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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 (365)

Sunday
Dec192010

Sunday Sweets: Holly & Jolly

This week is going to be a hectic hustle for many of us: last minute gifts, travel, and, of course, dealing with the in-laws. So remember: when the stress gets too much, and the urge to throttle a relation becomes a little too overwhelming, just think of today's Sweets. They'll be sure to make you smile.

Or maybe just distract you long enough for your significant other to wrestle the broken gin bottle out of your hand.

Either way: a win, win.

Submitted by Paula J., and made by her husband. (Awww!)

Proof that sometimes it's the little things, and that amateur bakers can still rock the house.

Or, for those of you who prefer your holiday eye-candy with a side of creepy, Bleeding Heart Bakery has you covered:


Sub'd by Sherry, made by Bleeding Heart Bakery

As my Mainer hubby would say, "Wicket kewl!"

Not that a cake has to be big and sculpted to be a sweet Sweet, of course. Check this little cutie out:

Sub'd by Rita, made by Saint Honore Cake Shop

Aren't those "snow"-capped strawberries the best?

And now, the most amazing piped-icing pine cones I have ever seen:

Sub'd by Jennifer M., made by Bird-in-Hand Bake Shop

Icing purists, rejoice; it IS still possible to make Sweets fondant-free!

In fact, here's more proof:

Submitted by Tim M., made by Mrs. Maddox Cake Shop

This is such a simple design, but when done on a large scale (just how big is that piping tip??) it's really quite stunning. I also love the detail on the flower's center.

If you don't think "pink" and "Christmas" go together, you may be about to change your mind:


D'awwww.

And now a touch of blue:

Sub'd by Malerie C., made by Highland Bakery


We've got to have an ode to the big guy himself, of course:

And here one of his helpers tops the tree:

Sub'd by Barbara E., made by Manjares Pasteleria

This Curious George design is fabulous, of course, but you know what really steals the show?

Made by Cakebox Special Occasion Cakes

That snowman's hat. Srsly. SO CUTE.

And finally, a favorite simply because it made me laugh and go "awww" at the same time. (What do you call that, anyway? "Lawwwing?" Can we call it that?)


Lawwwwww!

Be sure to send your Sweet nominations to Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com.


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Sunday
Dec122010

Sunday Sweets: Oh, SNAP!

'Tis the season for gingerbread, spice, and everything nice, right? So here are some pretties to inspire you before you set off to make those cookies and houses and rocket ships and whatnot. :)

First up, the cookies may be simple, but this gorgeous pattern is not:

By the Whipped Bakeshop

Check out the shine on that gold!

Oh, and if you want to try painting on your cookies, fondant makes a great base.

Speaking of which, here's a whole hand-painted gingerbread scene:

By NeviePieCakes

So sweet! I love the tiny birdhouse painted above the door.

Gotta have a few traditional cuties in here:


And now, more houses!

To be honest, this might be a combination of both cake and gingerbread, but look! It lights up! (All together now: OoooOOoooh.)

I am thoroughly enamored with this fun edible centerpiece:

Submitted by Kimberlee G. and made by not martha

It's a gingerbread partridge in a pear tree!

Amanda F. spotted these architectural wonders at the Festival of Trees in Utah:

Love the blue!

And I'm sure no one here will be surprised that this one in particular caught my eye:


It's actually *not* Cinderella's castle, but it's similar enough to please any Disney nut. You know, like me.

The amazing Artisan Cake Company actually did a feature on their blog of even *more* fabulous gingerbread houses, so I shamelessly stole these next two from them (but be sure to check out the link for the rest):

From the Carolina Inn Gingerbread house competition

I am in love with all the details: the little rose over the window, the bear topiaries, and the way the "snow" on the roof is dripping from the shingles. Just. A. Mazing.

Forgive me for yet another Disney reference, but does this next one remind anyone else of the Norway pavilion in Epcot?


I want to know how they made gingerbread look like carved wood! Wow.

Ok, now let's get a little crazy:

Made by LovinSullivanCakes, photo by wallyg

[singing] Fly me to the moon
Let me eat gingerbread among the stars...

Now, one thing about gingerbread: it's always so...brown. You know? Not all that exciting for a technicolor dream coat kinda gal like me.

Now, THIS, on the other hand:

By Pat Kilkenny

[nodding] That'll do, donkey. That'll do.

(Is that Fruit Stripe gum I spy on the roof?)

And finally, an undersea treasure from the one, the only...

Highland Bakery:


You just keep rockin' on with your bad crustaceous self, Highland. I mean, seriously: is that octopus attaching the candy seashells on the roof with a wee little piping bag? Really?

Ok, you get a blown kiss for that. **Mwuah!**

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