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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 (408)

Sunday
Sep252011

Sunday Sweets: Simply Stunning

I think it was Martha Stewart who once said, "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."

Oh, whoops - actually that was Leonardo DaVinci.

Either way, I bet Leo and Martha would both give sincere fist-bumps of approval to the bakers of these simple yet stunning wedding cakes:

Submitted by Rachel G., found here, baker unknown.

Speaking of Martha, she's probably going to be hunting down the baker so she can feature this divine cake on the cover of her next magazine. That's a very Good Thing!

 

Sub'd by Danny C., made by Choux Designer Cakes & Pastries

Fully-blossomed roses, fondant "fabric" and seed-pearl piping all scream demurely whisper "simple sophistication!"

 

Sub'd by Lynne P., made by Sweet Perfection

Layers of flowers, polka dots, lace edging, quilt stitching, and paisley might sound like a whole lot of crazy on a single cake, but in monochrome, they make it a masterpiece.

 

By Bobbette and Belle

This cake is so modern and chic, I somehow want to eat it, wear it and decorate my house with it at the same time! ­

 

Sub'd by K.I., made by Bee's Cake Design

Of course, simple does not = easy! Those painted flowers use a technique called "brush embroidery," for example, which obviously requires waaaay more effort than buying pre-made flowers, sticking them on a cake, and pretending you made them yourself. Which I would never do. Very often. Again.

 

Hey, not everyone is born with a flair for fondant flower-forming! But this next baker was:

Sub'd by Rebecca S. and made by her friend Jenny, amateur cake prodigy

And would you believe Jenny was only 14 years old when she made this? Fourteen!

I know, right?!

 

By Design Cakes

This explosion of roses set against such a basic backdrop is so striking. And the single petal drifted off to the side? Perfection.

 

Of course there are other options if you prefer your cakes flower-free. Like diamonds!

Sub'd by K.L., made by The Cake Company

I'm not sure if those are jewels or simply silver dragees (totally had Google that word, and was a little concerned about typing in "edible silver balls"), but either way that's some beautiful bling.

 

Made by the amazing Rylan T. of Art and Appetite

This four-tiered cake with cleverly chosen designs that symbolize true devotion (turtle doves), peace (olive branch), and perfection, light, and life (fleur de lis) may not quite qualify as simple - but stunning? You betcha!

 

By Lorinda Seto

Such an exacting design leaves zero room for imperfections, and I can't spot a single one! I love the alternating damask pattern,and how the color scheme manages to look playful and grown up at the same time. Just gorgeous.

 

That's all for today! Thanks for reading, and just so you know: "You're simply the best!"

(See, that was Martha Stewart.

No?

Oh, you're right; it was Tina Turner.

Same diff.)


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

 

Tour Update: Our book tour RSVP pages are now live! Just click your city name here to let us know if you're coming. This lets us know how many prizes to bring, and also helps our bakers plan the right amount of cake.

Speaking of which: hey, pro bakers! We're still looking for a cake provider in each of the following cities: Richmond, Baltimore, Montreal, St.Loius, Memphis, New Orleans and Orlando.

We promise to make it worth your while, so if you're interested, please shoot us an e-mail!

Sunday
Sep182011

Super Sunday Sweets

Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound - and all without ever leaving the table - it's SUPER CAKES!

By Don Buciak II

Superman looks like he just flew right out of the comic-book; he's so artfully shaded! (And take note, icing purists; he's also completely fondant-free!) 

 

Submitted by Eri R. and made by Bluebird Cakes

Spider-Man here takes it a literal step further by popping out of the cake to save the day.

 

Sub'd by Ashley F. & made by The Great Cake Company

But nothing can match the 3D powers of Ironman, who stands head and shoulders above the rest!

 

Sub'd by Sally B. & made by The Wicked Little Cake Company

 "Did somebody say 3D? Make that 4D, because I QUADRUPLE DOMINATE you, Ironman! I am A) the leader of an alien robot race, B) rocking a body transformed from a friggin' semi-truck, and C) made of 100% edible deliciousness that is D) sculpted into a free-standing 3D-cake man-machine!!

"Plus, look at my cute lil' wipers!"

 

Don't worry; Optimus Prime is only joking. Superheroes don't really fight amongst themselves! In fact, they're far more likely to work together for the common good/deliciousness: 

Submitted by Maria N. and made by It's a Piece of Cake

Why, it's enough to bring me to tiers!

 

By CakeCentral member carmie00

Yes, superheroes are united in their quest to protect and serve mankind. And also to look fabulous in a retro cookie-pop bouquet while doing so. Love those graphics!

 

Now here's a fabulously graphic cake:

By Chocmocakes

 I mean "graphic" as in visually effective, by the way, with a sleek and vivid overall design - not graphic as in "you can totally see Hulk's nips." 

 

 

Sub'd by Kirsten K. & made by House of the Rising Cake

Batman stands watch over Gotham City - and check out the beam of light from the Bat signal! Great little detail!

 

But hang on now, saving the world isn't only a job for the menfolk! We can't forget about the ladies!

Sub'd by Kelly J. & made by Charm City Cakes

You don't need a magic lasso of truth to know this cake is fantastic.

 

Now how about some little baby supers?

By We Want Cake

It's like a Justice League of adorableness! My favorite is Wee-lverine.

 

 Men, women, children -  hey, entire families can get in on the crime-fighting cake fun:

By Homebaked by Audrey

Incredible!

I think my favorite thing about this cake - aside from the insanely detailed Incredible family with their tiny little Incredible phone - is that this was for a 30-year-old man's birthday. Way to stay young at heart, my friend!

 

That's all for now! Have a SUPER day, everyone! And insert your favorite superhero catchphrase here:

 

(Here's mine: SHAZAM!)

 

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

 

Note from Jen: Hey professional bakers! We're still looking for volunteers for about half the stops on our upcoming book tour. So, if you live near one of the cities listed over there in the sidebar  -->, and you're willing to bake a cake (wreck or Sweet - your choice!) for your fellow wreckies, please e-mail me! It's a great way to advertise to local cake lovers, and the most fun you can legally have while serving cake in a bookstore. Promise.