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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 (351)

Sunday
Oct102010

Sunday Sweets: The Fall Spirit

I must admit, the Fall wrecks didn't do much to get me in the spirit of the autumnal season. So, let's give it a try with Fall Sweets, shall we?

First, the cutest little 'shrooms you ever did see:

Submitted by Mathew B., baker unknown. (Anyone recognize it?)

Check out that glass-smooth icing! And the corners - see how sharp they are? That's the mark of true talent, right there. Color me jealous.

[Quick tip: if you want to know at a glance if a certain cake is covered with fondant or icing, check the corners. Softer rounded edges almost always = fondant.]

Now's the time when all the cute Fall decorations come out, too. This next little guy looks like he could be a plush statue for someone's front porch:

By Merissa of Spring Lake Cake

The leaves! The basket! The turtleneck sweater!

Ok, I'm starting to feel a little Fall-ish.

Here's one for you art-lovers: Remember the classic painting, American Gothic?

No? (And you call yourself an art lover. Tsk.) Ok, I mean this one:

Well, this painting inspired Huascar Aquino to make this amazing cake:

Take a minute to look back and forth between the two. See all the details? How the middle tiers are the couple's clothing? And the bottom is the building behind them? So. Cool.

This is also the perfect season for anyone whose favorite color is orange. Which, it just so happens, includes yours truly.


Love it.

Chocolate just goes so well with the right reds and oranges and lime greens of Fall leaves, don't you think? Look at this one:

By baking arts

That's modeling chocolate pleated around the cake. The texture is so smooth, I could have sworn it was fabric! Plus, look at all the detail on the hand-painted leaves:

Stunning. (And the teensy fruit! So cute!)

Ok, so now that I'm getting more into the spirit of the (allegedly) cooler months, I have to tell you what I'm *really* looking forward to: pumpkin carving.


Those are all cakes! Amazing!

So if my pumpkin carving experiments don't go well, I suppose I could always try baking one. :)

Speaking of pumpkins...


By Cake is Life

Those soft green stripes look perfect with all the orange.

And check out the topper!

Hard to believe those little leaves and pumpkins aren't porcelain. Fabulous.

Of course, Autumn doesn't have to be all about orange. I love the rich reds and golds here:

By Jagode & Dinozavri

Perfection.

More sweet leaves, and a great bow:

By be cheery, who also makes the most adorable wedding cake toppers. Seriously, just look how sweet:

Oh. My. Cute.

Is it weird that I want this? Even though I'm already married? And don't have a dog? Or blonde hair?

(John? Sweetie? Does that offer to get married again still stand?)

Ok, that's it. I'm officially in the Fall spirit.

SOMEONE BRING ME A PUMPKIN!!

Have a great Sweet to nominate? Then e-mail it to Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com!

Sunday
Oct032010

Sunday Sweets: An Ostentation of Peacock

I recently stumbled across a gaggle of peacock cakes... Gaggle? No, that's not right. {Googling...}

I recently stumbled across a muster of peacock cakes that were too beautiful not to share with the world. I also learned that there are a lot of interesting words that mean "a lot." Lets explore both, shall we?

This peafowl has quite the colony of tail feathers:

 

Beautiful elegance in a modern design.


This cluster of tail feathers is much more classical:

 

 


I really love the bushel of...uh...talent on display here:

 

 

 

And the hand-painted trees and tail are really fantastic.

 

 

 

By Ron Ben-Israel

 

 

This profusion of posies makes the perfect perch for a pretty peacock.

 

 

The gold detail in this litter of feathers is just enchanting:

 

By Highland Bakery

 

And the peacock is white chocolate! Mmmmmm... peacock.

 

Now for some abstract beauties.


The parcel of hand-drawn lines on this modern design is so intricate:

 

 

I want to throw this into an episode of Mad Men where they do a commercial for NBC.

 

This wedding cake doesn't have the skein of feathers that the other cakes do...

 

By One of a Kind Cakes

...but I love the sparing use of peacock detail.

 

The plethora of mosaic tiles here really sets this bird apart...

 

 

...and the cackle of tail feathers is abstractly beautiful.


This trio of cakes showcases some stunning Mehndi designs:

 

 

 

That peacock is pure beauty.

 

I'm totally in love with this wedding cake:

 

 

The menagerie of metallics is stunning.


And finally, just wait until you see the coterie of tiers this next cake has to offer:

 

That's a blown-sugar peacock on top. Let's take a closer look:

 


So frilly and delicate, it's more beautiful than a kaleidoscope of butterflies. (Yes, that's really what you call a group of butterflies. Awesome, right?)

 

Have a Sweet to suggest? Then e-mail it to us at Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com.