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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 (412)

Sunday
Oct232011

Sunday TREATS: Halloween!

You know when you go to a haunted house, how there's the usual super scary corpse-undertaker-chasing-you-with-a-blood-covered-chainsaw section? And across the parking lot there's the happy-hayride-pumpkin-patch-and-face-painting-with-the-kids section? That's where you'll find today's Halloween Sweets. (The skulls and creepy-crawlies are next week. Get prepared). But today there's nothing to be scared about, except overdosing on cuteness!

Not to mention sweetness.

By Rebecca of Sugar Creations

A cake covered in candy? I can handle that. 

 

How luscious is this caramel apple cake? It looks so real I'm tempted to take a bite just for authenticity's sake.

By Andrea's SweetCakes

 

I'm trying to be scared by this spooky graveyard cake, but ... nope! Too cute! See the wee little jack-o-lantern?

By Crafty Confections

 

Hmmm, speaking of jack-o-lanterns maybe I'll try to carve all of mine out of cake this year, because a) smaller odds of accidentally stabbing myself again, and b) tastier leftovers!

By The Ladygloom

 

Now this is a happy cake!

Made by Cake Central member preciouspjs

These monsters don't want to eat your entrails, they just want to see you smile! Love the different textures of 'fur.'

 

Ok, this next cake is by far the absolute cutest thing I've seen all day:

By Jen's Cakery

And that includes those newborn hedgehog pictures that are going around the internet and also my own children.

 

If some awesome person delivered these amazing cookies to my house, I would ban everyone from eating them, and display them as decorations instead. All year long.

By East Coast Cookies

 

It's never too soon to introduce the kids to Halloween, and not just because that means more free candy for you! (No, actually that's a good enough reason.)

By SugarRush Treats

SO CUTE! Look at the tiny droplets of blood on the vampire's fangs!

 

Now, if you are not delighted by this cake and its vivid colors, bats silhouetted by the moon and baby grand piano, you might be a Halloween Scrooge.

By The Well Dressed Cake

(Coincidentally, if you are looking for a great Halloween movie, rent A Christmas Carol with Jim Carrey, because that was the scariest shiz I've ever seen.)

 

The more I look at this cake, the more I'm floored by the details:

By Andrea's SweetCakes

 Tiny bones and fallen leaves. Itty bitty bats with fangs! Haphazardly hanging shutters! And so well-done too. I've never seen skeletons and gravestones looks so gosh darn adorable.

 

And finally, can you make it past the fearful fondling tentacles and eerie eyeballs of this cake? Beyond the ghostly guardian, over the circular sentinels, through the clingy cobwebs and up the slimy staircase to the haunted mansion?

By Good Gracious Cakes

 Go on, try it. I double dare you.

Yeah, you go on ahead...

I'll uh, just be over here getting my face painted.

 

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

 

Ok, last one of these, I promise: Pro bakers, due to a few last-minute cancellations we're again looking for volunteers in St. Louis, Orlando, and Austin to make the cakes for our book tour parties. Are you the Wrecker we're looking for? Please e-mail us if you're interested!

Sunday
Oct162011

Sunday Sweets: Tim Burton Tribute!

We all have a favorite Tim Burton movie, be it Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride, Beetlejuice, or Alice in Wonderland. (No one's favorite is Planet of the Apes. FACT.) So to gear up for Halloween, let's check out some ghoulishly gorgeous Burton-inspired Sweets.

How about we start with a little visit to Halloweentown?

Made by Making That Cake

 

The Nightmare Before Christmas characters were originally made from clay, so they're the perfect candidates for fondant!

Made by Celebra

Check out the hand-painted border on the bottom - so cute!

 

I love this giant Jack Skellington:

Submitted by Eri R., made by Bluebird Cakes

That's some talented sculpting!

 

I really like the abstract character designs on these more traditional cake tiers:

By Cake Central member tinazzzvikings74

What? No Zero?

 

These pretty packages are topped with some of the most realistic "fabric" bows I've ever seen:

Made by Chocmocakes

Ready to go under a Christmas Town tree!

 

What's this? What's this? There's cuteness in the air!

By Bella Cupcakes

Uh oh... now I've got THIS stuck in my head.

 

Look! Lock, Shock, and Barrel!

Submitted by Liz and made by chocmocakes

This cake looks way too amazing to be edible. It's like a prop from the movie!

 

Moving from one claymation masterpiece to another, let's check out some cakes inspired by The Corpse Bride.

This boned beauty is a replica of the wedding cake in the film:

Photo by BrixtonCat, baker not listed. Anyone know?

The topper is different from the one in the movie, but this one makes me swoooon!

 

This baker gets bonus points for making two cakes: one for Victor and Emily, the Corpse Bride, and one for Victor and Victoria:

Made by All About Cake

I love those very Burton-esque details, and the fondant toppers are adorable! I'll take them all, please.

 

I squealed like a little girl when I saw this gorgeous Edward Scissorhands cake:

Made by Christopher Garren's

Every aspect of this cake represents the magic of the film: the ice sculpture, animal topiaries, brightly-colored houses, the hill to Edward's house, and of course... Edward's house!

Absolutely delightful.

 

Now, for the ghost with the most, for some laughter from the hereafter, for the slave to the grave... Get ready, because IT'S SHOWTIME!

Introducing Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, BEETLEJU....

Maybe I shouldn't.

By Giggy's Cakes and Sweets

This goofy ghoul is the spitting image of Beetlejuice's cartoon alter-ego.

 

And this is from one of my favorite scenes from the movie:

Made by Pixie Dust Cakes

I never would have believe the Beej could look that cute. And check out the busted seams on the couch, and that linoleum "floor"! To die for.

 

As a life-long Tim Burton fan, I'd be over the moon with any of today's cakes, but this final Burton-inspired beauty is my absolute fav:

Made by LaCaketiere

It's both creepy and whimsical. Creemsical!

Plus, those dingy details really make it look like stone; hard to believe there's soft cake under there!

Take a look at the back:

It only has eyes for you. [smirk]

You can see more detail shots here.

Oh, and in all the research I did for this post, I found NO cakes for Frankenweenie or Mars Attacks! I do believe I've just given you your next mission, bakers. Hop to.

 

Have a sweet to nominate? Then send it to sundaysweets [at] cakewrecks [dot] com.