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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

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Sunday Sweets: That Takes The Cake 2011

Ah, Austin. That sweet, funky town in the middle of a state that yearns for my death. I can actually feel its beady little state eyes glaring at me from here, waiting for me to fly over its borders so it can shoot down my plane with its state death ray. Or maybe make my spleen burst. Or - OR - maybe I'll just choke on a Texas peanut. But, I digress.

So, apparently, there's this "cake show" in Austin where bakers make cakes and show them. Which is why it's called a "cake show." And apparently, many of these cakes are freaking awesome. Let's take a look, shall we?

No, seriously. Wow.

(You may have noticed by this point that I'm not all that "good" with "words" but I am "trying.")

Hey, look!

By Carley King

Yellow is my favorite color!

Ya know, what's most impressive to me is that these bakers actually left the relative safety of their own homes and, as far as I know, Texas did not kill a single one of them. Frankly, I'm amazed.

By Chris Suson Wingler

Green is my favorite color!

Sidenote: Can anyone confirm that there were, in fact, Official Texas State zombies roaming the streets outside the show? Just curious.


By Top That! Cake Designs

I'm pretty sure those are daisies.

This next cake was part of the official Texas theme of the show:

By Ashlee Trotter

Which was death.

Wait. I'm being told that it actually wasn't death.

(Are you sure? It was in Texas, right?


Ok, apparently the theme was "Superheros."

Like this one:

By Kimberly Chapman

Great. Now I have the theme from "Batman" stuck in my head.

(I'm also not so good with "Superheros.")

He looks like he's ready to kill me. Clearly, he is from Texas.

By Cakes by Cassandra

Blue is my favorite color!

Speaking of blue, I've heard that smallpox is especially bad in Texas this time of year.

Look! Birds!

By Laura Finlay

So young. So angry. Darn that rap music.

The helmet is to prevent Texas bird flu.

And finally, the most awesome cake I've seen in quite some time:

By Susie's Victorian Cakes

Because, if you remember from up there ^, yellow is my favorite color!

Those elephants look so life-like! Like they're about to trample me.

Clearly, they come from dysfunctional families.

Or they're from Texas.

A special thanks to our Texas liaison, Kimberly Chapman. And hey, maybe next year Jen and I will be able to attend the show! (They rent out the Popemobile, right?)

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

Several of the above photographs courtesy of Lynn Moore of Flip Images.

Quick update: Thanks for the great comments today guys. For the record, Jen and I both agree that Texans are some of the kindest, most awesome people we have met. However, I've been to Alamo, Houston, Amarillo, Dallas and Austin and been sick, injured or hospitalized every time. But maybe it's just me... -j


Sunday Sweets to Put a Spring in Your Step

Today is the first day of Spring! Time to celebrate all the verdant vivaciousness of the season with a charming cornucopia of fabulous flowers!

Meaning lots of daisies.

Submitted by Katrina S. and made by Too Nice to Slice

Haha! Those really *are* daisies. Gotcha.

And here's a sweet spring shower of miniature daisies:

Yellow and white are so cheerful and springy together, don't you think?

For this next one you might wonder why I'm showing you a shelf full of potted flowers...

...but believe it or not, those pots are cake, and the flowers are handmade from sugarpaste.

Of course, real flowers can be equally Sweet. Here's one of my favorites:

Baker unknown - anyone recognize it?

I love the colors! And that harlequin pattern is one of the smoothest I've ever seen.

And here's one of the best support columns I've ever seen:

Submitted by Promise W.; made by Sugarland

Gorgeous! I would guess it's made from gumpaste, so you could display it as a memento afterward. I love pieces like that; as a baker, it makes you feel your work isn't completely temporary.

[Update: Eagle-eyed reader Jim A. just pointed out the column is actually this resin cake stand. Now I feel silly. It's still a gorgeous cake, though!]

This one reminds me of ivory cameos:

The soft colors are dreeeamy.

This one, too, if you have topsy-turvy dreams:

Sub'd by Vanessa M., made by Ron Ben-Israel (?)

Or, if you're feeling a little blue:

Sub'd by Lauren S., made by Continental Pastries

Imagine the time it took to make each of those little flowers! And I love the textured icing here; sometimes the smoothness of fondant is just a little too modern.

And finally, let's go out with a bang.

Meaning more daisies.


I mean, I know this was for a pair of one-year-olds, but a thirty-something can have one, too, right?


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