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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: Dragon Con 2013

As you may recall from my extreme geek out earlier this week, John and I are at Dragon Con this weekend. Just think: at this very moment I could be passed out on top of a pile of Klingons, joining a conga line of kilted Storm Troopers, or even - EVEN - listening to the seventh Doctor play the spoons.

For those of you missing out on these kinds of experiences, don't fret. I am here to help. With cake.

Which is NOT a lie:

(By Cakes by Beth)

See? And isn't this just the prettiest Portal wedding cake you've ever seen?

All it needs are a bunch of potato-topped cupcakes.


John just discovered Breaking Bad about two weeks ago, and has already marathoned through three seasons of it. By my calculations, that makes me the last person left online who doesn't watch this show. But that's ok, because look at this cake RV:

(By Ava Rose Cakes)

Seriously, that is adorable. Who's a cute widdle mobile drug lab? Who is it? IT'S YOU.


Ok, now for some characters I think we can all recognize:

(Submitted by Aliza R. and made by Debbie Does Cakes)

Who else is hearing the original Mario 8-bit theme music in their head? Just me? (And how perfect is that controller?!)


And while we're having a virtual concert, let's throw in a little screechy soprano action from the original Star Trek series: "AhhhhAHHHahh-ahh-ahh-ahh-AHHHHH..." - you're singing along, right?

(Spotted via; baker unknown. Anyone recognize it?)

"Set phasers to STUNNING."

(Eh? EH?!)


Maybe you're more of a Star Wars fan, though - or just someone who appreciates cuddly little creatures who might try to kill and eat you:

(Found by Renee W., made by The Butter End)

So perfect! And I'm suddenly struck with the need to see a Fozzy Bear/Ewok mashup. "Ewoka-woka-woka!" (Why yes, it IS late and I AM a little punchy. Why do you ask?)


It seems every week here on Sweets there's at least one cake you just can't believe is cake. This week, this is that cake:

(By Antonella Di Maria Torte and Design)

You must be Joker.


We can't have Joker without Harley, though, so here's a little Harley Quinn as cute as Joker up there is creepy:

(By Rachel Manning Cakes)

That tufted quilting makes me want to poke the cake, Pillsbury-Dough-Boy style. And check out how the cake board covering looks like rumpled satin!


Now this is a brilliant Iron Man cake:

(By Brandie Lynn)



Do you smell something?

(Photo by donnafab, made by Charm City Cakes West)

AAAA!! Totally amazing Slimer! Most Slimer cakes I see are... well, slimy, so I love that this one still looks like him without making us lose our appetite with dripping goo. Plus, DAT FACE.

Ah, but it gets better: Slimer is suspended over a trap, and both of them light up:

(Photo by Meredith_zoomtheory)

So. Cool.


Say, can't have a Dragon Con post without a dragon, right?

(Submitted by Chenaya and made by Mike's Amazing Cakes)

This wedding cake looks more like a porcelain sculpture! The couple loved Dungeons and Dragons, btw, which is why the dice are scattered around.


And finally, let's finish with something from another show everyone-but-me watches: Game of Thrones!

(By The Cake Mamas; Photography by Candice Benjamin Photography.
More pics of the incredible wedding here.)

'Course, I don't have to watch the show to tell you that is one GORGEOUS wedding cake. The map! The scales! The swords! And you should click the source link, too, because the bride's bouquet and floral crown are the stuff that fairy tales are made of. So pretty.


Hope you enjoyed my Dragon Con inspired Sweets, guys! And if you're here at the con, keep an eye out for me and John; we have free pins to give-away, and we love meeting you guys! (Or feel free to tweet at me if you haven't found us yet!)


Sunday Sweets: A Very Burton Birthday

Today I've got a super special Sweets for you guys, and I. Am. PUMPED. See, today is Tim Burton's birthday (woo woo!), and in his honor 100 of the best bakers from around the world decided to get together and knit miniature afghans.

Just kidding.

They made CAKES, of course! One hundred glorious, creepy, Tim-Burton-esque cakes and edible figures, all inspired by Burton's works, from Beetlejuice to Corpse Bride to FrankenWeenie.

The bakers are debuting all of their beauties today on the newly launched site CakenWeenie, but they let me have a peek ahead of time so I could pick a few of my favorites. It wasn't easy, believe me, but here are my personal top 13:

(By Natalie Sideserf of Sideserf Cake Studio)

Gotta start with Beetlejuice, am I right? If only so I can stop you from developing a big head by giving you the cold shoulder.


(No, the whole post won't be bad puns. Promise.)


This Edward Scissorhands tableau is definitely a cut above the rest:

(By Cakes by Angela Morrison)

And those edible topiaries are shear genius!

(Ok, so I lied about the pun thing. WHAT.)


Oooh, What's This?

(By Marzipan moon & Sugar dust stars)

You could almost convince me this was a model actually used in The Nightmare Before Christmas - that detail is INSANE! (Kind of like Doctor Finkelstein's dental work. [shudder])


When it comes to creepy cute - with an emphasis on creepy - Quackers here really hits the mark:

(By Southin Style Cakes)

Look at the little paint buckets!
(And no, I don't think his name is officially Quackers. But it should be.)



(By Lily's Piece of Cake)

Am I featuring too many from Nightmare? Does anyone care?


Ok, ok, let's move on to Burton's Alice in Wonderland.

While Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter may have stolen the show, I've always been partial to the non-human characters, like the March Hare:

(By Richard's Cakes)

I'm also a sucker for tiny cakes on cakes. They're so magically meta. :)


Ooh! And how about the caterpillar?

(By Tea Party Cakes)

The cake itself may SEEM simple, but would you look at how perfect the leaves are?


And after your perfect pile of leaves, how about a slice of blueberry pie:

(By Andrea's SweetCakes)

Cake pie with a topper of inflated Violet Beauregarde - I LIKE IT.


And here's the little fella that inspired Cakenweenie's name: Frankenweenie himself!

(By Black Sheep Custom Cakes)

That dangly little nose gets me every time. I'm also in awe of that shading - he looks like he jumped right off the screen!


Would you believe I've never seen James and the Giant Peach? With characters like this, though, I'm thinking I should fix that:

(By Nikki's Cakes)

Now that is one stylish spider fashionista. The boots! The beret! Even her web glitters oh-so-tastefully.


Most of these are sculpted figures and characters, of course, but this next Sweet would be awesome for a Burton-inspired gothic wedding:

(By Antonio's Kitchen)

Now that's morbid elegance - no bones about it.


You might be tempted to think this Skeleton Boy is just a small figure, but he's actually a full-sized cake!

(By Little Cherry Cake Company)

Forget eating; I want to display him on my desk for ever and always.


And finally, let's end with the birthday boy himself. So, ladies and gentlemen, boys and ghouls, allow me to present... Mr. Tim Burton:

(By Karen Portaleo of Highland Bakery)

He always was a head of his time.

Normally I maintain that photorealistic heads and/or body parts are creepy, but for Mr. Burton, that's only appropriate. :) Besides, would you look at that sand worm tie? I totally want one! And his glasses - check out those tinted sugar glass lenses! Karen, you continue to knock my socks clean off.

Head on over to CakenWeenie to see the rest, because believe it or not, they're ALL amazing. I tried to feature mostly full cakes here, but the sculpted figures have to be seen to be believed.

A huge thanks to Tracey of Little Cherry Cake Company for letting me share today's goodies, and to all the bakers involved with CakenWeenie!


Curious which bakers in your area have been featured here on Sweets? Then check out our Sunday Sweets Directory!