on the ladder and bow. It just makes the leap from 2D to 3D so beautifully.

 

Ever wonder what flavor of cake you'd use for green eggs and ham?

I have. I'm thinking pear cake with cinnamon buttercream -  but only because Noemi up there mentioned that's what her Lorax cake was, and now I reeeeally want to try it. I'd also like to take a huge chomp out of that fork handle, because it looks like a giant Tootsie Roll. And maybe I'm a little hungry. (WHAT.)

Hang on, we haven't actually seen The Cat in the Hat yet, have we?

No problem-o, I can fix that:

By Ashley Gay

 More perfect cookies! Lemme tell you guys, I could stare at cookies like this all day. The pillowy poofiness of that icing is just sooo cool - and I kind of want to pet it. Is that weird? Yes? Then I mean, uh, I want to LICK it. There. All better.


I was about to confess that I haven't seen or read The Lorax, but I think I can bluff my way through this next one Ok. Here goes...

By Three Little Blackbirds

WOW THIS IS AN AWESOME LORAX CAKE.

My favorite parts are the little pulley and those shingles. They look kind of like caramels, right? MMMM.

 

I think we need some more colorful counting fish in here:

By Cakebox Special Occasion Cakes

This is such a great theme for a baby shower! And get this: those "ribbons" wrapping the cake are actually hand-crafted fondant and icing. WOW.

 

Oooh, and here come the Sneetches!


Topsy-turvy cakes were just MADE for Seuss themes. Also, "Fondant Flinger" is the name of my Cake cover band. (BWAHAHAAHA!!)(That was only funny to me, wasn't it?)

Well, let's wrap up this delightful romp with a Sweet combination of all of Dr. Seuss' most popular creations:

Submitted by Kel D., made by Delicious Desserts

 I even spy the Grinch in there!


Well, that's all for now, but if you want MORE ('cuz I know how insatiable you guys are) then you can see my previous Seuss Sweets here and here!


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