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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 (343)

Sunday
Aug292010

Sunday Sweets: The Anti-Nerd

Recently Jen and I have been informed that we put up too many nerdy Sweets. Being the big ol' nerds that we are, we hadn't really noticed. I suppose it's kinda like telling your local undertaker he wears too much black.

So, in order to cater to the needs of the many NON-nerds who read this blog, we've decided to push up our taped glasses, strap in to our Authentic Star Trek TOS Captain's Chair Replicas, and dig deep into our archives for the least... nerdy... cakes... ofalltime. [<-- my Kirk impression]

Engage!

A teapot:

By Fantasticakes

Because nerds only drink Red Bull.*

A sandwich:

By The Cake Gallery

Because sandwiches are for jocks.*



Makeup:

By The Cake Mamas

Because nerds don't need makeup while playing StarCraft II in the dark.*

A birdhouse:

By Whimsy Cakes

Because seeing birds - or their houses - would mean leaving the comfort of our computer caves.*

Lady bugs:

By Alana Hodgson

Okay. This might be slightly nerdy.

Butterflies:

By Sweet Stuff Cake Art

See "birds."

Toast and other homemade foods:

By The Icing on the Cake

Because nerds don't make their food. Other people do that.*

Turtles:

By Love To Cake

No reason. I just thought we needed a turtle in this post.


A banana:

By Kahlan4

Because they require far too much effort for us nerds to eat.
Give me an automatic banana peeler and we'll talk.

And finally, what might be the most mind-blowing cake I have ever seen in my entire life:

By Will Cotton

It's like someone built a Large Hadron Collider smack in the middle of a bakery, and it spawned a black hole which sucked all the cake toward the center of the room and someone snapped a picture just before the entire earth was sucked in and all of humanity as we know it met its dooooom!

[pushing up glasses]

But it's totally NOT nerdy.

So, there you have it. Next weekend Jen and I will be at Dragon*Con (watch Twitter to find us & win prizes!), so it's probably safe to assume that there may be a nerd cake or three. Prepare thyself!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the entire nerd community and may only apply to the author of this post, john (the hubby of Jen), who likes to refer to himself in the third person. Which is quite nerdy, if you think about it.

Sunday
Aug222010

Sunday Sweets: Threadcakes!

As you may recall, Threadless.com hosts an annual contest called Threadcakes where bakers replicate one of Threadless' shirt designs in cake form. Threadless shirts are super fun, and the participating decorators are always amazingly creative. The contest just wrapped this week, and since Jen is one of the judges again this year, I thought I'd share some of *my* favorite submissions.

(I'll post a photo of the shirt design first, followed by the cake entry.)

I'm in love with this design titled "Alice's Sewing Basket:"

And here's Melissa's phenomenal matching cake:

 

I want this as a statue on my desk for all of eternity.


Here's one called "Firelight Cottage."
And Jennifer's cake:

 

 

Look at all that detail! I would never want to cut into that robot. EVER!


This shirt is too cool: "Doc Franklin's Miracle Tonic"

 


But Neli's cake is even better:

 

 By Neli Josefsen
You can see closer detail shots at the link. So cool.

 

 

This design is called "Long Journey." I love the swirly blues and greens!



Vina did an awesome job of bringing the design to life:

 

 

Gorgeous!

 

"Strange Birds" is one of my favourite designs on Threadless. Look at these colours!

Cora's cake based on the design is just as fun.:

 

I love the white chocolate pretzel barrier!

 

 

"Diver No 12" is such a neat design on its own...

 

 

But Jamie's take on it is so... very... awesome.

By Jamie Hoffman
And the rainbow pools are chocolate ganache mud cakes? Yeah. I'm so there.

 

 

This shirt called "Extraordinary Observer" is really cool:



But Georgia's cake really blew me away:

 

 

By Georgia Suter
The base is made from cake, and the detail above is all pastillage and gum paste. Very impressive!!

 

I'll wrap up with a few favorites from the 2D category.

 

This sweet design is called "A Vehicle Built for Dreams." It reminds me of books I read as a kid:

Sarah's cake is so beautifully painted...

 

 

By Sarah Woodward
...and she's only 17! Wow!

 

"Sugar Land" is the perfect design to turn into a cake:

 

And Kim really brought those evil cavity causers to life:

By Kim Rountree

 

 

"Birdsong" is a very intricate design:

And Megan didn't miss a beat when she turned it into a cake:

 

 

By Megan Matsumoto
It took her a whole week to make! Well worth it, Megan.

 

 

There are HUNDREDS of entries on the Threadcakes site, so be sure to check out the gallery for more! This year's winners haven't been announced yet, but we'll let you know when they are.