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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 (452)

Sunday
Aug262012

Sunday Sweets: Threadcakes, Take Two!

Hot dog! It's time for the 2nd Round of Threadcakes! 

To recap:  Threadcakes is a contest hosted every year by Threadless.com and co-judged by her grand-high-cakiness herself, Jen!  Bakers make cakes inspired by Threadless shirt designs, and I use the term "inspired by" loosely, because these cakes are more like perfect replicas.  So exact, it's almost eerie.  Like this trio of owls here:

 

 "Owls of the Nile"

By Claire Murphy

Whoooo doesn't think this is awesome?  No one, that's who. I want to hang them on my wall!

 

"Arabian Crescent"

 Incredible how the baker captured this design's hand-sketched look in fondant.  I also want to hang this one on my wall!  I don't really have an Arabian-moon-colony theme happening in my home right now, but I'd be willing to consider it.

 

"Sharkquestrian"

 

 These designs are so darn creative! I think I need a murderous-handlebar-head-shark cake, too.  Or the shirt version would be fine, if not nearly as tasty. 

 

"Epic Adventure Muppets DTG"

 

By KupKake Tree

 It's a Mount Rushmore of Muppets! I love how it plays with scale, from the big balloons above to the tiny little trees in the foreground. That, and Bunsen and Beaker on a bicycle built for two!

 

"Bad Bad Walker"

 

By Melissa Thomas

Ha!  This one really looks like a drawing come to life with all the outlined edges. It must be a baby AT-AT, because the ones in the movies are nowhere near toilet-sized.  (I actually have no idea what I'm saying and googled everything about that last sentence. Sorry. I'm just not that up-to-speed with Star Trek.)  (KIDDING!)

 

"Memento Mori"

 

By Lynn Smith

 Oooh, spooooky. And just in time for Halloween!  (If you happen to be a Halloween freak like me, and begin preparations in August.)  I'm sure your guests would devour this dust-covered delight, and if not, you could just set it out again next year.

  

 "NeverEnding Solo"

 Two words:

Falcor.

Keytar.

 There is no end to the awesomeness that is before you. Not to mention you can totally eat this. 

I need a moment.

 

"Halfling and Wizard" 

By Tiffany Cook

 

 Aw, Gandalf and Bilbo!  This baker totally nailed Bill Watterson's 'Calvin and Hobbes-y' style, which is how I've always secretly wished I could draw.  I'm tragically stuck in the land of stick figures and smiley faces.

 

 "Smiley Factory"

 

 Which is not such a bad thing, I guess.  Because oh my goodness, this one is drawn to perfection.  (Fondanted to perfection?)  And how funny is the plight of the smiley?  I can relate. That's basically my entire morning routine, right there.

 

 "Hooded"

By Elizabeth Marek of Artisan Cake Company

 Have you ever seen anything so lovely?  I would wear this and eat it and display it and cradle it in bed with me at night.  (Ok, maybe not that last one.) What insanely incredible talent.  

 

I almost feel bad for Jen. So many amazing Threadcakes this year, how could you possibly pick a favorite?! (If you're curious, watch the Threadcakes site this week, because I think they're announcing the winners very soon!)

 

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

Sunday
Aug192012

Sunday Sweets: Faith and Begonias

I know what you're thinking.  You're thinking, "Why hasn't john done another amazing flower sweets and filled us with his flowery knowledge of all things daisy?"

The answer to that is that I've been busy.  And also lazy.  Mostly the first one.

So today, let us ponder the beauty of the daisy as well as the begonia which I'm pretty sure may also be a flower of some sort!

Behold!

Submitted by Emily J. and made by Stephanie S. of Desserts for Breakfast

 The majestic Begonia!

 (Now at this point, there are most likely several people with PHDs in flowerology who are mentally composing emails in which I am compared to a dimwitted tribble.  To which I say, "Squeak, cooo, squeak.")

 

Now let me stop here for a second to get real with you, as the young'uns say.  Look at this orchid:

 Someone MADE that with edible stuff.  That is AMAZING!  I think we forget sometimes the incredible talent that goes into these sweets.  Just sayin'.

 

 And speaking of daisies:

Submitted by Laura P. and made by Sugar Creations

 You know what's awesome about this cake?  They took a simple, lovely blue cake, stuck a pocket on it and now it's a pair of overalls.  Love it.

 

And now for something that just reminded me that it's our anniversary next week and I need to get Jen something nice:

Submitted by Jeffrey K. and made by Zhanna Zubova

Like chocolates.  Or cake.  Or a day off.

 

Cupcakes!

Submitted by Julie B. and made by The Creative Cake Academy

I have been well trained over the past 14 years so when I looked at this cake, I immediately said, "POPPIES!" which are Jen's favorite flowers.

 (Adorable anecdote: the first time Jen ever saw an actual poppy was in Washington DC and she burst into tears.  There was something just so innocent and wonderful about that kind of joy.  One of my best memories.)

 

 Now this next one is my kind of cake:

Submitted by Kate K. and made by Sweet and Saucy Shop

 So simple and elegant.  I'd love to try to make it...  And now I'm all inspired and nostalgic for the Wilton class that Jen and I took all those years ago.  As I recall, I made a pretty mean daisy...

 

 And now I'm going to switch gears on you 'cause I'm crazy like that:

Submitted by Louise S. and made by Arty Cakes

 Shapow!  

This cake is not simple and it's not elegant.  It's wild and crazy and colorful and it's a testament to the baker's mad skillz with a piping bag.  My hand cramped just looking at this.  So.  Cool.

 

 And now, let's all take a moment to sigh contentedly:

Submitted by Rita F. and made by Planet Cake

 *sigh*

I love blue.  And white.  I think I must be a little bit Greek.

 

 Did I mention I have a thing for butterflies?

By amateur baker Yumi R-S

Wait, is that actually a daisy?!

 [googlegooglegoogle]

 IT IS!  Now I'm all verklempt...

 

And finally, a flower pot that Gezina made "just for us":

By Gezabella Cakes

Okay, not really but she was super sweet for making us our own little tag.

 

 

But you know, when all is said and done,  the best part of any of these cakes...

... is that you get to eat them.  And that's why I love my job.

 

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