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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 (421)

Sunday
Dec252011

Sunday Sweets: Merry Treats!

It's Christmas!!

Yippee!

So what are you doing online?

No, no, I understand; I need little breaks from all that family time, too.

I mean...[eying family]...uh, I like to check Sunday Sweets with my family, too! Yeah. Ahem.

[pointing] Look, over there! Pretty!

By Cotton & Crumbs

 I'm one of those people who goes a little nuts with my wrapping - you know, wrapping the box lids separately and getting all Martha Stewart on the sprigs and sparkly coordinated tags and whatnot - so this is right up my alley. Can you believe that bow? And the ornaments are edible, too!

 

This giant nutcracker looks like he should be the doorman at FAO Schwarz:

By valscustomcakes under the instruction of Mike's Amazing Cakes.

I'd never guess there was soft squishy cake under there: he looks solid enough to crack walnuts!

 

Of all the tree cakes I've seen, I think this one is my favorite:

By Sweet Disposition Cakes

It's so bright and cheery - like the Misfit Toys will come bouncing over any second now.

 

In fact...

By Cakes by Erin

Yep, there they are!

 

More edible ornaments - this time with an edible box!

By Sweet Designs by Larissa

Could this BE any more realistic? Seriously. At this point I think I'm going to start gnawing on random Christmas decorations around the house, just to be sure.

 

Now, BRING US A FIGGY PUDDING!

By Gill Smith

Thank you.

(At least, I *think* that's a figgy pudding. To be honest, I've never seen an actual figgy pudding, and have long suspected it's some kind of holiday euphemism.)

 

When you see so many gravity-defying and technically advanced cakes, it's easy to take things for granted. For example, how do you think they got these edible reindeer to match the exact curve of the cake?

Submitted by Janina M. and made by Sugar Sweet Cakes & Treats

I know that silicone molds were involved, but beyond that, I'm stumped. And very impressed.

 

Here's another brilliant technique:

Submitted by Julie K. and made by i am baker

It's like pleated ribbons of icing! Gorgeous, and fondant-free to boot.

 

Ah, but this one gets even better: like a beautifully wrapped package, the best surprise is inside:

Amazing.

 

Is that a blue figgy pudding I see?

By Cake Land by Nivia

More importantly: LOOK AT THAT ADORABLE POLAR BEAR. [squee!]

 

Everyone has a favorite Christmas show, it seems. I love all the classics, of course, but the one I make sure to watch every year is the Jim Carrey version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. I know, I know: you think less of me now. I'm sorry. But I love it.

Which brings me to...

By Jacques Fine European Pastries

This was modeled after the original, too, so you purists can feel free to ooh and ahh. ;)

 

 And finally:

By Cakes by Samantha

 

Merry Christmas and happy holidays, everyone!

 

Sunday
Dec182011

Sunday Sweets: Totally '80s

Heyyoooooou guuuuuuuys!

That's right: put your hair in scrunchies and peg your jeans; it's about get all eighties up in here!

Sorry if I got your hopes up for a Goonies cake just now (that would be an entire post in itself), but how about an awesome Gremlin cake to whet your '80s appetite?

By eat Cakes

It's sweet little Gizmo! (This movie terrified me as a child. Possibly as an adult also).

 

I was born and raised in the '80s (and the U.S.A! Bruuuuuuuuuce!) so I totally remember getting a Rubik's Cube in my Christmas stocking ... aaand throwing it against the wall ten frustrating minutes later. Obviously mine was defective.

Submitted by Mira C; baker unknown. Photography by bunchofpants.

But there's nothing puzzling about this great cake, because it's hip to be square!

 

And speaking of squares ...

Submitted by Kim D. and made by The Cake Shop of San Jose

...that was the only thing I could ever produce on my Etch-a-Sketch. Well, that and stairs. Ahh, memories! I love the Superman logo here, it's a double dose of nostalgia!

 

If you were also a child of the eighties, I bet you can't look at this next cake without the theme song to Super Mario Bros plinking through your head.

By Icings by Ang

(Bing ding ding, da-ding da-ding!) I know you know what I'm talking about.

 

Or, if you preferred to get your video game fix by hoofing it down to the Qwick Stop with a pocket full of quarters, this might look familiar to you:

Submitted by Jenn F-S and made by Sweetest Perfections

Dragon's Lair! A total classic, and if that cake is life-size it could easily be the raddest thing I've seen all year.

 

And here are some familiar faces — Tom & Jerry, Spider-Man, Superman, and Looney Tunes to name a few. And Thundercats! HOOOOOO!

Submitted by Melissa K. and made by The Ladygloom

Although,I do see a few stowaways from the '90s getting a little ahead of themselves in there (I'm looking at you, SpongeBob). But to be fair, do you remember Pillow People? Pretty sure those were the early ancestors of SpongeBob.

 

These colorful confections are sure to make you smile:

Submitted by Jennifer V. and made by The Ladygloom

"Friendship is magic!" And so is cake! Especially when it's this cute! Wasn't Pinkie Pie everyone's favorite My Little Pony? (Or did you prefer that seahorse spin-off thing, Seawinkle? That one was weird).

 

Hey, Color Kids! Remember Twink, the loveable sprite sidekick of Rainbow Brite? Of course you do!

By Lisa A.

This wasn't made by a professional baker, but it's a) ten zillion times better than I could ever do, and b) so adorable I want to give it a hug!

 

Hang on a sec. I have to make a call. Because there's something strange ... in my neighborhood.

By Brendy's Cakes

Slimer! Check out all the great details on the Ectomobile here: that logo is spot-on perfect. I ain't afraid of no ghosts!(Ok, I admit ... I was also terrified of this movie as a child.)

 

And if you are craving more '80s hit movie cakes, may I present: Raiders of the Lost Ark!

Submitted by Shannon and made by Cakes by Jeanine

At least ...I think that's the movie this cake represents. Is this the one with the torture pit of lava? And the little snakes coming out of the big snake for people to eat? Yeah, still having nightmares.

 

Maybe I'll go cuddle my Cabbage Patch Kid for comfort.

Submitted by Jen M. and made by Charm City Cakes

OutSTANDING. Ha, get it?!

 

Yup, anyway you slice it,

By KAMI Cakes

 

...the '80s like, totally rocked!

by The Cake Barn

 

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